Last week my sister Kathleen, aka KC, came for a visit. I thought I would show her the usual – hiking trails, sailing, stunning outdoor scenery. Wrong! KC showed me that Maine is a shopping paradise for the antique aficionado. Our drive from Belfast to Camden (normally 20 minutes) took four hours as we stopped in all the shops along Route 1 – Kendricks, The Painted Lady, The Blue Dolphin, and Sadie’s. KC has never met a shop she didn’t like, exiting each store with some treasure she could not live without.
One particularly brilliant day, I insisted we at least drive to Acadia and take the wimp route to Mt Cadillac – that would be by car. We also stopped for lunch at Jordan’s Pond cafe with its the famous popovers. Alas, on the way home KC spied an antique shop but mercifully closing time kept us out!
KC could write the wikipedia of antique stores but I did remember a few “facts”. Don’t go into shops that offer both antiques and books, for one. And antique shops, consignment stores and thrift stores are each unique. I thought they all had “stuff” to sell and many even have the word “stuff” in the name – e.g. Old Stuff here in Belfast (119 High Street), which BTW sells old stuff and new, decorative lamp shades (which are very hard to find). George Carlin’s “Stuff” skit is priceless.
KC left two days ago with her car loaded to the gills. As for me, I went shopping on neimanmarcus.com