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Portland Expo Antique and Collectible Show, OR
Although all the items at Portland’s thrice-annual antiquing event must be at least 30 years old, this 1,100-vendor bazaar is anything but stuck in the past. Proof: while it’s always been a mother lode for old-school toys, nostalgic knickknacks, and Americana of all kinds, over the last few years, the event’s savvy organizers have begun catering to a new, younger audience, adding in more of what’s selling now (Victoriana, vintage hats, ’40s and ’50s kitchenware).
Tip: Take advantage of Portland’s public transportation. The light rail’s Yellow Line will get you from downtown to the Expo Center MAX Station in about half an hour.
Palmerwirfs.com; upcoming events Oct 27–28, 2012, March 2–3, 2013, July 13–14, 2013; Oct 26–27, 2013; Saturday 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission $7; early admission Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $30.