Garden Blooms at Stars

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Welcome spring with blooms and buds popping up everywhere! Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too are filling up with bursts of color as birds sing throughout the neighborhood!

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Cottage walkways fill with perennials pushing through the ground as butterflies dance in the midst of interwoven flower petals and gangly stems that reach for the sun.

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Galvanized pails and buckets rest outside the door, ready to replenish moisture to the garden beds. Windmills of all sizes become decorative and functional as the season of rebirth is upon us. Gardens come to life with bits of sparkling sunshine as bouquets of mixed flowers and aromas fill the house.

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Indulge yourself in the City of Roses and the Japanese Gardens as you get inspiration while shopping our stores! We’re open daily from 11AM to 6PM. From vintage to contemporary items and whimsical finds to historical ephemera, you’re sure to spot a budding treasure to display in your home or workplace. SHOP SMART. SHOP STARS.

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Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

Welcoming Spring to Stars

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With small bursts of clear blue sky and golden sun peering through, buds and flowers give hope to rebirth. Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too have bouquets of brilliant color bursting open everywhere you turn.

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Gather your seeds, sit outside and enjoy the birdsong, and get ready for the snowdrops, scilla, and hyacinth to line the path to your door!

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From fabrics, vintage hats, enamel wall hangings, and bold paintings, floral motifs embellish all mediums. Whether you choose one or many, floral decor freshens up a room and creates a cheerful welcome.

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Porcelain service, ceramics, Roseville pottery, and lattice patterned planters are ways to bring form, function, and florals into our home.

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Fresh flowers and brilliant arrangements can be found in the front window displays just inside the doors at all three stores.

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Enjoy the change of season; it is well deserved following a snow filled winter! Brighten up your day, surprise a good friend, send a lovely gift to an unsuspecting loved one!

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Flowers in any form will always bring a smile. Stop in to smell the roses, our doors are open everyday from 11-6 to view the floral gardens of all things vintage. SHOP SMART. SHOP STARS.

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

A Happy New Year from Stars

Celebrate the New Year with festivities and shopping. Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too help get the party started with shiny orbs in an array of colors!

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Reflecting back it’s been a year to remember with highs and lows, clarity and confusion. Life has a way of filling our lives with daily surprises.

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Looking to the future offers strength, hope, and purpose as we plan for yet another new year.

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The sun and moon will continue their cycle in our simple but complex world.

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Time passes and light and shadows dance about. Take time to appreciate these subtle changes and displays of beauty.

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Happiness lives within all of us – take the time to see yourself and all that you have to offer those around you.

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New ideas formulate as challenges present themselves. It’s a good time to stray from the ordinary and comfortable and try something new and unfamiliar.

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Sing a happy tune to put a bounce in your step.

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Notice the special moments that can sometimes go unnoticed.

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Appreciate the beauty of nature that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Capture the colors of a sunset and the stillness of snow.

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Friendships enrich daily experiences and fill our hearts with joy.

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Treat yourself like royalty.

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A new day is dawning.

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And three, two, one, ring in the New Year with the celebratory first kiss and begin a new calendar year filled with love.

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We’ll be open New Years Day from 11:00-6:00. SHOP SMART. SHOP STARS.

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

Fresh Picks

From Sauvie Island to Hood River and all along the Willamette Valley berry season is coming to a close while apples, pears, and peaches are prime for picking. Join us everyday of the week from 11-6 at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too. We’ll make summer baking fun with a number of great vintage finds in all three stores. Berries never have an expiration date when turned into hampers, tablecloths, and scarves. If it’s canning jars with character you’ll find plenty; including vintage jam jars.

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Grapes covering an arbor create much needed shade and allow the fruit to be harvested easily. Take a weekend to create your own mix of home-made wine or Sangria.

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Farm fresh crumble is a quick and easy option when you have limited time but want to indulge in seasonal fruits or berries. Be sure to have the freezer stocked with ice cream. Take a classic recipe for crumb topping and throw in 1/4-1/2 cup of your favorite cereal or granola for extra crunch. Served up in vintage Pyrex makes the flavor and presentation that much better.

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Fruit pies with a pierced or lattice top take a bit more time but are well worth the wait! In this house, we get anxious with the aroma and never allow proper cooling time for the pie before having a sample taste.

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Did you know that pie once cooled is perfect for breakfast with hot coffee or tea?

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Whatever the summer holds in store, don’t miss out on the grand selection of fresh produce available. The kitchen may be hot from baking but our stores are always very cool. Stop in for some refreshing ideas. SHOP SMART. SHOP STARS.

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

Garden Thyme

Summertime has officially arrived and that equates to sunshine and garden thyme! Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too are filled with wonderful unique items for your yard, patio, and garden! Many vendors are filling the sidewalks with great finds for your potting shed and deck.

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We can never accumulate too many garden essentials. Vintage and contemporary tools, gloves, string and galvanized pails, along with planters of all shapes and sizes are ready for the choosing!

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Garden decor includes salvaged fence panels, architectural remnants, weathered and worn statuary, brightly striped garden chairs, croquet sets, and so much more!!

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Plants and sedums can be found throughout all our locations in living form or simply great textile design for tables and windows to bring a bit of nature into our lives and homes.

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Everyday delights are in store now as we spend more time outdoors.

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Join us rain or shine from 11am-6pm daily and select pieces that speak to you and make your heart sing as you incorporate them into your landscape and outdoor rooms. SHOP SMART. SHOP STARS.

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Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

The Hunt is On for the Prized Egg

Before the blink of an eye or the thump of a foot, the Annual Stars Easter Egg Hunt at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too will be here! Easter is this Sunday, March 27, and our doors will open at 11AM, so all our friends can begin the search for rainbow colored eggs that hold prizes of candy and gift certificates for shopping.

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This is a morning for the entire family to enjoy themselves together.

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Wake up with the songbirds outside your window.

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The early birds are at the head of the line.

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Think about your strategy to outsmart the other cats.

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Enjoy a hearty breakfast then grab your hat or bonnet.

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Put on your best white gloves (it is Easter Sunday after all).

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Remember your basket for gathering your treasures and finds.

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Take a deep breath and inhale the fragrant scent of fresh flowers as you pass by the garden…

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…and get in line outside your favorite Stars store for the thrill of the hunt!!

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All three stores are filled with Easter collectibles, nostalgic treasures, and even vintage holiday books for the little ones!

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Happy Easter to all our friends and family!

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Following the Stars Annual Easter Egg Hunt, plan to spend the afternoon browsing all three stores and exploring all that the Westmoreland neighborhood has to offer. We will be open 11AM to 6PM Easter Sunday. Thank you for your continued patronage. SHOP SMART. SHOP STARS.

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Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

Setting the Stage for Spring

Brisk clean breezes and bits of sunshine fill the house as we start opening doors and windows. Spring makes brief appearances and vanishes with the cold rains, but in the Pacific Northwest we’re already planning our gardens, gathering seeds, and turning the soil. Get a head start on new ideas at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too. Whether you’re an avid gardener or simply enjoy the change in the season, our doors are open and we’re filling the shops with fresh air and fresh merchandise.

Early mornings bring songbird symphonies as our days get longer.

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Bouquets are being gathered from the yard as snowdrops, crocuses, violets, and daffodils open and lift their heads towards the sky.

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Colorful calicos cover this quilt and offer up warmth on a cool evening after a long and productive day outdoors.

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Bright colors and deep shades of green in this granny square afghan are reminiscent of a well tended flower garden.

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Pot decorations covered in buds, bees and bright flowers are a simple color boost to empty terracotta planters on the porch.

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Gather your favorite seed catalogs and introduce a few new varieties in annuals and perennials.

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Create a vignette of spring favorites to brighten a corner with similar colors in different mediums.

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Change out the paintings in a room for a fast and easy update. Shopping for a new collection of vintage artwork can often be found for pennies on the dollar and allows for the thrill of the hunt.

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Bring flowers inside that will never fade with these painted wooden boxes which create decorative storage. Stack mixed patterns for interest.

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Aged and crackled porcelain pitchers could be the new focal point for the kitchen. Display on open shelves or on top of a cabinet; this tone on tone ivory features a wash of color across a glorious bird resting on a branch.

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An early 1900’s postcard delights the eye as gardeners prepare for the first cuttings from their rose shrubs.

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Pick up the pace and keep your heart healthy by taking walks in new neighborhoods and parks. Portland offers up a host of public gardens to explore and every week the view changes as the foliage grows.

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Pack up the car and get out for an afternoon of exploring Sellwood and Westmoreland.

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Take a drive in any direction and enjoy the farming communities, pastures, or mountainsides filled with animals.

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Switch out the navy and black for bold prints and colors in outerwear.

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Keep your head up and enjoy the beauty of the radiant sun.

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Join us daily from 11AM to 6PM as we set the stage for spring! With every visit you’re sure to find something different as our dealers bring in new picks constantly! Mark your calendars and get additional savings Thursday through Monday, March 3 through 7 this week, as we celebrate with our Spring Stars On Sale event at all three stores! SHOP SMART. SHOP STARS.

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

Shop and Play

It’s Labor Day and the infamous STARS End of Summer Sale at Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too is in full swing at our shops known to have the best antiques and vintage in Portland.

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We’re open, on sale, and ready for you to shop until you drop.

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Don’t sit around debating whether you should shop or not. The clock is ticking, the savings are great and this is the final day to save! Get up and come on out to the sidewalks and the stores in Westmoreland.

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The sidewalks are filled with treasures from your favorite dealers!

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From pottery and an assortment of vintage letters used in advertising, to Hawaiian shirts and great vintage picnic baskets complete with service, you’re sure to find something that makes you smile!

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The stores are packed with new fall offerings, and everyone is offering a discount!

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The best part; you can shop all three stores from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and still get to the coast to watch the sun go down. Shop and play, now that’s a good day!

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

And find us on Stars on Facebook & Instagram @StarsPDX!

Garden Magic

this looks like my kind of heaven

Nothing can top an evening of dining in an Oregon garden. While this summer has not been what I could call, Summer. It is quite obvious that some Oregon gardens have been thriving with our weather this year. I have heard the moans and groans of gardeners related to their dismal vegetable gardens but the flowers out there are quite happy. Or so it would seem.

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For one enchanted evening this summer, I was invited to the gardens and cottage of Katie and Bob to sup among the flora and fauna. There was plenty of beautiful flora and two frisky squirrels supplied both the fauna and the entertainment of the evening.

Arriving early before the other guests can spoil the magic (like eating and drinking) is a must when you want to take in the whole ambience by yourself. After a quick Hi to the host and hostess, I found is necessary to poke my nose into just about everything and every place. As you can see from the photos, the garden is lovely. The perfect setting for an outdoor party. But I wanted to see the inside of this cottage. I know perfectly well that Miss Katie has scooped up some pretty nice things at Stars before I even had a chance to eyeball them.

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let's just move in

Sure enough, Katie announced as I started my tour that I should be aware that this cottage was pretty much exclusively furnished from Stars. Well that was like a scent to a bloodhound. I was off.

I was right. Katie has an amazing eye. An amazing eye for just the kind of things that should be sitting in my home right now. But I shrugged off this disappointment and reveled in her home and its treasures.

I want to collect string now

who knew? I'm now in love with string

Pictures are suppose to be worth 1000 words they say. Mine just don’t do justice to Katie and Bob’s quaint cottage and gardens. Thankfully Katie must have seen my dazed look after the home tour, as she escorted me quietly and quickly to the evening cocktails. Sitting in the garden, sipping cocktails and watching the other guests arrive. I surveyed this lovely scene from my patio throne and knew I had arrived in garden heaven.

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That spell was broken soon enough when the call to dinner was made. Following the other guests into the cottage or was I the leader? Hunger can play tricks on you that way. Filling my plate, I made my way to the dining table set in the garden. It is a bit hard to have a conversation when your mouth is full so I just ate. Enjoying the potato salad, fried chicken and watermelon and tomato salad, I continued to eat it all. Clean that plate just like your mother always told you. Visiting can come later.

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It did along with enjoying a magical summer evening in a lovely garden and quaint cottage in Oregon. Thanks Katie and Bob.

Gayle’s View: Christmas–Early American Style

The occasion: A holiday luncheon hosted by Dianne Muyskens and Carol Kelly

The setting: The home of Carol and Jack Kelly

“I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year long.” –Tiny Tim, A Christmas Carol by Dickens

The quote from Tiny Tim is one of my favorites. I bought a rubber stamp years ago to stamp the saying on the envelopes of my holiday cards.

My heartstrings were tugged when I saw the small early primitive crutch tilted against Carol Kelly’s inviting front door. “Oh,” I thought, “Tiny Tim is here.”

Carol and Dianne are known for their gourmet cooking and creative entertaining……

On the left, Dianne, then Carol….

Carol has been a longtime collector (and at one time an antique dealer in partnership with Darwin Otto in their shop called ETC. on Sellwood Row) and her interest is in early Americana and folk art. Put this decor together with Christmas greens and it is most welcoming.

On the mantel are pewter candlesticks and a footed pewter dish containing berries, greens, pomegranates, cranberries and apples below a framed print of old-time Santas.

A mixture of antique Christmas ornaments and sentimental objects fill the tree……

Evidence of early American antiques are all over Carol’s house:

An early primitive portrait of three young girls…

A wall of antique mirrors…

A hooked rug of a deer created by Carol in the early manner…

A bottlebrush tree by early deer figures…

A tiny tree in a window with collectible ornaments…

Carol’s antiques have been purchased over a period of time. Some resources are: Stars Antiques Malls, Palmer/Wirfs Antique Shows, Brimfield Antique Market, Maine Antique Digest, Ebay and reputable antique shops all over the country.

Signing off and thanking Carol and Dianne for a lovely December afternoon.

–Gayle
Stars Antiques

Photos courtesy of Dianne Muyskens