When passing through the small towns along Maine's coast, stop in and do some shopping in the five and dimes that still litter these quaint places, right beside the more touristy shops. It will give you a glimpse into a simpler time and make you wonder just why we "progressed" in the first place.
We noticed that the farther north we traveled in Maine, the more expensive everything became. For example, gasoline down in Bar Harbor was about $1.87 per gallon and then up near Caribou is was about $2.10. Food was a little more as well...and cigarettes, if you're a smoker.
What to buy: If you're going to be traveling up that way, you might want to fill up your gas tank down near some of the cities or larger towns in Maine.
What to pay: North=much more. South=much less
Maine has an abundance of FLEA MARKETS. We passed so many as we drove along scenic #1 highway. I love snooping in Flea Markets with the only disappointment is that it's harder and harder to find that bargain antique or collector's item anymore. Perhaps sellers have gotten more savvy about what they're selling or have gotten just a tad bit more greedy. Anyway, it's not as fun as it used to be - my opininion.
Here are some of the Flea Markets we passed along the way.
Waterfront Flea Market
14 Main St, Route 201
Saturdays and Sundays year-round
Montsweag Flea Market
Route 1, Woolwich Maine
Seasonal Wednesdays Fridays Saturdays Sundays
Located on Route 1 five miles north of Bath
This'n That Flea Market
Hancock Road, Route 1
Saturdays & Sundays year-round
Bargain Barn Flea Market
Route 3, Ellsworth, Maine
Seasonal Weekends and Holidays
I personally am not a big shopper, but our American friends are *olympic* shoppers, LOL. My mother couldn't stay far behind ...
Anyway, even I found the atmosphere in that small, picturesque village Perkins Cove, which is actually the harbour area of Ogunquit to be encouraging for shopping. Cute small houses were turned to shops with interesting things on display. I thought the stuff was of pretty good quality, especially the pottery (Chris Davis Stoneware Pottery e.g.) and the Jewelry and handblown glass in Swamp John's shop.
What to buy: Handblown glass, jewelry and pottery.
What to pay: A bit more than average.
There is much more here than sporting goods. There is clothing and footwear. as well as tents, bikes, fishing gear and that sort of thing. There are home furnishings, foods, books and much more. The decor is quite striking with a landscaped fish pond at the center stair well and the outside discovery pond
What to buy: Beans provides orienteering and other sports workshops to the public and it is an enjoyable spot to visit whether you want to buy any thing or not. It is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year. It is an unique experience.
We love stopping in Kittery for shopping . There is a big selection of really good name products and the prices are very good . There are over 120 stores I think. If you plan to go you should go to thier website for discount coupons..
Sunday 10am - 6pm
Monday - Saturday 9am - 9pm
The Freeport/Kittery area of southern Maine specializes in shopping plazas featuring designer stores hawking their wares! Mixed in amongst these is a Maine tradition, the L.L. Bean store, outfitters for the outdoorsman for decades. Mr. Bean was a native of Maine who gradually came to realize that certain types of clothing and implements were required to deal with the outdoors in this particular neck of the woods. Over time, the word got out on the usefulness of his products, and the rest is history!
What to buy: Anything that you need to deal with the great outdoors, from clothing to gadgets to equipment.
Freeport is a big open-air shopping mall. I am afraid there is anything but outlets and outlets of everything. Beside L.L.Bean, about which I will write a proper tip, Freeport have the outlets of Calvin Klein, Abercrombie, The North Face, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfinger. Just a warning: if you are going to visit New Hemphshire as well, consider that in NH there are no taxes on clothes up to 176 USD. North Conway, for example, has more or less the same brands.
There are a large variety of maps and mapping devices , including GPS for auto and US street maps , topographical hiking maps , books and childrens products. The overwhelming draw is Eartha the huge globe that dominates the glassed in dome and is visable from routes 1 and 495 in or near Yarmouth
What to buy: maps maps ...... more maps
Planet Dog is an Eco friendly store with so many wonderful items for dogs. The have a great community outreach program that gives back to those in need, and you cannot beat the quality of their toys and gear.
What to buy: Any of the dog toys are amazing, I also love the fleece lined collars, harnesses and leashes.
Despite the name, this is not a store of just Christmas items. It is a big box store that seems to sell batches of overstocked items or seconds from who knows how many sources. You never know what you will find. One year they had lawn sprinklers for 50 cents each! We got a real nice canvas firewood carrier for 5 or 6 bucks.
summer hours are 8 am to ten pm 7 days a week.
What to buy: You can find about anything in this place.
What to pay: very good prices, very inexpensive.
Find little antique shops all over . This one is on route 11 corner of Poland Road and Meadow Road
What to buy: period dishes wicker toys what ever strikes your fancy
Bring home some brewed in Lewiston beer. They have a wonderful gift shop to visit after the brewery tour.
What to buy: Beer...and all things "Baxter".
Great pet store with unique items for your furry friend from gifts to gear, toys to treats! Dogs are welcome to visit!
What to buy: They have Whoopie Pies for dogs!
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