3 Amazing Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon

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Head out to Portland, Oregon if you want to score some serious vintage gems. I spent five days in this hipster town and loved every minute there. Every time I turned a corner I saw a cute coffeeshop, a hopping spot to grab a beer or a vintage store. All things I love! I didn’t venture too far out of downtown, but it had more than enough to keep me occupied. Here are a few of the vintage stores I spotted while there.

1. BillyGoat Vintage

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This cute shop located in the heart of downtown Portland felt like some smart shopper had handpicked vintage stuff just for me. BillyGoat Vintage offered a large selection of vintage clothes, all clearly chosen for the modern dresser. Nothing stuffy. Just really cute dresses, sweaters, pants and fun knickknacks. I had to talk myself out of buying too much. And, the lady working the counter was really helpful. She made some great suggestions of activities to do and areas to visit while in Portland.

2. Buffalo Exchange

At this resale shop, I scored a Cath Kidston purse for $32. If you haven’t heard of her, Cath Kidston is an English fashion designer. Her design style is similar to Vera Bradley, only better in my opinion. The style of purse I found is regularly $80! Buffalo Exchange had a large selection of merchandise, if you’re willing to dig. Mixed vintage and modern styles.

3. Tender Loving Empire

Okay, this store isn’t actually a vintage shop. (I forgot the name of the one I wanted to tell you about.) BUT…it is a unique shop to Portland. Tender Loving Empire features all handmade goods from local Portland artists, including T-shirts, cards, jewelry and housewares. I bought my boyfriend an awesome screen printed Portland T-shirt there.

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Have you visited Portland? What were your favorite vintage shops?

(All photos were taken in BillyGoat Vintage with permission.)

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This is the twenty third post in a 31 days blog series called 31 Days of Reimagining. Start from the beginning.

Vintage Dresser Display

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The slightly quirky display above my dresser evolved slowly. It started with just the mirror. I wanted to a hang a mirror above my dresser to make the area somewhat resemble a vanity. I imagined a pretty place to get ready in the morning.

From there, I added the plate, miniature mannequin and white compote dish to hold my jewelry. I like using unexpected items to hold jewelry and all of these also fit the simple, pretty feel I wanted. The lamp base I picked up at a thrift store and repainted white. It was brass. I was excited when I found it because I had been looking for a tall lamp base to fit that gigantic lamp shade I already owned.

My favorite part of this display is the jewelry hanger made from a tree branch. (You can read all about it here.) I love the whimsical look of my necklaces draped across the branches and my metal owl hanging beside it. And, you can’t beat something made for free.

I’m all about bargains. Here’s a breakdown of where I found each item on my dresser:

Tree branch: Outside (Free)
Metal owl: Antique mall ($30 for two)
Mirror: Grandma’s house (Free)
Lamp base: Thrift store ($10)
Lamp shade: Target (Guessing $25. I’ve had it for several years.)
Fedora hat: Target ($10?)
Mannequin: Gift (Free)
Floral plate: Goodwill ($1)
White compote dish: Thrift store ($1)
Personalized redneck wine glass: Gift (Free)
Jewelry box: It was a family friend’s. (Free)
Blue bowl: Gift from my sister’s trip to Mexico. (Free)

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What do you think of my dresser display? What’s your favorite part? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments…


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5 Best Vintage Thrift Store Finds Ever

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Whether you’re a regular thrift store shopper, like me, or just a once-in-a-while
browser, anyone who loves vintage can appreciate a great thrift store find. Many
times I go into a thrift store or a secondhand shop and come out empty-handed.
That’s just part of it.  Sometimes, though…sometimes the planets align and you
go in at the exact right day at the exact right moment and you find something
amazing. Be still my thrifty heart.

Can you tell I’m a thrift store junkie? I even have an odd habit of looking around
my house and mentally listing off all of the items I’ve found at thrift stores—for
cheap. It gives me a little frugal thrill! (Is it just me?) Anyway, I thought I’d share
a few of my favorite thrift store finds with you. It’s always nice to get a little thrift
store inspiration for those times when you haven’t been able to find what you’re
looking for or when you haven’t come across anything exciting in a while. Some
of these items I’ve had for years. Some are new finds. All are awesome. Check out
my five current thrift store find favorites!

Vintage cart

Vintage Cart | redleafstyle.com

I scored this little beauty at a local Goodwill for $4. I’ve seen similar carts in antique
malls and vintage stores for $30 or more. The white paint is slightly stained in some
areas, but I can’t bring myself to paint it. I want to keep it original. You can’t tell that
the paint is less-than-perfect when there’s stuff on it anyway.

Right now, this cart is providing much-needed extra storage in my tiny kitchen. It
would also make a fun bar cart to use to serve drinks during a party. Plus, it’s mobile.

Metal wire baskets

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For some reason, I’ve had a slight obsession with wire baskets lately. I use one to
store my mail and another to corral magazines. (It’s the perfect size!) You could
also use them to arrange items in a drawer, to organize your office and so much
more. I prefer using fun vintage items, like these wire baskets, as storage around
my home instead of boring plastic containers that you can buy anywhere. And,
you can’t beat the price. These wire baskets (found on two separate trips) cost
$1 each.

Round lamp base

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I love scavenging through thrift stores for lamp bases. You can always find a thrift
store lamp
that will look cute and for far less money than at regular stores. Add a
coat of paint and a new lampshade and you’d never know it was secondhand. This
one I didn’t even have to paint!

This lamp has been around my home for at least four years. While not technically
vintage, I had to include it because it’s one of my all-time favorite lamps that I’ve
found at thrift stores. There’s something about the fat round base that I just like.
I don’t remember the amount I paid for it anymore, but it was likely less than $10.

Square-shaped mason jars

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It’s no secret that mason jars are awesome. They’ve been used for decorating in
thousands of different ways. I have my own love affair with mason jars, but I don’t
buy them very often because I already own plenty. These, though, I couldn’t resist.
These Ball mason jars have a slightly square shape that I haven’t seen before. Love!
Even better? They each cost a whopping $1 each.

Vintage tan briefcase

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This purchase was incredibly impractical. A small vintage briefcase? What exactly do
you do with it? Well, I don’t know yet, okay? But, it’s cute! It only cost $4! If I ever
get up the nerve, I might use it to carry my computer to coffee shops and such. I’m
open to suggestions. Let me know if you have ideas!

Do you have any fabulous thrift store finds? I’d love to hear about them in the
comments…

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Published In VintageKC Magazine!

Time to gush. I’ve had an article published in the winter issue of VintageKC magazine, and it all started right here on Red Leaf Style because of one blog post.

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The post featured a few photos and my experience at my friends’ barnyard vintage-inspired wedding. Through good ol’ Facebook, the editor of VintageKC saw my post and asked me to write an article about the wedding for the magazine!

After months of waiting (the wedding was in July) the article has finally been published and is ready for you to read in all of its vintage-y goodness. Check it out here (page 24). Or, pick up a copy at select stores in the Kansas City, Missouri area.


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Decorating With Thrift Store Lamps

When it comes to lamps, I might have a bit of an obsession. My living room, which is quite tiny, includes four table lamps. My bedroom, three. I even have two in my kitchen and one in my bathroom. I’d like to decorate with more, but I’ve pretty much set one on every surface available.

Why do I love lamps so much? I think it’s the warm glow they give off. It makes a room instantly cozy. And, I refuse to use nasty overhead lighting. Maybe it’s just in the apartments I’ve rented, but overhead lighting tends to emit cold, sterile light that reminds me of a hospital. Not quite the feeling I’m going for in my home.

Where does one vintage-loving lamp obsessed shopper like me find all of these lamps, you ask? Thrift stores and secondhand shops of course! I picked up all of the lamps in my home at secondhand shops and thrift stores—never for more than $10! I’ll let you in on some of my lamp-scoring secrets.

What to look for

Search for lamps that have a base that catches your eye. Sometimes I go thrift store shopping with an idea of a color of lamp that I’d like to find, or a style I want, skinny or fat for example. Usually, though I just spot something I adore, or I don’t. It’s about the feeling! Start with an idea of what you’re looking for, but don’t be afraid to wander from what you thought you wanted if something interests you.

Also, remember that with a quick paint job a lamp base in an ugly color, but with a nice silhouette can instantly get a facelift.

The downside?

The only disadvantage to thrift store lamps is that they never come with the right lampshade—or a shade at all. If they do come with one, it’s usually a white pleated number that doesn’t look like it belongs anywhere except grandma’s house.

To get the look I want out of my lamps, I usually buy a new lampshade to give the vintage lamp base a more modern feel. Even buying a new shade, my thrift-store-bought lamp still ends up being less expensive than if I had purchased a new lamp.

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