Have you ever been antiquing in Down East Maine? Discover unique gifts from Maine antiquing Down East. Explore must-see antique stores with me and find fantastic treasures in this coastal region of New England.

Lobster Buoys, gifts from Maine.

Where is Down East Maine?

Down East Maine refers to the easternmost coastal region of the state, stretching from Penobscot Bay to the Canadian border. This scenic and picturesque area is known for its rugged coastline, charming fishing villages, and stunning natural landscapes. The phrase apparently derives from sailing terminology: sailors from western ports sailed downwind toward the east to reach the area.

Best Gifts From Maine

Maine, known as the “Pine Tree State,” offers a variety of unique and locally made gifts that capture the essence of the state. Here are some gift ideas from Maine:

  • Maine Lobster: Consider sending a fresh Maine lobster as a gift. Lobsters are a staple of Maine’s seafood industry and are known for their delicious taste. You can order live lobsters online or visit a local seafood market to have them shipped to your recipient.
  • Blueberry Products: Maine is famous for its wild blueberries, and you can find a wide range of blueberry products to gift. This includes blueberry jam, blueberry syrup, blueberry chocolates, or even blueberry wine. These sweet treats are a delicious representation of Maine’s agricultural heritage.
  • Maine Maple Syrup: Another popular Maine product is maple syrup. Maine produces high-quality maple syrup, often harvested from the state’s maple trees. Consider gifting a bottle of locally made maple syrup or even a maple syrup gift set that includes different grades or flavored syrups. Learn more in Molly in Maine’s I’m Sweet on Maine Maple Syrup Season post.
  • Maine Craft Beer or Wine: Maine has a thriving craft beer and wine scene. Look for locally brewed beers or wines from Maine’s wineries to gift. You can choose a variety pack of craft beers or select a bottle of wine made from Maine-grown grapes.
  • Maine-made Crafts and Artwork: Maine has a rich tradition of craftsmanship and artistic talent, so you can look for handmade crafts such as pottery, woodworking, or textiles created by local artisans. These unique and one-of-a-kind pieces can make for thoughtful and memorable gifts.
  • Maine-made Candles and Soaps: Many artisans in Maine create handcrafted candles and soaps using natural ingredients and scents inspired by the state’s natural beauty. Consider gifting a set of Maine-made candles or a collection of artisanal soaps for a relaxing and fragrant gift.
  • Lobster-themed Gifts: If you’re looking for a fun and whimsical gift, consider lobster-themed items such as lobster-shaped kitchen utensils, lobster-printed clothing, or lobster-themed home decor. These playful gifts capture the coastal charm of Maine.
  • Books about Maine: For the book lover, consider gifting a book about Maine’s history, culture, or natural wonders. Many titles explore the state’s unique characteristics, from its lighthouses and rugged coastline to its vibrant communities.
  • Outdoor Gear and Apparel: Maine offers a wide range of outdoor activities, from hiking and camping to fishing and boating. Consider gifting outdoor gear or apparel such as hiking boots, fishing equipment, or waterproof jackets that will allow your recipient to enjoy Maine’s natural beauty.
  • Gift Baskets: If you’re looking for a curated gift option, consider purchasing a Maine-themed gift basket. These baskets often include a variety of local products such as jams, chocolates, snacks, and souvenirs that showcase the best of Maine. My favorites are from my friends over at Stonewall Kitchen

When choosing gifts from Maine, it’s always a good idea to support local businesses and artisans. Look for products that have been made or sourced in Maine to ensure an authentic and meaningful gift that captures the spirit of the state.

Take a jaunt with me to Down East, Maine, to visit with some friends and go antiquing for a few gifts from Maine.

A Day’s Jaunt to Down East, Maine

A Visit to Molly in Maine’s Home

Our first stop in Down East, Maine, was to visit my friend Molly in Maine’s gorgeous coastal cottage. We gathered alongside a few Instagram decor friends for lunch and chatted on Molly’s front porch with her stunning ocean views.

We watched a family of ducks and a Bald Eagle who was on the hunt over the Maine seas.

You may also enjoy following Juliette from Cozy in Maine and Marianna from Apple Tree Lane Studio over on Instagram who joined us. Juliette and Marianna are identical twins who live on Long Island, an island off the coast of Portland, Maine, in their family’s darling summer cottage.

Next, I headed south with stops in Brunswick and Freeport, Maine, to do some antiquing and hopefully find a few wonderful gifts from Maine.

Unique Gifts From Maine

L.L. Bean Gifts from Maine

Before the antique stores open early in the morning, I start with a visit to the famous L.L. Bean Inc. store in downtown Freeport, Maine. It is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. L.L. Bean Inc. is not only a Maine-based store but also a destination. It is a wonderful place to find outdoor gear and apparel, which make ideal gifts from Maine.

You may also enjoy the Vintage Shopping, A Church Collection Basket, and Wild Oats post, where I visit Down East, Maine, once again for even more antiquing.

L.L. Bean Store in Down East Maine to find the best gifts from Maine.

Cozy Gifts from Maine

There, I picked up the coziest classic flannel pajamas, which will be perfect for our snowy Vermont winters. These L.L. Bean pajamas are also a much-welcomed gift from Maine.

Have you seen Sarah Fitz new line of bedding, The Coziest Ski Lodge Bedding? Sarah designs iconic Maine drawings with lobsters, hydrangeas, L.L. Bean boots, sleds, and so much more. From bedding to notepads, Sara’s designs make fabulous gifts from Maine. Available online and through L.L. Bean Inc.

As I worked my way back to the “Seacoast,” a term coined for the coast of southern Maine and New Hampshire, I stopped off at four antique shops, where I found the most fantastic finds.

So let’s go antiquing!

3 Best Antique Stores for Gifts From Maine

I stopped at three of the most popular antique stores in Freeport, Maine, first.

  • Pillars Antiques | Although I didn’t buy anything at this antique shop, it was filled with beautiful vintage pine furniture and eclectic gardening pieces—large and bold antiques that would beautifully fill any old New England home.
  • Freeport Emporium Antiques | This two-floor antique shop features a multitude of vendors at reasonable prices and a wide assortment of thrifty, vintage, and antique finds.
  • Maine Wicked Goods Mercantile, which is right next door to the Freeport Emporium. A shop with a combination of antiques, vintage, collectibles, and new gift shop wares. These are super cute items with a coastal cottage theme. Definitely worth the walk around.
Gifts from Maine, Maine pillow lobster and lobster bench.

You may also find inspiration in the post Quilt Jackets: The Trendy Vintage Fashion.

4. Cabot Mill Antiques in Brunswick, Maine

But my favorite of them all was Cabot Mill Antiques; watch the video for a walk around.

Just down the road from Bowdoin College is a gorgeous old brick mill filled with the most inspiring antiques I’ve seen in quite some time.

Antique Tennis Umpire Chair

My favorite find of the day was this antique tennis umpire chair. I’ve never ever seen one before, and I feel so lucky to have discovered it.

Antique Tennis Umpire Chair

This old mahogany tennis umpire chair was ushered into our home as if it had always been there. My father would have loved this tennis collectible so much!! He was a huge tennis buff, playing his entire life until the age of 86. See his tennis racquet collection in the 2 Cottage Vintage Guest Bedroom Ideas To Inspire post. This was my gift from Maine to myself.

This was one of the best antique halls I’ve had this summer, friends!

Oh, and of course, I had to stop by Trader Joe’s in Portland, Maine, to pick up some blue hydrangeas.

You may also enjoy the 21 Vintage Finds: 4 Days Thrifting in Coastal Maine post.

What Maine Gifts Can You Find Antiquing Down East?

Wrought Iron Whale

Well, first, how about an antique wrought iron whale weathervane?

And I just love how it sits so noblely on our dining room table.

Antique whale weathervane, a gift from Maine.

You won’t want to miss our summer home tour in the post, Coastal Grandmother Summer Decor.

An old lighthouse painting with an antique easel.

I think this is going to find its way into every room of our home here in Coastal Maine.

You may also enjoy Coastal Curtains for Living Room: A Nautical Vintage Story, another amazing gift from Maine to myself that I found at an antique shop with a wonderful backstory.

You may also enjoy this A Classic VW: Embracing the Vintage Vibe post.

Sailboat Pully

A vintage sailboat pully in light blue.

This little nautical beauty will rest on our living room coffee table. And maybe I’ll hang it from one of the open beams next. We shall see…

Vintage sailboat pully in light blue.


A handsome transferware bowl that I found for less than $40.

Vintage transferware bowl filled with flowers on table.

I couldn’t wait to fill it up with some of the Trader Joe’s flowers I found.

Kitchen sink Full of Flowers

Framed Sailboat Print

See that sailboat print in the background?

Yup, I found that antiquing Down East, too, for just $38!

I also found another one, which you may see more of in the 38 Antique Flower Arrangements & One Vintage Student Plant Press post.

Living room coffee table with flowers in vintage style coastal Maine home.

You may also enjoy the Beachcombing, Blue Mussels, and an Antique Bowl post.

I’ve never seen a transferware pot like this before. It looks like a grub pot, and I love its size. It’s perfect for bouquets of flowers or summer weeds.

The marking on the bottom of the transferware is here. Do you have any ideas about what this may have been used for?

Buffalo Pottery Trademark

A few more gems caught my eye, but for whatever reason, I decided to leave them behind.

So, should you ever find yourself in Down East Maine, I highly recommend an antiquing trip to discover unique Maine gifts.

You never know the treasures you may find on this beautiful rocky coast of ours.

Lobster Buoys in barrel in antique store.  Make great gifts from Maine.

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.

Do you have a flair for all things vintage, too? I would love to see and feature you in our Reader’s Showcase Series. A place for you to share and be recognized for your talents and passion for all things thrifting, vintage, and antique decor-related inspired by your time here with Dabbling & Decorating. Email me at annck@dabblinganddecorating.com

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  1. I would love to spend one week going to all the wonderful shops you’ve shared with us. So fun that you got to spend some quality time with Molly!

  2. You found all the antique places I’ve been visiting for years in Mid-Coast Maine!! The best of the best.

    1. Oh my goodness aren’t they so great😂

  3. Teddee Grace says:

    Some wonderful finds! I particularly like the tennis umpire’s chair and the gorgeous Buffalo Pottery cache pot, which I believe is used as an “over pot” in which to place a live plant in a less attractive container. I enjoyed the explanation of the term “Down East.”

    1. Thank you so much. That umpire chair was such a treasure to find. And I’m so glad to know about the pot. Thank you kindly💙💙💙

  4. You bring so much enjoyment with your first class newsletter and blog posts. A very hearty Thank You! Lana in KY.

    1. Oh my gosh what a nice thing to say thank you🫶🏻