Day 2: LUXURY, Junking & Collectibles

Today was so much fun, I spent the entire day with my twin sister!!  We went all over town today. We spent some time in downtown Milwaukie and at the Collectors Mall. Imagine having a relative that collects in excess, maybe even hordes lots of boxed toys and cars, comics, toys that come with fast food “happy meals”, old books, lunch boxes, and just a bunch of junk. Now imagine taking all this junk and opening a store and stuffing every nook and cranny with random stuff, uniques, oddities, etc. and you get Collectors Mall. Upon entering the shop you wonder if you will find anything. You smell incense and its strong, you can’t escape the smell of incense and you hear someone at the counter saying they need to lock up all the incense…… you think to yourself “why does incense need to be locked up” and then switch gears and get back to the task at hand – looking for that “find”.

Collectors Mall is an interesting sort of shop…..a mixture of stuff is everywhere and really does not make sense but it makes for a pretty interesting experience if you are into sifting through stuff and junk. The place was steady with customers and there is a little soda fountain towards the back where you can sit at the counter and have ice cream and hamburgers. Prices are kinda all over the place on items so you do need to really look around and shop wisely. My sister bought a Barbie doll for her daughter and I picked up a couple figurines – a vintage Wales of Japan Blue Spaghetti Poodle dog, a really weird looking red/orange Scottie dog figurine from the 1905s and a Lefton Miss Priss Cat mug, not bad for sifting through so much junk!

We left Collectors Mall and headed to downtown Portland. Walked around a bit and thought “how depressing Portland has become”, there are so many vacant buildings and empty storefronts. Portland has really been hit hard by the economy and it was showing. But, we did see some amazing diamonds at the Tiffany & Co. boutique and we should never have entered the Louis Vuitton boutique as we saw some amazing new handbags like this Pink bag from the Louis Vuitton 2011 Cruise Collection- Cabas MM Monogram Sabbia, a totally sweet Key Chain that resembles the Louis Vuitton monogram Speedy bag and I found a PERFECT pair of sunglasses with the famous “LV” logo splashed all over them. We left the Louis Vuitton boutique more heart broken then when we left Tiffany’s. My oh My….what a way to end the day!

Deciding tonight if we are heading to a big antique mall in Centralia, Washington , tomorrow or if we are heading to some antique shops in Salem, Oregon, and Camas, Washington. Stay tuned!!