Guests are often interested in visiting antique stores when they visit us in Maine. As those who like to shop antiques know, antiquing can be hit or miss. Some of the best antiquing however, lies relatively close to Freeport.
A favortie place I like to visit is Great Stuff! Consignments (greatstuffconsignment.com) right here in Freeport on Route One. This store has delightful owners and an ever-changing inventory, ranging from antique to contemporary.
Heading north of Freeport is usually a good move when antiquing as the prices tend to be a bit higher in the southern areas of Maine. Brunswick has another favorite, Cabot Mill Antiques (cabotiques.com). This multi-dealer antique emporium is located in Fort Andross, a former textile mill that has been restored and turned into shopping and restaurants. There are over 160 dealers represeted, featuring clocks, clothing, records, furniture, and so much more. This is a great place for a rainy day or just a slow jaunt.
Keep going north on Route One just past Bath and you’ll find another shop featuring over 150 dealers under one roof. This is a great red building that looks like an old barn. There are three floors to explore with the bottom floor being for the less expense or often marked-down items.
Next is Nobleboro Antique Exchange (antiquex.net). This is a wonderfully diplayed and fun store to browse, featuring over 70 dealers. This antique dealership features home items, gardening pieces, and an overall delightful experience.
Finding something on a day of antiquing is not always the point. These places provide great ideas and inspirations for decorating, refurbishing, and plain old relaxation to let the mind wander. All of these great stores, and more, are within one hour of Freeport. Enjoy lunch at a lobster shack and make a day of it.