(they don’t appear to have an internet presence, so no direct link. Ah, so maybe they are really undercover…) Thought long and hard about this table, but decided against it-too pricy to paint and flip.
While in Bethel, we discovered not much going on downtown, so we ventured out to find some antique shops in the area that were listed in several brochures he had picked up at the visitors center. The Steam Mill Antiques
was right around the corner from our hotel. Looked promising, with a vast array of junk and stuff all around the property. We visited, several times, but it was never open! Will definitely have to return another time…Next stop, the Picker’s Paradise in Welchville (again, no links here).
We were drawn in by the beautiful Great Canadian wood canoe in the parking lot.
Inside was a variety of antiques and collectibles. Wishing I had grabbed this chubby old cow doorstop. I often experience what I refer to as “non-buyer’s remorse.” I see something that I love, hem and haw about it, because I don’t need ONE MORE THING, so I leave it, then lust for it when I am back home. Oh, well.
This shop featured several pieces that were reclaimed and repurposed, like this LOVE sign, created from old frame pieces and lace. LOVE.
On our shopping expeditions, I noticed quite a few “Boston” items,
which made me feel very nostalgic for the place we call home. Across the street was this shell of an old building, now being dismantled and sold for parts.
In year’s gone by it was the Welchville Methodist Church turned antique shop.
But after being on the market for quite some time with no bites, the owner decided he could no longer afford the upkeep. So everything, including the bell tower,
is for sale. If you are in the market for some architectural salvage, this might be your place! Next up, Pa’s Tradin Company in Oxford, Maine.
…a huge co-op shop that was neatly organized into departments like furniture & outdoor gear-snowshoes, anyone?
and more Boston collectibles.
I did score a couple of great items, like this gorgeous cupboard (the vendor literally was loading it in the back door when I spotted it, and he and Coach moved it right back out the back door into my CRV!)
and my little buck (projects in progress : )
Drove by this place, Pic-N-Paw in Norway, Maine a couple of times, but again, it never was open! What’s up, Maine?!?
On our way home, we discovered Bridgton, Maine, a country town with some fun shops- again, many not open. But we did find Harry Barker’s Emporium and Harry Barker’s Two, antiques co-operative shops, with some donated items being sold to raise funds for the local Harvest Hills Animal Shelter.
There I found Exit, stage left.
Nearby was Flowerbed Farm Antiques in Bridgton. True to its name, there were exquisite, colorful flower beds surrounding the property. There are so many massive white homes in Maine with attached barns! Can you say barn envy?!
Outside and in, an array of restored, repurposed and reclaimed items for your shopping pleasure.
Beautiful minty green bedroom set. Sooo country pretty!!
Adorable rustic antique horse cart.
Following Rte 302 South to Portland on our way home, we happened upon Naples, a picturesque resort town. And there we discovered Antique Revival. Again, no media presence, but this guy doesn’t need it. Sprawling property loaded with anything and everything you could possibly want or imagine you need!
Enormous, three story barn,
packed to the rafters-literally
Greeted by the human-sized roosters at the entrance,
once you step inside, you are transported back in time.
Room after room of antiques and collectibles and junk,
an overwhelming assortment of furnishings, goods and finds.
For the serious collector (may the Force be with you)
or the casual collectibles shopper,
this is one spot that’s worth the trip! So I’m adding a few more pins to my map, and we’ll be heading out again soon. But for now, it’s good to be back home.
Have a great weekend, everyone! And if you are in the mood for some antiques shopping overload, head up Rte. 302 to Maine.
It is so worth the trip. OK, it’s TGWB (time to go wallpaper the bathroom)… Susan