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Field Trip // Antique Portland Expo

Three times a year, one of the biggest antique fairs in the US occurs at the Portland Expo Center. From experience, we've found that this is not the right venue for us to sell our goods at. The crowd of vendors and customers are mostly in the older age range, and as such, they tend to not want to buy mid-century pieces. Because of this it's also very hard to find mid-century. So today we headed out to this three-day event, on the last day in the afternoon, when many of the vendors still have lots of product, don't want to take it all home, and are willing to make deals! 


There were so many Native American rugs that kept drawing my eye! I don't know if I just haven't paid attention to them before...or if there were lots more than usual (probably the first), but they were everywhere. Oh so beautiful and oh so very, very expensive! I'll continue to search for them in the "wild" but in the meantime, I'm dreaming of turning some of these patterns into quilts. :) 


These three pieces were the stellar stand outs of mid-century furniture.  Chris really wanted this first chair, an Arne Jacobsen Swan chair, but alas our pocketbooks only allowed us to look. Also, these Norman Cherner Plycraft chairs & Hans Wegner armchairs were all so fun to stare at. 

While Chris was only looking at furniture. These two pieces stuck out to me. One of my favorite books growing up, Anne of Green Gables in a beautiful illustrated version. Also this orange and gold dot dress, I just love the pattern on the dress! 

Here were our finds of the day (while loading out in the heavy PNW rain): a men's leather luggage bag, 60s teak and black clock, a black tensor lamp, chair, typeset tray, kitchen cart,  and lots of pottery goods in my canvas bag.  Tomorrow, there will be photos of everything on the Remnant blog. But I couldn't help but share today's adventure with all of you!

Happy Sunday!


Field Trip // Maven Collective

A new shop opened last weekend called Maven Collective on 7819 SE Stark St.  Four amazingly creative and impeciable curators (Jacklyn, the original owner of Maven, Kim from Ethanollie, Sue from Solstice Home and Rebekah from Little Byrd Vintage) have assembled to create this shop in the Montavilla neighborhood of Portland. Chris and I wanted to check it out and support another new shop, so we went not knowing what to anticipate. We were both blown away by the amazing array of vintage goods. We couldn't leave without purchasing a few goodies of our own! 

...are scattered throughout the shop. I couldn't leave without a little plant of my own. 


Some of my favorite pieces were the...


 Mark your calendars for the Grand Opening! Chris and I plan on stopping by, too.  


Another aspect that I feel is unique to Maven Collective are the unique collections throughout the shop. 

/// I hope you enjoyed this mini-tour of Maven Collective. Like them on facebook to follow their adventures! ///


Before & After // Gondola Sofa

Ready for a super retro transformation?! 

Chris and his picker buddy, Clayton, found this sofa literally in pieces and left for trash. They saw the potential and picked it up. It's a mid century Adrian Pearsall style sofa, made right here in Portland in 1966 by B.P John. It's always exciting to take on a new project, especially something like this! 

First, Chris and I took off all of the original foam and shredded fabric. We striped it until it was only the frame. It was pretty disgusting dirty, the vacuum was on hand for all the yucky things that came out of it! 

Next, we installed all new foam and fabric. 

This piece was a collaboration between us and our friends, they made the cushions, and I attached the covered buttons. I love how buttons really finish a piece! 

My favorite part about this sofa is it's pretty V shaped legs! So unique! We are loving having this sofa currently in our living room, but will have to give it over to the new owners soon. For sale on Etsy!



Portland Flea Recap // July

Portland Flea is definitely a highlight of every month! It's lots of work, but always so rewarding. Chris and I are really enjoying working together on our joint-venture, Remnant. Portland Flea is an monthly event held at an event space, Union/Pine. There are about 30 vendors that make this event truly special. If we didn't vend ourselves, we'd attend all day! ;) Mark your calendars for next months, Sunday, August 19th 10am - 4pm. 

This month, we had four truck loads of merchandise, it was a little more than packed! But the stand out piece was this sofa that Chris and I completely reupholstered. New cushy batting, new upholstery even down to the covered buttons. To say that I enjoyed putting this together is an understatement. I'm so thrilled with how this piece turned out, you will be seeing lots more to come! **Tomorrow, I'll have the complete before and after plus process shots**

Throughout this month, Chris kept falling in love with lamps. It became a joke, because he was constantly coming home with more lamps! We could have changed our name to The Lighting Factory. 

Do you have a favorite piece?


Guest Post on Gather & Hunt




 Today I'm guest posting on Gather & Hunt! Danae and I have found we have much in common in the vintage department! She runs an amazing vintage booth in Seattle. I love her eye for treasures, her branding, and spunky spirit! 

Click here to check out my guest post on Gather & Hunt!




Here's a little sneak peek: