Accompany me and the gals on this rainy New England day to the best antique store in Brunswick, Maine. See the vintage and thrift that we found, and join us for lunch in this quaint little college town.
Brunswick, Maine, home to Bowdoin College, is about 60 miles north on I95 from where we live in York, Maine. An easy hour’s drive north as long as we can avoid the summertime traffic. Timing is everything! It’s Tuesday in mid-August though, so the drive should be very doable!
Our Maine Destination Is Cabot Mill Antiques
“Cabot Mill Antiques is a multi-dealer antique emporium located in Fort Andross, a beautifully restored textile mill on the Androscoggin River in Brunswick, Maine. The 16,000+ square foot area was converted into a showroom of fine antiques and vintage collectibles in 1996.” ~Cabot Mill Antiques.
Well, as I mentioned, traffic can be a bit tricky in Maine in the summertime. Molly ran into heavy traffic on her way down to Brunswick in Wiscasset, Maine. So I went inside and strolled around a bit before she arrived.
We spent about two hours browsing, and I think we may have made three passes through the entire antique mill…
Let’s talk vintage shopping now!
Vintage White Cabinet
When I first arrived, this antique cabinet really caught my eye.
When you opened up this vintage cabinet, there was plenty of shelving with three charming drawers. It was absolutely adorable. I pictured it in our breakfast nook back in Vermont, left open and filled with dishes and linens. I truly loved this piece, but the price tag was lofty, even with the sale price, it was over $1K. And I felt like that was a considerable amount for a painted cabinet, as darling as she was.
Vintage Rope Winder
And in the same vendor booth was this vintage rope winder, most likely used for snaking up clothesline ropes or other rope necessities.
I was charmed by this piece’s character, colors, and texture. I pictured it hanging on a wall, but I’ll think about it a little more and I may pick it back up on one of my many more trips around the mill.
Vintage Church Collection Basket
As I turned the corner, I saw Molly eyeing this vintage church collection basket. I had never seen one before in all my antiquing. Have you?
I may have even snatched this one away from Molly. But that’s what thrifting with the gals is all about, am I right? Seriously, though Molly gladly handed it my way.
This church offering basket was so sturdy, in such great shape, and selling for just $45.
Vintage Cobbler Racks & Dress Forms
We continued to browse the wonderful isles of treasures. There were a few of my favorites, like vintage cobbler racks and dress models.
You may enjoy seeing more in posts like Baby Adidas, Petite Cobbler Rack, & Watercolor Ski Drawings, Step Up Your Home Decor Style with a Vintage Cobbler Rack, and recently, Meet My Ol’ Gal, Miss Mannequin Dress Form.
Vintage Boat Cleats
I love how Molly uses vintage wooden boat cleats as her window shade cord holders like these that were on display in one of the nautical booths. Isn’t that a fabulous idea?
Vintage Cobbler Shoe Forms
And another favorite of mine are vintage cobbler shoe forms. These were turned into a wall-hanging rack. So adorable! You may also enjoy this A Labor Day Weekend Chat post.
Little But Mighty Vintage Hauls
At this time, Molly and I both had our vintage piles collected at the checkout register.
And yes, I went back for the vintage rope winder.
And Molly had found this fabulous “New England Sampler” book, which matches the colors of her home beautifully, along with a couple of architectural salvage pieces.
Take a walk with us around Cabot Mill Antiques
I enjoyed their fabulous grilled cheese sandwich, and Molly and I chatted for a couple more hours until a waitress told us they were closing in 15 minutes.
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I’ve mentioned here on the blog various times that I love Montague Dawson’s nautical prints that I have been collecting, as I find them along the way. Well, the very next day Molly in Maine was off to an antique show in Damariscotta, Maine where she would spy 2 very similar prints selling for $40 a piece.
You may enjoy learning more about Montague Dawson’s nautical prints in the posts, Quaint Nautical Decor Corner With a Vintage Wow Factor and Antiquing Down East, A Day’s Jaunt.
Molly talked them down to $35 and purchased the nautical print, “Fiery Cross” signed by John W. Schmidt on the right for me. So we’ll be meeting up again very soon to make this vintage gift swap. Here’s to “Thrifting with the Gals!”
Today’s vintage church collection basket and the rope winder will settle in, I believe, to this corner in our guest bedroom here in Maine. I’m not sure how just yet, but I’ll be sure to share it with you here when I do.
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The old church collection basket and rope winder now reside next to a basket of my mother’s old Bibles in our guest bedroom at home in Maine.
What is “Thrifting with the Gals”?
“Thrifting with the Gals” is a blog series I host here every third Thursday of the month, which started with a group of friends who met over on Instagram and formed a special relationship through a mutual love of home decorating. We share a passion for all things vintage, thrifty, and cozy.
Our styles are all very unique, from Kristin’s log cabin in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, Rachel’s farmhouse in North Carolina, Robyn’s beautiful French Nest in Florida, and of course, myself thrifting for our homes from Vermont to Coastal Maine.
This month I also want to welcome our guest host Michele from Vintage Home Designs, who shares How to Style Thrift Store and Vintage Treasures. Michele is so creative, and I know you are going to love her vintage style.
And be sure to check out Rachel and Kristin’s posts today too!
I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed visiting our Home in Coastal Maine with us today.
Be sure also to check out our Home in Vermont, where we spend winters enjoying the coziness of home in the Green Mountains of Vermont.
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