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: 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!

Fun with Debbie & Ron!

Debbie and Ron always have a lot of fun things that make you smile in their space. They have a nice big space at and are dealer #42 at Splendid. We recently found amazing maps, trucks, novelty toys, toy cars, badges, souvenirs, art, books and so much more cool loot. Makes sure to swing by soon!

Barbara’s Beautiful Bling!

Barbara is the amazing dealer at Splendid that’s space literally lights up because of all the dazzling jewelry in her cases. It’s mesmerizing and fun to peer through the glass to slowly scan all of her treasures. She has a knack for finding truly special pieces. Barbara also carries other fun collectible, like toys, cocktail paraphernalia, games, trucks, display items and a lot of fascinating pieces of history! She has the glorious case marked for dealer #104 at Splendid.

Mike’s Box of Vintage Toys!

Mr. Magoo! Pan Am! Here are some great vintage toys and ephemera we found in Mike Grail’s wonderful case–he is dealer #88 at the Splendid shop. You’ll be blasted to the past and this his space is perfect for toy collectors!

Jean’s Joy!

Jean has the beautiful, big glass case up at the front at Stars. Her space is always full to the brim with a variety of treasure from many eras: jewelry, pottery, porcelain dresser dolls, vintage cosmetic cases, elegant chocolate moulds, teacups, perfume bottles, sweet vintage toys and hundreds of other goodies. Visit her case–she is dealer #67 at Stars!

You’re a Lunatique!

Take a trip to the Lunatique! KT, Mark & J have a colorful case close to the counter at the Stars shop. You will find vintage ceramics, fun dishware, fantastic modern barware, cool linens and much more. Find case #51 at Stars–it will make you smile!

Jerry’s Great Space!

One of our newer dealer’s, Jerry Bauder, has a fab space at the Splendid shop. We found some beautiful pottery, sheet music chairs, light fixtures and more at JB’s Emporium. Come visit him at Splendid space #150 for fab things to fluff up your nest!

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