As summer winds down, today I want to reflect on all the lovely interior heirlooms and musings that have blessed our home.

Antiquing Down East, A Day's Jaunt

Joining me in today’s summer reflections are all the ladies from Thrifting with the Gals. If you are joining me from Lora over at Create and Ponder, welcome! Lora is always inspiring me with all of her vintage finds and how she makes them all bloom so beautifully again. Wait until you see her 9 Ways to Decorate with Vintage Suitcases!

Early Summer Home Tour

I was honored to be asked to create a video of our summer Maine home tour, shared by Holly from Living It Country. What a fantastic way to begin our summer. And I’m looking forward to more cozy fires in the fireplace again soon.

You may check it all out here:

Thrifted Peonies and Blue Mussels

There were many walks on the beach, Beachcombing, Blue Mussels, and an Antique bowl surrounded by thrifted faux peonies.

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Galvanized Buckets of Flowers

There were buckets and buckets of summer flowers.

You may also enjoy the post, 17 Best Summer Home Decor Accessories to Thrift.

Jaunts to Vermont

With a few short trips back to Vermont, my vintage booth/window at The Vintage Soul was restocked and the conversational fire pit patio was completed.

I can’t wait to get back there this fall to relish in the beautiful Autumn season at our home in Vermont. There’s nothing like fall in Vermont!

Backyard Conversation Set and Fire Pit Patio Reveal

You may enjoy some of these Vermont fall posts from last year too:

A Few of My Favorite Summer Vintage Finds

There’s nothing like thrifting in Maine during the summer. The antique shops are all a bustle and we even made it up to Down East Maine for a fabulous day of antiquing. And I visited every vintage market I could get myself to.

Check some of them out here:

Vintage Bazaar New England, A Summer Visit

Thrifting with the Gals Like a Coastal Grandmother.

I found and decorated with old coolers and road maps…

Vintage Oars

Fit perfectly in our coastal cottage guest bedroom. And we simply hung them up with Command Strips.

Vintage Oars

Thrifted Dishes and Tablecloths

Created colorful and Authentic Maine lobster Themed Table Settings and we enjoyed Just 4 Blue Dishes on the 4th of July.

You may also enjoy the post, Entertain with Red, White, and Blue! Easy Summer Table Trimmings.

While cleaning out an old shed I found my father’s old vanity license plates and created this DIY License Plate Hat Rack and Wall Decor.

Repurposed Oak Dresser with Mirror Quaint in the Attic

A day trip to Kennebunk, Maine brought us to Habitat for Humanity and this little oak dresser.

Repurposed Oak Dresser with Mirror Quaint in the Attic

An Antique Tennis Umpire Chair

On my jaunt Down East with Cabot Antiques, I found this fabulous antique tennis umpire chair.

Antiquing Down East, A Day's Jaunt

A Vintage Whale, Transferware, Easel with Lighthouse, Pillows, and Baskets are just a few more…

You may also enjoy the Quaint Nautical Decor Corner With a Vintage Wow Factor, post.

Quaint Nautical Decor Corner With a Vintage Wow Factor

Summer Destination Maine, Stonewall Kitchen

I partnered up with Stonewall Kitchen’s new home store and am looking forward to a two-day retreat with them at their headquarters right here in York this September.

Stay tuned for lot’s more coming your way from Stonewall Kitchen.

Summer Destination Maine, Stonewall Kitchen

Behind the Scenes Photo Shoot with Country Sampler Magazine

And rounding out the summer we welcomed photographers Gridley + Graves and Country Sampler Magazine into our home.

Join me for some behind-the-scenes, as we may be waiting until 2024 before it is published in the magazine.

Behind the Scenes with Country Sampler Magazine Photo Shoot

We’ll be hanging onto summer around here in Maine until mid-September sometime.

Then I can’t wait to see you back in Vermont this fall where we will be kicking off Vermont Vintage Market Days starting October 7th!

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

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Next up on today’s “Thrifting with the Gals” monthly round-up is Robyn, from Robyn’s French Nest. Robyn is sharing 7 Useful Fall Decor Items You Need To Thrift For. I can’t wait to check out these 7 items. I’m going to start thrifting for fall very soon! How about you?

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  1. I’ve been following your blog for some time but somehow missed those gorgeous drapes in the living room. I’m just crazy about that nautical print! Did your mom have those or you added them? Your parents had incredible decorating skills and you inherited that. Everything you find is right up my alley. I’m a Florida girl who has always pinned for New England style.

    1. Hi Pamela. I’m so glad you like them. I found the drapes at an antique shop. They were originally custom made for a boat. I don’t know if my mother would have approved of them but I thought they were fabulous too😂😂

  2. You’ve found some amazing pieces this summer, Ann! I love each one!

  3. You’ve had lots of adventures this summer and I love both your homes.

    1. Thanks for always following along Marlene. I enjoy having you along🫶🏻

  4. You scored some great finds this summer! How fun that you can enjoy thrifting in 2 different places. Always enjoying seeing how you use them in your home. Thanks for including me this month!

  5. You had the BEST Summer Ann finding vintage treasures and exploring Vermont and Maine! Beachcombing and all the shops look like such fun! I love the way you incorporate everything into your homes and can’t wait to see your magazine spread!!