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!

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: Cathy & Leesa from Stars!

Today for “Meet the Dealer” we’re talking to the two dealers behind Stars space #28, Cathy Ronningen and Leesa Scales. These ladies are newbies in the Stars family that have been with us since July! They’ve had a lifelong love of vintage, but their business together at Stars, “Black Shutters”, is their first run at wheeling and dealing antique treasures.

“We both inherited the love for old and odd treasures from our mothers. Both our childhood homes were filled with furniture and pieces with history. It was the way we were raised.”
–Cathy Ronningen, Stars dealer #28

As you’ll see, they are some of our dealers who take Halloween seriously! Stop by their space and check out the new scores! Here is a nice interview with Cathy…


What would you say your specialty is?
We really enjoy anything that looks aged and loved. We will always try to have a great selection of old silver, books, painted and primitive furniture and incorporate an early portrait or two.

Do you have a partner or partners that work with you?
My partner in Stars is Leesa Scales. Leesa and I have been best friends our entire lives. In fact, our mothers were best friends when they were pregnant with us. We have shared childhood vacations, horseback riding, dragging the gut in high school, double dates, weddings, pregnancies, divorces and our love of antiques and junking!

How did you get into vintage?
I would have to say that Leesa and I inherited the love for old and odd treasures from our mothers. Both our childhood homes were filled with furniture and pieces with history. It was the way we were raised!

Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
My favorite items to collect for my home would have to be early portraits, old mirrors, chairs that need work, leather bond books and anything monogrammed. Leesa is a big collector of old books, old silver, mirrors and just about anything painted black!

What is your favorite era?
Hmm.. I’m not sure for me. Leesa definitely loves the romantic, Tony Bennett type of music and—I’m guessing—that era.

What is your dream vintage score?
My big dream score would be that one incredible painting that you could build an entire home around—and, of course it would be cheap!

What is the vintage score that got away?
I know this sounds stupid to everyone else but, I missed out on a really incredible “midget wrestling” trophy dated 1955. The trophy was in the back of an old pickup truck about 15 years ago at the Round Top Texas Sale. The owner of the truck disappeared and I finally gave up waiting for him to return, I still think about that dumb trophy. Silly, isn’t it?

Any vintage shopping tips?
When shopping for antiques, I think the key is to keep on top of Craigslist, estate and garage sales and any favorite junk stores you find along the way. If you find a great piece at a garage or estate sale, go back the final day to see if the price has been reduced.

What is your favorite place to eat in Portland?
Leesa and I both love the Ringside Restaurant for a steak and onion rings. We’re on the hunt for the best vanilla latte in Portland!

What non-vintage shops do you frequent?
I love to stop by The Rebuilding Center on Mississippi and check out the back of Restoration Hardware for architectural pieces.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
We both have three adult kids. I have three daughters and Leesa has three sons. We love to spend time with our families and Leesa will be marrying soon! Leesa and her family spend a lot of time in their boat on the river during warm summer days as well as golfing when they have time.

How do you unwind?
I love to go to my favorite junk stores, estate sales and then grab a latte or two throughout the day. Leesa loves to hit as many Goodwills as she can in a single day and is constantly moving the furniture around her home.

Are there other collectors in your household?
So far, our kids are not thrilled with anything older than they are!

Have any fun trips planned?
Leesa and I recently went to Texas and hit the Round Top Texas Sale. We found some great treasure to fill our booth!

Do you find inspiration in any movies, TV shows, music, theater, arts, sports, recreation etc?
I have to admit that I love watching “American Pickers”, “Million Dollar Decorators”, and way too many shows on HGTV!

Thanks, Cathy & Leesa!

Mitzi’s Spooky Space!

Like I mentioned last time, some of our vintage dealers at Stars Antiques Malls get more into the holiday spirit than others and Mitzi Lee Jones is definitely one of them! Please stop by her booths at Stars–she is dealer #79. You’ll find pumpkins, skulls, skeletons, tattered Victorian umbrellas, black cats and even striped wrapping paper mixed in with all her marvelous vintage treasures. If you remember–she was already planning out her decorations this summer! She’s obsessed with her ghoulish goodies and so are we!

Halloween at Stars & Splendid!

We thought you might like to see some of the spooky fun that will greet you at Stars & Splendid Antiques! We take our holidays pretty seriously around here and Halloween is a great time around the shops. Some folks take it more seriously than others and walking into the booths that are really decked out can be so inspiring for your own decorations at home. We hope you come down and have a look!

Here are a few photos of our Splendid entrance. We’ll post more soon…

Gayle’s View: The Pumpkins

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.–Henry David Thoreau

I leave all my pumpkins out and about even though Halloween has come and gone. I just like even saying the word… ‘pumpkin–pumpkin–pumpkin’.

They share the stage with my outdoor statuary and front porch, and indoors nestled around my collectibles. I am lucky to be the recipient of many pumpkins because my son grows them commercially (for Winco and others) and provides me with as many as I want.

My late friend, Marion Hilton, also loved pumpkins and used them in her wonderful photographs of early homes and settings. I once went to an autumn gathering at her antique-filled home and she had emptied out an old painted primitive open cupboard of everything on display and filled the shelves with all sizes of pumpkins. She was thrilled when she discovered the variety of pumpkin called “Cinderella” years ago.

I made a little vignette above my kitchen sink nestling pumpkins, a great gourd (from Bauman’s in Woodburn), and some autumn leaves next to my shell pot (purchased at Stars Antiques, of course). I really like the pale pumpkins mixed in with the others.

I had fun using a pumpkin as a model and painting it a couple of weeks ago and using a quote from a book called The Merchant of Marvels by Frederic Clement. I took a photo of the painting for you.

It says: “I possess pumpkin seeds and carriage seeds. If you plan to go to the ball, you had better now plant the carriage seeds… unless, of course, you have a Fairy Godmother. Then the pumpkin seeds will suffice.”

After the Thanksgiving weekend, it is time to turn my thoughts to December and a different sort of decoration. The pumpkins are given to the neighbor’s cows across the way.

I sign off with a photo of my side yard and an excerpt from a Thomas Hood poem:

…No fruits, no flowers
no leaves, no birds,

–Thomas Hood

(There will be no leaves that is until after I rake them!!!!)

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