Yesterday was a beautiful day in Maine. Time for a road trip! With Emma, our yellow Labrador, riding shotgun, I headed up Route 1 north from Portland through Bath to Camden, stopping at all the purveyors of secondhand merchandise, from junk shops to antique stores. Along the way, I saw a few trees just beginning to turn from their summer green to autumn colored leaves. Beautiful! Here is a photo of the harbor in Camden:
Picturesque! It has been twenty five years since I last traveled up the mid coast. When I worked as a tour guide in the early 1990s, I occasionally caught the three day Boothbay Harbor tour. I had forgotten how pretty this part of Maine is. Emma is the perfect travel companion; happy to snooze in the car while I browsed the shops. Mostly, I spent the day browsing!
However, I scored at Nobleboro Antique Exchange! The store was filled with great merchandise, all artfully arranged. I could have done some real damage in there! For instance, I fell in love this gorgeous painted bedroom suite:
But, I don’t need anymore bedroom furniture! The set was $595 for the dresser, commode, table, three chairs, and headboard. I think that is a great price for such a unique set. Nope! I left it there for another lucky buyer.
I did find and buy this vintage, oscillating Zero electric fan for my vintage fan collection. I love these things! They really move the air. This beauty cost $42 and will keep us cool during our Maine summers.
Next up, an antique French quilt:
I am a sucker for quilts. I have a collection which I do believe will be put to excellent use this winter in Maine. This unusual specimen was marked down from $125 to $50. While not in perfect condition, it still does the job. I think it is charming.
Finally, a decorative glass float:
I bought this float for $15 to be part of a glass and antler tabletop display:
As it was, I tried to focus my buying on items which have some utility as opposed to purely decorative items. The electric fan and quilt meet that criteria. In my book, two out of three isn’t bad! The folks at Nobleboro Antique Exchange were super friendly. Be sure to stop in if you are in the Mid Coast area!
Emma and I got back to Portland pretty late. I sent the quilt as freight via Casco Bay Lines to the island. The fan and float with all our other paraphernalia, along with Emma, was all I could handle! It was nice to get home after the long day sight seeing and antiquing!