More Through the Camera Lens.

Hello and good evening. I hope all our readers had a very lovely Thanksgiving with plenty of food, friends, and family!

This is sort of a mini-post with few words, but plenty of pictures. I recently brought my clanky old film camera back into Flutter and clicked away. Here are fifteen of my favorites because I think they show all the beautiful colors inside the shop…

Here’s to a fantastic and glorious week- see you in a few days!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

…at Flutter! When I walked into work on Sunday morning, I was truly astounded by just how great the store looked all ready for the holidays. Everything is all sparkly, with bowls of ornaments, mossy coverings, shimmery garlands, and sweet smells all around. I must say, it put me in an instant good mood. I wanted to pour a cup of nog and sing along to Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’.

Of course, I snapped photos a’plenty. This weekend, I plan to bring in one of my old cameras and some black & white film and go picture crazy. But for now, some phone photographs of tree trimmings and ornaments in the shop that make my heart melt and holiday spirit rise…

Happy Holidays, darlings!

A Few Fluttery Things.

Happy Sunday! I hope you all are feeling well-rested with an extra hour of sleep thanks to Daylight Savings Time. Today I have a few things to share. First, I must mention that our sister store Eden (located in the Pearl District) now has an online shop, as well as a stunning new lookbook! The photographs, by Annie Montgomery, were shot in a Washington Forest and feature beautiful jewelry and vintage clothing, models, and even furniture (yes, put in the middle of the trees.) I think it all turned out so beautifully, and am quite happy Eden goods can now be purchased from all over the USA!

Second, we have some new lovely items at Flutter that I’d like to share. All can be purchased in our shop, and most online…


1. ‘My Mom, Style Icon’ from Chronicle Books ($18.95), 2. Rock candy! ($2), 3. Super cute animal nodders are back ($10), 4. Antiqued corkscrews in various styles ($34), 5 and 6. New scents in lovely containers from Voluspa ($26 and $20), 7. Set of six spinning wooden tops ($12.50), and 8. ‘Instrument,’ also from Chronicle Books ($29.95)

And lastly, just some shots from my recent workdays. Every day I’m there, I can’t help snapping photographs. It’s just too dang pretty inside!


paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling.


pretty vintage garments all hung in a row.


a tray of old photographs. Loving that pretty lady on top.


King, mid-meow. He’s the best.

From Past to Flutter.

Good evening, Flutter fans! I hope that you all enjoyed the crisp sunny weather today- I know I did. Portland looks beautiful right now- Autumn just suits this city so well. If tomorrow is as nice as today was, I think I might need to take a walk down to Laurelhurst Park with some tea, a blanket, and a good book.

Anyway, besides talking about the seasons and the weather, I thought tonight it would be nice to share some photographs and art from the past, all inspired from items in the shop. We sell such a wide variety of vintage and vintage-inspired items, I knew that I could easily find scenes, advertisements, paintings, and old photographs that pair well with some of our products. Plus, sometimes it’s just nice to take a peek into the past.


left: old portrait, right: Flutter


left: vintage advertisement, right: Flutter


left: Flutter, right: antique painting


left: photograph of 40’s circus performers, right: Flutter


left: Flutter, right: old film still


left: vintage Vodka advertisement (with Woody Allen), right: Flutter


left: Flutter, right: vintage catalog page

I’ll be back for a second post on Friday- enjoy the rest of your week!

Painted Flutter.

I often find myself inspired while spending my Sundays at Flutter. Not only do I have some of my favorite music playing and get to meet some lovely folks, but there’s no denying that I am completely surrounded by beautiful things. Usually I find this inspiration being targeted to my camera, but this week I decided to do something a little different. During the few quieter moments in the shop, I broke out my sketchbook and doodled some of my favorite objects and garments. While curled up on my sofa during the evening (while watching some bad tv, I admit), I painted them in with watercolors.

Oh, pretty little things, I love thee. This coming week I’d like to pair some shop objects with some of my favorite old film stars. I have a feeling they’ll go together hand-in-hand.

It looks like it’s going to be a lovely weekend. I wish you all: cinnamon vanilla tea (my current favorite), warm apple crisp, a classic movie viewing with someone you admire, a great thrift store find, sweet scents, some bed reading, good crisp weather, flirtations, salted caramels, a cozy nap, bursts of inspiration, some ridiculous dance moves, and discovery.

Stop by and say hello- see you soon!

Halloween.

Have I mentioned how much I love this time of year? October is the best. You can feel the excitement in the air from children and childlike adults (like myself) getting ready for Halloween. It’s the only time you can dress up as anything you desire and eat an obscene amount of candy without question. There are masquerades and costume parties, haunted houses and pumpkin patch strolls. The best.

Here at Flutter we’re getting into the Halloween spirit. There are beautiful decorations, novelties, vintage costumes, etcetera. And masks, oh the masks…

These Peruvian ones and our lovely crow ones are also spectacular for the holiday. Now who else thinks our beloved shop cat King needs one of these?

See you next week for some hand-drawn Flutter favorites!

A Lovely Sunday.

Good evening, folks. It is the end of Sunday and the beginning of autumn, which means I spent my day at Flutter listening to both the pounding rain and some lovely music (my favorites for rainy shop days? Nick Cave, Billie Holiday, and The Magnetic Fields.) Wanderers came in and out, soaked by the rain, but happy to be greeted by King, our ever-charming cat, and the coziness of the shop. I’ll tell you, I am a deep lover of this time of year. Crisp air, vibrant colors, scarf weather… and Halloween. I love Halloween. But we’ll get more into that next week.

Being a collector and design lover (see more here), there are many things inside Flutter that strike my fancy. Industrial furniture, inspiring books, vintage oddities, and one-of-a-kind dresses. Each week, I tend to snap some of my favorites on my phone just to keep track of random things I adore. On this fine Sunday, these are my picks…


1. little sailor boy ($24) and 2. Frida Kahlo book ($24.95)


3. alabaster stag ($70) and 4. black & white 1950s dress ($68)


5. Pretty Things, a burlesque history book ($19.99) and 6. vintage squirrel statue ($68)


7. garden gnome pillows ($45 each) and 8. antique fencing mask ($135)

Next post: Halloween time at Flutter- enjoy the week!

Fall at Flutter.

Fall has arrived at Flutter! When I came into work on Sunday, I was completely blown away by how different the shop looks. Cindy closed the shop for a day to bring in new products, take out some old ones, and completely rearrange everything. Let me tell you, it looks lovely.

There are so many new items coming in for Autumn and the holidays. New books, scents, household items, and novelties, as well as new vintage finds. There are a couple antique couches I just dream of curling up on at home with my cat and a cup of tea.

Now, let’s get ready for this heat to end and the leaves to change. This year I am welcoming fall with open arms.

New in the shop: my picks:

1 and 2. Tomas Casademunt and The Selby is in your place: two very inspiring photography and interior books. Full of color and the prettiest clutter.
3. New Tokyomilk roll-ons. Not only do they smell delicious, but they come packaged in pretty vials with corks. I’m such a lover of this company.
4. Tree identification matches. We have a few new matchbook boxes in stock, but these ones are my favorites. Simple & classic packaging for a home necessity.
5. Classic nudie postcards. I myself have already purchased three of these and they look perfect hung next to my canopy bed in my girly bedroom.
6. Horse bottle opener. It reminds me of a door knocker on a old pub.
7. More classic naked ladies, this time on little pocket mirrors. I can’t resist a little vintage sexiness to keep in my purse.
8. Devil acrobat toy. Just in time for Halloween, I’m pretty sure my little boys would love this.
9. I love Eleanor Grosch’s work, so I was quite happy to see a trunk filled with her notecards for sale.

Enjoy your week!

Flutter on Film.

Through the lens of an old Canon film camera…









It sure does look pretty, doesn’t it? I usually snap most pictures of the shop on my iPhone, but last week I brought one of my film cameras in (I’m a bit of an obsessive collector) and snapped these. Just like certain albums sound best heard on a scratchy old record player, I think Flutter looks best on film. Like any good classic.

On another note, come stop by the shop this week- a bunch of items are now on sale in the back, along with furniture on the sidewalk. We’re clearing way for a whole lot of new products coming in for the fall. Or just come by to pet King, marvel at our new arrow sign (seen above), and “smoke” some candy cigarettes!

At the Circus.

I don’t know if you have come by the shop in the past month, but it looks like the circus has arrived! Inside both of our huge front windows there are wooden games, acrobats, clowns, and even a full-size puppet theater with wiggling marionettes…

The entire display was handcrafted and painted by local artist Stephanie Brockway, who has been showing her work all over since 2004. She definitely knows how to craft a beautiful puppet. Each one has it’s own unique look and seems like its right out of the twenties or thirties. All items are available to purchase (prices vary.) Come stop by and see these fanciful creations yourself!

Looking for more circus merriment? How about a huge book on Magic? Fake moustaches? Old-timey taffy? Bright patterned glasses & a vintage clown bell? Here at Flutter, we love the circus- come one, come all!