Vintage Garden Love

Like the rest of Portland, we’re on the edge of our seats waiting for some SUNSHINE! Our fingers are crossed that we will really have that long sunny streak that should start today or tomorrow. If you are a gardener or love a vintage-loving gardener, or if you just love to lounge in your yard — it’s a good time to wander around all three of our wonderful Stars Antiques shops here in Portland’s West Moreland neighborhood! Come find goodies for lounging and working in the garden. Like we all know, they don’t make ’em like they used to!

You can make your outdoor space unique, fun, charming, beautiful, and full of character with vintage! Look for amazing patio furniture, gardening books, potting benches, bushel baskets, old seed boxes, pails, apple crates, trugs, watering cans, cute glassware sets for relaxing sit and sips, statuary, flower pots, planters, plant stands, sprinklers, and other vintage scores.

OUR STARS LOCATIONS:
Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie • Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie
Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie (MAP)

A great outdoor loveseat at Stars Too @ 7011 SE Milwaukie
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… and its matching chair! At Stars Too @ 7011 SE Milwaukie
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A fantastic potting bench from dealer #4 at Stars Antiques @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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Stacks of inspiring books – this one is at Stars Too @ 7011 SE Milwaukie
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Another fun book at Stars Too @ 7011 SE Milwaukie
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Such a cute concrete garden mushroom and a utensil carrier at Stars Too @ 7011 SE Milwaukie
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A beautiful wooden carrier could be a garden trug or hold condiments. Stars Dealer #46 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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A vintage tool carrier makes a great utensil and condiment carrier for outdoor dining! Or fill with garden flowers to carry inside, or use for your art supplies. Dealer #32 at Stars @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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A sweet little handmade carrier to make a lovely patio flower arrangement. At Stars Too @ 7011 SE Milwaukie
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Gorgeous old apple bushel baskets are good for inside and outside. Stars Dealer #32 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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Another beautiful apple bushel basket from Stars dealer #11 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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We love this pretty vintage seed box and the lovely old seed packets. Stars dealer #61 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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This watering can is a real beauty from Stars dealer #35 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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What more do you need? A great watering can, a galvanized tub, and a concrete duck. Stars #127 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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Another wonderful watering can and a great galvanized bucket with strainer. Stars Dealer #54 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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These galvanized tubs are perfect filled with ice,cans & bottles or to cool off in. Stars Dealer #54 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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We’d love to fill this bucket with lilacs now and then roses and dahlias this summer. Stars dealer #127 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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A pretty painted steel flower bucket from Stars dealer #90 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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Another painted flower bucket and a lovely little side table or plant stand. Stars dealer #24 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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Very charming painted plant stands from Stars dealer #64 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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A cute little red sprinkler from Stars dealer #4 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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Does your yard need a sprinkler frog? It probably does! From Stars @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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A fantastic vintage hose hanger and a galvanized window planter from Stars dealer #16 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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We love this green metal patio chair as is or professionally powder coated! Stars dealer #127 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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Such a cute turquoise patio set from Stars dealer #42 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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Oui! Cute patio chairs that look like champagne cork cages. Stars Dealer #32 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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Vintage barkcloth and gorgeous rattan patio chairs? Yes, please. Stars Dealer #91 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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Sip from rose glasses, while looking at garden roses, in the Rose City! Stars Dealer #20 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie
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Meet the Dealer: Kathleen Ernst

Today we are talking with wonderful Stars Antiques dealer #89 at Splendid, Kathleen Ernst. Kathleen has nearly 30 years experience with antiques and is well-known for the gorgeous 100 years plus old salvaged stained glass windows that she hauls to Portland from the United Kingdom. Make sure to stop by her space to find yourself some unique pieces for your nest!

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Here is a fun Q&A we had with Kathleen:

How did you get into antiques?
I got into the business by accident, literally. My son had a tractor accident when he was young. I had been working in the art department at a liberal arts college at the time and resigned because the accident was so serious. God watched over my son and after a year in a wheel chair he was walking once again. I took a deep, thankful breath for my son’s recovery and fighting spirit. I naturally fell into the antique business allowing me to stay home and became an antiques dealer as antiques had always interested me. Owning my own business gave me the luxury of setting my own hours and being home for the kids when they were younger. I started traveling overseas for business once they’d grown.

My mentors were my eldest sister Linda who has been a dealer for years and my first business partner, Jonelle. Jonelle invited me on a buying trip in the mid-1990s to England as her assistant and took me under her wing to learn the business of importing. Quickly she realized I was a good buyer, committed to the business and asked me to become her business partner. We opened a 3 story shop together that lasted nearly 10 years. We’d fill 40 foot marine containers 3 to 4 times a year with older vintage and antique furniture and architectural elements. Priorities and situations have changed and I only need to maintain the one space I’ve now at Splendid.

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How long have you been a dealer? Do you work alone?
Way too long, 30 + years–but that’s a good thing! With age comes experience, they say? I do work alone most the time, but am not afraid to ask for help if needed. I have one of my best friends from Richland, WA that helps me occasionally. The seasoned dealers seem to make themselves available, helping out when they “see we need help” at the antique malls–watching out for one another. I’ve been selling furniture and heavy architectural elements for a long long time with some wear and tear on the bones, but so far holding my own. I’m still loving the business and the hunt. Hard work, but very rewarding!

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What would you say your specialty as a dealer is?
I L-O-V-E seeking out the antique salvaged items that a homeowner or contractor can incorporate into their homes or homes away from homes, that’ll last another 100 years. I enjoy looking for late 19th century to art deco era pieces, especially today when the older pieces are getting more difficult to come by. That pushes my buttons to become more “diligent” in my buying true antiques or older vintage elements. I love antique stained glass windows and larger transom windows–they are my speciality. I’m one of the larger retailers in the NW selling these salvaged elements of the past. England has a program to replace the 100 year old windows with new painted stain glass or plain double paned windows, so some of the frames are rotten and I either have the frames replaced overseas before shipping or I make the frames myself. I also offer a custom service of changing the size of the old windows or combining windows purchased by customers to be installed into their house with precision.

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What is your dream vintage score?
I guess some of the century old pub signs that used to hang on the outside of pubs throughout England as you would see today–a huge strawberry, a huge copper ball for a lawyers office and spectacles for a eye doctor stands out. Also, wonderful old crowned chimney pots that came off cottages channeling smoke as a chimney would here in the States and iron cottage gates that customers can install in their gardens. Elements not found much nowadays. In hunting for elements of the past I love the smile it brings to our customers. If they’ve smiled and sought you out to say “thank you”, then you know you’ve done your job.

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Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
My collections consist of a few pieces of French furniture and unique items that tugged at my heart which are in a few oversized, open cabinets scattered throughout my cottage. I never collect one of anything. I do confess in coveting the garden antiques though. I kept one 19th century crown chimney pot, a few finials and roofing elements for my garden and a hand-carved early 19th century stone corbel off a building near Bath that was salvaged by a company that supports SALVO. This is a organization that makes certain that elements are legally salvaged and I like buying from dealers who belong to this group.

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Any vintage shopping tips?
Shop and sell frugally. If you’re in the business, you’ll stay in business for a long time buying frugally. There is a time and place to haggle over the price. Don’t panic buy, but don’t pause too long or the item may very well go home with someone else. If you’re a customer, buy what tugs at your heart and what will fit in your home.

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How do you like to unwind?
With close friends and family who seem to make certain I stay out of trouble by going on hikes, renting beach houses, camping and sleepovers. I love to work on my historic house and in the garden. I love traveling! I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel and I love to share the travel fun with family and friends. Life is short–I’ve always jumped at opportunities that incorporate traveling if possible.

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
I believe its called Ruth’s Chris–it’s a steak house that my son and daughter-in-law took me to recently. Yum! My pocket book takes me to places like Pot Stickers or I love McMennamin’s.

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Meet the Dealer: Liz Davis

Today we’re talking with Liz Davis, the Stars and Splendid Antiques dealer behind behind case #32. Liz loves things that are, “Weird and whimsical, but useful.” Come down to the shop to see!

Here is a fun Q&A we had with Liz:

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How did you get into vintage?
I am an eclectic. My pieces come from family, fairs and foreign travel.

How long have you been a dealer?
I have been with stars for three years, but my work work is estate sales which I have conducted for 25 years.

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What would you say your specialty as a dealer is?
Weird, whimsical but useful. Objects have to perform a function, although I make a few exceptions!

What is your dream vintage score?
Of course an undiscovered Rembrandt, but in the real world I love big American pottery vases–McCoy and Bauer. The colors are fabulous and they hold water–they have FUNCTION!

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Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
Brass hose nozzles. My grandfather invented them but failed to secure a patent. I have the original with his company name.

Any vintage shopping tips?
Do not pass on anything! Garage sales, thrift stores, your neighbor’s basement, etc. You will never know unless you look!

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How do you like to unwind?
A cool cocktail, a great glass of wine and fantastic food.

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
Enzo’s Caffe, OX and Cedo’s Falafel and Gyros (all in NE). Enzo is super original Italian. OX’s clam chowder with bone marrow is over the moon. Cedo’s makes the best gyros I have ever had. I live in the Pearl, so I have become spoiled when it comes to restaurants. Via Delizia on 11th and Marshall–right outside our front door–has an excellent happy hour with caesar salad, pasta and a glass (or two) of wine you’ll have it made. Plus, the portions are big enough for two! Love Indian food? Try the Bombay Cricket Club on SE Hawthorne. Portland is a food lover’s mecca. We used to think we had to go to San Francisco or Seattle for the best food, but it is all here right under our noses.

What is your perfect day?
I would plant myself by any body of water–lake, stream or ocean and feast on crusty Italian bread, cheese, cured meats,fruit,cookies and wine.

Stop by Splendid to see dealer #58 in Splendid case #32, Liz Davis!

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Meet the Dealer: ReVamped Vintage by Sophie’s Cottage

stars-antiques-pdx-vintage-stars-dealer-aj-sophies-cottageToday we’re talking with AJ, the Stars Antiques dealer behind ReVamped Vintage by Sophie’s Cottage–Stars dealer space #2. AJ does a beautiful job with vintage and collected items to create one of a kind treasures and she makes wonderful things for your home from upcycled materials. Come down to the shop to see!

Here is a fun Q&A we had with AJ:

How did you get into vintage?
For me, necessity truly was mother of invention. I guess, because of my background, when it came to vintage shopping I was always more intrigued by the old and ugly stuff that no one else wanted. I get a true sense of accomplishment from taking something that was on its way to the dump and fixing it up into something that will have many more years of love and use.

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Living in big apartment complexes, someone was constantly moving in or out and, inevitably, old pieces of furniture would be put next to the dumpster. I think the first thing I ever dragged home was an old baby bassinet with the legs broken off. I spray painted it brown and used to display all my houseplants. A few years later, when I was pregnant and very poor, I fixed it up for my son to actually sleep in. I painted it white and got a big ol’ vegetable crate from the grocery store to use as a base. Then I sewed up a pretty turquoise gingham check skirt and bumper pad. It was ADORABLE! After a new pad, sheets and blankets—we were set.

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How long have you been a dealer? Do you work with anyone?
I first met the Stars folks back in 1999 when a group of primitive crafting friends talked me into doing the Magic of Christmas show. I had worked with a LOT of different store owners during my crafting years and I can sincerely say that the folks at Stars have always been truly a PLEASURE to work with and for. We had a booth at Stars for a couple of the same years we had our own shop, Sophie’s Cottage, in Hillsboro. Our shop closed and I’ve have been back at Stars for nearly four years now.

I do most of my work alone, but my boyfriend Michael helps me A LOT. He is also a ‘scrounger’ and is always bringing home junk for me to use in my projects. All the wood I use for my sign making is reclaimed wood that he has gathered. He also builds a lot of the furniture pieces from that same wood, then I paint and style it, We really make a very good team!

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What would you say your specialty as a dealer is?
Upcycling and revamping—trash to treasure types of projects. I try to keep my prices very reasonable too! Also, I love my signature aqua color in my space.

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What is your dream vintage score?
I would love to have a REAL vintage Santos Cage Doll!

Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
Globes, crowns, skeleton keys, old teddy bears and CRAFT SUPPLIES!

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Any vintage shopping tips?
We live WAAAY out in Gaston, so I seldom just go junking, but I NEVER go anywhere without also making a few junking side trips. Try to incorporate your vintage hunting into your everyday life and schedule!

My best piece of advice to those who ask how I manage to find so much cool stuff is that you have to get out and look OFTEN! Also, I share quite a few vintage shopping tips as well as how to’s in my Trash2Treasure blog.

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How do you like to unwind?
Sleep! Ideas pop into my head even while I am sleeping! Before my spine injury, I used to love to go on day hikes. Oregon is such a beautiful state with so much to explore!

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What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
I really don’t get into the city much except to stock my booth at Stars! I’m pretty much a ‘country girl’ these days. Before my spine surgery, I worked in the restaurant business in the Portland area for 27 years, so I really enjoy a good home cooked meal with friends more than eating out these days.

As for shopping: Stars, The Habitat ReStores, the ReBuilding Center, ANY thrift store . . .

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What is your idea of the perfect summer day?
I hate to sound like an ‘all work and no play’ kind of person, but I really kind of AM since surgery left me with a permanently damaged spine and by the time I finish doing what I HAVE to do, I’m usually too worn out to have ‘fun’. My fun IS the revamping work I do! And a dry summer day is PERFECT painting weather!

Stop by Stars to see dealer #2, ReVamped Vintage by Sophie’s Cottage!

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Meet the Dealer: Vintage Rust at Splendid!

Today we’re talking with Doug Nakanishi, one of the dealers behind Splendid space #52. He and his wife, Connie, are the duo who run Vintage Rust–one of the Stars Antiques family’s newer spaces. They do a wonderful job finding industrial pieces, signage, salvage, vintage souvenirs, furniture and a lot more. Come down to the shop and check them out!

Here is a fun Q&A we had with Doug:

How did you get into vintage?
I was born and raised in Chicago and I was always into collecting vintage things when I was growing up. At a very young age I collected stickers, beer cans and as I grew up I collected vintage clothing, used albums and even worked for a used book store that sold antiques, too.

How long have you been a dealer? Do you work alone?
In the 1980s, I was a picker in Chicago. I went to the University of Iowa and I used to go to farm auctions before Ebay. I would bring treasures back and sell them to collectors, dealers, photographers, and designers. I was a professional photographer in Chicago and I used junking to supplement my income. In the 1990s I took a corporate job, but I realized that I didn’t enjoy the corporate path, so I returned to my true love with was hunting for treasures. I have been a picker my whole life!

What would you say your specialty as a dealer is?
My specialty is reclaimed treasures from the past. Therefore, the company name is Vintage Rust. I enjoy industrial, farm primitive, and americana past treasures. American history such as the machinist era, and pieces that bring back America’s past is what I love.

What is your dream vintage score?
My dream vintage scores are pieces with stories from where they came from. For example, a “game of chance wheel” that came from a old carnival or a industrial piece that came from an old garage in Chicago, etc. Treasures with stories.

Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
I am not a collector. I know that’s rare in this business, but I try not to get attached to physical objects. I enjoy them for a while and then I sell them.

Any vintage shopping tips?
My vintage shopping tip is only buy what you love! Never buy things because you think you can make a buck.

How do you like to unwind?
I unwind with my wife and 2 Golden Retriever dogs. Fly fishing, traveling on the road for stuff and eating at great places.

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
I love Portland. I have so many favorite places to eat. I am a foodie at heart. I love Toro Bravo, Screen Door, Pok Pok and Podnah’s Pit. My favorite place to shop is Stars & Spendid and Monticello antiques malls.

What is your perfect winter day?
My perfect winter day is fly fishing with my wife in one of Oregon’s rivers for Winter Steelhead and then, if the fish aren’t biting, finding some farmer who has stuff to sell!

Thanks, Doug & Connie!

Stop by Splendid to see dealer #52, VINTAGE RUST!

Mad Science at Stars!

If you are looking to set up a mad scientist’s bar area in your home for Halloween–our Stars & Splendid dealer #76, 76 Gifts might have what you are looking for! We loved their bone rattling setup this year. Come by the Stars Antiques Malls–there is a lot of inspiration for your own fun festivities!

Elegantly Ghoulish!

Another one of our dealers who did a beautiful job decorating their space with delightful Halloween merchandise was Stars dealer #45, Bow Tie. We love the lightness and elegance mixed with the Halloween motifs–just beautiful! Stop by and gather up these beautiful decorations for your own sweet Halloween look! Come visit Stars dealer #45 and look around for more neat Halloween-related goodies.

Mitzi’s Halloween Decor Galore!

She is at it again–that Mitzi Lee Jones really knows how to find wonderful, festive decorations for the holidays. We always love how she puts her space together just in time to help everyone have even more Halloween fun. Stop by her space (#79 at Stars) for some inspiration and great things for your own spooky home decor. Read more about Mitzi HERE and visit her spaces at Stars!

A Splendid Halloween

Here are some photos of our fun Halloween display at Splendid. We love decorating these ghoulish scenes for you at Stars Antiques! Come down for some inspiration and spooky things to decorate your home. AND don’t forget to eat some candy corn from our candy machine!

Stars Antiques at The Heathman Hotel!

We love the way that Star Antiques customer, Kat James of Bluevine Studio, styled this lamp for one of the Signature Suites at the wonderful Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland. She took a mini encyclopedia set toped with an antique desk lamp that she found from the same booth at Stars. It’s just a beautiful use of things found at Stars.

Thanks, Kat! We love your style.

CREDITS
Design by: Kat James of Bluevine Studio, Portland Oregon
Books and lamp from: Stars Antique Mall, Portland Oregon
Bell Jar & Corbel by: Restoration Hardware
Custom Shelf: HBB Fine Furniture Studio, Portland Oregon
Photography by: John Valls