A Day at the Beach

Sunshine and record temperatures have been the norm this Spring. The soaring heat has made the rain most welcome for many of us. Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too prepare for our Annual Birthday Sale June 9-12 as well as the start of summer with great finds to take us away to the oceanside without ever leaving home!

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The ocean is calling to us with the roar of the waves; beckoning us to walk barefoot in the sand.

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Shells are all around us if we know where to look. Large conch shells, garlands and starfish, and even treasure boxes and decorative frames bring Nature into our homes. Blue Ball canning jars and Fiestaware in shades of teal and green compliment these treasures.

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Don a wetsuit and try skim boarding or get out past the whitewater and hang ten! Hunt throughout the stores for your favorite Hawaiian shirt; several vendors are featuring them in a wide range of sizes, prints, and fabrics.

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Fresh seafood doesn’t get any better than at the Oregon coast; stop in at your favorite spot or pop your head into a new location and try out the fare.

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Relax and unwind, you deserve a break. The clean air and rhythmic tide are perfect for a nap on the beach.

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As the day comes to a close serve up a cool refreshment in vintage glassware and team it with a platter of colorful exotic fruits. A day at the beach doesn’t get any better whether actually there or simply reminiscing! Join us for all your shopping needs daily from 11-6. We’re spilling out onto the sidewalk with additional items on the weekends. 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!

Collections

One is one, two is a couple, and three makes the start of a collection! Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too offer a wide array of items to get started with collecting whether it be pieces that you’re passionate about, investment collecting, or simply treasures that make you smile and your heart sing!

Nature’s bounty creates an abundance of selection. Organic centerpieces, plants served up in crafty containers, and the collections of flora and fauna discovered while enjoying the outdoors all make a statement and express personal style.

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Quirky groupings and creative assemblages of smalls in a number of materials make us smile as we pass by.

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Utilitarian objects serve a dual purpose as both a collection and working pieces which function and serve us daily.

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Industrial finds are still making their way into every household and continue to be highly sought after.

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Travel offers us the opportunity for the exotic in color, form, and function.

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Art will forever have a place in the home and workplace. From handmade cards to painted canvases and oversized optical art; all that’s needed is a wall and a nail (or string and clothespins)!

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Make a date to browse all three stores and start or add to a collection that is all your own. Open daily from 11-6. New delights and wonderful treasures brought in every day of the week. 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 Passion for Textiles

The wealth of textiles available serve so many purposes in our homes and workplaces. Form and function prevail while color and texture create a feeling of contentment and well-being. Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too have a vast selection to fill your linen closet and more. Have fun intermixing patterns and textures and the result will be creating a statement that is uniquely your own.

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From waking up under a treasured quilt that keeps us comfortable and snug to crocheted coverlets and chenilles. The temperatures are cooling at night and it’s time to bring out the blankets and create some visual interest and provide warmth.

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Decorative doilies and tablecloths add charm to a breakfast nook in the wee morning hours or at the dining room table for cozy evening meals.

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Embroidered florals are soft and delicate in color and keep lovely flowers for you inside as autumn winds blow the remaining petals off the zinnias, daisies, and dahlias outside.

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Silk runners with hand-braided fringe from the Victorian era bring romance and nostalgia to a dresser top or side table in the bedroom.

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A cut velvet drapery panel serves as a backdrop on a sofa piled high with embroidered peacock pillows and a handwoven wool blanket.

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Heavily fringed piano stools covered in quilted silks and satin work well at the dressing table and easily double as a small table to set your reading book as you drift off to sleep in your favorite chair.

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Repurposed remnants teamed with bits and pieces of trim are a simple project to make for holding favorite jewelry, lingerie, and hosiery.

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Vintage floral screen dividers add privacy in close quarters and shade the afternoon sun on a warm fall day.

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Hooked rugs under foot are perfect bedside when the wood and stone floors start feeling cold on the toes!

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Bold and colorful tapestries, rugs, and pillows transport us to another place and allow pattern and texture to be a focal point in any room.

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Whatever your style, you’re sure to find a look that expresses who you are from romantic florals to bold rich color, from classic design to a mix of diverse pieces from around the world. Create a home in which you choose to dwell! Join us daily from 11-6 and start discovering the differences that make your house a home. 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!

Perfect Summer Day

This summer has been a surprise with record temperatures. Although we have seen a recent cooling period, the local weather folks say we’re headed back to warmer days. Here are some great ideas from Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too to consider while you SHOP OUR AIR-CONDITIONED STORES!!

You know it’s time to get out of the house when even the animals are looking hot and sluggish.

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Grab a colorful woven tote.

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Glance at the sunlight as it casts color and patterns on the wall behind you as you step out.

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Enjoy the blue sky and the fragrance of the flowers as you leave your cares behind.

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Grab some light fare from one of the many fabulous eateries in the area.

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Ice cream is essential. Always.

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Search out unique outdoor furniture, there are great selections of vintage motel chairs.

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Metal bistro and patio sets have been salvaged and up-cycled.

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Don’t forget to grab the outdoor lanterns for when the sun goes down!

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Our dealers have a number of fun items for the garden, including the classic, collectible watering cans.

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Vegetables, fruits, and flowers are fresh and ready to bring inside and hang, rather than rinse and prepare!

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Water elements for the yard and garden are in abundance; from contemporary birdbaths to antique wash tubs for children!

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Mountain streams and ocean shores beckon us when the mercury rises! Find a cool spot to fish.

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Search for shells in the sand.

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Fly a kite.

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Feel the sand and water rush between your toes as you step into liquid.

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On returning home, create a new mixed drink concoction.

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Serve over ice in polkadot patterned vintage tumblers.

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Throw an old quilt out on the lawn (or barkcloth) for casual seating.

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Call the gang over for an impromptu evening gathering.

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Bullseye! You’ve hit the mark on a perfect summer day. Open everyday for your shopping pleasure from 11-6pm. Create memorable moments with found items as you step into our shops from your stroll in the Westmoreland neighborhood. 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!

Memorial Day Campout

The end of May is in sight, school is finishing up and summer is on the horizon. Memorial Day is Monday, May 25, and marks the beginning of camping at the many National Parks across the country or even in your own backyard. Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too are bringing out the gear for the perfect trip to the wooded forest!

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Be prepared! The training from our youth as we earned our proudly displayed badges still reflect the common sense needed for a successful journey.

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Hunting for nature’s treasures, outdoor grilling and barbecue, and singing songs in the evening are a necessity.

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Setting up camp, cooking basics, and open campfires will create the comforts of “home away from home” and bring everyone together in activities.

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Grab your beverage of choice and plenty of cups.

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Grind up coffee and place in a colorful airtight tin for the best cup-o-joe. A handy double thermos carrier allows for fresh coffee as you drive to your destination.

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Stop by a local farmer’s market on your way out of town for the best selection and pack plenty of stacking bowls for the outdoors. Fresh fruit is in abundance!

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Don’t forget the picnic basket filled with snacks and lunch for the day of the hike.

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A good hat with a large brim is essential for sun protection and also allows a good lakeside snooze when it looks like you’re fishing!

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Pack your easy-care wardrobe in a bold patterned woven basket. Then you are ready to pack the camping gear!

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Pull out the coolers, thermos, and lantern from storage. Classic vintage colors and plaid patterns never grow old to the nature lover. Built to stand up over time, many of these designs have been handed down through the generations.

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Folding lawn chairs and stools are perfect for packing convenience and shed the moisture of rain and morning dew!

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It’s ideal to arrive in time to set up camp during the daylight. Enjoy a day of fresh mountain air, cool streams, and hikes to wildflower fields. Kick back by a fire as dusk settles in and listen to the sounds of the wilderness. If you’re in a large group pack some games to play and the campfire songbook for reminiscing the good old days before technology advanced to iPads and smart phones.

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Wake up early with the sun breaking through the trees, grab the frying pans, oil, and get ready for bacon sizzling and eggs frying on a cast iron grill. Brew up the best cup of coffee over an open flame in an old percolater!!

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Remember to let the gear air out once home, pre-pack the supplies you traveled with for the remainder of camping season!

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Blaze a trail to the Stars stores any day of the week for the start of your camping day collections. Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone, let the outdoor adventures begin!

Open daily from 11AM to 6PM. 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!

Mother’s Day at Stars!

The Stars family has been an extension of my life and activities with my mother, Vera, over the years. As we near Mother’s Day on Sunday May 10th, virtually every vendor at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too has something that would bring a smile to mom’s eyes! Start your shopping early, get ideas, take notes, remember where you saw it, and if you love it, don’t hesitate for it may be gone when you return! The Stars’ stores have so many ideas and options it gets overwhelming, much like our love for moms, grandmothers and other remarkable women in our lives. Happy Mother’s Day!

Here are some things that my own mother would love — maybe yours would love them too!

Colorful additions to her collection of owls and songbirds celebrate her love of Nature.

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For those moms who love working out in the garden there are a myriad of wonderful planters.

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If a day at the beach is her passion, select a handmade shell box to hold treasures.

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For the home, the simplicity of ivory furnishings are an easy fit for most home decor. Eastlake influences have delicate flower designs and a feminine element for mom.

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A cheerful throw pillow with bold red is a constant reminder of your love; perfect for the bed or favorite chair.

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Vintage glass and marble lamps with shades of deconstructed fabrics or lace will be appreciated on the side table by her favorite stack of reading materials.

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Cut and pressed glass pitchers and accessories cast rainbows of light across the wall and will be lovely intermixed with existing pieces as mom entertains.

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A wonderful retro mirrored vanity in a smaller scale can be placed in the bedroom. Fresh flowers will multiply with all the reflections!

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Glasses double as vases for the cuttings from the flower garden each morning.

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Timeless fashion includes anything turquoise!

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The contrast of black and clear baubles and beads dancing around the neck is true artistry.

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Animal prints run wild through the stores — a classic that defies age.

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Red makes a great accent to any wardrobe — this time in a roomy leather bag with strap.

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Furnishings in wood run from small compartmentalized organizers…

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…to oversized cupboards with glass doors on top for display and wooden doors below for storage.

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Perhaps a set of mugs that hold memories from when she was a girl will end up in her cupboard!

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A well loved game for family night or a jewel-toned memory vase may be the answer.

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Luggage with favorite travel destinations may take the place of the traditional box and wrapping paper with an airline ticket tucked inside!

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Even a great old wavy glass jar or canister holds beauty. Fill it with sharpened pencils and have a notepad nearby for all the to-do lists.

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Over the years many people in the Stars family have met my mom, Vera. For several years, she joined me at the store on weekends. She would sit near my space working word-find puzzles and sewing her yo-yos from fabric scraps that people kindly brought in for her! She has lived with my husband and I for the past eight years as we journey with her through the progression of Alzheimers. Miss Vera and I (the reality of calling her ‘mom’ slipped away three years ago) have always had a special connection. She will always be first and foremost my beloved mother, but as I became an adult and began to visit with her more, we bridged the mother-daughter relationship and became great friends. I had the incredible opportunity to know her as a woman — a midwestern farmer’s daughter, Swedish in heritage. We have gone through many highs and lows over the course of my life, but have always agreed that we love each other through thick and thin. I love you, mom! Today and always. Love, Janice

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Open daily from 11AM to 6PM. 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!

Resolutions and a Big Stars Vintage Sale

January has brought with it a wealth of change and opportunity. Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too vintage dealers have been busy bringing in fresh, new merchandise in preparation to purge the old at the annual STARS FAMOUS HAGGLE SALE which runs Friday, January 16 through Monday, January 19. Open daily from 11AM to 6PM! This sale is one of my favorites because I love to haggle, clear my space of older pieces, and check off one resolution — a new look for a new year!

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It’s easy to sit back and contemplate change, but better to achieve it. Halfway into January 2015, we tend to lose sight of any resolutions made for the New Year. We have good intentions, but our daily life can interrupt and play havoc on any hope for true change.

Set your clock a bit earlier and you’ll be amazed at what can be achieved in a short amount of time. You may even wake up to the neighbor’s chickens’ morning banter.

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Start putting more fresh fruits and vegetables out in bowls and on platters. This is not only a colorful centerpiece, but a healthy snack.

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Cut back on sugar and salt in your diet!

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Hide the sweets away! Temptations are easy to pass up when they are not visible.

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Start a collection of vintage cookbooks from Stars and search out healthier meals and menus!

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Share those meals with old friends and new by scheduling gatherings throughout the year.

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Make time for fresh air and exercise. Take up a new sport or get more proficient at an old one. Shopping at any of the Stars stores burns many calories! The hunt and gather, stretching to reach something up high and squatting to check out what’s in the baskets along the floor — all great exercise.

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Reach out to an acquaintance by writing a letter with a vintage typewriter. Find classic stationery and envelopes as you shop with the Stars team to personalize the look!

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Tell someone you love them. Vintage Valentines are in store now.

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Take time for yourself.

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Take a personal holiday.

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Finish unfinished projects…

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… and start saving for new ones.

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Get organized at home — especially the kitchen! We have metal bins and cubbies of all shapes and sizes, industrial carts and tables, and wall mounts for your coats, bags and more.

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Get creative by recycling found items. Don’t have the time or patience? Find it as you shop at Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too. We have a wealth of dealers who create one-of-a-kind pieces from fabric, metal, wood, shells, and more.

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Take time to curl up under a lovely quilt and read a book or plan this spring’s flower garden.

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Experience art.

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Remember to take time to laugh and be silly.

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Get better in touch with yourself, know your body and it’s limitations. Then work to feel great at the close of each day by what you have accomplished.

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Happy January, everyone. Thank you for your continued patronage to our stores! Remember to join us this Friday, January 16th as we open our doors at 11AM for the STARS FAMOUS HAGGLE SALE. All three stores are overflowing with great items for your home, office, studio and, of course, gifts for friends. The sale runs through Monday, January 19th.

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!

On the Road Again

On the road again.
There is nothing quite like the excitement of hitting the road in search of antiques and vintage items. There is the promise that just around the corner maybe something will take your breath away. If you have this “obsession” like so many of us, you will know what I am talking about.

Hitting the road, we barely get out of town and our van is filled with merchandise. No way we can take this load to California and expect to fit in more stuff. Back home we travel to unload and start again the next day.

We got a bit farther on the second day. But the van is starting to fill up fast. Really fast. In Ashland, Grants Pass & Medford, we shop our little hearts out. We even had to leave some merchandise to pick on the return trip back home. If you haven’t taken the time to stop and shop in these Oregon towns you are missing a great experience. Wonderful shopping and the nicest folks to work with. Hey, that’s Oregon for you. The best prices in the country and the biggest smiles.

Crossing the state line into California, stopping briefly at the border inspection station, “do you have any fruit in your possession?” our van automatically heads to Chico. It has been some time since we have been shopping in Chico but this college town is picturesque with a couple of great vintage shops. Our timing was all wrong for Chico, we couldn’t sit for an hour before they opened so we put the pedal to the metal for Paradise. Oh boy, Paradise found, antiques wise. From the first antiques mall to the last stop of the day, we found our kind of merchandise. We think the prize of the day was a vintage Mexican travel poster. During the day we find out that the Alameda Fleamarket we had been planning on attending had been the previous Sunday. Disappointed at my inability to read a calendar properly, we overcame that trauma by shopping with a renewed vigor.

sally's in paradise

After plundering Paradise we were off to Sacramento to shop with Jana at Cottage Girls. We ALWAYS find amazing things at Jana’s small house of a shop. It never fails that we walk out of Jana’s with fabulous merchandise. She picks what makes our hearts beat faster. Calming our rapid pulse with the Visa card at Cottage Girls off we headed to Antique Trove in Roseville. The Trove is another interesting place we stop to shop when we are in the Sacramento area. Many treasured items have made their home with us from this mega antiques mall.

we were in awe of this jeans wall

Somewhere along this buying junket we stayed in selected motels and ate at local hangouts but they are just a blur in our journey for junk. It is a long stretch between Sacramento and our next stop, Bakersfield. We had the foresight to get, “To Kill A Mockingbird” on audio tape. Sissy Spacek narrated one of our favorite books of all time as we traveled down this long stretch of highway.

Bakersfield here we come. The downtown area of Bakersfield has some amazing vintage buildings that house some of the shops we frequent. One of these is an antiques mall in a vintage Woolworth’s store. It is still vintage right down to the deco railings and the lunch counter where meals are still being served. Starting at the 5 and 10 Antiques Mall we made our way down the street to a number of antiques and vintage stores. By this time the van is filled to beyond capacity.

When you have no more room, what is the next best thing to do? Buy it and come back for it later. We firmly believe, when you see it, buy it because it may not be there next time you come to shop. We have piles of merchandise up and down the I-5 corridor with our name on it. But Palm Springs is beckoning. There is more to this story…….just stay tuned because we will be “On the Road Again” real soon.

More Texas

The boxes have started to arrive with our treasures from Texas. Most of the time I am excited about opening them up to be reacquainted with my purchases. Occasionally I do have that, “What was I thinking when I bought that?” moment. So far those thoughts have been kept at bay. I will try to take photos of some of the Texas goodies and post them on a blog in the near future. But in the mean time here are some glimpses of our trip to the BIG state of Texas.

wouldn't you stop for this sale with this kind of sign?

Merch from the Clutter Show

We were walking through one of the show fields, happen to pop into this tent and there was this chair. Fortunately, a very nice lady had just bought it. She saved me from trying to figure out how that chair was going make its way into my home. I owe her.

fab slipped covered chair in vintage mexican textile

There was plenty to look at where ever we roamed. But when you shop hard you need fuel to keep up your spirits. We all thought this “Coffee Bug” was pretty darn cute. Never had a latte there but just had to take its picture.

you could get your latte at the coffee bug

even the men's room door was interesting

Once again, I almost got myself in trouble looking at furniture. I love furniture. So it can be a bit of a handicap to travel to these wonderful shows and have to limit oneself to things that can be shipped at the local post office. “Can’t have” are not two of my favorite words

thought this chair was interesting
the beauty of found objects

After several intense days of shopping at all of the shows out in the Texas countryside we decided to hit the local shops in Austin. One of our favorites with the Austin Antique Mall. We must have liked it, we went back twice.

mall space where we shopped extensively
Bought arm loads of fun things. Out-of-state junk is always more interesting. But during our city shopping in Austin we can across a great shop down the road from the Austin Antique Mall. The shop was mainly mid century items but the outside area between the two wings of the shop was filled with our kinds of treasures.

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Give me a group of something and I will want to adopt it. I just loved the collection of wrenches they had mounted on a wall outside. Then I saw this group of letters. I was drawn to it, like a bee to honey.

delicious breakfast!!!

I am always clipping out travel tidbits from my travel magazines or the New York Times Travel Section on Sunday. Where I got the info to go eat at Juan in a Million I will never know but let me tell you it was well worth it. Located in one of Austin’s close in neighborhoods, we lucked out not having to stand in line. Yummy, yummy breakfast.

Great shopping, great eating and great memories of our time in Austin, Texas. We will be back.

Gayle’s View on Texas

Brent has pretty much said it all on his post about our recent trip to Texas!!!! I had some thoughts of my own to add from a “girly” standpoint.

There was an abundance of all things I love the most….

heavy linens in all forms–from small pieces to whole bolts
grain sacks
homespun cloths
tea towels, tablecloths, sheets, pillow shams (all beautifully laundered, starched and ironed)
botanical prints–birds, bugs, plant forms
architectural fragments…..
painted, crackled furniture

but most of all…..

the repurposed jewelry…

my baubles!!!!!

Here in Oregon, there are many artisans creating jewelry fashioned from uncommon items, and I have certainly bought my share. In Texas, the jewelry seems to be a bit more outrageous. I settled on a pendant made from a silver plate spoon with the word “vintage” imprinted upon it. I purchased the chain link tiny purse (probably part of a lady’s chatalaine from long ago–see example below)

from Uncommon Objects. The tiny, very worn leather coin purse embellished with a cameo was found at the Marburger Show.
Mixed in with the jewelry I brought from Oregon, it made quite a statement for me.

The Junk Gypsy section was heaven for glitzy cowgirl wannabe’s and just plain eye candy. I could have purchased the pink awnings in the entrance right on the spot had they been for sale.

And wouldn’t we girls have fun on a road trip in this car?

This dealer is wearing a burlap skirt and heavy jewelry in 92 degree heat??????????

What a mixture of jewelry, cowhides, burlap bags, and more sold by a cowgirl wearing what appears to be a slip…

My favorite shop in Austin…..

Uncommon Objects–The name says it all–what a most wonderful collection of well..everything….and gives proof to those old maxim’s–
“One man’s treasure is another man’s trash” and of course “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. My purchase there was a corbel molded out of zinc.

Wonderful meals in Austin….Bess Bistro (owned by Sandra Bullock), Juan in a Million for breakfast tacos, and the best drink of all. The bloody Mary at the Congress Cafe after a long day of shopping. Maurine Audel, a friend and former employee at stars e-mailed us to try her favorite, the Eastside Cafe. We got right on that–the restaurant is in an old house and the vegetables and herbs served are all grown in the large garden behind the house. I was tickled to learn that the place was a favorite of the late LadyBird Johnson and Governor Ann Richards.

The Big Red Barn at Round Top featured 130 Americana dealers– a beautiful show for American Country furniture lovers– but pricey. We had a visit with Mary Emmerling who was there signing her new book, The Art of Turquoise. Mary and Brent compared bracelets on their wrists (Brent had more). Luckily Darwin had bought two early samplers at the Clutter show as the samplers at Red Barn were much more costly.

My mind is whirling with all the sights from this trip. One thing for sure however–Prices are much better here in Oregon. I bought a fabulous birdhouse at Stars and Splendid yesterday!!!!

Signing off with a thank you to Darwin and Brent–the best junking companions ever!!!!

Gayle