December 17, 2014

Sale Tomorrow Night!

Happy Hour Thursday at the Portland location; 4 to 7 pm.


We’re offering 20% off EVERYTHING plus chances to win additional discounts on our “Spinning Wheel Of Inequitable* Chance™

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*It’s borrowed from one of our supporters and is just a touch lopsided so not all chances are equal. However, if you’ve got just the right touch or casino blood flowing in your veins . . .

December 17, 2014



Once upon a time there was a big glowing ball of fire in the sky and the people were happy. Then someone failed to propitiate the gods and dreary, damp gloom descended upon center-left earth. We know that things will dry out in another six months and two days longer than you think. Until then we’ll endure.

Before our usual season rainy gloom, in the halcyon days of yore, this bird coin bank was brought to us by a passer-by and long time supporter  (Thanks C!).

We regret it has taken so long to get it off the shelf and out for sale to you.

It is about 7  inches tall and long. It is in good condition and although unmarked we suspect it is from Mexico.

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December 16, 2014

The Fifth Owl, The Fifth Column


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Approaching the end of our current owl micro-series is this brass like, sand filled owl. I’m not sure if it was intended as a book end, a paperweight or just a watcher for the watchers.

It stands 6 inches tall.

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December 16, 2014

Take It To The Bank For The Long Term


Clay piggy bank with no withdrawal option except for breaking the bank or creative fishing. It is 6 inches long from snout to out and is in fair condition. There is a chip on one ear and some dings and scratches but of the sort that give character.

It’s a good piece and a good time to remind everyone that investing in small local non-profits is also a wise, long term strategy.

Again this year we are one of the many groups featured in Willamette Week’s Give Guide the yearly publication, accompanied by a website, whose primary goal is to facilitate year-end giving to a cross-section of Portland-area non-profit organizations. WW’s Give!Guide is inserted in all 80,000 copies of Willamette Week, and functions much like a catalog. Donors can select one, two or multiple organizations and make a donation online in a single, easy transaction.

And even if you give as little as $10, you receive incentives, gifts in return.

It’s a heck of a deal and we’ve even got our own page.


December 15, 2014

The Himes Collection

It’s not often that we obtain a whole collection of great pieces by a single artist. Usually we’re lucky to get a few pieces, enough to drag out in a small series of blog posts over the course of a work week. Sometimes we mix things up and combine them into one big post.

This time we’re going with the one big post option, so this is going to take a while.

We have 13 carved wood panels generously donated by one of our institutional supporters. We were planning on making these the center piece of the Art & Artifacts sale but since we canceled that event this year they just lingered in storage. And then some disappeared and then reappeared (strange as it was).

And now we have them for you.

All the pieces were carved by the same local Portland area artist who has/had the last name of Himes. I can’t be certain but I suspect they were a descendent of the influential Portlander George Himes. They are in good to excellent condition and are at our Tualatin store, 8380 SW Nyberg St, 503-612-0020.

Provisional names, size info and asking price is with each picture, click on them for a larger size view.

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Oregon Grape & Mushrooms 9 3/4 x 26 $175

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Sandpiper On Piling 9 1/2 x 27 $150

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Plant On Edge Of Bank 11 3/4 x 24 $135

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Hatching Fly On Water 6 3/4 x 40 1/4 $135

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Detail Of Insect

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Five Sailboats 11 3/4 x 22 $175

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Three Sailboats 11 3/4 x 30 $150

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Beaver On Bank 9 3/4 x 20 $200

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Morels in Oak Forest 11 3/4 x 20 $200

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Leaves & Tree 20 x 9 3/4 $135

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Wading Sandpiper 15 x 10 $175

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Crawfish 23 x 9 3/4 $175

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Mussels & Shells On Bed Of Sand 27 x 5 3/4 $100

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Owl In Tree Trunk 28x 6 3/4 $250

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Detail Of Owl Left

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Detail Of Owl Right


December 14, 2014

Aw Nuts!


Planter’s Peanuts swag featuring the iconic Mr. Peanut. He stands 4 1/2 inches tall and his top hat is solid metal, perhaps for use as a nut-cracking anvil (hammer not included). Below is a5 1/2 inch diameter tray for shells and future prey. It is in good condition.

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December 14, 2014

Online Content Generators Create Crappy Titles


So I was looking into one of those “19 Tools To Make Blogging Easier” link spam articles the other day and they suggested trying an online content idea generator for titles.

So I did. Let’s say artificial intelligence, like military intelligence, has a way to go.

The site I tried seems to just spit out endless variety of junk phrases like” “14 ways ___”,  “how not knowing ___”, “are cooler than___”, and so forth.

Regrettably you’re still stuck with fallible old me for at least a while then.

So here we have a lovely old dressing chest with mirror. It is bird’s-eye maple veneer and my guess is that is was made in the 1920’s, during the economic boom. After the stock market crash of 1929 we see a resurgence in cheap woods, like knotty pine, and for whatever reason I have bird’s-eye maple filed in my ‘change over time index’ just before that.

There are a few small stains on the top and one little veneer chip on the back splash but otherwise it is in good condition. The mirror is fine and the silvering is holding up well.

It has two half width drawers over two full width drawers and measures 46 inches wide, 23 deep and 69 to the top of the mirror.

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December 13, 2014

Holden Caulfield Thinks Ceramic Pig-Head Hooks are Phony



Ceramic wall pig hook / decoration.

In good condition, the snout sticks out about 6 1/2 inches from the wall.

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December 13, 2014

Happy Chester Greenwood Day Plus 7! 20% Off Everything In Tualatin

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Actually we’re a week late for Chester Greenwood Day, but it’s never too late to celebrate the inventor of earmuffs!


In that spirit we’re offering 20% off  at our Tualatin space (8380 SW Nyberg St) today, all day, every item!

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December 12, 2014

Murton Shaker


One of what was presumably once a pair of shakers by well known Oregon artist Kim Murton. It is in great condition!

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