Category Archives: Out & About
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.
June is the month when Portland roses reach their peak
Photos taken at the Portland Rose Garden
by our guest and friend Dawn-Marie Lasley
3 days in Portland from the Travel section of the Boston Globe
“This city of charming neighborhoods reflects the values of its hip young residents, especially its thriving community of active, outdoorsy, progressive families. It has more than 370 miles of bike paths and lanes, an easy-to-use light rail and streetcar system, preserved historic buildings and ones constructed from reclaimed materials, and a close connection to its green spaces and to all things quirky and weird.”
“Portland has 200 parks within city limits, including Mill Ends Park, which Guinness Records proclaimed the world’s smallest dedicated park at 24 inches in diameter (Forest Park ranks as the city’s largest at 5,156 acres).”
“Everything from the science museum to brewpubs to independently owned shops caters to kids, offering special play areas and nooks for little ones. And whether your children are tots or teens, you will find plenty to do.”
“Here are some of our top picks” …