Falling Leaves

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Cool, crisp mornings have us grabbing for a sweater as we head out the door. It’s the season of layering, nubby textures, and brilliant burnished colors.Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too are setting the stage for Autumn with great decor for the home.

Sleeping in a bit longer is expected while the coffee brews; but don’t sleep the day away. There are too many activities and adventures to be had.

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Fall starts with changing out the house.

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Rugs are being thrown across the wood and tile floors.

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Blankets and finely woven throws are coming out of storage and thrown across the bed, couch, and porch swing.

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Leaded glass door cupboards, well worn trunks, and rattan baskets in all shapes and sizes are found throughout our stores.

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Start up a batch of soup that will fill the house with a comforting aroma. Centerpieces of gourds and fruit are quick, colorful, and affordable.

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Copper pots are ready to go to work for the cook.

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Games and candles add an element of intimacy and quality time with friends and family.

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Fill the mantel shelf or the top of a cabinet or bookshelf with a collection of vintage lanterns.

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Bowls of unexpected items make for a burst of color in any room and help brighten up a gray day.

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Fill the coat rack with thick woven cotton sweatshirts from Mexico for guests that stay into the night.

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Narrow drawers provide for display and add character when hung on the wall with everyday items.

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Wool plaids in every color possible fill the hall closet.

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With the mountains close by; snowshoes are a great accessory for the entry or front porch.

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In the blink of an eye we’ll be fixing turkey dinner and untangling strings of lights for the Holidays!

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You’ll find great savings on vintage, repurposed, and recycled goods at all three stores to change your look, your home, and your life as we fall in love with Autumn color! 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!

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!

Cabin Retreat

Grab your boots, a blanket, and a sweater — we’re taking a trip to the mountains, streams, and cabins of the Pacific Northwest where the evening temperatures drop down into the 40s! You’ll find everything for your getaway, as well as cabin decor, at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too.

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Start your journey to the mountains early in the morning and enjoy the scenery along the way. You’ll want to search for country houses with creative fences, cattle grazing alongside the two land highways, and vineyards to explore and stop in at for tastings!

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Be sure to stop at a local diner for an amazing meal and fill your bellies for all the activities in the fresh air.

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You’re sure to see some amazing finds for cabin decor. Search out weathered wooden farm pieces and old wagon wheels, rusted tines, and farm machinery pieces with unique architectural elements.

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Unique lamp bases and shades help to make a house a home as well as becoming a focal point for a room. Nubby handwoven pillows, pieced log cabin quilts, and fabulous patterned tapestries all become personal statements! Even a painted side table takes on character with a paste paper brush stroke pattern.

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Make time for a scenic horseback ride and some time relaxing by the stream or river. If you head far enough east you may run across some time worn chapels and churches that will take your breath away.

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When the weekend is up, be sure to leave nature as you found it, and also leave room for fresh huckleberry pie as you are homeward bound!

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Join us daily from 11AM to 6PM. Our HUGE Stars Summer Sale starts Thursday, July 14 and runs through Monday, July 18. Five days of fun shopping experiences at discounts too good to be true. Troves of treasures will be lining the sidewalks as well. 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!

Meet the Dealer: Shirley from Stars!

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

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

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

A Fun Q&A With Shirley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Meet the Dealer: Marcee at Stars!

Meet Marcee, Stars dealer #53, of Camp Hollyhock. Marcee not only has a wonderful space here at Stars, she also recently opened a Camp Hollyhock brick and mortar clothing shop with her daughter in Sellwood.

“I now focus on just fabulous vintage things for the home at my space at Stars and the clothing I make from recycled vintage textiles and trims is now at my shop on 13th in Sellwood!”
–Marcee Melton, Stars dealer #53

What would you say your specialty is?
I have enjoyed getting back to basics at Stars and doing wonderful furniture and pillows and other housewares. I also make clothing! I started a clothing line about 5 years ago or so and actually started out selling it here at Stars. I found that my vintage linens just weren’t selling as well as I’d hoped, so I started using these textiles for sewing projects. Bags and pillows at first and now clothing is big for Camp Hollyhock, too!

Do you have a partner or partners that work with you?
My daughter graduated from Fashion Institute Of Technology in NYC, so with her help we opened our new Sellwood shop!

What is your favorite era?
My favorite era….well, NOW of course! I love how wonderful things from now look with things from “then”.

Any vintage shopping tips?
At estate sales always head for the basement first, then the garage–the best stuff is always there!

What non-vintage shops do you frequent?
My absolute favorite non-vintage shop is Anthropologie!!!!!!!! I am crazy for their displays… just CRAZY. My daughter studied visual presentation in school and their #1 role model was Anthro—not surprised!

Do you find inspiration in any movies, TV shows, music, theater, arts, sports, recreation etc?
In fact, i don’t get a lot of my inspiration from movies,TV, etc… I get most inspired by seeing awesome displays—even in Blogland!

Visit Marcee and Camp Hollyhock on Facebook!

 

Meet the Dealer: Mitzi from Stars!

Hi there! Here is another installment of “Meet the Dealer”!

Meet Stars dealer #79, Mitzi Lee Jones! She has two fantastic vintage spaces here at Stars and has been part of the Stars family for about three years.

Mitzi sells all kinds of treasure in her spaces, but she is a master of stocking up on collections of items in nice quantities. Vintage wallpaper, shaving brushes in her “man booth”, floral supplies, buttons, etc. She likes to make sure to have things that will appeal to seasoned collectors, but also offers the opportunity for a new collector to snap up a mini collection in one space!

“Often it’s not the item itself that attracts me, but the condition it is in. Neglected disrepair really turns me on.”—Mitzi Lee Jones, Stars dealer #79

Do you love buttons? Mitzi stocks about a billion of them on any given day! With husband, John and daughter, Zoe, chipping in—t is actually a family affair around her house to get all the buttons cleaned, polished and ready for the shop. You also never know what kind of oddities you’ll find in a person’s discarded button box! Mitzi and crew has found teeth, subway tokens, tax tokens, gold fillings (!!) and more while their sorting through the button mountains.

It might be rusty and dented, paint peeling, and more or less ruined, but let’s hang it on the wall! Right now Mitzi is really into “found object assemblage”. You can see an example in her booth, where she’s glued hundreds of little vintage finds into an old type-set drawer, in a neutral palette. She’s sold a couple already and has lots of plans for more in different sizes and color-schemes.

A Fun Q&A With Mitzi

Do you have a partner that works with you?
A little shout-out to the best husband a junker could ever hope for. My John Paul Jones. He never “waits in the car” at estate sales or antique shows—he’s in there with me, digging! He’s been known to cheerfully climb into dumpsters at my request. He signs me up for estate sales on his way to work at 6:30 in the morning. If I keep him fed, he’ll stop at EVERY garage sale—he’s got an eagle-eye for those signs. He lifts a lot of heavy stuff, sweeps the spiders off those barn and basement finds, all without complaint—even when I can see in his eyes that he’s wondering why the heck I’m buying that particular item! Our daughter, Zoe, is just as bad… I mean good. She found some great stuff in a dumpster at an estate sale recently—WE’RE SO PROUD!

What is the vintage score that got away?
I try not to dwell on those things. Nothing worse than being #143 on the estate sale list and having to watch really great stuff go past you in the arms of someone that got in there earlier. I have to remember that I’ve been the early-bird with that tasty worm for all to see and envy more than a few times! A dear friend, and dealer, once told me, “there’s enough for everyone”, and she is absolutely correct. I do my very best to make that my mantra at those crowded, often really competitive sales.

Any vintage shopping tips?
I hate to give anything away, but it really is about persistence. Also, don’t judge a garage or estate sale by the neighborhood or house. Oftentimes the most beautiful homes have the mediocre stuff. I’ve found some amazing stuff on “the wrong side of the tracks”, where folks never clean or get rid of anything. I love those people, I really do.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
I don’t understand the question! Ha! This work is fun! John has a “real” job, but I treat my vintage business like a business, and I work at it just about every day, 7 days a week. Luckily, it’s a really fun hobby that we all three enjoy a lot.

Have any shop announcements?
Another favorite category of mine is vintage Christmas. I love it very much and it’s a big deal for us!! I repair the original ornament boxes and replace missing or broken ornaments. I decorate little trees, make memory wreaths, lots and lots of packaging. You’ll see what I mean sometime in October when I start bringing it all in to my spaces. Right now, it fills the guest-room closet from floor to ceiling, half of the linen closet in the hall, a shelf in Zoe’s closet, every surface in my office/studio, two big shelves in the garage, etc. I need to spend a solid month this year sorting it all out!

Also—watch for Halloween goodies in our booths in September!

 

Meet the Dealer: Lisa from Stars

Hi there! We’re starting a new blog series here on the Stars Blog–it’s called “Meet the Dealer”! We’ll be profiling our amazing Stars and Stars and Splendid dealers and doing a fun Q&A with them to find out what they love and what makes them tick. We hope you enjoy getting to know the stars behind Stars!

“It’s funny to look back at pictures of my early booths to see what kinds of things I bought back then. Many things are still items I would purchase today, but there are a lot of things I would pass by now. My buying has changed a bit over the years. Now when I’m out buying, I really look at things that are interesting, unusual maybe and have some age to them.”—Lisa Johnson, Stars booth #30

Meet Lisa Johnson, the lovely lady behind Stars Antiques’ booth #30. Lisa has a great blog, A Thing For Roses, where you can visit to keep up with her adventures and see A LOT of fabulous vintage finds. Check out her booth for beautiful furniture, lighting, fab lampshades, dazzling jewelry, paintings, mirrors, frames, buttons and a lot more wonderful things. Lisa has been an antiques dealer for ten years now and prides herself on being able to find special things that people want to have in their home. Aside from her fantastic Stars space, you can find Lisa at antique expos, shows and she has another space at Monticello Antiques.

SHOP UPDATE: Lisa will be doing a big clean out of her booth at the end of the month and a lot of items will be marked down. An end of summer sale also means that there will be tons of new items filling the space soon!

★ A Fun Q&A With Lisa ★

1. What is your favorite era?
I think if I had to pick an era that is my favorite, it would be the 30’s and 40’s. I have a thing for things like fabrics, dressers, lighting from that time. Just love barkcloth fabric, cute little dressers with curvy legs and interesting cottage style lamps and chandeliers.

2. Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
I have collected so many things over the years and am currently trying to pare down my collections. Tole trays were a big collection. I think I had over 75 of them. I still love them, but I’m parting some of them. Other things I collect are vintage silver ladies’ watches, rhinestone buttons and brooches, etched mirrors, vintage wedding toppers, landscape prints, rose paintings, vintage clocks and the list goes on and on.

3. How did you get into vintage?
I started buying vintage out of necessity. I was a stay at home mom and couldn’t afford a lot of new home furnishings so I started shopping thrift stores and antique shops for furniture and home décor. I was also heavily influenced by shelter magazines like Country Home and Country Living. When my friend Donna opened her shop and offered me a job there, she said I could consign some vintage items. That’s how I started.

4. What non-vintage shops do you frequent?
As for non-vintage shops I frequent, I love Target (buy lots of household items there) and Fred Meyer is awesome. Love that I can get groceries, paint and underwear all in one place.

5. What is your favorite place to eat in Portland?
I have so many fun places to eat in Portland. I love Mother’s Bistro & Bar and Pastini is also a favorite. There is a cute French restaurant on Hawthorne Blvd. that makes the best crepes, Chez Machin.

6. What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
I feel like I am always working whenever I am out. Always looking for something good to bring to one of my booths. But when I’m not working, I love spending time with my family and I absolutely am a movie freak. Let’s just say, Netflix isn’t making any money on me.

7. How do you unwind?
To unwind I walk, go to a movie, or read a book or shelter magazine.

8. Have any fun trips planned?
Just got back from a trip to the UK. Drove around Wales, The Cotswolds, then finished in London. I could live over there—it’s so beautiful! Love all the quaint villages and houses and the open green spaces are to die for. I didn’t do a lot of shopping while over there as the dollar is so weak right now. Everything was so expensive! We did visit the Portobello Road Flea Market and visited several charity shops (thrift shops) where we found the best deals. I got a sweet little floral painting, a cool engraved pewter flask, a couple vintage books and a few rhinestone brooches while I was there. As for upcoming trips, I might try to make a trip down to Southern California in October to see family and maybe hit a flea market or two.

9. What are you inspired by right now?
I am always inspired by so many things. Right now other dealers booths are probably my number one inspiration. There are so many talented dealers in our area that have such great vision. They find the best stuff and have a knack at putting it all together in such an artful way. I am also inspired by shelter magazines such as Flea Market Style and many, many blogs I check out on a daily basis.

10. Any vintage shopping tips?
The best vintage shopping tip I could give would be to get out a lot and shop a variety of sources and let your friends know what you are looking for. On so many occasions, just after telling someone about something I’m looking for I find it. I like to think of it as “putting it out in the universe.”

Thanks, Lisa!

VINTAGE INSPIRES RALPH (and me too!)

I was browsing through the Style section of the New York Times a couple of weeks ago, and I was STARSTRUCK by a full page ad for Ralph Lauren’s new Spring 2011 Collection looks (which I am describing as Urbane Cowboy).

Feminine cowgirl--lace and leather...

I have loved Ralph Lauren’s Western fashions from the very first time I set eyes on them years ago. Ralph loves “Western” too and uses elements of cowboy style often in his collections.

Along with many other antique collectors, I have found that you can create the “look” by using the original elements of his designs. For instance, buying a concho belt seems to be a must whether worn with denim or gold lame’. Years ago, I bought an antique concho belt from a southwestern dealer at the Palmer/Wirfs Antique Show. I paid the earth for it, but have worn it for many years and could sell it now and get back my money’s worth. A reproduction belt would work just fine too.

Another item, Ralph is using this year is lace–either scarves, blouses, dresses or skirts. I have acquired all sorts of laces in my collecting journey–much from a wonderful shop in Salem called… and Old Lace, owned by Elizabeth Southwell. The shop is no longer there but Elizabeth converted many of us to wearing beautiful laces. I have bought laces also at Stars, estate sales, flea markets, and antique shops.

Urbane cowboy - lace skirt with concho belt.

Ralph also uses lace as an embellishment on clothing as seen on the jacket below….

Ralph's Lace embellished Jacket

You can check out the entire 2011 Western collection HERE on Style.com!

All this got me thinking about all the vintage accessories I have accumulated over the years….so I rummaged through my closets and put together the following outfits:

A lace skirt I had sewn from either curtain or tablecloth fabric bought years ago at an antique show.

Lace Skirt - Denim blouse with lace skirt and concho belt

An embellished linen jacket that I had trimmed with antique lace. This was done for me years ago by my friend and expert seamstress, Celia Mason.

20 Year old Jacket - Linen Jeans jacket embellished with handmade lace

A straw hat trimmed with velvet, old silk roses, lace scarves, belt, and 1990’s Victorian cotton dress…

20 year old lace dress with lacy accessories

I have worn all these garments over the years at different antique shows and parties. I have discovered that antique collectors, in general, have a good time using vintage items to create their own style–it goes hand in hand after all, and of course it is fun!!!!

Here are my choices for elements of Ralph Lauren’s Urbane Cowboy look:

Leather–belts, boots, shoes, purse, jackets

Denim–shirts, pants, skirts, jackets,

Silver jewelry–beads, turquoise

Lace (no polyester please!!!)–cotton or silk–handdone would be wonderful

White cotton shirts, skirts, blouses, dress (%100 per cent please).

(*Note: Ralph says no cowboy hats–too gimmicky)

It’s nice to know these things are in fashion again, but of course, that really doesn’t matter to me–because I think personal style is timeless.

Signing off with no cowboy hat off to Ralph!!!

Gayle
Stars Antiques

Mother/Daughter Talent

If you have been a regular customer of the Stars Antique Malls over the years, you are familiar with the space of Marcee Melton. Marcee’s business name is Camp Hollyhock, and she designs and creates clothing mostly out of recycled fabric. She also fashions all manner of things from paper. You may have seen her large paper snowflakes and burlap and paper Christmas trees as holiday decorations for the Stars stores. I have been a great fan and a delighted buyer of Marcee’s creations.

Daybed with pillows

I took the photograph above in Marcee’s space a couple of weeks ago and was enchanted with the sprigs with paper blossoms for sale in her booth. (I am Totally into items made from vintage paper!). When I was extolling my delight with the the flowers to Brent, he said “Well then you need to talk to Marcee about the paper dress her daughter made.”

a sprig of paper flowers

I went to visit Marcee at the Unique Antique Too store where she works on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. She told me the story.

Marcee Melton

Her daughter, Kaitlyn, is a student at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She is in the Visual Presentation and Display program. (for all of us who like to decorate and create a look, wouldn’t that be the most fun?????) Kaitlyn created a dress from paper flowers (yes, the same as the one in Marcee’s space), and the dress was displayed in the window of Saks Fifth Avenue.

As seen in Sak's Fifth Avenue Window--NYC

I think it is to Kaitlyn’s benefit that she grew up watching her mother design and create for years. Marcee’s dresses sell at Stars at a moderate price ( jacket pictured below is $39), but when she ships them off to boutiques all over the USA, they can be sold for a much higher price. The jacket below would sell in New York for $169.

Closeup of Dress

Marcee is dealer #53 at Stars, and her items can also be found at Unique Antique Too at 8315 SE 13th Avenue, Portland, which is owned by Pat Jaffuel, former dealer at Stars.

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Close up of flowers
Prices of paper flowers

It has been fun for me to hear all about Marcee’s marketing of her goods, and now it will be even more fun to hear about the adventures of she and Kaitlyn and their next projects. And I do check out her space (#53) every time I go to Stars….

Signing off with admiration of the second generation….

Gayle
Stars Antiques

Pillow Obsession

I am a firm believer in the motto “one can never have too much of a good thing”. That is especially true when it comes to vintage or as we in the trade affectionately call “junk”. The more the merrier I say. Of course I love looking at those spare living spaces. They look so good in the shelter magazines, but can I live that way? NO. I love things too much.

Which brings me to my obsession with pillows. A couch without pillows is like a tree without leaves. Naked. Uninviting. Just plain boring. I need pillows. Is it a nesting instinct? I would prefer to call it my obsession.

This photo is of our couch upstairs in the room where we watch television. It has hosted many a collection of pillows over the years but now it has this wonderful array of barkcloth floral print pillows. I was introduced to vintage fabric years ago by my friend Gayle. She always said that you need to throw in some good vintage fabric to soften a room. How did she get so smart?

So we have a lot of softening going on with these pillow on the couch. Many of these pillows were purchased at Stars. That should come as no surprise. But the newest members to this tribe came from our shopping trip to Southern California over the Christmas holiday. When you find a vintage fabric pillow for less than $10, you had better grab it. I did.

I think that the fabric in many of my pillows had a previous life as drapes. I purchased each of these pillows already made so I didn’t sacrifice lovely vintage drapery to make my pillows. Someone else did. Or I would like to think they used a scrap here and a scrap there.

My pillow collection is perfectly happy on this couch right now but things tend to move around quite a bit in our household. So you might see these pillows again but in a new spot. Obsessions are like that.

—Brent
Stars Antiques