Stained, Scarred, and Loved

Mahogany, oak, and fir are classic examples of wood furnishings often available at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too. The unique qualities of the wood grains are coveted by those who appreciate stain-grade furniture. The scars and patina tell an unspoken story of how these pieces were cared for and traveled from one home to another over time. Run your hand across the surface and imagine the life stories it holds. The wear on pulls and latches indicates a much loved and used piece of furniture that has lived a good life.

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Tables and desks offer a surface for everyone in the household to utilize whether gathering for a meal or doing school work or office projects.

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Dressers are a staple in virtually every home and have come out of the bedroom and into the kitchen, covered porch and the main entry. Easily one of the most sought after items in any of our stores, when you find the design you like place it on hold. It’s likely to be gone the next day.

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For those who live in a loft or industrial building an oversized dresser on locking casters becomes a partition to define an area and can easily be relocated to give a fresh look to a space.

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Novelty items are great conversation pieces and can be used in a variety of ways.

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Cabinets, sideboards, and wardrobes come in all shapes and sizes and allow for ample storage behind wooden doors. From classic panel doors with brass hardware to decorative pieces with heavy embellishment and trims you’re sure to find something to fit your personal style.

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Sideboards once used only in the dining area often find new life by dropping a sink into the top surface and enjoying a very unique vanity for the bath!

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Tall wardrobes and cupboards often house the stereo components and the television. It’s always amazing to see these primitive pieces come in store and find yet another home a century later.

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Join us every day from 11AM to 6PM and take a moment to search out your favorite wood grain pieces. Be open to viewing furniture with a fresh perspective of how you might use it in an alternative way. With proper care these furnishings will happily serve another century. 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 Antiques Portland Easter Egg Hunt

Mark your calendars now because the Annual Easter Egg Hunt is Sunday, April 5! Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too will be open regular hours for Easter Sunday from 11AM to 6PM. The line starts early outside of each store as ‘children’ young and old take their spot to be in the stores when the doors open!

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Already, Peter Rabbit is peering about, scouring the nooks, crannies, and unexpected spots to place the prizes.

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He’s enlisted his hip chick pals to assist in the process! Eggs of all colors will be hidden through all three stores and the prizes run from candy to gift certificates for shopping!

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Even his butterfly friends are getting in on the action flying overhead for the best perspective on hiding spots.

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The “hunt” has become one of our favorite traditions; giving back to our customers is the best feeling. Nothing measures up to the young and the old hunting through the booths of our dealers searching tirelessly for the treasured egg!!

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You’ll be inspired by the vintage and contemporary Easter decor, colorful Spring displays, and have such fun searching high and low, you won’t want to leave!

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Set your alarm, get dressed, fix a hearty breakfast for the entire family, and join us this Sunday for the Hunt! Who knows, you may find a coveted egg with a $50 shopping spree and leave with a great treasure you weren’t expecting to go home with. Hippity Hop, Hippity Hop, Wake up early and come to SHOP!!

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!

Meet the Dealer: Liz Davis

Today we’re talking with Liz Davis, the Stars and Splendid Antiques dealer behind behind case #32. Liz loves things that are, “Weird and whimsical, but useful.” Come down to the shop to see!

Here is a fun Q&A we had with Liz:

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How did you get into vintage?
I am an eclectic. My pieces come from family, fairs and foreign travel.

How long have you been a dealer?
I have been with stars for three years, but my work work is estate sales which I have conducted for 25 years.

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What would you say your specialty as a dealer is?
Weird, whimsical but useful. Objects have to perform a function, although I make a few exceptions!

What is your dream vintage score?
Of course an undiscovered Rembrandt, but in the real world I love big American pottery vases–McCoy and Bauer. The colors are fabulous and they hold water–they have FUNCTION!

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Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
Brass hose nozzles. My grandfather invented them but failed to secure a patent. I have the original with his company name.

Any vintage shopping tips?
Do not pass on anything! Garage sales, thrift stores, your neighbor’s basement, etc. You will never know unless you look!

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How do you like to unwind?
A cool cocktail, a great glass of wine and fantastic food.

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
Enzo’s Caffe, OX and Cedo’s Falafel and Gyros (all in NE). Enzo is super original Italian. OX’s clam chowder with bone marrow is over the moon. Cedo’s makes the best gyros I have ever had. I live in the Pearl, so I have become spoiled when it comes to restaurants. Via Delizia on 11th and Marshall–right outside our front door–has an excellent happy hour with caesar salad, pasta and a glass (or two) of wine you’ll have it made. Plus, the portions are big enough for two! Love Indian food? Try the Bombay Cricket Club on SE Hawthorne. Portland is a food lover’s mecca. We used to think we had to go to San Francisco or Seattle for the best food, but it is all here right under our noses.

What is your perfect day?
I would plant myself by any body of water–lake, stream or ocean and feast on crusty Italian bread, cheese, cured meats,fruit,cookies and wine.

Stop by Splendid to see dealer #58 in Splendid case #32, Liz Davis!

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Meet the Dealer: ReVamped Vintage by Sophie’s Cottage

stars-antiques-pdx-vintage-stars-dealer-aj-sophies-cottageToday we’re talking with AJ, the Stars Antiques dealer behind ReVamped Vintage by Sophie’s Cottage–Stars dealer space #2. AJ does a beautiful job with vintage and collected items to create one of a kind treasures and she makes wonderful things for your home from upcycled materials. Come down to the shop to see!

Here is a fun Q&A we had with AJ:

How did you get into vintage?
For me, necessity truly was mother of invention. I guess, because of my background, when it came to vintage shopping I was always more intrigued by the old and ugly stuff that no one else wanted. I get a true sense of accomplishment from taking something that was on its way to the dump and fixing it up into something that will have many more years of love and use.

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Living in big apartment complexes, someone was constantly moving in or out and, inevitably, old pieces of furniture would be put next to the dumpster. I think the first thing I ever dragged home was an old baby bassinet with the legs broken off. I spray painted it brown and used to display all my houseplants. A few years later, when I was pregnant and very poor, I fixed it up for my son to actually sleep in. I painted it white and got a big ol’ vegetable crate from the grocery store to use as a base. Then I sewed up a pretty turquoise gingham check skirt and bumper pad. It was ADORABLE! After a new pad, sheets and blankets—we were set.

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How long have you been a dealer? Do you work with anyone?
I first met the Stars folks back in 1999 when a group of primitive crafting friends talked me into doing the Magic of Christmas show. I had worked with a LOT of different store owners during my crafting years and I can sincerely say that the folks at Stars have always been truly a PLEASURE to work with and for. We had a booth at Stars for a couple of the same years we had our own shop, Sophie’s Cottage, in Hillsboro. Our shop closed and I’ve have been back at Stars for nearly four years now.

I do most of my work alone, but my boyfriend Michael helps me A LOT. He is also a ‘scrounger’ and is always bringing home junk for me to use in my projects. All the wood I use for my sign making is reclaimed wood that he has gathered. He also builds a lot of the furniture pieces from that same wood, then I paint and style it, We really make a very good team!

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What would you say your specialty as a dealer is?
Upcycling and revamping—trash to treasure types of projects. I try to keep my prices very reasonable too! Also, I love my signature aqua color in my space.

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What is your dream vintage score?
I would love to have a REAL vintage Santos Cage Doll!

Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
Globes, crowns, skeleton keys, old teddy bears and CRAFT SUPPLIES!

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Any vintage shopping tips?
We live WAAAY out in Gaston, so I seldom just go junking, but I NEVER go anywhere without also making a few junking side trips. Try to incorporate your vintage hunting into your everyday life and schedule!

My best piece of advice to those who ask how I manage to find so much cool stuff is that you have to get out and look OFTEN! Also, I share quite a few vintage shopping tips as well as how to’s in my Trash2Treasure blog.

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How do you like to unwind?
Sleep! Ideas pop into my head even while I am sleeping! Before my spine injury, I used to love to go on day hikes. Oregon is such a beautiful state with so much to explore!

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What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
I really don’t get into the city much except to stock my booth at Stars! I’m pretty much a ‘country girl’ these days. Before my spine surgery, I worked in the restaurant business in the Portland area for 27 years, so I really enjoy a good home cooked meal with friends more than eating out these days.

As for shopping: Stars, The Habitat ReStores, the ReBuilding Center, ANY thrift store . . .

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What is your idea of the perfect summer day?
I hate to sound like an ‘all work and no play’ kind of person, but I really kind of AM since surgery left me with a permanently damaged spine and by the time I finish doing what I HAVE to do, I’m usually too worn out to have ‘fun’. My fun IS the revamping work I do! And a dry summer day is PERFECT painting weather!

Stop by Stars to see dealer #2, ReVamped Vintage by Sophie’s Cottage!

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Meet the Dealer: Vintage Rust at Splendid!

Today we’re talking with Doug Nakanishi, one of the dealers behind Splendid space #52. He and his wife, Connie, are the duo who run Vintage Rust–one of the Stars Antiques family’s newer spaces. They do a wonderful job finding industrial pieces, signage, salvage, vintage souvenirs, furniture and a lot more. Come down to the shop and check them out!

Here is a fun Q&A we had with Doug:

How did you get into vintage?
I was born and raised in Chicago and I was always into collecting vintage things when I was growing up. At a very young age I collected stickers, beer cans and as I grew up I collected vintage clothing, used albums and even worked for a used book store that sold antiques, too.

How long have you been a dealer? Do you work alone?
In the 1980s, I was a picker in Chicago. I went to the University of Iowa and I used to go to farm auctions before Ebay. I would bring treasures back and sell them to collectors, dealers, photographers, and designers. I was a professional photographer in Chicago and I used junking to supplement my income. In the 1990s I took a corporate job, but I realized that I didn’t enjoy the corporate path, so I returned to my true love with was hunting for treasures. I have been a picker my whole life!

What would you say your specialty as a dealer is?
My specialty is reclaimed treasures from the past. Therefore, the company name is Vintage Rust. I enjoy industrial, farm primitive, and americana past treasures. American history such as the machinist era, and pieces that bring back America’s past is what I love.

What is your dream vintage score?
My dream vintage scores are pieces with stories from where they came from. For example, a “game of chance wheel” that came from a old carnival or a industrial piece that came from an old garage in Chicago, etc. Treasures with stories.

Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
I am not a collector. I know that’s rare in this business, but I try not to get attached to physical objects. I enjoy them for a while and then I sell them.

Any vintage shopping tips?
My vintage shopping tip is only buy what you love! Never buy things because you think you can make a buck.

How do you like to unwind?
I unwind with my wife and 2 Golden Retriever dogs. Fly fishing, traveling on the road for stuff and eating at great places.

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
I love Portland. I have so many favorite places to eat. I am a foodie at heart. I love Toro Bravo, Screen Door, Pok Pok and Podnah’s Pit. My favorite place to shop is Stars & Spendid and Monticello antiques malls.

What is your perfect winter day?
My perfect winter day is fly fishing with my wife in one of Oregon’s rivers for Winter Steelhead and then, if the fish aren’t biting, finding some farmer who has stuff to sell!

Thanks, Doug & Connie!

Stop by Splendid to see dealer #52, VINTAGE RUST!

The BIG Stars Antiques Easter Egg Hunt!

Get ready for The 3rd Annual Famous Stars Antiques Easter Egg Hunt!! On Easter Sunday, April 8th, adults and kids alike come to search for the colorful plastic Easter eggs that always produce a prize. Yes, there will be tons of candy. Yes, there will be amazing vintage treasure. And YES–there will be 200 Easter eggs hidden throughout our shops (100 in each store!) and each will be filled with a prize for the lucky hunter. Come join the fun! Doors open at 11am.

Brent, Darwin and The Bunny are working hard to get the shops ready!

LOOK FOR FABULOUS PRIZES FROM THESE LOCAL FOLKS:
Stars Antiques (of course) Tilde Collage Coco & Toulouse Go Shopping Blue Kangaroo Coffee Roasters Camp Hollyhock Wallace Books Cravin Raven Bakery Starbucks Coffee Staccato Gelato

Of course, we’re offering up some BIG prizes from Stars Antiques hidden in those eggs this year! You’ve got a chance at one of these 18 prizes:

★ 2 $100 Stars Gift Certificates
★ 2 $50 Stars Gift Certificates
★ 4 $25 Stars Gift Certificates
★ 10 $10 Stars Gift Certificates

As you might imagine, Stars customers have very good manners–even while they are in a frenzy hunting Easter eggs. Still, we think it is good to establish some important hunting rules:

Follow the rules and a hunting we will go!

MAKE SURE TO “LIKE” US ON FACEBOOK & SPREAD THE WORD!

We’ve been able to contract with The Easter Bunny again this year to be back for our Easter Egg Hunt. Once again–as per his (her?? we still can’t tell!) contract–“The Bunny” will be giving out HUNTING HINTS for egg locations on Facebook and Twitter each day leading up to Easter next week. GOOD LUCK!

Will the real Easter Bunny please stand up?

Stars Antiques Mall
7027 SE Milwaukie Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid Antiques Mall
7030 SE Milwaukie Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
Ph: (503) 235-5990

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The Big Stars On Sale Event!

The BIG Palmer Wirfs Spring Antiques & Collectibles Show heads into town this coming weekend. Stars Antiques is celebrating with our own Stars On Sale event and you’re invited! This is great fun every year to see friendly faces from all over. The shops are brimming with treasures right now. Stars On Sale runs for 4 days!

Join us for 4 days chock-full o’ fun starting this Friday, March 2nd!

STARS ON SALE DATES:
★ Friday, March 2nd 11am to 6pm
★ Saturday, March 3rd 11am to 6pm
★ Sunday, March 4th 11am to 6pm
★ Monday, March 5th 11am to 6pm

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What’s Right Around the Corner?

Here’s a hint…

Yep–it’s true. The early bunny gets the best decorations. See you soon!

 

 

Meet the Dealer: Orient Express Antiques!

Today we’re spending some time with Michael Burns, Stars & Splendid dealer #44. His business is called Orient Express Antiques and he’s been in the Stars family for nearly 5 years. His specialty is Asian and eclectic antiques and he’s been a dealer for more than 25 years. Stop by and visit his wonderful space and check out some of his current amazing pieces online HERE.

A FUN Q&A WITH MICHAEL FROM ORIENT EXPRESS AT SPLENDID

How did you get into vintage?
Just started collecting miscellaneous stuff of no consequence until I saw a friend’s collection that really hit me and then we started collecting in earnest.

Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
Yes, Asian items mainly, but also eclectic items.

What is your favorite era?
18th & 19th century.

What is your dream vintage score?
Finding the unusual Asian pieces that no one else has.

What is the vintage score that got away?
Well, if you snooze you lose when you see something and it happened to me with a pair of very unusual vases, which I have always regretted not buying at the time.

Any vintage shopping tips?
Be very careful!

What is your favorite place to eat in Portland?
We don’t go out to restaurants much to eat, so it would be hard to say but we do like to eat at the University Club.

What non-vintage shops do you frequent?
We check out a lot of the consignment shops, as you never know what might be there. Although the picking are slim these days.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
Since we are retired, anything we want to! We like to garden, entertain and go to movies.

How do you unwind?
Gardening and reading.

Have any fun trips planned?
Yes, several this year: Georgia, San Francisco, Palm Springs and who knows what else.

Do you find inspiration in any movies, TV shows, music, theater, arts, sports, recreation etc?
We enjoy adventure, sci-fi movies and some comedies.

Thanks, Michael!

Meet the Dealer: You’ve Been Pinked!

This week we’re talking to Devanda! She is 1/2 of the best friend duo behind Stars and Splendid space #6, You’ve Been Pinked. I must say their booth looks like a dreamy valentine right now! So many sweet things to bring back to your nest. Devanda and Pam have a lot of fun finding new treasures to bring to the booth. This is their first romp of selling vintage and they’ve been with us for almost two years now (time flies!!). Maybe you will find that special something you have been looking for–they bring in new items on a weekly basis.

A FUN Q&A WITH DEVANDA & PAM FROM STARS AND SPLENDID

What would you say your specialty is?
Furniture from the 20s and 30s. We stock our booth with things that we would have in our own homes. Romantic homes style things.

How did you get into vintage?
We have always loved it and have been collecting forever

Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
Toleware and anything pink (of course!). So many different interests. Hard to list them all!

What is your favorite era?
Pam’s is the 30s—50s and mine is… probably about the same!

What is your dream vintage score?
Oh there are so many…

What is the vintage score that got away?
Can’t really think of any right now. We don’t really worry about the ones that got away—just always on the hunt for more treasures.

Any vintage shopping tips?
Just have to keep at it and have some luck!

What is your favorite place to eat in Portland?
Sayler’s Old Country Kitchen

Do you find inspiration in any movies, TV shows, music, theater, arts, sports, etc?
Love watching old 30s and 40s movies… love the houses, furniture… all of it!

What non-vintage shops do you frequent?
Target and home goods stores.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
Pam loves to read and I love to decorate and read all the decorating magazines.

How do you unwind?
I unwind with my magazines.

Stop by Splendid and see You’ve Been Pinked!