January Furniture Sale

Hello and happy spring! What’s that you say? It’s not spring? Well, Portland has fooled me, as it does every January and February, with its weird dry spell and sunshine. It’s great weather for an afternoon tromp through Forest Park (or the ever-evolving Mississippi Ave). We started the new year strong, adding some excellent (and exclusive!) local jewelry and photography into the mix. We also decided it was time to push some furniture out of the nest, so to speak. We’ve had these handsome pieces for a while now, and we’d love to see them go to good homes! Maybe your office needs a mod lucite bar? Maybe your bedroom needs a velvet armchair the color of a stormy sea? Maybe your living room needs a bright floral wingback? Just checkin. All of our furniture is 10-60% off til the end of January! Feel free to give us a call to check if a piece is still here, because they are going fast. In fact, while setting up this blog post I had to take down one of the photos (goodbye raspberry velvet couch!).
XO, Flutter
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Five Photo Writing Prompts, #2

We’ve got more photographic inspiration for you. Sifting through the big birdbath of photos is one of my favorite things. Enjoy!
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This one said “St. Johns, ORE” on the back

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Come see for yourself; there are hundreds, and they’re just a dollar each.
XO Sara

Flutter for Fathers

Yes, we know Flutter has a reputation for being a girly stronghold. But a quick look around reveals all manner of manly pleasures for the fathers in your life. Take a little tour…

We have a small but choice selection of vintage shirts & cardigans.

We have a small but choice selection of vintage shirts & cardigans.

Gorgeous elegant robes!

Gorgeous elegant robes!

Tonics & colognes are always nice...

Tonics & colognes are always nice…

Say it with soap!

Say it with soap!

Rock'n'roll dads are the best.

Rock’n’roll dads are the best.

Some dads like beer.

Some dads like bikes.

Some dads like beer.

Some dads like beer.

And what dad doesn't like KNIVES?

And what dad doesn’t like KNIVES?

And yes, we also have ties.You know, if you’re inclined that way.

Five Photo Writing Prompts, #1

photo 1Hey there! For the longest time I’ve been wanting to scan some of our old photos and post them as writing prompts.

photo 5Since I don’t have a scanner, but I do have a decent camera on my phone, I decided to seize the day and post away.photo 4Here’s the inaugural post, with five snaps that once were lost and now are found.photo 3 Lucky you! It’s a peek into an oft-overlooked stack of treasures that begs to be mined for ideas for a poem, script or story. photo 2 I’ll try to do this regularly, since we have so many good ones come through here. XO Sara

Flutter + Emerald Petals = Extra Lovely

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By now you may have heard the news that Emerald Petals, purveyor of flower and plant delights extraordinaire, has moved in to share a roof with Flutter. They’re cozied up under the skylight in the back and we’ve magically jigsawed all of Flutter into the front 2/3 of the shop! We are so excited about this new development, which has been in the works for quite some time. It looks-and smells!-wonderful in here. If you are far away or haven’t been able to make it in yet, here’s a little tour of our place for your perusal.

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What’s new at Flutter?

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Flutter has seen some major changes since the last blog post! I guess I should start with the change of hands this January. Chances are good that, if you’ve been to visit us on Mississippi Avenue, then you’ve met the new owners already. Cristin and I have been involved with Flutter from the very beginning, and Cindy was sure we’d take very good care of the store (and King, the cat!). She is now focused on Eden, her store in the Pearl District, which recently celebrated the opening of an opulent bridal boutique. Go, Cindy!

Flutter has quite a bit of momentum on her own (Flutter is a lady, yes?), and so the transition for us was an easy one. I’m proud to say, the shop looks FANTASTIC. It’s a lot of fun to go out and source the vintage treasures that make the store so special. We’ve kept all the favorites in stock, and upped the ante with new lines like Library of Flowers (lovely scented creams and potions) and Etat Libre d’Orange (radically chic eau de parfum from Paris). We’re hosting a different tarot reader every Sunday of the month, as well as stocking our favorite decks. Also, we changed the site a bit to make it even easier for you to stream our newest playlists: just click on the “Music Player” in the main navigation banner. We’ll post a new one to 8Tracks every Monday. One of my favorite new additions is the painting above. Cristin brought her over when she closed Palace of Industry. Isn’t she something?

The biggest change has yet to come… Emerald Petals is moving in! That’s right! It’s like a dream come true. All those beautiful plants, and I won’t ever have to water them (I have a lazy thumb). They’re going to love that huge skylight. I can’t wait. We’ll be posting more about that soon.

Here are some shots of our newest finds. Happy Spring, everyone!

XO, Sara

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The Portland Bazaar

Flutter and our sister store, Eden are participating this weekend in The Portland Bazaar!  The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday at The Sandbox Studio from 9 am – 6 pm.  There will be over 50 local vendors, food, craft classes, liquor tastings, book signings and plenty of shopping.  We’re bringing down a lot of inventory from both shops as well as highlighting some local designers in our booth.  Here’s a taste:

 Reconstructed vintage dresses from Ark Clothing.
 Chocolate truffles, wishbones, mustaches and lumps of coal from Neopolitan Chocolates.
 Terrariums and wreaths from our Mississippi neighbor Emerald Petals.
Brehan Todd Jewelry (the designer herself will help man our booth!)
Jesseca Anne Jewelry (the designer will also be at the booth with us both days!)
Pure Jewelry.
 Seaworthy Jewelry.
 Handmade leather wallets and pillows from Lees Lamar.
 Fur stoles with bright silk linings and bow-ties from Lees Lamar.
Pillows handmade from vintage Turkish suzanis.
 
…plus a few surprises we’re keeping up our sleeve.  Stop by 

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!

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.

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!