Porch Light

Vintage and antique homegoods and gifts.

Month: November, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide

We are super excited to be participating in the Little Boxes (http://www.littleboxespdx.com) Black Friday shopping event! Here’s a little eye candy to get you in the spirit! All of these great items are available at Porch Light. Both shops will be open from 10-8 on Black Friday!


Vintage Cars!

I’ve been fascinated by vintage cars ever since I bought my 72 Volkswagen Squareback.  There are tons to see here in Portland, if you just keep an eye out.  When I first saw these vintage toy cars here at the Pearl shop, all I could do was imagine what they were trying to replicate.  Here are some of my guesses!

Our orange toy car vs. a Volkswagen Fastback

Our green toy car vs. a vintage Corvette

Our blue toy car vs. a 1977 Volkswagen Rabbit

Our green toy car vs. an International Scout

Our blue toy car vs. a Volvo P 21134

I might not be entirely correct, but I think it’s pretty close!  All of the car toys are for sale here at the Pearl shop for $12 each.

Little Boxes!

We are pleased to announce that we are participating in the exciting Black Friday event, Little Boxes! It is a great way to support your favorite local businesses, avoid the post-Thanksgiving big box retail madness and receive a cool discount all in one swoop! What’s not to love about that? To see the complete list of participating retailers you can visit: http://www.littleboxespdx.com  It’s simple: Receive 10% off your purchase when you bring a receipt from one little box to another little box and pick up a raffle ticket at each location while you’re at it (prizes include an ipad, tickets to local theaters, a tattoo session, hotel packages and tons of boutique goodies!). Mark your calendars!


Fall Essentials

Though the past few weeks have been truly beautiful (rustling red leaves and crisp mornings), I have to admit that it’s getting a tad chilly.  It’s always around this time that I start planning for the coming winter months.  So far those plans include reading by the fire, woolen socks, and stocking up on these items below:

Some beeswax candles made out of antique jar molds.  Not only are the candles 100% organic and natural, they also smell incredible.

A  book to read by said fire.  Mark and Sally Bailey have co-written tons of wonderful books on home improvement and interior design.  Which is perfect, since the home is probably where I’ll be spending these next few months.  We have an assortment of their books at both Porch Light locations.

A warm San Diego Hat Company hat.  We’ve got tons over at our Mississippi location.

A Dash & Albert throw, available in various colors at both Porch Light locations (image via Curious Bird).  Perfect for throwing over your shoulders while your morning coffee is brewing.

Barr Co. bath salts and bubble elixir, available at both Porch Light locations.  The salts are made with oatmeal, which soothes irritated or itchy skin, and milk powder and mineral salts.  Both are made in small batches. by hand in the United States.

New Candle Line: Tatine

Our Pearl shop just received some new candles we think you’ll adore just as much as we do. Tatine is handmade in Chicago and combines excellent packaging with unexpected, earthy scents. Come pick out your new favorite scent (mine is a toss up between Balsamic or Green Tea & Rhubarb!). (All images via Tatine).

Individual candles, $14 each with names like “field of grass,” “love that burns,” “holland park,” “bron yr aur,” and “st. john’s wood.”

The Season of Enchantment candles, $31 each. Available in currant briar, sandalwood, white musk and spruce black.

The Garden & Forest Infusion candles, $31 each. Available in woodsmoke, black mission fig, green tea & rhubarb, tomato leaf.

The ambient candles, available in a boxed set of three ($30) or individually ($10 each). Available in these delicious scents: balsamic, lemon verbena, coriander, black pepper, lime cilantro.

The Foundry candles available in orange tinder, ancient calamus root, palmarosa, holy basil. $42 each.

Early Color Photographs

The Denver Post released this collection of stunning early color photographs taken between 1939- 1943 and we couldn’t resist sharing them with you here. At Porch Light you will find many antiques lovingly collected from this time period. Here is what the Denver Post has to say about this collection, “These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations.” Enjoy!

(All images via the Denver Post. To see the full collection:http://extras.denverpost.com/archive/captured.asp)

Ships Ahoy!













A few photos from my recent visit to the shipyard at Swan Island. What an amazing place to wander around. Everything is so perfectly rusted and worn and the sky that day was amazing!

Vintage Tins!


We adore vintage tins and their many, many uses. Here’s a handful of exciting ways you could use them in your home or re-purpose them into unique holiday gifts. (Images 1, 2 & 4 via pinterest. Image 3 via: bellethemagazine.blogspot.com. Image 5 via: bhg.com. Image 6 via: sugarandcharmblog.com)

Porch Light on Honey Kennedy

Our woven wool shawl (bottom right) was recently featured on the local Portland blog, Honey Kennedy!  We’re in good company too, with the Serge Lutens perfume and the 1930s English vase (both from our next door neighbor Eden.) Not to mention that our very own shopgirl, Carly is one of the designers behind Hunter Pass and that amazing backpack!!!

Click here to read what guest blogger Marika Emerson has to say about us!  And then maybe stop by our Pearl location to pick up your own shawl!

The Library Collection Candles

A fantastic new candle line from Paddywax just arrived at our Mississippi shop! We are carrying their Library Collection which names each scent after famous authors. Each scent is available in a double-wicked travel sized tin or in a 9 oz glass jar with a gift box. We think these’ll make the perfect gift for your favorite book worms! (Images via Paddywax).

Leo Tolstoy: black plum, persimon and oakmoss.
Jane Austen: gardenia, tuberose and jasmine.
Charles Dickens: tangerine, juniper and citrus.
Oscar Wilde: cardamom, absinthe and sandalwood.
Edgar Allen Poe: cedarwood, thyme and basil.
Henry Thoreau: cedar, moss and juniper.
Walt Whitman: grass, thyme and red clover.