Bye Bye Summer

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With the close of August and the cooling temperatures it’s time to say so long to summer and hello to fall. Labor Day weekend marks the start of our End of Summer Sale at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too. The sidewalks will be filled with deals on all variety of items. From outdoor furnishings and garden to new fall furnishings everything will be on sale!

Grab your walking boots and cross state lines; this sale is the mother lode. All three stores will offer discounts of 10-50% off and the savings will astound you!

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Fill your cupboards and pantries, hang art on your walls, and change out the color schemes throughout your home and office as we merge with cooler temperatures and shorter days.

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Find great deals on vintage toys, textiles, garden goods, ephemera, and bric-a-brac on every aisle.

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Four days of savings gives you plenty of opportunity to shop for must-have items as well as gifts for friends and family and something special for you.

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Join us Friday through Monday, September 2nd through September 5th from 11AM to 6PM each day at all three shops. Bring your friends and find a great restaurant in the neighborhood to energize yourself and shop until you drop!

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Thanks as always for your continued patronage! Many Stars dealers will be in the stores and out on the sidewalks — we look forward to helping you find everything on your list! 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!

Transition

Right this way!

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Everything you’ll need…

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for a smooth transition from the warm summer sun to cool evening breezes we have at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too.

Fill your mind with new ideas on gardening. As fresh flowers fade think dried seed pods, vintage metal rolling carts, galvanized pails, polka dots, and birdhouses for the porch.

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Mix those florals with decorative metal shelves and silhouette mirrors and run away with a fresh look indoors.

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Bring the garden trellis inside and grab the bike as well. A friendly reminder to not bring dirt indoors hangs in the entry. Better yet, simply leave your shoes at the door!

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Vignettes in neutrals and black and white create a calming invite for all who enter.

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Think of unusual pieces to use as a focal point in displays for your home. Industrial headlights for longer nights, vintage advertising for the bar, or a well loved musical instrument over the mantel.

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The croquet set may be narrow enough for a windowsill that looks out at the backyard.

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Get a jump start on fall and hang a repurposed, distressed chalkboard by the phone for notes and messages as the family comes and goes with varied schedules.

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Stack a few quilts nearby for longer evenings and the cool air that sweeps through the house.

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Join us everyday from 11am to 6pm and discover ideas for transitioning into shorter days and longer nights as we make our way towards back to school and falling leaves! 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!

Big Bang

Here’s to Independence Day and a nice warm start to the summer! Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too have everything you’ll need as you celebrate the three day weekend! To help out with all those last minute needs our doors are open from 11am-5pm on Monday, the 4th of July and regular hours (11am to 6pm) the rest of the week and weekend.

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Our dealers have filled their booths with wonderful, patriotic vignettes of all things red, white, and blue. Come check out the outdoor chairs, pillows, and quilts!

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We’ve got ‘stars and stripes’ tableware and plates to mix and match for a festive gathering.

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With American flags of all sizes and vintage and contemporary holiday decor the Stars’ stores will make shopping and decorating a breeze.

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Personalize your porch with hanging banners and miniature flags. Make swags at the doorways from vintage pot holders. Take patterned quilts and throw over the existing chairs on the porch or deck for a quick update; once the party starts place the quilts on the ground out back for informal seating of small groups as the fireworks start.

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Think outside the box when it comes to utilizing these pieces. Jay Hill Paintings can be out on the back cedar fence for the day as a grand backdrop; centerpieces can be wooden spools, vintage games in the colors of the day, and even a mix of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls!

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Make the folks back home proud! Celebrate in style, give back to your community, and have a relaxing day with family and friends as you count your blessings and honor Old Glory .

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Happy Fourth Everyone! Thanks for your continued patronage! 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!

Painted Furnishings

When creating a personal look in your home with unique furnishings, there are several choices. You start by considering keeping the original patina or looking for an item with a fresh coat of paint or possibly a distressed finish. Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too are filled with one-of-a-kind pieces that are affordable and cover antiques and vintage and some more contemporary designs.

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Ivory palettes are easy to intermix with existing pieces and evoke a clean fresh feel. They have a great shabby chic feel when distressed.

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Neutrals in slates, grays, and taupes are abundant at all three Stars shops. You’ll find decorative side tables, shelving, large cabinets, benches, outdoor tables, and more! The selection is at an all time high as our dealers bring pieces in for the inside as well as outdoor rooms — for use on the porch and deck as weather gets better.

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Bright colors add an accent to any room and can be permanent additions or seasonal. Repeat the accent color with smaller items like pillows, vases, and artwork to bring the entire room together.

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Make a statement with a wonderful whimsical piece that stands alone. This colorful chair can be a side table, be hung on a wall as a shelf, or simply be used functionally as a child’s chair.

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Distressed and weathered pieces show age and history and adapt beautifully with any interior.

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Join us every day of the week from 11AM to 6PM and search for painted furnishings to give a room a boost as well as creating additional storage and display surface. Stop back often — inventory changes daily. Also, be sure to check out the offerings on the sidewalk as the weather gets better. 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!

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!

Creature Comforts

There is no denying the health benefits from having animals! Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too welcome animals in the stores if you carry them or place them in one of the shopping carts! Plus, our dealers have a long-standing love affair with animals! Vintage prints, stuffed toys, paintings, cement statuary, porcelain replicas and more — we love all the critters! The stores are filled with sweet animal faces that are sure to bring back fond memories or have a new memory created as you decorate or give gift it.

My generation grew up with teddy bears that were carried and dragged all about the house and snuggled as the day drew to a close.

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It’s safe to say that some of us have passed down our treasured bear to the next generation!

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At the least our trusted companion is nestled somewhere in storage waiting patiently for daylight!

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How lucky could we be if our beloved friend was also on the kitchen counter filled with cookies and treats!

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Pet portraits are the rage and the stores are filled with all breeds. Here is a loyal dog, rendering in pencil and pastel, behind glass.

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Almost every breed of dog is represented. Who can resist the soulful eyes and character of our canine family members?

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So much knowledge and so many life experiences shared together.

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It’s wonderful when your favorite breed is found, regardless of the medium.

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Even repurposed materials, scaled close to life-size, are found throughout all three stores.

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Resident artist Jay Hill captures the essence of the dog with his favorite toy on recycled wood!

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Four-legged family members get equal billing with the children and relatives in wonderful frames of all shapes and sizes.

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Cats wander and roam within the walls of Stars! Vivid colors and expressions of ambivalence shed light on their unique personalities.

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Kittens team up in vintage prints surrounded by spring flowers.

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Food never tasted so good when salt and pepper feature your favorite feline!

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Even the most colorful cat can’t resist the intrigue and flight of the bird.

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Who knew cats chirped as they watched these airborne creatures from the window?

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We have also fallen in love with hens and chicks and fresh eggs of every color imaginable.

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Pot bellied pigs of certain breeds have also become loving house pets. Uniquely intelligent and sure to delight and amuse with their loving snorts and cries.

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Frogs, mice, and gerbils fill out the smaller scale friends when space is limited.

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Horses, on the other hand, are perfect if you’ve a bit of acreage or access to a local stable.

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Search high and low for your favorite friends, they’re tucked in everywhere.

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Whether it be two, four, or eight-legged, with or without wings, gils, or fur you’re sure to find a lifelong friend to bond with. Join us daily from 11AM to 6PM and discover comfort and unconditional love! 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!

Ways to Say I Love You

Valentines Day is approaching and it’s time for romantic thoughts and poetic words inspired by the eclectic mix of items at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too ! So many ways to say “I Love You”!

Decorations on wood won’t hide all my sins,
but when I’m with you our “love always wins”.

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Flowers and lace from Victorian times,
Forget-me not this Valentines.

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Vintage velvet boxes in shades of red and wine,
shall overflow with treasures if “jewel” say you’re mine!

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This rose is so lovely and my gift to you,
as this little bird sings of our love so true.

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I’ve carved our names in a heart on a tree in hopes that you will be with me.

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You can “spin me round” in circles and I’ll still be loving you!

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“Cancelled stamps” will “send” me to you,
“Forever” posting that our love is true.

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“Note after note” with “accordion fold”,
My love for you is a sight to behold.

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It may appear a little “cheesy” to some,
But the “boxes are stacked” and you are the one.

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I’d pick a bale of cotton to “sticks” with you.

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Valentine you “bowl me over”. “Wood” you be mine?

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I’d “sail” the seven seas to find a love as true as you.

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Just “sew” you know I’m on pins and needles.
“Cushion” the blow and say you’ll be mine!

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I’m not “clowning” around, you’re my better half.

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I’m “knot” intending to “hog” all your time,
But I’d squeal with delight to have you as mine.

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Have you heard the “buzz”? I want to “bee” with you.

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“Slow” with emotions but deep with devotion,
Lets get together and cause a commotion!

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I’ll be taking “baby steps” to prove my love for you.

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My love for you spills over like “gravy” in a “boat”.

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Nothing special to say I could “chat” all day long,
‘cuz for you sweet Valentine, my heart beats strong!

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So many clever ways to express your feelings! Get inspired by what you see and creative in how you express your love this Valentines Day. Open daily from 11-6. 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!

New Year, New View

Here at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too we celebrate another year with thoughts and comments from our shoppers as we enter into 2016.

Life imitates art and art imitates life and sometimes it’s difficult to know which we are witnessing.

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All things in life aren’t black and white; there are areas of grey matter that we should consider.

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Even a common object holds beauty if we choose to see it.

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To be one of many isn’t necessarily the best for all; some need to be individual, to be bright and vibrant.

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Living simply requires that basic needs be met.

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Age and experience add character and beauty.

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A good life should be in balance.

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We should have respect for one another and celebrate our differences.

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If we look closely, beauty can be found in everything that surrounds us.

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Even those that are broken and shattered hold a beauty of their own.

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Certain things in life are best repeated.

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Create a haven for matters of the heart and meditate on these things daily.

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It’s a wonderful life. Enjoy the journey!

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Happy New Year. Thank you for your loyalty and patronage. We look forward to seeing you throughout the coming year! Open daily from 11AM to 6PM daily and we are open regular hours on New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve! 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!

The Fine Art of Giving

Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too encourage you to “Give Vintage This Holiday”. The selection of great gift ideas to embellish and adorn the wardrobe has never been better. Glass cases are overflowing with rhinestones, jewelry, beadwork, and both collectible and novelty items!

Rhinestones cover these exquisite brooches and pins in gold and silver. Place a bit of glitter and sophistication on a lapel, shawl, or a favorite hat or belt.

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Gemstones, sterling, turquoise and more create the most intricate of designs in tray after tray of rings. No longer just for the finger, string favorites on a great chain with other special charms for a personalized gift to a dear friend.

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Coral in strands and medallions beckon to the naturalist.

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Search through novelty pins to find your ‘breed of choice’ and surprise the dog lover on your list. No worries, there are also friendly felines available as well.

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For those on your list who love black in their wardrobe and understated pieces of jewelry, we’ve got you covered with matte finishes and monotone color stories.

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Handcrafted sterling and turquoise rings, cuffs, bracelets and necklaces are in abundance as well.

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For the discriminating collector, a palette of beads and fine basketry with a rich history.

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Seashells are cut and polished, gemstones interspersed and the beach enthusiast is now crossed off the list!

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For the world traveler, a blend of cloisonné and enameling with silk and satin cord and tassel will be of special interest.

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For the friend who adores classic vintage there are sets (brooch and matching earrings) available and each piece comes with plenty of sparkle and shine.

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On the fun and quirky spectrum check out the creative presentation of these vintage earrings!

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Place a holiday pin on the gift package in place of a bow, or pin at the top of a stocking for an added bonus! From reindeer and evergreen trees to rhinestone bows and bells the selection is endless!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE! Join us daily from 11AM to 6PM and check off all the gifts on your list as you GIVE VINTAGE THIS HOLIDAY! Special hours: We’re closed on Christmas Day and we are only open 11AM to 4PM on December 24th. 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!