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!

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!

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!

Give Vintage This Holiday

Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too wish all of our friends, family, and patrons (old and new) a Happy Holiday. As we gather with our loved ones this season, it’s a time to reflect, show gratitude, and give thanks. We encourage you to continue the tradition of joining us for unique and eclectic finds by shopping vintage this Holiday!

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The menu always includes something made from scratch and you’ll find an abundance of kitchen utensils and more at all three stores.

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Plates and platters take center stage on the table. Search for pieces to add to an existing collection or mix and match patterns for a creative and fresh expression.

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Dishtowels take on a whole new look when embroidery and fun contemporary prints fill an otherwise white canvas.

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Decorative touches create a theme and tone for any gathering.

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Food and drink are the highlight at the table once everyone has their seat.

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Don’t forget dessert! From hard candies to homemade cookies, to pie and cake, nothing tops off a great meal with a bit of sweetness.

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Don’t forget the four-legged family members!

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The table is cleared; it’s time to unwind and put your feet up and enjoy the warmth and snap, crackle, pop of a fire.

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We’ll be closed Thanksgiving Day and open daily regular hours 11:00-6:00 until December 24th when we’ll close at 4:00pm. Thank you for your continued patronage the past twenty five years. We are grateful, thankful, and blessed to have you as a part of our extended family! Shop Vintage This Holiday. 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!

Scary Selections at Stars

Halloween is a favorite holiday for Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too. Every year, all three shops welcome Halloween with open arms and rattling bones! Scary selections and decor to die for are always the theme as we move closer to October 31.

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Illusions are everywhere. What looks like a simple blanket could be an eerie sunrise. A paper dress may take you on a psychedelic journey of op art. Keep your eyes open as mischief lurks and is likely to play mayhem with the ordinary everyday items found at the stores.

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A ghastly gamble, throw the dice to see where they land and enter at your own risk as you shop for decoration ideas.

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The shrill cries of the crow rattle even the most steadfast shopper.

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Move slowly and make lots of noise! Expect the unexpected at every turn.

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Danger and the dreaded black cats will surely cross your path. Fill your basket quickly and keep moving through the aisles. Keep your wits about you and most importantly, remember to breathe.

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Evil lurks and lingers; sinister faces peer out from behind glass and quietly stare from tabletops as you make your way to the registers. Your pace quickens as you wonder how much more your heart can take.

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Witches green with envy peer about with wicked thoughts while ghosts and goblins slink and slither with plenty of tricks up their sleeves. Timing is everything; the earlier in the day, the better the selection.

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Best to get out now and shop while there is daylight!! Have a swig of potion to gather up the nerves! Open from 11AM to 6PM daily, you just never know what you may stumble across for your everyday needs and Halloween decor! 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!

Back to School Daze

Good Grief!! Here we are in August and school schedules are being made as we spend the days playing hard. Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too are bringing in vintage and collectibles for our everyday shoppers, students and teachers!

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Time to start thinking about back to school shopping.

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There will be less time for frolic and fun with friends and less time in front of the television.

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Less time whiling away the hours reading as the scorching sunlight pours in through the windows.

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Say farewell to the youth and folly of the summer romance.

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Celebrate the best summer ever with good friends in grand style.

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It’s time to go through the closet and sort through what you’ll keep.

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Mend the tears and sew back on buttons of well worn favorites.

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Break into the piggy bank…

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…to shop for the latest styles to add to your wardrobe for fall classes.

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For the girls (and also the boys) that means being happy with the first day’s outfit!

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Review your ABC’s.

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Pull your supplies and books out of storage.

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Don’t forget the colorful old owl’s words of wisdom…

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…get all your belongings labeled with your name before the first day.

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And remember that it’s always better to use a chalkboard…

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…than to get caught writing and doodling all over your desk!

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Join us everyday from 11-6pm for back to school needs and say a fond farewell to the heat of summer. For your comfort all our stores are air conditioned and filled with cool ideas and fun finds. 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!

Stars Turns 25

It’s our Birthday!! We’re celebrating with a Big Birthday Bash Sale this Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14.

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Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too are excited to share twenty five years of collecting, hunting and gathering, and bringing you the best selections of all your favorite things.

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Open everyday, join us for great savings on everything in all three stores!

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It’s hard to imagine any of the past 25 years have been work when doing what you love is your business!

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No matter how you add it up, two and a half decades have come and gone and we are as popular today as we were when we first opened!!

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In fact, many of our younger shoppers weren’t born when our doors opened in 1990!

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What does twenty five look like? Our vendors have plenty of examples.

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We enjoy helping everyone search for items high and low throughout the Stars shops. Sometimes, there is no specific piece in mind, but when you see it, you know it! The unique mix of items that the Stars stores bring in daily help express your personality and create an eclectic and comfortable home!

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So go ahead — have your cake and ice cream…

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…and THANK YOU for making the Stars family a part of yours whether it be for one year or all twenty five! Your continued patronage is greatly appreciated. Happy Birthday to us!

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!

Sugarplum Delights

Shopping for great gifts is easy when you join us at Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too. The difficult part is the process of narrowing down the selection and sticking to the task at hand! Open daily from 11:00-6:00pm gives ample time to browse through the many aisles and displays to find the perfect gift for friends, family, and often times, a special item for yourself!

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From collectible political advertising pins from the past…

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…to oversized original paintings by local artists, the selection has never been better or more diverse as our dealers fill their spaces.

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Well-loved and worn dolls delight the child and the collector alike.

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Nothing beats a cold winter night like a new design book filled with fresh inspiration and ideas for the home and garden.

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For the gourmet cook, clever signage makes for a unique gift to hang in the kitchen or pantry!

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Vintage plates, cups and saucers add new combinations for entertaining anytime of year. There is no end to the color options or patterns. You’ll be sure to find the perfect place setting for the hostess and/or host on your list.

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For those in love with the grain of wood, nothing beats a series of well seasoned wooden bowls in all shapes and sizes. Use functionally or decoratively. When not in use, leave them visible atop a large cupboard stacked and nested for the texture and sculptural element.

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In love with plaid? Keep those you love warm in wool shirts and jackets.

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Find a great vintage thermos in a matching plaid and venture up to the mountain or over to the coast for a hot cup of cocoa and warm someone’s heart.

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For those with a passion for copper; pots, pans, molds and kettles are in abundance and spilling off the shelves.

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Prized porcelain basins in blue patterns and designs for the more distinguished taste!

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A large selection of vintage and antique gilt frames for those who prefer gold are scattered throughout all three stores. Perfect for artwork or to hang a miniature inside a large frame. A more contemporary idea is inserting a chalkboard for daily notes and reminders!

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Hang a wreath on the door as you decorate, open your door and heart to those you love, celebrate the magic of the season, and celebrate the essence and the spirit of the Holidays every day of the year!

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From all of us at Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too, Happy Holidays!

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

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

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

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

Gather Together

Gatherings are special throughout the year and Thanksgiving marks the start of the winter holidays. A special day to truly reflect and count our blessings, express gratitude, and also celebrate with those we love. Whether you spend the day with friends or family, it’s a great time to freshen up the decor and create your own personal style to welcome all those who enter into your home.

An ever-changing selection of unique items old, new, and repurposed is being brought in daily by our dealers. Create a look that is festive and comfortable for your home as you celebrate the Holidays, friendship and the art of food! Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too offer the best selection for your Holiday shopping needs. Open daily from 11:00-6:00. Closed Thanksgiving Day.

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As we prepare for our travels whether near or far…

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…prepare for the elements.

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Don’t forget a gift for the host/hostess.

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Nature beckons us to take a moment and enjoy the ever-changing colors of Autumn as we travel familiar roads.

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For many, the classic Fall harvest will be a centerpiece, side dish and dessert!

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Prep the stove, it’s one of the busiest days in the kitchen!!

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Refer to the favorite cook books in the kitchen cupboards for old and new recipes.

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Pull the muffin tins out from the lower drawer, you’re going to need them all.

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The collection of vintage rolling pins will get used for several dishes; the beauty of form and function in action!

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Grab the Holiday platter from the top shelf and don’t forget a selection of fresh coffee beans (regular and decaf).

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The investment of a great set of collectible plates are table worthy for the Holidays. Always lovely to look at but better when meals are served on them!

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Clean and count the silver service; company is coming.

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The soup tureen is ready for the table.

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Colorful miniature turkeys add to the centerpiece moments before the guests arrive.

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Leave room on the countertops for the dishes arriving if you’re choosing a potluck style gathering.

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Plan on enjoying time together well into the evening. Have a relaxing and joyous day this Thanksgiving. Thank you all for making the Stars family a part of your shopping ritual. We look forward to seeing you throughout the Holiday Season! Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too will be open regular hours for Black Friday from 11:00-6:00.

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

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

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

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