Come In and stay a while

Come In and stay a while

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Troutdale and Gresham Oregon

Next up in my Oregon travels: Troutdale and Gresham Oregon.
These two little towns are just five miles from each other but each had a surprising number of antique shops (or junkin' shops as I prefer) as well as other establishments brimming with personality.
 In Troutdale, even the streets had personality...check out these cute little cars that were lining the streets the day we visited:
Several shops had some fun items to peruse:

My treasure find for the day was a vintage tablecloth, I love blue and yellow together!
And I think it looks pretty with my daisies...
And our favorite was the Troutdale General Store where we stopped in for ice cream cones and were pleasantly surprised by all of the vintage advertising owners Terry and Jodi Smoke had collected over the years. Thanks for a great afternoon!
From their website:
As you enter, it’s as if you’ve stepped back in time. Just glancing around, you see their unbelievable antique advertising collection.
An early 1900’s soda fountain with stools and back bar serving up shakes, malts, floats, sundaes or just a big waffle cone, awaits you. With lots of seating in the cafĂ©, you can enjoy homemade soups, sandwiches, daily specials and desserts. Also breakfast casseroles and an array of muffins, scones, danishes and cinnamon rolls fill the cases.
Another side of the store offers over 200 types of nostalgic candies and chocolates; from clusters and turtles to horehound drops and pop rocks. This is the widest variety of candy in the Portland area. Guaranteed to spark the “Oh, I remember those” in everyone! 
Then it was onto Gresham. This town really just has one main street but it is like stepping back in time, complete with a street fair going on the day we visited. This town had five decor/antique/junkin' stores by my count which is a pretty good percentage for just one short street of shopping.
Finally, not sure if you have heard of Real Deals (anyone who considers themselves a home decor or shopping addict has) but these are fun little franchise shops set up by individual owners across the country. Gresham had one of the cutest ones I have come across, set up in an old church. 
 They are worth checking out if you haven't been to one. To find a location near you CLICK HERE

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