Greetings from Maine - in my mind, the ultimate destination in antiquing! I'm ending my Flea Market Friday series this week with an homage to Maine, my favorite vacation spot in the whole world. It also happens to be where my love for antiquing began - it's so easy here with flea markets and amazing little shops galore.
Without any effort yesterday, I hit a few antique shops and an antique show and found some quintessential finds that are easy to uncover here in Maine. Here are some of my favorites from the Shady Lady in Damariscotta...
I love trunks and the lobster motif makes it super fun!
Pond boats are always fabulous on a mantel, bookcase or console.
Oh how I love the Chinese ginger jar. You see a lot of reproductions out there but this is the real thing and it has its top. The blues in this are beautiful and go with any color. Look at the greek key motif around the top - so classic. Just like the pond boat, a ginger jar can adorn most surfaces. Even better than one jar is a pair.
Who doesn't love a good sign? Hanging one of these in your kitchen will make you feel like you're at one of Maine's classic lobstah pounds. Ayuh!
Next, I happened to stumble upon an antique show while taking my kids to the best ice cream shop in the area, Round Top Ice Cream. I bribed my kids into letting me "pop" in to the show by buying them ice cream cones. Always works!
This show happens annually and is a fundraiser for the Damariscotta River Association, an organization that preserves land in the area and hosts all sorts of outdoor related programs. The show is run by the Maine Antique Dealers Association and next year it'll be on August 23rd. I'll definitely go back. The dealers had some really nice stuff and it benefits a great cause. Here's what I fell for at the show...
You can always find a plethora of authentic nautical items in Maine.
Whenever I see a good tablecloth, I'll grab it - these colors scream summer garden party to me.
I've written about empty frames before - if you find one that you like, grab it. You can make a chalkboard out of it, put a mirror in it or just use it empty to frame something smaller inside.
A mercury glass lamp base with a black shade. This would look great in a study, family room or entry.
Besides antiquing, one of my favorite things to do while I'm here in Maine is to go for my daily walks, where I start with a visit to the shoreline, an amble through the woods and make my way into "town" where I admire quaint New Englad homes, dodge some chickens, and ultimately end up at the best general store EVAH! Here are some highlights.
Ahhhhh - life is good in Maine! I'll be back next week with some advice on feathering our nests for the fall!
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