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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at info@forefrontfashion.com Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Posted: December 13, 2013

Holiday gift picks from Portland Flea-for-All

The “flea”, as it’s now known, was that missing link in the Portland community. Now that it’s here, it’s a wonder how we ever lived without it. Not only is it a source of vintage at affordable prices, but it’s brought a community of artisans and small business owners together in one grand, three-storied space. It’s also a great place to check out to get everyone on your list something special in one fell swoop.

Erin and Nathaniel, hubby/wife team and owners, are probably the best gift givers in the world. This holiday season they’re gifting family and friends lots of handmade and vintage. Antique books, like a 1st ed. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, by Julia Child; a pictorial history of Herreshoff boats, vinyl and anything from Portland General Store are on their “gifts to give” list. ¬†Erin also likes to give vintage clothes, like a Pendleton Jacket or a 1920’s Cloche Hat. “I spend pretty much the entire year looking for signature pieces that friends and family will love for the holidays. Of course about 20% of the time I get attached and end up keeping them, but that’s neither here nor there,” she says.

And what to give someone that’s impossible to shop for? Why a gift certificate to the flea of course! “This way, they can pick out whatever they need, or splurge on themselves,” says Erin.See something you like? Stop on in the shop or give them a ring! They’re always posting new arrivals on their Facebook page too.

Photos by Erin Little / A Love Supreme Photography


More Local holiday gift picks

From Portland Trading Company and Black Parrot to the handmade and unusual at
Pinecone + Chickadee and Portland Flea-For-All, Fore Front Fashion rounds up some unique
gift ideas that can all be purchased locally. And there’s more to come this week!
// See them all


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