Day 5: Visiting Camas Antique Mall

It’s been raining non-stop now for almost 48 hrs here in the Pacific Northwest. When I arrived 5 days ago it was snowing and now it’s dark, cloudy, gloomy…just like I remember the Pacific Northwest! A drive to the city of Camas in Washington State sounded just like the thing to do.

A couple blogs I follow had made mention about having booths at the Camas Antique Mall so I thought it would be fun to drive there (Camas is approx. 20 miles away from Portland, Oregon). Camas Antique Mall is located on 4th avenue right in the heart of the small down town. I found a parking spot literally right in front of the Camas Antique Mall and at first it was not al all what I had pictured it to be….I thought it would be an old-ish type building like the other antique malls I have visited on this trip but instead the front is all glass windows and looked more like a home decorations shop than antique mall. The town of Camas is right next to a paper mill factory so when you get out of your car and the air hits you all you smell is the YUCKY paper mill (smells like garbage).

Walking inside I was greeted by a very friendly lady and the place smelled really good, lots of lavender and scented candles. Right away I could see that this mall offered a really big variety of items as many booths had that “Shabby Paris Apartment” theme and there were booths with vintage kitchen items, children’s clothing and toys, crafts and hand made jewelry, ephemera, faux floral arrangements, accessories and vintage collectibles. The mall was very clean and the upstairs was very light and bright. Prices were UNREAL in a Fantastic Way! I have not seen prices this low…..ever. Items for $3 and $5 dollars that normally are marked $18-$34 dollars at other malls I have visited.

Camas Antique Mall has a 2nd floor on the lower level that is very large. The downstairs isn’t as light and bright but there is again a huge variety of items. Both the upstairs and downstairs booths have really great setups and the way the items are merchandized are really eye-catching…..totally not what I was expecting so this was really a treat. This mall did not have anyone following you around or asking if you wanted to see anything in the cases and that does have its positives and negatives. Over all I REALLY liked this mall and was pleasantly surprised at how much variety there is and the layout of the booths……SUPER!! I will definitely keep Camas Antique Mall on my list of “must visit” antique malls. I was to find and purchase everal embroidered tablecloths and tea towels with blue birds and chickens/roosters and of course salt and pepper shakers and also some amazing Wedgwood Majolica!!

Camas Antique Mall
305 NE 4th Ave
Camas, WA 98607
(360) 834-4062


Do You Collect Majolica?

Majolica Collection

We hear from many folks interested in Majolica that are wanting to start a collection or add to a current collection; their questions range from “What is Majolica” to “Who Makes Majolica” to “Why is Majolica so Expensive” so we thought there just might be more folks out there with the same interest and questions and we hope this article will provide a bit of insight into this delightful collectibles arena for you.

What is Majolica?
Majolica is a tin or lead glazed earthenware ceramic formed with plaster of paris molds and kiln fired multiple times in various stages to create the deep and brilliant colors specific to Majolica. It’s these amazing colors and variety of whimsical shapes and forms that make this ceramic truly stand apart from other collectibles. Majolica was created by ceramist Herbert Minton in the mid 1800s and was first shown to the public at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851. The Victorians adored Majolica.

Master Creators of Majolica

The types of Majolica that collectors seek does not always have an identifying mark or signature but most noted English creators are: Minton, Holdcroft and George Jones, and Wedgwood. The most recognized American name is Griffin, Smith and Hill, (Etruscan).

Many Majolica artists were inspired by nature when creating these treasures. Ocean themes of shells, fish, and oysters, farm animals, fruits and uniquely colored plants and leaves are some of the styles you will find Majolica formed into it. Majolica oyster plates, majolica sardine and cheese boxes, majolica asparagus plates and majolica asparagus platters etc..Truly amazing!

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