Maine July 13, 2016
8 Must-Visit Flea Markets In Maine Where You’ll Find Awesome Stuff
If you grew up in a family that combed through Uncle Henry’s, then you know a good Maine bargain when you spot one. You may also love spending weekends strolling flea markets and garage sales looking for discarded beauties in need of a new home. If you feel as though I’m speaking specifically to you, you’ll love these must-visit flea markets in Maine.
Take a weekend and hit them all, or spread them out over the rest of the summer. But, be warned – this is nowhere near a complete list. Some of the absolute best flea market finds are the side-of-the-road spots that have no name. So, remember to take your time and pull over often when driving through Maine for antique finds. Who knows? The treasures you find may become your new family heirlooms.
1. The Portland Flea-For-All, Portland
This space is the most beautifully curated collection of antique and vintage items we've ever come across. In addition to vintage clothes revamped into modern day togs, you'll find tons of reclaimed wood, reupholstered furniture and fun little toys. You could easily stroll through here for over an hour just looking at the merchandise without making a single purchase. Though, we doubt you'll leave empty-handed. They're, unfortunately for us, moving into a new space on Congress Street this summer so their doors are closed until the fall. Keep them on your radar, though, and remember to visit them when they re-open at 585 Congress Street in Portland / 207-370-7570.
2. Cabot Mill Antiques / Waterfront Flea Market, Brunswick
If you've spent time in Southern Maine, you've probably seen this huge building in Brunswick. In operation since 2010, Cabot Mill Antiques is housed within Fort Andross, a wonderfully restored textile mill on the Androscoggin River. There are over 160 vendors selling high-quality vintage merchandise at good prices. You can typically bargain for about 10% off, but many times you'll get more if you offer to pay cash. The flea market is open only on weekends, but you can browse through tons of antiques all week long. Visit them at 14 Maine Street in Brunswick / 207-725-2855.
3. Hobby Horse Flea Market, Searsport
If it's moose antlers you want, it's moose antlers you'll get! Hobby is a good mix of old relics and some newer reproductions, but it's worth a stop if you're on Route 1. There's a fair bit of Maine-related stuff, but as with any flea market, some good hunting could turn up something completely unexpected! Visit them on Route 1 in Searsport / 207-548-2981
4. Southern Maine Indoor Flea Market, Scarborough
This is Southern Maine's largest indoor flea market, which means it just might be your one-stop-shop for anything you didn't know you needed. From beer steins of all sizes to snow globes and sweaters, if it exists there's an example of it waiting for you in Scarborough. Visit them at 578 Route 1 in Scarborough / 207-229-4263.
5. Montsweag Flea Market, Woolwich
This local market has been in business since 1977 and shows no signs of slowing! Every weekend in the summer, you'll find vendors lining up their tables selling everything from personal effects found in their aunt's basement to crafts they've meticulously created for you during the week. It's a lovely bunch of folks who oftentimes brave questionable weather to make sure you can stroll around their wares. Visit them on Mountain Road in Woolwich or call them at 207-443-2809. To check weather closures visit their Facebook page by clicking
6. The Old Bean Antiques, Bath
First, the bad news: The Old Bean recently shut their doors to allow for area repairs. Now, the good news! They promise to be back and we believe them! The Old Bean has provided a place for smaller flea markets to consolidate, creating a one-stop-shop of sorts for Bath locals. Their inventory was truly unique and high quality, so we're waiting on the edge of our keyboard for the announcement of a new location. For now, keep track of their plans by following them on Facebook by clicking
7. Big Chicken Barn Books & Antiques, Ellsworth
Is it a bookstore? A record shop? A furniture store? Or, just a big ol' flea market? It's really up to you. Named of the the best flea markets in New England by Yankee Magazine, Big Chicken Barn is exactly what it sounds like - a big barn full of fascinating antiques on the first floor. The second floor is packed with books, comics and records. Give them at visit at 1768 Bucksport Road in Ellsworth / 207-667-7308.
8. Elmer’s Barn of Junk and Dead Things, Coopers Mills
Elmer Wilson has owned Elmer's Barn for almost 40 years. The place has a lot of heart, as well as a lot of everything else. One can never be sure what they'll find at Elmer's, but chances are it will be something you didn't know you needed. Visit the barn on Main Street, on the north side of Hwy 17 / (207) 549-7671.
For a glimpse into the story of Elmer's Barn, check out this video:
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