Vintage Vendors
Aug 1
We live in a great town for so many reasons - one of which (for me) is all the exceptionally cool neighborhoods. I love to wander those hoods, stop for coffee, shop, lunch with friends. And just about the time I think I've mapped and traversed and seen 'em all - a ridiculous thought, to be sure - I find a new set of shops that need exploring.

That's what happened this week. It started like this: someone wrote asking me if I'd seen old cast-iron pans in my salvage haunts. I replied no, only an isolated vintage pan here or there. I also asked if this gentleman had come across any good sources in his own wanderings. He said he had seen a few cast iron pieces at Metalwood Salvage. Per their website, Metalwood Salvage currently has a pop-up store at Vintage Vendors, and will soon be moving into their own location.

Cool. But what the heck is Vintage Vendors? Here's the straight poop - it's a great vintage shop on NE Sandy with prices that will make you happy. My friend bought a tea tray and a vintage tackle box for under $30! They have metal, lots of household items and furniture, tackle boxes, signs, and a huge globe selection. And more, of course. But these are the gems that stuck in my bean.

The globes are fun. When I asked the proprietor, he said he picks them up whenever he finds them. And find them he does. Globes are cool to collect, plus crafty people can turn them into a hanging pendant or a chandelier.

Do you ever find something you really love, but instead of buying it you tell yourself, If I'm still thinking about this in a week, I'll go get it. Well, there's something at Vintage Vendors that I really want, and it hasn't left my mind. Don't you dare buy it before I get back there! (And, I'm not saying what it is.)

As a recap - here's my hit parade of Portland salvage / antique shopping neighborhoods:

Sellwood - a classic for a reason. While I find the prices at many of the salvage / antique stores in this neighborhood to be a bit high, I love the food options that make this hood a great destination to spend time on a lovely afternoon.

Hawthorne - for the people watching, plus Red Light Clothing Exchange. Great older vintage and 70s / 80s finds!

Aurora - my favorite, and not technically a neighborhood - it's a town south of PDX. There are some great prices in Aurora, and there are also fairly priced, beautiful antiques. While there are not a lot of food options, the Colony Pub has amazing tots. Who needs more than tots?

Mississippi - funky stores, some antiques, some used clothing, great food.

NE Sandy! - Vintage Vendors could put this one on the map for me, but I don't know what else is in the neighborhood. More time on NE Sandy is in order. Can anyone chime in about the food sitch there? Good, bad? What's a gal to do but explore, explore, and explore some more.

Let me know if you have any NE Sandy tips - or any other great hoods, shops, restaurants that need exploring. Share the deets! Meanwhile, I'll be keeping an eye out for the new Metalwood Salvage store and will keep you posted.
 

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