Chapter Mercantile | A Pop-Up Shop Update!

Chapter Mercantile by Adored Vintage in Portland, Oregon

Oh my goodness, this past week has been a whirlwind! In a good way though! Oh, I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but two weeks ago I dislocated my ribs. Super fun! And then I got a cold on top of that.

So this week has not only been very productive, it has also been a week of healing. Staying put and still to allow my body to heal has been difficult. My ribs still are not healed all the way, it takes a full 6 weeks I suppose, but I’m just over 2 weeks and I’m already off my heavy painkillers, so to me, that’s great progress!

Anyhow, let me get back on topic! I’m sure you don’t want to hear me moan about my aches and pains!


This photo above is a photo I took two days before our soft opening. Hmm…where do I even begin about CHAPTER and the inspiration behind it?

Firstly I wouldn’t describe CHAPTER as a vintage shop. In fact on the A-frame we have to put outside the store, I purposely didn’t put “VINTAGE” as one of the shop descriptors. I think the word vintage has been too misused now.

In Portland VINTAGE means two things.

1.] A shop that sells old/thrifted clothes mostly from the 90s, price points between $25-$50.

2.] A shop that sells authentic vintage clothing that carries eras from the 1900s to the 1980s, usually bright colorful with lots to look at.

These are two big generalizations of course, but for the most part, those two genres is what a Vintage Shop in Portland is.

And Chapter is neither. While I do have vintage in the shop, I wanted the vintage in the shop to both accent and also fit in harmoniously into everything else. And because I adore neutral colors so much, all the vintage in the shop fits into that color palette.

I was so tickled yesterday when a few girls were surprised that my mannequins were wearing vintage and antique pieces. They thought they were all new clothes! (I mixed vintage and modern together.) When I get this reaction I know I’ve hit the nail on the head. The Adored Vintage/Chapter woman is someone who appreciates vintage clothing and recognizes the significance of these storied garments, but she also is someone that reinvents the story of the garment. She wears the garment, it doesn’t wear her.

Chapter Mercantile by Adored Vintage in Portland, Oregon

I’m going to take actual camera photos soon, but for now, here are some snaps I took with my phone. It’s a bit more filled out now as we have lots more plants!

Originally I wanted to be a vintage shop meets a general store meets a florist, but I think that last part is going to be meets a plant shop. Most, if not all, of the flowers I’m going to sell will be dried ones (I just prefer them…hehe…as YOU KNOW if you’ve been following my shop for awhile). Also I thought with the addition of live flowers, the shop just became way too girly-girl and I wanted to make sure I didn’t get too cutesy in the shop.

I am really looking forward to how the shop will take place in the future. For years now I have been asked if I would ever open up an Adored Vintage brick & mortar store and I always said, “no, probably not…” because opening a vintage shop just isn’t where my heart is at and while I adore vintage (hence my shop’s name!) I am also passionate about interiors, home decorating, and plants/flowers.

CHAPTER  is more in line with who I am at my core. Eventually I’ll be adding more modern clothes with a slightly more masculine feel. I love the tailoring of men’s clothing. However, all in due time 🙂

Stay tuned for more Chapter pop-up shop updates and news!

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Spring Cleaning at Adored Vintage!

Last night I somehow convinced my husband to rearrange the furniture in the living room and dining room starting at 7:30 P.M. Perhaps it’s all of this dreary weather… don’t get me wrong, I have waxed poetic about the rain so many times. I adore the rain. But when you’re going on FIVE MONTHS of weeks on end of cold, windy, rainy, snowy weather…oh I had to do SOMETHING to stir the air!

So last week we had an Early Spring 25% OFF SALE in the shop! (I hope you took advantage of the savings!) and today I added several beauties into the SALE/CLEARANCE section of the shop! Click on the image below to shop the new additions to the Sale section! Lots of good stuff!

Adored Vintage / New Markdowns in SALE SECTION

Click here to SHOP VINTAGE SALE & CLEARANCE at Adored Vintage

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Vintage Shop Update | Lady of Marissel

We have some new pretty things in the shop for all you darlings! This week’s collection, Lady of Marissel, features whites, creams, and blues. We have a beautiful beige 1920s tulle dress that would be a perfect a wedding or wedding reception dress, a teal 1940s floral day dress perfect for the warmer days we’ve been having, and even some vintage accessories to add to out any outfit, whether you have vintage or modern pieces.

  1. Starling Dress | vintage 1930s silk blue dress with pleated cuffs and waist
  2. Harvest Gold Dress | vintage 1920s tulle beige dress
  3. Starlit Velvet Dress | vintage 1920s black velvet flapper dress with brooch and lace
  4. Champagne Elegance Dress | vintage 1920s silk ivory dress bows detail
  5. Fondness of June Dress | vintage 1940s teal floral button-up day dress
  6. Seafolly Top | vintage 1950s sky blue linen embroidered blouse
  7. Whisper of Summer Top | antique 1900s pin-striped corset cover with ribbon and lace detail
  8. Lady of Marissel Slip | vintage 1950s foundation slip with organdy layer

  1. Garden Social Scarf | vintage rose patterned neck scarf
  2. Evening Falls Heels | vintage 1930s black suede cutout oxford heels
  3. Lovely Merits Brooch | antique 1920s carved floral glass brooch
  4. Heritage Gala Necklace | vintage 1930s art deco silver enamel choker necklace



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Vintage Shop Update | An Ode to the Winter Blues

Since moving to Portland, I’ve not experienced a bitter winter. This current winter season has chilled me to the bone and it breaks my heart a little that this winter is not going away any time soon.

And so, this vintage shop update is my ode to the winter blues. To the short days, to candles being lit in the early morning hours and in the evenings, to copious amounts of hot tea and coffee, and for the heaping layers of blankets on our bed.

Vintage Shop Update | An Ode to the Winter Blues

From Top to Bottom / Left to Right

antique 1910s Edwardian gathered peplum waist top | Highclere Estate Top

vintage 1960s navy black floral sheath dress | Duxbury Harbor Dress

vintage 1930s black embroidered Ukrainian top | Hint Of Anise Top

vintage 1920s navy scattered floral dress | Pekoe Floret Dress

vintage 1930s chambray button overalls romper | Spring Into June Overalls

vintage 1930s blue shooting star hair clips | Wishing Star Barettes

vintage 1950s navy blue lace dress | Piano Rhapsodies Dress

vintage 1930s sky blue stone Art Deco necklace | Winter Tribute Necklace


See & Shop more vintage clothing new arrivals here.

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Vintage Shop Update | La Lune d’Hiver


For all you sparkly moon and star beauties out there, we have a new collection just for you, La Lune d’Hiver. They’re the perfect pieces to wear  for a night out and when the clock strikes midnight. We have lots of black dresses, pieces that sparkle with sequins and beads, and jewelry for that extra bit of shine.

1. vintage 1940s rare I. Magnin lace gown | Midnight Gala Gown

2. vintage 1920s cream silk lace dress | Endearing Esme Dress

3. vintage 1930s art deco rhinestone choker | Delicate Deco Choker

4. vintage 1930s art deco small French purse | Petite Etoile Purse

5. vintage 1920s inspired stars and moon beaded gown | Midnight in Paris Dress

6. vintage 1940s black taffeta gown with embellishment | Plaisir de Amor Gown

7. vintage 1980s ivory beaded evening cape | Upon a Fairytale Cape

8. vintage inspired rhinestone floral bridal halo | Faerie Realm Halo

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