Maine is a national treasure! Given that fact, it’s no surprise that we have an entire network of incredible places to find ACTUAL treasures. Whether it’s Maine historical artifacts, like potato farming relics and old flags or cool vintage finds, like dresses and shoes, shopping here means finding anything you’re after! But, why make a list of antique stores and find the one-by-one when you have time? If you’re a serious shopper, you’ll want to take this weekend roadtrip. It’s leads you throughout the state and, more importantly, will uncover some of the best antique stores in Maine! We’ve even provided
turn-by-turn directions which you can find here.
Stop #1 - Bell Farm Antiques, York
Now it's time to get to the shopping! This spot recently changed owners, but it promises to continue to be one of the best places for antiques in Maine. The displays here are well-known for inspiring new ways of decorating. This shop is always changing and includes lots of lovely housewares and furniture. Plus, if you like birds, you'll enjoy a stroll around the grounds in the spring. Visit them at: 244 US Route 1, York / (207) 363-8181
Stop #2 - Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks, Kennebunk
Now that you've made your first stop, it's time to re-fuel for the two days ahead. Stop in for some coffee in snacks when you reach Kennebunk. The Duckett-family have created a perfect local coffee shop, complete with pastries and local crafts. They're located at: 163 Port Road in Kennebunk / (207) 967-8304
Stop #3 - Portland Flea-for-All, Portland
This is your first stop at a place that's going to appeal to the folks that are looking for straight-up vintage finds! And, they've been in their new home long enough that it truly feels like home. Here you'll find lovely, vintage clothing to be worn as they are, as well as some that have been made to look more modern. It's the perfect way to enjoy a bit of history in a more contemporary way. We also love their reupholstered furniture and toys. This is definitely a great stop as you stroll through the city. Visit them at: 585 Congress Street in Portland / 207-370-7570.
Stop #4 - Local Sprouts Food Cooperative, Portland
Now that you've loaded up on vintage dresses and Maine goods, it's time to eat at one of the best local spots in town! Local Sprouts Cooperative is member owned and run. Ingredients are sourced from as many local vendors as possible and the menu is great for meat lovers and vegans alike. Order up a moonburger for lunch and then make plans for coming back someday for dinner when you can enjoy their homemade cocktails with things like chai-infused vodka! Visit them at: 649 Congress Street, Portland / (207) 899-3529
Stop #5 - The Old Bean Antiques, Bath
As we've reported in the past, The Old Bean is back in business after closing for a short while. They provide a place for smaller antique shops to consolidate, creating a one-stop-shop of sorts for Bath locals. And, their inventory remains unique and of the highest quality. Visit them at: 11 Park street, Washington at Park Complex, Bath / (207) 504-3992
Stop #6 - Cabot Mill Antiques / Waterfront Flea Market, Brunswick
This is a huge building in Brunswick that's hard to miss! Cabot Mill Antiques has been around since 2010 inside the restored Fort Andross on the Androscoggin River. There are over 160 vendors selling high-quality vintage merchandise at good prices. And, if you're good at bargaining, you just might walk away with a 10% discount! Visit them at 14 Maine Street in Brunswick / 207-725-2855.
Stop #7 - The Brunswick Inn, Brunswick
Look at all this cozy!
This lovely inn is a great place to stop and break up your trip. While you may not be ready to call it quits for the day, we recommend you settle in and then go explore the area around Bowdoin College. Near enough to Maine Street, but away from the hustle and bustle, you'll love the New England charm here! Visit them at: 165 Park Row, Brunswick / (800) 299-4914.
Stop #8 - Elmer's Barn, 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.
Stop #9 - Central Maine Antique Mall, Bangor
The mall is packed to the gills and offers fine art & collectibles from lots of local dealers. Their showroom encompasses about 9,000 square feet AND there's lots of parking. Visit them at: 1372 Union St., Bangor / (207) 262-4010
Stop #10 - Big Chicken Barn Books & Antiques, Ellsworth
Is it a bookstore? A record shop? A furniture store? Or, just a big ol' antique shop? It's really up to you. Named one of 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. But, no chickens that we can see. Visit them at: 1768 Bucksport Road in Ellsworth / (207) 667-7308.
And, finally, let's make another night of it at the Acadia Hotel, Bar Harbor.
Your last stop brings you close enough to Bar Harbor to allow for just one more night away from home. Try the Acadia Hotel for a cozy night that allows you to explore the town. It's just one block away from downtown, which means that even in the cold it's close enough to walk to dinner. The staff here is friendly and they know all the best spots to see in town. If it's cold, you can warm yourself with a hot tub and enjoy a night inside with the many books and games available. Visit them at: 20 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor / (207) 288-5721