The peaceful, walkable retail stretches of the historic Sellwood-Moreland district are a throwback to the pre-Internet era of shopping, and pack enough surprises to turn anyone into a collector. A magnet for antique and collectible hunters, the neighborhood is home to vintage vendors who stock both mid-century treasures and flea-market finds.
Trips to this ‘hood often begin and end at Stars Antique Mall. Opened by three friends with a passion for collecting, the cavernous store houses nearly 100 dealers, seven days a week. Don’t see the 1950s cookie jar you’re hunting for? Check the antique mall’s sister store, Stars & Splendid, located right across the street. Shabby Nest, meanwhile, is a vintage find of its own, filling a 1906 Victorian with treasures including furniture, linens and jewelry, in addition to handmade items from local artists.
More contemporary treats are the specialty at Tilde, where the focus lies on modern accessories for home and body, with an emphasis on pleasing design. Keep an eye out for irresistible handbags and unique baubles from favorite local producers such as Stubborn.
Modern pioneers stock up on grain grinders, oil lamps and chicken feed at Portland Homestead Supply Co. The resident goats and chickens charm visitors at this rustic store, which also offers classes and supplies for preparing homemade cheese, candles, jams, and jerky and other ways to live off the land.
At art supply store Collage, children and adults alike can stock up on crafting gear, come up with ideas for a project or watch weekend demonstrations to learn some new (or old) techniques. Friendship bracelets, anyone? Shoppers who would rather leave the crafting to the pros have their bases covered at Fuchsia, which stocks delicate jewelry, accessories and gifts. Thoughtful, colorful and inexpensive, their wares are perfect pick-me-ups for friends — or for a tired wardrobe.
And speaking of stepping up an outfit, online sensation Sock Dreams makes its world headquarters in Sellwood. So instead of ordering online, hoof it into their store for socks of all stripes: sexy, silly and, of course, soft.