July Expo

This weekend was one of the most anticipated events in my calendar, the summer antique show at the Portland Expo Center, aka Expo. While Expo happens three times a year (the other two shows being in March and October – learn more about Expo by visiting their website) the summer show is often the best, as there are 400 additional dealers, bringing the total number of dealers to 1,400. So when you see “Expo” listed as the source of an item in an outfit post, it came from one of three of these shows.

This show I had the goal of purchasing more turquoise jewelry and more Egyptian themed jewelry and I would say I was quite successful in those two areas. I also made a few additional purchases.

While walking down one of the many aisles at Expo we stumbled upon a table with loads of half-sheet size movie posters on it. I can never resist movie posters. Seriously. As I sifted through them I didn’t come across any titles I was familiar with, though my dad most certainly did, and most were of the late 60s and 70s B-movie variety. But then I stumbled upon a poster for one of my favorite movies, The Assassination Bureau. Now, I’m not sure what that means for the status of The Assassination Bureau…I mean, I guess it is a little hokey…but I do love it. It stars one of my biggest idols, Diana Rigg, some of you may know her from The Avengers, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and most recently Game of Thrones.

I was also thrilled to find most more barkcloth, as I’ve been going a bit pillow-making crazy lately (as you might have noticed if you follow me on Instagram). I was extra excited when I found a more abstract print, instead of the more traditional floral print.

While normally I am banned from buying glasses, I couldn’t resist this set of glasses depicting four of California’s missions, including Mission San Juan Bautista and Mission San Francisco de Asís, also known as Mission Dolores, both of which appear in Hitchcock’s masterpiece, Vertigo.

I also picked up two tooled leather purses. Though…like I need more? I mean come on, $10 a piece?

I was pleased to also add to my Egyptian jewelry collection with a scarab ring and scarab earrings.

I was bummed that I didn’t find much Egyptian jewelry that fit my quest of not buying necklaces. I told myself to focus on buying anything but necklaces, as I have so many necklace options, but most of what I stumbled upon were necklaces, and none were super amazing to me. But what I did buy a lot of was some gorgeous turquoise and sterling pieces of jewelry.

I purchased another sterling saddle ring, a much daintier one than the one I purchased in Bakersfield back in spring. This one in need of some polishing…

I also bought three sterling and turquoise rings.

But by and large, the best pieces I bought were a trio of Kachina sun face pieces – a bracelet, a brooch (which has a loop so it can also be worn as a pendant!) and a squash blossom necklace. All are a little different, but that’s what makes them interesting.

The squash blossom necklace is stunning and is a piece I am very happy to own. It’s also surprisingly light for how intricate it is.

But just because the summer Expo is over, doesn’t mean summer antique shows are over! Summer also offers three more antique shows, which I am greatly looking forward to.

Although right now I should be packing! I’m tagging along to Patrick’s business trip to San Diego. For all of my trips to California, I’ve never actually been to San Diego, mainly because most California trips end in the LA and outlaying areas because that’s where our family members are. I’m eager to go though because I’ll get to visit with Suzanne, of Sweetie Suz, who I’m eager to see again after the fun we had together at Tiki Day at Disneyland. I also get to meet up with Carla of Tiny Angry Crafter! There also appears to be loads of vintage shops and antique malls to visit and I’ve created a list and mapped out all the places I want to go. Hopefully I’ll blog from the hotel! Otherwise it’ll be when I get back!

4 thoughts on “July Expo

  1. Great finds! The squash blossom necklace is gorgeous. I’ve always wanted to go, but have always had to work. Maybe I can swing it this October!

  2. I am also banned from buying glasses lol! Why are they so irresistible!?!

    The jewelry you bought is stunning. I can’t wait to see how you wear it.

    Lisa.

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