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.

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

… and its matching chair! At Stars Too @ 7011 SE Milwaukie

A fantastic potting bench from dealer #4 at Stars Antiques @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

Stacks of inspiring books – this one is at Stars Too @ 7011 SE Milwaukie

Another fun book at Stars Too @ 7011 SE Milwaukie

Such a cute concrete garden mushroom and a utensil carrier at Stars Too @ 7011 SE Milwaukie

A beautiful wooden carrier could be a garden trug or hold condiments. Stars Dealer #46 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

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

A sweet little handmade carrier to make a lovely patio flower arrangement. At Stars Too @ 7011 SE Milwaukie

Gorgeous old apple bushel baskets are good for inside and outside. Stars Dealer #32 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

Another beautiful apple bushel basket from Stars dealer #11 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

We love this pretty vintage seed box and the lovely old seed packets. Stars dealer #61 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

This watering can is a real beauty from Stars dealer #35 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

What more do you need? A great watering can, a galvanized tub, and a concrete duck. Stars #127 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

Another wonderful watering can and a great galvanized bucket with strainer. Stars Dealer #54 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

These galvanized tubs are perfect filled with ice,cans & bottles or to cool off in. Stars Dealer #54 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

We’d love to fill this bucket with lilacs now and then roses and dahlias this summer. Stars dealer #127 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

A pretty painted steel flower bucket from Stars dealer #90 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

Another painted flower bucket and a lovely little side table or plant stand. Stars dealer #24 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

Very charming painted plant stands from Stars dealer #64 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

A cute little red sprinkler from Stars dealer #4 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

Does your yard need a sprinkler frog? It probably does! From Stars @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

A fantastic vintage hose hanger and a galvanized window planter from Stars dealer #16 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

We love this green metal patio chair as is or professionally powder coated! Stars dealer #127 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

Such a cute turquoise patio set from Stars dealer #42 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

Oui! Cute patio chairs that look like champagne cork cages. Stars Dealer #32 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

Vintage barkcloth and gorgeous rattan patio chairs? Yes, please. Stars Dealer #91 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

Sip from rose glasses, while looking at garden roses, in the Rose City! Stars Dealer #20 @ 7027 SE Milwaukie

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!


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


It’s Decemberville in PDX!

The holidays are here! Decemberville has returned to Sellwood/Westmoreland–and we are a proud sponsor of this wonderful Portland community event.

Come down and shop the Stars Decemberville Sale this weekend. While the neighborhood sales start at 4pm on Saturday, we’re doing things a little differently. The Stars Sale starts at 11am on Saturday through until 8pm and then we’re starting it back up again on Sunday at 11am until 6pm. (those are our new regular Sunday hours by the way!)

See our flyer below for fun events and see all the participating vendors HERE!

11am–6pm daily
December 3 open 11am–8pm
December 24 open 11am–4pm
Closed for Christmas
We’re OPEN on New Year’s Day!

Black Friday: Little Boxes in PDX!

Come down this Black Friday for some shopping fun! Forget the big box stores–we’re participating in Portland’s Little Boxes holiday shopping event–a one-day collaborative Black Friday sale and amazing raffle. We’re one of about 90 retailers across the city who are banding together to offer our community a cross-promotional discount from the amazing SMALL businesses at the heart of Portland retail. All participating shops will be open 10am-8pm this Black Friday (11/25/11) and will provide a 10% discount to any customer who shows a receipt from a different participating business from that day.

In addition to the discount, customers will receive a raffle tickets at each location for a chance to win prizes. BIG PRIZES!! $100 to spend at Stars Antiques Malls, an Orla Kiely handbag from Tilde, $75 to Fuchsia, an iPad 2 from The Mac Store, a one-night stay at the Hotel Deluxe, $200 to Besaw’s, $200 to Wildwood, a tattoo session at Icon Tattoo (How about getting “I ♥ Stars” tattooed on your forearm? Just an idea!)… the list goes on and on! See complete list of raffle prizes HERE.

For the complete list of the 90 stores participating and a map of their locations– visit Little Boxes PDX. See you Friday!


BOO! Spooky Stars + Monster March!

Not only are we having a “monster” sale this weekend (Sat 11-6 & Sun 12-6 both shops) at Stars, but Sunday 10/30 at 3pm, the 11th Annual Sellwood-Moreland Monster March Halloween parade will kick off! You can even snap up a great Monster March t-shirts (of all sizes) and totes online–Sellwood artist, Gary Hirsch, created this year’s fantastic design. To make it more fun and festive neighborhood biz, Sweet Pea’s, will be handing out balloons again this year!

The Sellwood-Moreland Monster March was created by Kathy Diamond and Lynn Van Horn (with a lot of help from Liz Cerabino-Hess, the former, former owner of Haggis McBaggis!) and is sponsored by the Sellwood-Westmoreland Business Association. The parade will start at Llewellyn Elementary (6301 SE 14th Ave) school at 3pm on Sunday, October 30th, and be lead, as it has since the beginning, by our local fire engine! You can view the route here.

The march has always been about community, with a special emphasis on our schools. True to Kathy Diamond’s original vision and any profits made by the sale of the official Hirsch-designed T-shirts (buy here!), or other merchandise, will be given to the foundations of our neighborhood schools: Llewellyn Elementary, Duniway Elementary and Sellwood Middle. Please feel encouraged to support these foundations by giving at! HAVE FUN!

Here are some TERRIFYING photos from Stars to help get you in the spirit…

Not really spooky, but very pretty and Halloween-y!

The Gorey Details

Two of our display cases that are spooky 365 days a year are from Stars & Splendid dealer #50, Julia Koerth. Julia runs “Gorey Details” and provides our customers with wonderful ink stamps of all sorts to decorate your party invites and letters to friends or have as party favors and prizes. Of course the stamp case is well-stocked right now with bats, pumpkins, and all else spooky! Julia’s second display case has creepy lenticular portraits, moody toys and ephemera, and lots of great spooky jewelry.

Stop down for Halloween fun! Here are some photos of Julia’s cases:

Meet the Dealer: Julia from Splendid!

Welcome to another installment of “Meet the Dealer”! Today we are getting to know Julia Barbee, the lovely lady behind Splendid space #36 and company, Frocky Jack Morgan. She’s been with us for about 5 years and specializes in vintage oddities, curiosities and refashioned vintage clothing and jewelry.

“I don’t like trying to stick with one era, or look, or rule. Sticking with what you love you’ll find the pieces just magically fit together.”–Julia Barbee, Splendid dealer #36, Vintage shopping tips.

Check out Julia’s space at Splendid—she just introduced some beautiful belts that would great for brides or just to doll up an outfit for a party. She also created her own line of fragrances (with names like “The Shepherd and the Sea” and “The Lion Goes To War”) that are available in her space or in her online shop.

★ A Fun Q&A With Julia ★

How did you get into vintage and what do you collect for your own home?
I was buying clothing and embellishments for my line Frocky Jack Morgan, and was seeing all kinds of other things that I thought would make an interesting collection to create the setting. I have a couple of small curio cabinets with the MOST oddly weird things I find. I also love finding unique pieces for my kitchen.

What is your favorite era?
I don’t know that I have one. Anything crusty and tattered from use, from any era is what I’m drawn to. It could be a purse from the 1800’s or a Dukes of Hazzard lunchbox.

What is your dream vintage score?
I love finding something I know only I will love, for a dime in a small town.

What is the vintage score that got away?
I had an amazing chalkware polar bear that I actually had in my space and overpriced, then sold, before I realized how much I loved it.

Any vintage shopping tips?
Just buy what you love. I don’t like trying to stick with one era, or look, or rule. Sticking with what you love (just like in your wardrobe) you’ll find the pieces just magically fit together.

What is your favorite place to eat in Portland?
I love all the fancy restaurants (and I kind of moonlight washing dishes at Skin & Bones Bistro on E 55th & Burnside, and it is AMAZING!) but I truly look forward going to this amazing little taco truck on SE 102nd & Stark. It’s called Taqueria Antojitos Yucateco, and even after 2 years in LA I have not found a better taco.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working–how do you unwind?
I’m an artist, so I love to look at other people’s work. I also make perfume, so I’ve spent time reading tons of books on the subject, but either way I love to read. And spending time outside, just sitting by the ocean all day is awesome. I also love to hang with friends, eat amazing food, watch movies, shop, eat more food, watch more movies and go to shows.

Have any fun trips planned?
I’m doing a performance with perfume in October in New York, and it’s my first time there, so I’m excited to research a couple of spots to see (although I’ll be focusing more on seeing art than on shopping for anything), then down to North Carolina, where my whole family is. There’s a treasure or two to be found just about anywhere, I find.

Do you find inspiration in any movies, TV shows, music, theater, arts, sports, recreation etc? What are you into right now?
Of course! I’m inspired by so many things.

Film: I love The Thin Man movies, the sense of humor mixed with style and wit is brilliant. I love foreign films, The Spirit of the Beehive is a great one, anything by Jeunet and Caro, I’m just getting into Jean-Luc Godard, I love the Coen Brothers. As a child I took away great influence from Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Return to Oz and those animated shorts Davey & Goliath. And funny enough, I remember the Foley work from those shows more than anything.

Music: Megadeth, Metallica, Alice in Chains, Getz & Gilberto, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Bjork and Dieselboy.

TV: Kill your telelvision.

Art: There are bits and pieces from each movement that inspire.

Artists: Ana Mendietta, Louise Bourgeois, Rachel Whiteread, Eva Hesse, Jeff Wall, Goron Matta-Clark, Renée Green, Tacita Dean, Julia Haft-Candell.

Make sure to visit her phenomenal space!

Thanks, Julia!


Meet the Dealer: Shirley from Stars!

For our fun “Meet the Dealer” column today here on the Stars blog, we have lovely Stars dealer #41, Shirley Yancey. This is Shirley’s second time around as a dealer here at Stars and we’re happy to have her back since she’s moved back to the Pacific NW from Arizona.

“If you see something you love, GET IT! Don’t ever think you are the only one who loves your treasure. If you wait to think about it and try to come back later, IT WILL BE GONE.
—Shirley Yancey, Stars dealer #41

Shirley has been in the biz since 1982 and keeps up two amazing spaces here at Stars! Her business model has evolved from custom made lampshades and vintage lamp restoration, into “chippy paint” furniture, industrial furniture, clothing, housewares and, of course, she still has an eye for fabulous lighting. She is always bringing in new items, so her booths are constantly changing and refreshed.

A Fun Q&A With Shirley

How did you get into vintage?
Originally I wanted a vintage floor lamp with a custom made Victorian shade for my home. We had 4 children and it wasn’t in the budget. So I started looking for a floor lamp that needed to be rewired, my husband showed me how to rewire the lamp I found. Then—through trial and error—I made a shade for my first floor lamp! I had friends tell me, ” I’ll pay you for a lamp and shade”, so begin my business!

Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
I of course have a collection of lighting in my home,but also a collection of 6 old cupboards. One of the oldest is a fir cupboard from the mid 1800’s I purchased and restored from Portland.

Do you have a partner or partners that work with you?
My husband is my partner, he is always there to help me with whatever needs to be done!

What is your favorite era?
I like 1920s and 30s era.

What is your dream vintage score?
It would be wonderful to find a Tiffany lamp or a great piece of Stickley furniture.

What is the vintage score that got away?
There have been a few of those, a Craftsman bed, a pair of wonderful old nightstands and a Victorian folding screen.

What is your favorite place to eat in Portland?
There are so many good and unique places to eat in Portland. Some of my favorites are Bernies Southern Bistro on SE Alberta, Pambiche on SE Glisan and Nicholas on SE Grand Ave.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
Spending time with my family and taking time to explore the many vineyards in the area.

How do you unwind?
There are so many great Farmers Markets here to go to. I find it soothing to walk through the stalls and look for that nights dinner.

Are there other collectors in your household?
My husband is lover of photography and is always taking wonderful pictures wherever we are. Our daughter collects vintage Star Wars items.

Have any fun trips planned?
I would like to make another trip to California to the Rose Bowl or to the Long Beach Antique Market.

Do you find inspiration in any movies, TV shows, music, theater, arts, sports, recreation etc? What are you into right now?
I enjoy watching the Food Channel and HGTV for ideas and to keep up with the latest decorating ideas!

Go visit Shirley’s wonderful spaces at Stars–she is dealer #41!