Summer is here

Ahhh, summer has arrived, and it has started out with a bang for us. Did you see our recent big vintage find last weekend? Check it out in the A Classic VW: Embracing the Vintage Vibe post. My friends and family will be so sick and tired of hearing all about our new Shirley. But I just adore her so much!

Antiques in Maine Barn Sale Chandler & Co.
Antiques in Maine Barn Sale and Vintage Haul

Antiques in Maine

But a little bit first about antiques in Maine. Maine is known for its rich history and abundance of antiques. Whether you’re an avid antique collector or just enjoy browsing, Maine offers a rich treasure trove of antiques reflecting its unique history and culture.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Here are several highlights about antiques in Maine:

  • Antique shops and fairs: Maine has a thriving antiques trade, with numerous antique shops, malls, and fairs scattered throughout the state. Some popular areas for antique shopping include Portland, Kennebunkport, Wiscasset, and the Midcoast region. Learn more in these Antiquing 101: A Guide From the Trail and Gifts From Maine: A Day’s Jaunt Antiquing posts.
  • Maritime antiques: Given Maine’s long maritime history, antiques related to ships, navigation, and coastal life are commonly found in the state. Items like ship logs, nautical instruments, scrimshaw, and antique maritime art are highly prized.
  • Furniture: Maine has a strong tradition of furniture making, and antique furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries is highly sought after. Pieces from renowned cabinetmakers like John Bellamy, Moses Browne, and Samuel Jenks are particularly valuable.
  • Pottery and glass: Maine has a rich history of pottery and glassmaking, with antique pieces from places like the Winslow Homer studio in Prouts Neck and the Monmouth Pottery being highly collectible. A local favorite of mine is Beaumont Pottery.
  • Native American antiques: Maine has a significant Native American heritage, and antique items such as baskets, beadwork, and pottery made by tribes like the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy are popular among collectors.
  • Architectural antiques: Maine has many historic homes and buildings, making it a good source for architectural antiques, such as stained glass windows, hardware, and decorative elements. The Old House Parts Co. in Kennebunk, Maine, is a favorite for this.
  • Antique shows and events: Maine hosts several major antique shows and events yearly, including the Boothbay Harbor Antiques Show and Auction and the Sandwich Antiques Fair.
Antiques in Maine at an outdoor vintage market.

In the Vintage Shops Near Me: Vermont to Maine post, you will find an updated list of all my favorite second-hand shops from Maine to Vermont and beyond.

Best Antiques in Maine

If you ever find yourself in the area of Berwick, Maine, be sure to check out Chandler & Co.’s monthly barn sales. You can follow Elaine, the owner, on her Facebook page for hours and opening events.

Chandler & Co Barn Sale with antiques in Maine

Elaine also partners with Green House Vintage, who will be there selling her gorgeous antiques in Maine, too.

You may also enjoy reading about my visit to Chandler’s Barn Sale this time last year in the Discover Chandler & Co Antique Barn Sale post.

Antiques in Maine at a Barn Sale
Antiques in Maine at a Barn Sale.
Colorful Vintage Thermoses in Box.
Stack of vintage picnic basket antiques in Maine

Budget-friendly antiques in Maine

The prices are truly budget-friendly. You won’t be disappointed; it is certainly worth the trip!

You may also be interested in this Sage Farm Antiques Early Evening Buy post.

Memorial Day Weekend Vintage Haul

This was also my first vintage haul in our new VW Fastback, Shirley, so it was extra special!

Classic VW Fastback at Barn Sale
A Classic VW: Embracing the Vintage Vibe

Vintage Mccoy

One of my favorite antique finds in Maine on this Memorial Day weekend was this large white McCoy vase from Green House Vintage. I’ve never seen one like it before. As promised, it was very budget-friendly at just $30. Vintage McCoy vases, smaller and not as nice, sell for upwards of $70 in my experience.

You may also enjoy some of these posts with more vintage McCoy ideas:

More about McCoy

McCoy pottery was produced in Ohio from the 1940s through the 1990s, and its classic white vases from the mid-20th century are highly collectible today. These vintage McCoy white vases have a charming, rustic look with subtle imperfections and variations that give each one a unique character. Many have embossed or incised decorations around the rims or sides depicting leaves, berries, or floral motifs in a casual, handcrafted style. The shapes range from simple cylinder vases to more ornate urns and pitchers. Despite their humble origins as inexpensive American pottery, the vintage McCoy white vase collection is now prized by design enthusiasts who appreciate the casual, organic beauty imbued in these vintage ceramic pieces.

Glass coffee table with antiques in Maine from Barn Sale and Lilacs.
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I also picked up another small Demijohn to add to my collection. This was a $25 find. As many of you know, Demijohns can be very pricey, selling for over $100.

A demijohn is a large, bulbous glass bottle or jar with a narrow neck, often encased in a woven protective covering made of wicker or rope. These vessels originated in the Mediterranean region and were traditionally used for transporting and storing liquids like wine, oil, and vinegar.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

See how I decorated our Demijohns for the holidays in the Firelight, Evergreens, and Snow: The Christmas Bottle Project of Swedish Homes post.

Learn more about Demijohns in this Cottage Farmhouse Decor Trending Finds post.

Repurposed Planters

Although these planters didn’t come home with me, I thought these homemade planters were so inspiring. It’s a super cute, easy do-it-yourself-at-home idea for summer flowers.

Made to look like drawers with attached knobs and emblems.

Small feet and even one made out of an old saw horse.

You may enjoy these 15 Cool DIY Projects to Start this Summer.

First-Aid Kits

This blue vintage first-aid kit was simply the cutest, with its rustic charm. The white kit with the red letters was also very sweet.

But it was the color blue that had me swooning. It would match our bedroom and bathroom’s trim color beautifully.

It would be such a cute idea to hang it on the wall in the bathroom. But I didn’t get it, and I truly regret it.

Many collectors seek out vintage first aid kits from the early-to-mid 20th century for their nostalgic packaging and contents. These kits from decades past contain an interesting array of obsolete medical supplies like thick cotton bandages, antiseptics, and sharp scissors – items that glimpse how basic first aid was administered before modern adhesive bandages and antibiotic ointments became widespread.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

A Duck and Blue Pitcher Antiques in Maine

These blue and white antique transferware pieces are hard to pass up. With their rustic and chippy touches. They are cute with silverware on a table or other kitchen utensils. See more in the 45 Vintage Silverware Decorating Ideas post. Fill them with pens and pencils on the desk or bedside with some flowers. You can never have enough.

I added this antique pitcher to a collection of vintage dishes with a pewter spoon to a side table in our dining room.

Elaine, the owner gave me this little colorful duck, which she had a collection of upstairs in the barn. It’s super cute, and it’s been added to my mother’s seaside bird collection in a living room corner here in Maine.

See more in the Nautical Decor Ideas: Vintage Vibe Corner post.

Hobnail Milk Glass Bud Vases

I always love picking up milk glass bud vases in my travels; you can never have enough, in my opinion. But these hobnail milk glass bud vases were extra cute.

Hobnob Milk glass bud vase with flower and dishes on table.

What is Hobnail?

Hobnail refers to a pattern of raised projections or rounded bumps on a surface, often used decoratively on glass or ceramics. The name comes from the projections resembling the thick nails (called hobnails) that were once inserted into shoe soles and boot heels to provide better traction.

Vintage Hobnail white milk glass bud vases with flowers on bedside table.
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You may also enjoy this 5 Clever Ways to Decorate with Yard Sale Finds post.

If you enjoy today’s post, you may also be inspired by the Best Barn Finds in a Big Red Barn on a Sunday Foliage Drive post.

Antiques in Maine on a table after a weekend vintage haul.

Antique A.E. Hull Pottery

Antique A.E. Hull Pottery refers to the collectible pottery produced by the A.E. Hull Pottery Company, which was founded by Addis E. Hull in 1905 in Crooksville, Ohio. The company operated until 1986 and was known for its diverse range of ceramic products.

Of course, Elaine at Chandler & Co. had a beautiful collection of A.E. Hull Pottery priced to sell. I already have a few pitchers of A.E. Hull, so I chose a few more unique pieces to add to my collection. One was a gorgeous stoneware blue bowl selling for just $22, compared to the ones on Etsy for around $79 or more.

Antiques in Maine on Table with A. E. Hull Blue Pottery

Antique A.E. Hull Pottery is highly sought after by collectors due to its distinctive designs, quality craftsmanship, and historical significance. The company produced various pottery lines, including practical dinnerware, decorative pieces, and their famous pottery known as “Hull Art.” The art pottery line featured vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and innovative glazes, making it particularly desirable among collectors. Antique A.E. Hull Pottery pieces are cherished for their beauty, rarity, and legacy in American ceramics history.

A.E. Hull Blue Pottery with other assorted antique dishes on a table.

The butter crocks were fabulous, I had never seen these before in my travels either. So, I picked up two for $44 to add to my A.E. Hull collection. Now that’s a deal!

A.E. Hull antique blue pottery stacked on table

You may also be inspired by this Vermont Pottery Imaginative Tablescape post.

Ella, our Bernese Mountain Dog, just reminded me that I also found this vintage rug and several red and white transferware bowls to add to our collections. Both are ideal for Patriotic summer decorating.

Antiques in Maine with Lobster Rolls

One of the best things about shopping for antiques in Maine is taking the time out to enjoy a local lobster roll. You can find authentic Maine lobster rolls at roadside clam shacks and almost any Maine restaurant. One of my favorites is those served at Roberts on Route 1 in Kittery, Maine. See more in the Antiquing, 6 Thrifty Finds, and a Lobster Biscuit post.

And just around the corner from us The Cape Neddick Lobster Pound, recently under new ownership.

Lupine Flower Arrangement in Plant Decor Book Nook

Lupine’s in Bloom

Well, that’s it from me this week. I hope you found loads of inspiration while visiting with us today!

Aren’t these Lupine’s beautiful? I picked them roadside on my way back to Vermont. They smell like spice, and now I wish I had brought my new vintage white McCoy vase back with me…

Happy Thrifting!

You may also enjoy this Wildflower Arrangements and Scavenger Hunt post.

A Vintage Affair

If you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with your friends who are also vintage enthusiasts.

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  1. What a fun day you had! I have a blue and white first aid kid hanging in the downstairs bathroom. I love it! And those blue and white Hull pieces you got are great! Sometime I will have to drive down and meet you for this event!

    1. Molly you would love this vintage barn sale, it’s definitely a favorite. Glad you liked my finds. I need to see that first aid kit you have, I’m so bummed I didn’t grab that one…

  2. Love the transferware and the McCoy vase. Such a fun lunch to finish the day. Yum yum for those of us who are so far inland, that is considered impossible here.

    1. Thanks so much Donna! Yes we eat lobster here like most people eat hamburgers… It’s definitely a way of life too. Thanks for your sweet note~