Sometimes when we have no guests, I “play house” – which means I roam from room to room rearranging furniture, changing wall art, fussing with the decorative pieces. Basically making mischief – for invariably I find that we need another piece of furniture, an additional vanity tray, or some little item that will bring the room together. What to do? The easy answer is hop in the car and take a drive down Route 1.
Route 1 along the mid-coast is a cornucopia of antique shops. Now an antique shop can range from junk emporium, to old but good stuff to the real deal (think Hepplewhite and Biedermeier). Each type of shop has a certain allure and you can always find a treasure (affordable but fabulous) if you look long enough.
Just last week, after playing house, I needed another bedside night table. After rooting through Searsport Antique Mall where various vendors rent a space, I struck pay dirt at The Red Kettle Antiques, just north of Searsport on Route 1. Then on the way home, I just popped in Kendricks Antiques right here in Belfast and found another treasure that just begged me to take it home. How could I resist?
Many of these antique shops do not have a website; sometimes they are members of the Maine Antique Dealers Association; and frequently you just have to be on the lookout as you cruise along Route 1 – not too fast or you likely will miss a shop and the deal of the century.