April Cornell, Brunswick, Damariscotta, dinner napkin, Falmouth, fleece, foliage, Goodwill, Great Diamond Island, Halloween, Irish knit, j. crew, labrador, leaf peeping, Maine, Planet Dog, Portland, Route 1, Route 295, Salvation Army, Sea Bags, Skillins Green Houses, skirt, sweater, sweatshirt, turtleneck
Hello, friends! I apologize for the lapse. I was a bit under the weather. Today, Emma, our yellow Labrador and I set off aboard the 825 ferry to Portland for some leaf peeping and retail therapy! First stop, this awesome store called Planet Dog! This stop was all about Emma! She got a new dog toy! It is a long, flat skunk with squeakers in the paws. Emma picked it out. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos because we left it in the car in Portland and we are back in the island. It is her new car toy.
We also got a new “poop bag” for Emma. We use a small nylon bag to carry plastic disposable poop bags to dispose of the evidence, hand sanitizer, and treats. Her new bag is a Sea Bags bag!
These bags are extremely popular here in Maine. You see people with their Sea Bags tote bags all around town. The bags are made from recycled sails! Over the last fifteen years, Sea Bags has saved over 500 tons of material from going into landfills! How cool is that?!? The company is located on the waterfront at Custom House Wharf in Portland and they only use materials from the USA in their products. Head over to the Sea Bags website and check it out! Emma’s new poop bag, pictured above, says it so well. Woof.
We also made a grooming appointment for Emma for next week at Planet Dog! She is going to get prettified! Planet Dog is an amazing place…everything you could need for your favorite furry friend! Next time you are in Portland, drop in and have a look around. You won’t be disappointed!
Our next stop was the trusty Goodwill in Falmouth, Maine. I did quite well there, as usual. Darling daughter and I were texting this morning and she informed me she is on the hunt for some turtlenecks. We do love our turtlenecks. I found one for her! J Crew for $5. The photo doesn’t do it justice; it is more a periwinkle or cornflower blue than a slate blue.
These things are warm! This is not the first one I have owned. You see, I have been looking for toasty layering pieces to wear around the house as opposed to turning the heat up when it is chilly. Perfect! This sweater was marked $13, but I noticed it is missing the button on the very top. Not a big deal for me really. A quick negotiation with the manager resulted in a savings of $5.
Yes. I am that girl. I actually bargain with the staff at the thrift store. Should I be embarrassed? Have I taken frugality too far? In any case, I paid $8 for this lovely sweater which will hopefully help keep my oil bills lower this winter. The sweater of my ancestors. Irish!
Emma and I headed north, driving on Route 295 and then Route 1, through Brunswick, where we found a Salvation Army! I love Sally’s! I made it a quick trip in. They have tons of larger ladies clothes though! Lots of selection! I found a fleecy, turtleneck top for myself. It was marked $3.99.
So I was expecting to pay $6 something with tax. Nope! My total was $3.14! It was Senior Day. The cashier made an assumption. I don’t argue about my age, or how old people think I am. At this point, it is just a rounding error, am I right? I took the discount. Thank you very much.
We traveled as far north as Damariscotta, a beautiful, quintessential New England coastal village (so picturesque!). Of course, I don’t have photos because parking was limited in town. We just drove through, soaking it all up. There was a shop in Damariscotta I wanted to visit because they carry April Cornell merchandise.
I have an April Cornell problem. I love her stuff! I have been one of her biggest fans, collecting her dresses and linens for the last twenty years. Alas, I could not find the boutique I was looking for. I think I accidentally stumbled on a Donald Trump rally though. I hightailed it outta there!!! I will try to find the shop in Damariscotta another time.
Emma and I headed back towards Portland. We stopped in Falmouth again. This time at Skillins Green Houses because they carry some April Cornell linens! I needed an April Cornell fix! I found some beautiful dinner napkins to coordinate with my Noritake Blue Dawn chinaware!
I also bought a random napkin and pot holder in a different April Cornell print. This was all the shop had in the pattern. Too bad. I would have cleaned up!
We always use cloth napkins with our meals. Every meal. Nothing elevates a bowl of Lucky Charms like a beautiful, floral April Cornell napkin!
Skillins Green Houses in Falmouth, Maine also had an upstairs filled with clearance merchandise. I found this dish for $2.99 for darling daughter.
Isn’t it charming?
And, finally, two Halloween costumes for $2.99 each.
Not full-up costumes. But a start! Devil horns! I got a set for DD and one for myself. These horns with a bitching black dress and heels! Voilà! Instant Halloween costume! Always thinking. I am always thinking!
I managed to tote all this loot from the parking lot at the top of the Old Port to Casco Bay Lines. Emma and I caught the 545 ferry back to the island.
And, that, my friends, is a wrap!