Porch Light

Vintage and antique homegoods and gifts.

Month: July, 2011

It’s Party Time!

It’s time to celebrate! We are having a grand opening party with Eden on July 21st at 6pm to celebrate our new stores in the Pearl. We hope you’ll join us!

Porch Light Pearl in the Press!

Our newest shop in the Pearl just got a great write up on the Oregon Live website. Here’s what they had to say:

“After surveying the new businesses that opened in Portland last month, it’s no surprise that the city is always near the top of sustainability and environment-friendly ratings. Boutiques and brewpubs alike are making it very clear how green they are, as are gyms and eyewear stores. It may seem clichéd to some, but Portland business owners have a knack for practicing what they preach. So check out all the new spots that our great city has to offer—just make sure to turn the light off after you use the bathroom.

Porch Light

For antiques with a slightly hipper edge, check out Porch Light in the Pearl. The shop, which also has a North Portland location, specializes in rustic wares that come primarily from the Midwest. The shop will be a welcome counterpoint to the more upscale, nouveau shops that populate the Pearl. Browse beautiful chairs straight out of your great aunt Mildred’s living room, or pick up a vintage set of glassware for your kitchen. Porch Light also features a collection of modern and vintage jewelry that is both formal and fun. Considering Portland’s affinity for the styles of the days of yore, Porch Light in the Pearl should fit right in.”

Porch Light, 221 NW 11th Avenue
Source: (http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/07/rounwenty_five_portland_neighbd_up.html)
Thanks Oregon Live!

Mississippi Street Fair!

It’s that time of year again! This Saturday is the Mississippi Street Fair from 10-9. There will be music and loads of street vendors. Don’t forget to stop in to say hello!

Around the Pearl Shop

Here’s another glimpse at some of the items we’re currently carrying at our new Pearl location.

Meet the Team: Carly

*Tell us about yourself:

Hello there!  I’m Carly.  I grew up in the southern California desert and worked my way north, finally settling down in Portland in 2007.  I live in a big red house in the northeast with 3 roommates, 5 chickens, and 1 tabby cat named Oslo.  Along with being a part-time student at Portland State, my sister and I have been building our own line of leather goods that we sell on Etsy.

*How long have you been working at P.L.?

For a little over a month now.  And every day has been wonderful!

*Have you always liked vintage things or did something/ someone in particular spark your interest?

When I was 15 and working my first job at a clothing boutique, one of my older co-workers came in with a box full of vintage jewels and purses for me.  Everything was beautiful and she told me the stories behind each object, where she got it and where she wore it.  It was definitely one of the nicest things someone has done for me and since then, I’ve been intrigued by the history behind antique and vintage goods.
*What sorts of things do you like to collect?

My grandparents in Oakland had a whole window sill filled with little ceramic animal figurines.  They would let me take one home with me each time I visited.  Over the years I’ve collected a plethora of animals.  You can now find them all around my house, sneaking out of terrariums or in my bathroom cabinets.  This may seem a little Kathy Bates from Misery, but I promise it’s much more charming than creepy.
*Any hobbies, things you like to do in your spare time?

I’ve been trying to use my spare time wisely and pack in as many things as I can!  I love going on long bike rides to the river, gardening, cooking, making up songs to my cat on my ukulele, and taking pictures.  I made a darkroom in my basement and have been developing my own film.  It’s such magic to see an image instantly appear on a blank piece of paper.