Monthly Archives: July 2014
Reported to be the largest antique show west of the Mississippi River
The first show at the Expo Center was held in 1981 and evolved into three shows per year. The Portland Shows are the largest on the schedule and because of the many exhibitors who come from out of the Portland area, draws the highest attendance. Particularly for the summer show in July, it is very typical to see customers from Japan, Canada and Germany as well as about every state in the U.S.
The content is typical of our events in that we cover items from the mid-1880s to the early 1970s. We like to think we are all things to all people and to some degree that is the case. That translates into having cool things for the 35 year old who remembers G.I. Joe, Star Trek and Fisher Price as well as the baby boomer who wants to connect to the things that were around when they were in their teens.
You’ll also see traditional vintage items such as sterling flatware, smalls, rare books, advertising and the like. Other popular categories such as vintage clothing, decorative items and estate jewelry are also very present.
200 Miles of Hard Riding Fun
From Wikipedia …
The Seattle to Portland Bike Ride takes place on the second or third weekend in July mostly on country roads, avoiding the direct freeway (U.S. Interstate 5) route between the cities. The Cascade Bicycle Club describes the 2006 route as “pretty flat with the “Big Hill” coming at the 45-mile mark. It’s a mile long with about a 7 percent grade. … The majority of the ride is on beautiful, rolling rural roads”. In 2005 approximately 30 miles (48 km) of the 202 miles (325 km) were considered uphill with a combined ascent of approximately 2,000 feet (600 m).