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

Stars Customer Collections: Laurie

Today with talking with Stars Antiques customer, Laurie. She has been collecting pictures of ladies and their amazing fashion for 20 years! Some rooms in her home display them floor to ceiling! Amazing!

How did you get into vintage?
I have been fond of the Victorian era, collecting pictures and watching old movies. The one in particular was Gone with the Wind. I just loved the dresses the Ladies were wearing.

What is your favorite era?
My favorite era is 1890 – 1930’s.

What is your dream vintage score?
My dream vintage score? STILL LOOKING!

Is there a vintage score that got away?
I always have disappointments when things are out of my budget!

Are there other collectors in your household?
My Mom loves dishes and my sister is always looking for books.

Any vintage shopping tips?
Wear comfortable shoes and enjoy.

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
Favorite places to eat: Baja Fresh (any location in Portland & Beaverton), Papa Haydn in (Milwaukie), Marcos (Garden Home) & Dessert – Roses (Sherwood). And, of course, Starbucks for coffee.

What is your perfect summer day?
75 to 80 degrees, sunny and a cool breeze blowing.

Thanks, Laurie!

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Stars Customer Collections: Amriel

Meet Amriel. She is another wonderful Stars Antiques customer that we’re visiting with! Amriel has an amazing collection of vintage Barbie dolls. We love Barbie when she had cat-eye eyeliner and a good high ponytail!

How did you get into vintage?
Let’s see I decided I wanted to live life like a girl growing up in this country in the 1960s time period (I was born in 1971). I started reading Nancy Drew books and collecting Barbie simultaneously about 1999 when eBay started out

A few things you particularly love to collect?
My favorite era is 1967, specifically. I like the “Carnaby Street” fashions and Petula Clark, The Supremes, Peggy March, Connie Francis and Lesley Gore.

What is your dream vintage score?
Finding Barbie dolls from 1967 with outfits!

Is there a vintage score that got away?
Yes at the Antique Expo a “Little Black Sambo” illustrated book from 1909 that was only $5 got literally grabbed just before I grabbed it!

Any vintage shopping tips?
Yes, become friends with store employees and managers and give them your want lists and phone number!

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
Stars Antiques, Powell’s, Billy Galaxy and the Disney Store in Clackamas.

What is your perfect summer day?
Country Time lemonade and a Lindsay Lohan movie with my vintage Uneeda baby-doll and stuffed tiger! 🙂

Thanks, Amriel!

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Stars Customer Collections: Bren

Today we’re visiting with Stars Antiques customer, Bren. She and her family have an extensive vintage and collectible toys collection! Her Gumby collection is fantastic! Make sure to check out Bren’s Lost & Found Vintage Toys blog!

How did you get into vintage?
I guess I am vintage–LOL! Also, I grew up in a household with my great-grandmother—a real privilege. I developed an appreciation of things from another time that way.

A few things you particularly love to collect?
I love the toys of my own childhood—the 60s. My main collection is of Art Clokey’s clay animated character, Gumby, but I also like children’s books, toys and halloween items from the Victorian era onward.

What is your dream vintage score?
I would love a Green Ghost game.

Is there a vintage score that got away?
I’m from the L.A. area and once we walked the entire toy and collectible show at Veteran’s Stadium in Long Beach only to accidentally set down a bag full of Gumby items and leave them somewhere! I hope whoever found them enjoys them! Haha!

Are there other collectors in your household?
My husband collects vintage space toys and robots. My son collects trading cards of his era (Pokemon, etc).

Any vintage shopping tips?
Bundle! When at estate or yard sales, you will get more for your money than if you walk up with a single item.

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
Cosmic Monkey Comics, Annie’s Donuts in the Parkrose district and Things from Another World.

What is your perfect summer day?
My perfect summer day would be spent browsing a nice air-conditioned collectible shop!

Thanks, Bren!

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Stars Customer Collections: Cheryl Frampton

Today we’re visiting with another one of our truly inspiring Stars Antiques customers, Cheryl Frampton, about her personal collections. Cheryl originally hails from England, but now lives here in Portland. We love the story about her family’s shop across from Windsor Castle and her genuine love of old things.

“It is good to go with a budget and stick to it. Keep an open mind as to what you might find as sometimes an object is meant for you and will catch your eye. If it’s something you really have a good feeling for, then buy it. You will regret it otherwise. Above all, just enjoy the fun!”
–shopping tips from Cheryl Frampton, Stars Antiques customer

How did you get into vintage?
My grandparents, aunt and uncle all owned stores opposite Windsor Castle in England from when I was a young girl. One of my aunts owned a lovely antique store down a very small cobbled street in Windsor. The store was named “Nell Gwyn’s”. Nell Gwyn was the mistress of Henry the VIII and there was a tunnel that ran from Windsor Castle to the store where Nell Gwen once lived. Obviously, that had all been bricked up, but I remember being taken down there and seeing where that connection once was. I guess my fascination with antiques and things of the past developed from there.

Even my engagement ring had to come from an antique store. I just have this ability to pick things up and feel an energy with that object. I wonder where it came from? Who owned it? How did they get it? What sort of home did it live in? To me, a vintage or antique piece is never just another collectors item or something to collect for money alone. I look at old photographs and wonder about those people and their connections and I’m just fascinated by it all.

History was the only subject I actually loved and excelled in. My grandparents also lived in India prior to opening their stores during the second World War, they had amazing collection of antiques from India, so once again this fascinated me, more than any modern day collections.

A few things you particularly love to collect?
It is not so much a favorite era as such, as I am not keen on Victorian decor or anything too pompous, grand or over the top. I much prefer the Shaker style—simple and distressed look. However, I have just started to collect old kitchen tins from around the 1930s and do love the 1930s and 40s for that, so I guess that would be one of my favorite eras.

It also depends on what I am collecting at the time. I love to collect old vintage cards, photographs and use them for collages or gifts to others. Right now in my own home I have displays with some of the old pics attached to vases, jugs, mugs—any display I feel will benefit from that look. I love old children shoes, and intend to buy them and white wash them myself and add some old family pics or cards. Right now I am seeing a lot of vintage bingo cards being used for display purposes, like in old picture frames.

What is your dream vintage score?
I would love to find a collection of 1930s perfume bottles in the blue cut class that my auntie once owned. I am not sure where they originated from and I have kept an eye open, but have yet to find them anywhere. I guess it would help if I knew the designer, but I only know it was around the 1930s and they were a limited edition.

Is there a vintage score that got away?
Just the other day I was snooping around a new antiques store in Oregon City. Not all the dealers were set up and there was an amazing wrought Iron Clothes Rack, in cream—almost a shabby chic look. It has a rack for shoes and had small birds attached to the rack, in perfect form. It would have worked perfectly in our new home! Our new house did not have a coats cupboard so this would not only have looked good and gone with my style of design, but done a jolly good job. I hesitated because I had recently spent so much. The house we have moved into is double the size of the small cottage in Lake Oswego we were in.

I had only driven a few blocks and decided to go back and guess what? It has just been sold. I could have kicked myself, having not seen anything like that before. Here I was—always being the one to advise others that if you see something you like and can afford it, BUY IT!—and there was me not following my own advice.

Are there other collectors in your household?
I would like to say yes, but my husband is a hoarder given the chance more than a collector. He cannot throw anything away without thinking there might be a use for it one day. Luckily I am not like that so faded shirts, socks with holes, old magazines, etc all get recycled in a manner of fashion. Having said that he, does like his English music magazine, Mojo, and has been collecting them for many years. Before we moved to the USA, I took a few dozen down to the local shop, thinking nothing of it, but it turns out there were a few collectors magazine amongst them. Now, that is the one thing I don’t throw out so easily.

Any vintage shopping tips?
1. It is good to go with a budget and stick to it. 2. Keep an open mind as to what you might find as sometimes an object is meant for you and will catch your eye. 3. If it’s something you really have a good feeling for, then buy it. You will regret it otherwise. 4. Above all, just enjoy the fun.

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
Oh, I would have to say Sellwood and Milwaukie for sure. When we first move to Portland, and knew no one, we lived in John’s Landing and would walk to both places. I came across Stars Antique Mall and that was it—IN LOVE hook line and sinker. Most of my favorite shops are in this area and there are wonderful quirky places to eat and quaint pubs. Parts of this area remind of the village I lived in back in the UK, so I guess that helps with my attraction to the place.

What is your perfect summer day?
Now you are going to find this strange, but I do not like summer. If it’s around 70 degrees—that’s fine, but over that, no thank you. A hot summer day would find me in air-conditioned places and praying for the fall to arrive. Don’t all shout at me at once, but seriously, my perfect day would be walking in the fresh air amongst the falling leaves. Junk shop and antique hunting, break for coffee, then finding a small pub with a roaring fire. I have loved those days as long as I can remember and can always get warm. Nothing beats going home to a warm place, fire and glass of wine or two and looking at your treasures. The only thing about summer that I do like is the beautiful gardens and feeling that I have more time in the evenings to get things organized.

Thanks, Cheryl!

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Stars Customer Collections: Sarah Ivy

Today we’re talking with another one of our amazing Stars Antiques customers. Sarah is giving us a little tour of her fun Portland home. She has a lovely collection of kitchenware. We love those pops of color from her Catherine Holm, Fire King and Pyrex pieces–so cheerful! We also love that she has a “gnome problem”.

“My husband and I live with our 3 year old son in a 1907 farmhouse in SE Portland. We LOVE old things, and our home is an eclectic mix of both vintage and new items. Our house is peppered with vintage gnomes, old books, terrariums made from interesting old glass containers, marbles and lots of old kitchen ware…mainly Fire King and Pyrex.”
–Sarah Ivy, a wonderful Stars Antiques customer

How did you get into vintage?
When I was around 14-15 years old, I was wandering through a little antique shop with my mom. Going in those shops was a new thing for us, we went in on a lark. I spied a really fantastic mug. It was really thick and the loveliest foamy green. I bought it for a few bucks out of my allowance and took it home. Turns out that it was Fire King jade-ite. And thus my obsession was born.

A few things you particularly love to collect?
My primary weakness is vintage kitchenware, particularly Fire King and Pyrex. I love the style and functionality of old glassware from the 30’s to the 60’s and I like to collect beautiful but practical things I can put to use. Both my husband and I love books, so they’re pretty much tucked everywhere around the house. I’ve also got a fairly nice old marble collection. Oh, and I have a little gnome problem, they seem to always follow me home.

I’ve been accused of collecting animals, but I think one dog, four cats, and ten chickens is entirely reasonable.

What is your dream vintage score?
I daydream about wandering into a thrift shop and finding a full set of Fire King tulip or polka dot bowls.

Is there a vintage score that got away?
YES. Last year I saw a beautiful red Catherine Holm lotus plate out at the coast. It was really reasonably priced, but I walked out of the shop without it (don’t ask me why, I was apparently feeling cheap that afternoon). I spent the next month obsessing and feeling incredibly foolish for not just grabbing it. Of course it was gone when I finally got back.

Are there other collectors in your household?
Not when it comes to antiques, but my husband has an awful lot of music equipment and robot parts. His collections aren’t quite as aesthetically pleasing as mine, but they definitely have high entertainment value.

Any vintage shopping tips?
I don’t know if it’s a tip, exactly, but my main rule for myself is to not buy broken items, no matter the rarity or my desire. It helps me keep my “stuff” at a manageable level. I’ve also finally figured out that for me, it’s not about having a ton of something, it’s about hunting for those really nice examples and displaying them well. Less is more and all that.

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
I love Sellwood, we always like to stop in and grab lunch at the Limelight (those fries!) in addition to the excellent antiquing. (editor’s note: those fries are so good and addictive–we agree!)Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time in my own neighborhood, Foster Powell. It’s really starting to change and develop in a fantastic way and it feels great to get out on foot or by bike and support local businesses making a go of it. A delicious brunch at Bar Carlo or a beer at NWIPA is always a treat.

What is your perfect summer day?
Not too hot, a morning at home with my husband and son, a fun but low key adventure out at a Portland park, library, or local event, then a simple but great pitstop somewhere for lunch. Finish up with a good cocktail and homecooked dinner at home, probably accompanied by porch time with some of our many lovely neighbors.

Thanks, Sarah!

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Stars Customer Collections: Jo Dee Post

Jo Dee is another great Stars Antiques customer. She sent us a link to her online shop where she takes vintage baskets–many that she finds at Stars, of course–and adds her special touch of beading to jazz them up. What a neat idea!

How did you get into vintage?
I have always loved vintage for as long as I can remember. There is something special about vintage and its fun to imagine the life of an item–where it came from, and who may have owned the piece, did it have one owner or was it passed down for several generations in a family, and my own memories associated with certain items.

A few things you particularly love to collect?
I don’t really have a favorite era – its more about the piece. My favorite vintage items to collect are wire baskets, cobalt blue glass, glass bowls, tin containers and jewelry!

What is your dream vintage score?
Finding a unique vintage piece that I have never seen before–for a great price!

Is there a vintage score that got away?
Yes—there have been many. Sometimes you come across something that you fall in love with but you just can’t justify spending the money at the time.

Are there other collectors in your household?
No, but I think my girls will grow up to appreciate vintage because they have gone on many shopping trips with me.

Any vintage shopping tips?
Take your time! Enjoy the thrill of the find – don’t race through the shop. Vintage shops are usually full and if you don’t really look close you will miss something! Go back often – vendors are always adding to their items.

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
Of course Stars is one of my favorite shops and I love Monticello Antique Marketplace on Stark and Lincoln City’s Antique Store!

What is your perfect summer day?
A perfect summer day would be plenty of sunshine, a lunch out, and a leisurely stroll through any kind of vintage shop!

Thanks, Jo Dee!

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Stars Customer Collections: Jen Cavanagh

Today we’re talking to another one of our fab customers, Jen Cavanagh, and getting a peek inside her home. We love how she has brilliantly repurposed these beautiful architectural salvage pieces she found at Stars. Thanks, Jen!

“I’m not even sure what these are, but they hang in my dining room and I am IN LOVE with them! I initially only bought two, but when I got them home I realized three would look better, so I ran back to Stars Antiques to by the 3rd one. They echo the three windows on the opposite wall of my dining room. Whenever I have people over, they always comment on how beautiful they are. I look at them every night when I eat dinner and could not be happier with them.”
–Jen Cavanagh, a lovely Stars Antiques customer

How did you get into vintage?
I loved everything in my grandmother’s house. I still have a lot of her things in my home to this day. I think it makes me nostalgic, and brings back great memories of growing up in the house right next door to my grandparents.

A few things you particularly love to collect?
I love bone china teacups! I am always on the hunt for a design different from what I have.

What is your dream vintage score?
I just bought an old Hoosier from a friends mom. It needs a total renovation and I can’t wait to do it!

Is there a vintage score that got away?
An old trumpet! I saw it at a yard sale and immediately regretted not getting it. By the time I went back it was gone 🙁

Are there other collectors in your household?
No, I don’t think my husband could handle another collector!

Any vintage shopping tips?
Always look at things for what they could be used for instead of what they were previously used for.

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
My favorite store on the planet is STARS, no question! My husband and I love trying new places to eat. We love breakfast, so some of our favorites are Screen Door, Zell’s Cafe and Genie’s Cafe.

What is your perfect summer day?
I love getting up early and going yard saling in the summer. I think it’s a great way to explore new neighborhoods. Cap that off with lunch at a cafe and a relaxing night around the firepit and I’m a happy woman. 🙂

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Stars Customer Collections: Donna & Wayne

We’re really excited to be talking to more of our amazing Stars Antiques customers about their personal collections. Today we’re speaking with Donna about her beautiful collections and love of treasure hunting that she shares with her husband, Wayne. They come to Stars about once a month and leave with their arms full of bags of beauties to add to their home. Thanks, Donna & Wayne!

How did you get into vintage?
I’ve always loved old things but I really started collecting about 12 years ago when a friend and I opened our country store. Our store was primitive country (we closed the store in Dec. of 2011) and I fell in love with that look.

What is your favorite era? A few things you particularly love to collect?
I am crazy for quilts and I’ve gotten several from Stars. As far as I’m concerned you can never have too many crocks or too much pewter. My husband told someone this weekend that we live in “the house of ill repewter” and that he wasn’t sure if the floor could hold all of the weight of anymore crocks! Isn’t he clever? I love wooden kitchen tools and firkins. My new thing is old flour and sugar sacks. I just love the artwork on them.

What is your dream vintage score?
My dream vintage score is when I find a beautiful quilt that is priced so low I can’t walk away from it. I just love to imagine who it belonged to and how it was used. That really gets my heart pumping!

Is there a vintage score that got away?
I did let an Amish quilt get away that I mourned over for quite a while. “Never hesitate” is my motto now!

Are there other collectors in your household?
My husband also collects. He collects antique fly fishing items and they’re a little harder to find, but he actually does find things at Stars now and then. When he scores he’s really excited!

Any vintage shopping tips?
The only tips I have when shopping: Buy only what you love and to heck with what anyone else thinks. If it speaks to you, buy it if you can afford it and like I said before, Don’t Hesitate–you will be sorry later!

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
My husband and I are regulars at Stars and we spend hours there when we come. We grab a coffee at Starbucks and sometimes we are at the Stars malls for 4 or 5 hours. We only stop for a quick lunch! We also like Antique Alley in Hollywood district if we have enough energy left after we visit you. We spend most of our free weekends visiting different areas that have antique shops–we’re addicted!

What is your perfect summer day?
My perfect summer day is (if it’s not too hot) working in my yard. It’s my “therapy”! There’s nothing better than seeing the things you’ve planted come to life every year. Hours can go by before I’m even aware of it.

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Stars Customer Collections: Marilyn & James

Today we’re kicking off a new series, Stars Customer Collections, and are very happy to be talking with some our amazing Stars customers about their personal collections. It’s so fun to see where some of the wonderful things from our shops go and we’re elated to find out what good homes they’ve ended up in!

“We look at our collections of items and call ourselves the caretakers of these tins and seed boxes, signs and primitives until the time comes they go to the next caretaker’s home.”–Marilyn Ryan

Our first customer collection comes from Marilyn and James Ryan. They have serious dedication in building their fun, extensive collections! Here’s what Marilyn had to say:

How did you get into vintage?
Our original collecting started with pre-1950 Coca Cola advertising since my husband worked for and retired from the company in Yakima after 38 years. Once we started to sell our collection, the walls became bare and we decided to blend our remaining coca cola advertising with country store items and primitives. We’ve really enjoyed the networking and meeting people who also collect this kind of advertising and have made a whole new world of great friends and shared experiences with them.

What is your favorite era?
Pre 1950’s.

A few things you particularly love to collect?
My flower seed boxes are at the top of my list, then we have a wonderful Hires root beer collection, some one of a kind pieces, Amocat advertising (Tacoma spelled backwards), Golden West advertising, and other WA/OR advertising coffee and spice tins and signs.

What is your dream vintage score?
We been lucky to find 2 trolley signs for Golden West, an Amocat trolley sign and a great, rare 1920’s Kay menuboard. Actually, we’ve had several great scores that we love.

Is there a vintage score that got away?
There’s always one that got away but not without our trying hard to get it first.

Are there other collectors in your household?
Both my husband and I love the hunt of finding our next great treasure.

Any vintage shopping tips?
Finding the unusual and truly great find for us sometimes takes us to the out of the way. Sometimes we find them in hole in the wall shops where you’d least expect to find something. Winter months sometimes come up with great finds that people decide to let go of when you least expect to see it show up. Networking has been wonderful for us to find other collectors that do the same things as us. Finding clubs too that specialize in your type of collecting has helped us find wonderful pieces of Coca Cola advertising for the 36 years that we’ve collected it.

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
We love seafood, so if we find a place like that to stop and eat, that’s great. Because of our travel time (3hrs to Portland) we will pack our lunches then grab dinner en route home.

What is your perfect summer day?
Wow, we haven’t been below 90+ since the first of July, so a nice day in the mid 70’s and walking the antique districts like West Moreland’s Stars malls, Sellwood and Aurora are at the top of the list!

Thank you for sharing your amazing collections with us, Marilyn & James!

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