The Gathering Place

Jan McElvain, Portland, OR   
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Exclusive Ruby Lane Member since 2008

Welcome! Come on in, browse around, have a cup of tea or coffee.

We have fine quality antiques, pottery, porcelain and much more for your distinctive tastes.

About The Gathering Place

Our Service Pledge
I will do my best to respond to all questions and or orders within 24 hrs. We do go away for long week-ends periodically, however I promise to get back to your inquiries or purchase orders right away!

**I do launder or have items dry cleaned professionally. If the item is never worn vintage I have to remove the tags, but will enclose with the items.
About Us
I would like to invite you to come in and browse around.. I try to have a little something for everyone to enjoy.

My Gathering Place is my porch. Of course it's not too feasible in the winter but when it's warm enough, that's where I love to be.

I will be moving soon. In the meantime I am living in two places. We had a home built in the country and it's almost completed. I will have my own shop away from the house. I'm very excited and wanted to share it with my customers. My new home will be in Washington state. I refer to it as the farm as it's on 5 acres, with a shop and a barn.

I do add items to the shop all the time, you can check back periodically or you can put me on your favorites list. Other than my love for pottery, I love animals!

Thank you, Jan

Above is my latest addition to my bird family. His name is Joey, he's a Galah or Rose Breasted Cockatoo. I got Joey in January and it turns out he loves my husband. Birds often favor one person or the other. He tolerates me. :(

Below are some comments from my customers.

****Hi Jan,
My treasures made it safe.... I love them.
Thank you again

****Thank you very much, brooch is lovely and i appreciate the nice
touch of the sweets ! Best wishes, ****Thank YOU very much beautiful bowl arrved in such a short period of time

****Hi Jan, United Kingdom, Moorcroft Bowl
Just a quickie to let you know I got
the parcel yesterday, beautifully packed
and a darling bowl, so pleased !
Thank you.
Kindest wishes,

Australia- Silk blouse
****No question - just to let you know that the blouse arrived this
morning - it is beautiful and in excellent condition. I think it
took as long as it did because it was in a box instead of a large
envelope (which is the usual case) but thank you for the extra
special care, a lot of shopowners do not take that extra care.
Kind regards,

**** Hi Jan, Australia-Moorcroft Plate

It has arrived! and we love it. Thank you so much for the wonderful packaging and the personal touch of the card, gift bag and little chocolates.

Thanks again,

****I received the bowl and plate and I am so excited to give it to my Mom for Christmas…she has used my Grandmother’s collection of green depression glass dishes for the holidays ever since she inherited…this is a bit brighter than her dishes but I love the pine cone and bough design…have not seen this before.

Thank you for the refund…you have been wonderful to work with.

Take care,Thank you Jan…

****Received on Saturday. Beautiful. Thank you for packing so

****Arrived yesterday - absolutely delighted with it! Thank you for the prompt shipping!

****Hi Jan, Received the Ginori and candy safe and sound. It's so
nice to open a box and find things wrapped so well. You can give
lessons to some shops! I will continue to look at your beautiful

****Hi Jan,

Rolling pin came today. It's really a nice one! I'm very pleased
with it. I may even decide to keep it myself! Great packaging.
And I can guarantee every bit of it will be recycled to one of my
Thanks so much.

****Hi Jan,

I received the bowl today. It is beautiful and I love it!

Thanks very much,

****Hi there Jan, (Australia)
Just letting you know that the delightful little cat & fireplace
has arrived safe and sound. That was very quick shipping and very
carefully packed too - thanks very much!
I really appreciate you letting me buy it - a lot of US sellers
are reluctant about it - and you guys have such nice things over
I will treasure it - it's just so sweet and special.
Kind regards,

PS - Thanks for the choccies - they are eaten up!

**** Good Morning Jan,
Thank You So Much for the Lovely Hat, and It does match my Coat
very well and also fits too! Also, Thank You for the Wonderful
Shipping and Yummy Candy! Hersheys is one of my most favorite
Candies! Thank You again Jan, and Have a Beautiful Day!
Kindest Regards,

****Hi, I wanted to let you know that I've received the package. The dress is lovely. Plus the goodies . Thank you so much and I hope to be visiting you soon at your store. Take care.

Just wanted to let you know the Berry Set arrived safe and sound.
Beautiful! Thank you so much for your prompt service and very
careful packaging. You have lovely items in your shop----I'm sure
I'll be back!

****Hi Jan
Just wanted to let you know I've received my parcel safe and sound. Love my Coalport cup and saucer - it's very nice to drink out of and looks lovely as well. So thanks very much.
Best wishes

****Dear Jan,
The small plates arrived and I just love them. It matches exactly a small rectangular dish that I already have for many years. I really appreciated your advertisement of the mark in the back of the plates which is what I look for in my purchases. I have been duped in the past with an item that looks like the dogwood pattern but ends up having a Royal Chelsea mark which was not shown in the advertisement. So I now feel that I have been well compensated and also learned a good lesson.

Sincerely yours,

****Dear Jan,
I received the figurine today and it was packaged perfectly and it is beautiful.

Thank you so much,

****Dear Jan
The foal arrived has arrived safely in Australia after his long
journey. He is rather cute and has settled in well with my other
Beswick horses and ponies.
Thank you for sending him to me.
Kind regards

****Hi Jan,

I just received my Shelley "Stocks" tea cup today and it is beautiful! The condition is perfect. We are happy to add it to our collection.

Thanks again for everything, it was a pleasure doing business with you. P.S. Thanks for the chocolates it was a pleasant surprise. It will go nice

with a cup of tea.


****Hi Jan:

Well your record is still perfect! Parcel arrived today and I just love it all - very kind of you to wrap it so well. Very much appreciated. Perhaps we shall meet again - I hope so.
Happy Easter and Best Regards,

****Jan (England)
Just to say the china arrived
No breakages as it was really well packaged
It is FAB
I really like it
My daughter is coming to see it on Sunday and I will make her a cup of
English tea in the cup !!!
Thank you
It is really special
Kind Regards

****Hello Jan,
The sweet pup arrived at my door and he is even cuter in "person". I love him!
I will certainly come shopping again. Wonderful store.

Thank you for making this such an enjoyable order,

***Hi, received today, and they are really cute. Thanks so much for my dessert this evening, I enjoyed doing business with you,

***Hello Jan,
Just letting you know that the gorgeous Maling candle stick has arrived safely, many thanks,

***Hi Jan- (Canada)
I received the bracelet today. It is better than the photo! Thank
you for the fast shipping and the treat! I will be looking for
more of your items in the future. Have a wonderful 2011.
Best Regards


The glasses arrived yesterday in excellent condition. Thank you for your care in packaging the items carefully. I will email you the list of pieces I do have of this collection, and I remain interested in acquiring more. I have been collecting this particular pattern for about 35 years. We do use it often for dinner affairs.

***Hi Jan,
I have received the article. It is really cute. Thank you.

***Hi Jan,

I wanted to let you know I received my Danecraft set. I love it! The candies were a sweet surprise and a nice touch. Thank you. I will be visiting your site again.

Have a wonderful New Year,

I just received the scarf. It was very nicely packaged and I really thank you for offering this item. I appreciate the quick shipment and your courtesy. Have a great week.

***Hello Jan

The lovely Beswick Border Collie has arrived. He is beautiful, in perfect condition, and I love him. Thank you


the vase arrived today, it's lovely, thank you!


I just receive my mink fur gimble hat and I wanted to write you tell you that it's GORGEOUS and AMAZING !

Thank you!

***Hi Jan,

My cup and saucer arrived this morning, just beautiful! thanks so
much and the chocolates were delightful.


****Hi Jan, (England)
It has arrived today 15th September and in good order. Thank you for rapping it so well and for the chocolates! I eat one and it is different to English chocolate. The bowl is lovely and you are right it matches well, it is on my rack in the kitchen with the jug and tea-pot for you see I use them! I do not keep them in a cupboard. I will look at your website again. You know once a collector always a collector. I have tryed to get it out of my blood but cannot.

***Hi Jan,

Just thought that I would let you know that I received my packages today. Love them!! Thanks a bunch! Have a good Labor day weekend!

Take Care!


I just received the bracelet and it is lovely!
Many Thanks!

Until the next time, all the best,

***No need to respond. I lovlovlov the amethyst set,wearing it now.
My daughters's boyfriend asked if I got it from the Titanic. LOL

***Dear Jan
The book arrived safely and is all I hoped it would be. You see,
I grew up with many of these people, tho I chose a straighter
path (THANK GOD). And, oh yes, thank you so much for the enclosed
candy. MADE MY DAY.
Thanks again.

***Hi Jan,
I received my tea set today. It's beautiful and everything was packed perfectly. Thanks again.
***Greetings Jan,

The frog arrived and it is darling! Your packing was wonderful as was the
fast shipment.
Thanks so much! I have to tell you I was in Portland last fall and LOVED
it...the gardens
Were lovely and I loved the easy transportation system you have there! I
will certainly
be visiting your shop again!
***Dear Jan,

Yesterday I received my cobalt blue, "Ships" patterned pitcher. Thanks to your careful packaging, it arrived safely and much faster than I anticipated. After I unpacked it, it sat on my table with the afternoon sun shining through it and it looked beautiful. I am very pleased with my purchase and also with you professional, courteous service.

Thank you again for offering this lovely piece of Depression glass at a very reasonable price and for your expert service.

PS Thanks for the 2 sweet treats that you included in my package- what a pleasant surprise!
***Hello Jan,

Just letting you know that I received the brooch, thank you, I am very happy, it is very sweet.

Thanks again

Good gravy, that was fast! The bowls arrived today in beautiful condition. Thank you so much!
***Just a quick note to let you know that your shipment arrived this morning beautifully...I couldn't be happier...I like this bowl even more now that I see it "live" really has a great presence...good show!

I also appreciate very much all your attention to details...It's really lovely.

I'm sure I'll be back again.

Best to you,
***Good morning Jan,
Thank you so much for this beautiful dress! I will appreciate it!
I cannot wait for this dress to arrive and will continue to shop with you!
Also, thank you for your great customer service! I was a little nervous buying something online but now feel fully confident in this!

Warm Regards,

Have a wonderful day! I will be visiting your shop again!

Warm wishes --
*** Perfect!
Thank you for the wonderful packing job & quick shipping! Thank you for the sweet treats, too!

Just wanted to let you know that your parcel arrived, safe and sound, Friday afternoon. Everything was in perfect order. I wouldd like to thank you for all your time, hard work, and consideration during this transaction (especially the frequent updates on my order status). Your customer service is a nice blend of professional and personal--is tops in my book. And this service, along with a very user-friendly website chock-full of high-quality vintage merchandise at terrific prices, and an easy-to-use check-out procedure makes for a very very enjoyable shopping/purchasing experience which is sure to create loyal customers who will come back time and again.

***Thanks again and I look forward to doing business with you in the near future. Until then, please take care, good luck, and continued success.

***I wanted to add this sweet email I received from a girl buying a ring as a gift to her mother. It was truly a very touching and heart warming eperience.

***Dear Jan,

I want to let you know that I received the ring. It is beautiful; I will give it to my Mother on the day of the tree kings it is when we receive our Christmas gifts in Spain. I know she will love it. Thank you so much. My little sister enjoyed the candy very much it is such a beautiful detail Thank you so much. My older sister told me she liked something from your store but I am not sure what it is. Hopefully we will be in touch again. Thank you so much once more and may you and you little one have a wonderful New Year.
***Thank you Jan, The vase arrive safely and it really is beautiful. Thank you for allowing me to pay the way I did. I now have a couple of the very small ones but this is exceptional. Thank you again.
**The Doorknocker arrived safely and it is WONDERFUL!! Thank you for packing it so safely and for such awesome communication and service! And THANKS especially for the candy treat!!
*** Hello Jan,
The kitten arrived today!
Thank you so much . She is in perfect condition and The sweets were a special
surprise !

*** Thank you again and have a wonderful Valentines day :)