Tag: First Friday Newberg Oregon

T’s Antiques


Let’s fall in love with Holly Hobby all over again, except this time we’ll call her Theresa Pollock.

Her colorful outfit reflects her personality

The first day I ever walked into T’s Antiques in Downtown Newberg, I thought I had just stepped in front of a mirror. There stood this spunky gal wearing denim overalls and her hair up in a ‘We Can Do It” bandana twist. Low and behold, I am wearing the same thing, my typical summer garb. We looked up and down and laughed for a moment, already knowing we could spin an easy convo. I was immediately honored to meet the owner of this new storefront and felt right at home.

Theresa’s enthusiasm for life in general permeates the walls and that deep cosmic sparkle in her Black Beauty eyes is beyond welcoming.

Sender and Theresa share a giggle about Gumby

Today, I am visiting to showcase the incredible masterpiece of a shop that Theresa and her workmanship-genius husband Donnie have created. It’s a got an industrial-hip vibe quilted in small-town cozy, with all the goodies of the past neatly tucked, stowed, and displayed in an easy-breathe fashion.

The low corrugated metal pony walls and cattle fence hangers bring a distinct order to the usually expectant world of antique chaos. It’s a brilliant design.

Every time I venture through “The Neverending Story” front door of T’s Antiques, I find just what it was I needed with batteries for a friendly smile included.

A Pinball Machine

I wander the main market floor corridor physically noting plenty of room while losing myself in vintage value.

Coordinated colors splash off the walls.


Famous faces of long ago gaze among patina patterns.

This museum quality experience certainly sets a true pedestal for the “Queen Anne’s” of the auction.

This gorgeous room is changed in it’s entirety every month!


The Vintage Curator herself. Keep an eye out for her branded bread truck as she scours the grape strewn hills and flats of the  Willamette Valley Wine Country for these time capturing treasures…

Have no fear gents, the doilies are completely balanced out by an industrial buffet of masculinity setting the overall tone of this retro-revival renaissance of a shop. Tools, nautical metal, and snuffboxes abound in the sailor’s ocean of the modern “Man-Cave”.

“Blair Witchy” Steamer Trunk

My Grandfather had this set

Donnie has made steady contributions of classic, ornamental car-hood art, vintage male-motif signs, and incredibly purposeful industrial style light fixtures, with all parts authentically up-cycled. His cultivated background in auto-body repair and welding, poignantly add depth to his art. Here lies a true sampling of the American Breadbasket, a slice of something for everyone.

The Cubby Hall to the right of the entrance leaves everything to the imagination. I become a 5-year-old, enveloped in the wonder of the odd and the unique.

Gumby now lives in Sender’s room

Here I immerse for an hour, in the quiet, taking in the smallest details of artistry from hands that lived during a different perspective of life. One I can only read about in a first edition or in that happenstance of an old wrinkled man with a story to tell, and I do stop for those cherished moments of real history, no media involved.

These shelves hold stories I can create in my mind’s eye. They glitter with a child’s memories, a grandmother’s craft.

The handle of an incredibly long shoehorn.

Each piece carries the vibration of its significant use from some household long ago, some nostalgic farm.

A place to weigh your dozen donuts or steaks!

Who enjoyed the breeze of that General Electric fan? Who opened that Barbie for Christmas in a lifetime since forgotten?

Who will be the next worthy keeper of these obscurities to pass them on to our young ones as living history?

Sender looks as if to say “Will it be you?”

I believe it’s all of us, I believe in the Jacobean* magic.


* The characteristics of Jacobean furniture was that the furniture was usually large in sizing, was made to be sturdy and was certainly made to last a long time.

Social Goods: A Newberg Family Market



Robin Sikkens, Owner of Social Goods: A Newberg Family Market and Wine Lockers

I think for a second, “Is that Uma Thurman smiling at me?”, as I breeze in the wide welcoming doors of Social Goods: A Newberg Family Market. That gorgeous smile which first greeted me is held in cheer by Robin Sikkens, one of the owners of this deliciously inviting Oregon Wine Country Market. I stand in awe of her beauty. She is graceful, long-legged as a doe, and I am instantly at peace in my entrance.

I feel as if I just stepped off the hot summer streets into a locally blessed market of an Italian village for a bit of gelato.




Robin is on my list of one of the most genuinely kind young women I have ever encountered in my travels. She is real in her stunning and effortlessly polished elegance both inward and outward. Now that I pop in the market on the frequent, I always look forward to a visit with her as we chat about our day, local business, our children, and the array of perfectly poised products spread before me. She is always so knowledgeable about the bounty offered on her shelves.


Danny Sikkens, her husband, someone I would refer to as absolutely and positively, a hard working and motivated “doer” is always there as well, ready for the day and talking about ongoing projects.


Danny Sikkens, Owner and Entrepreneur of VinoOregon

The exuded enthusiasm between the two of them is definitely inspiring, and I always leave with a feeling of fulfillment in my sojourn and ready to get going on my own task list.



Haley with her gorgeous smile and cascading spirals…

As exciting of a market as this is, with its cornucopia of anything from organic fruits and veggies to crunchy snacks and home-baked scones, to kombucha on tap and fresh-made sandwiches, I am inherently knowing that Sender wants to float upstairs to the Children’s Loft with his balloon head of imagination ready to burst.


There is a play area for classes and romping, arts supplies, and a plethora of high-quality and kindly priced toys. We’ll be up there for some time, getting lost together in a world of baby wonder.


Customer Alana with her one-month-old, Jade River, relaxing up in the Children’s Loft, and her son Sky Aaron, who was a little shy of the camera and hiding behind me.

We love to visit during First Friday Art Walk when live music is wafting down onto the ground floor of the “old bones building” while giddy neighbors are tasting local wine and fresh-tapped kegs.



It’s a joy to meet homegrown vendors sharing their tasty inventions and livening up the party with samples for everyone.




I have yearned to write about Social Goods and share my enthusiasm for this much needed market in beautiful Downtown Newberg for several months. I will certainly indulge in writing more over the coming years, as I am just beginning to scratch the surface of it’s sustainable and abundant offerings.

I am so enamored with this charming, not quite tiny, not quite large, but the “perfect porridge” market that I felt unworthy and intimidated to write about its excellence.



I feel anything I peck out is truly shy of the heartwarming experience I get each time I walk through those towering glass doors. It’s like stepping back in time, to a simpler way of life, a way of neighborly living, a way of wholesome peace.


Casey Sonnier, Always ready to share a story


I wonder about the aura of the historic building itself and all of the faces that once walked through. Am I experiencing the joy of past-pleased customers from another era just by entering? I believe in the imprint. I believe this is a special place.


Sender Bodhi and the Glowing Expectant Robin share a morning snuggle

Social Goods: A Newberg Family Market

September 13, 2016

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