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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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Fore Front Fashion with Laura Serino
Posted: January 28, 2013

Is there high-fashion to be found at Mardens?

Over the weekend I made my very first pilgrimage to Mardens. I’ve lived in Maine for over 3 years but it was the first time I ever set foot in the store. I guess I assumed the stores were the type of place you’d go to buy patio furniture or a replacement coffee pot. But after hearing stories about finding Pucci leggings and Cole Haan boots, I thought, let me see if the rumors are true. I wonder if there is some fashion to be found there!

First of all, HOLY HUGE! I decided to pop into the Mardens in Scarborough (Payne Road) and I was shocked at the racks and racks of clothing ahead of me. I thought it would surely take me hours to find something great in all of it. Within minutes of walking into the store, this gray Jackie O inspired jacket and black, low back maxi dress caught my eye (both Talbots brand). Huh, I thought. These are VERY cute.

Now at this point, a $10 dress marked down from $219 is pretty darn thrilling. The thrifter in me is getting excited.

I make my way to the next rack and STOP IN MY TRACKS. Hello, Cynthia Rowley wool coat. SO NICE TO MEET YOU.

What’s that? You’re $22? SHUT. UP. At this point I start talking to the women next to me, proclaiming that I can’t believe it’s my first time. They look at me as if I’ve been living under a rock. Apparently, I have.

Then I found this kelly green pleated maxi skirt. For $6.

AND HUNTER WELLY SOCKS FOR $7.49! Now my breathing starts to become shallow.

Then I realize I haven’t made it to the shoes yet. . .

Bass Oxford shoes for $20. I die. I may have even shed a tear at this point.

And then…


I had eyed these Kate Spade shoes for months. And here they were for over $200 off the original price. My friends, shopping at Mardens is nothing short of a shopping miracle.

Now tell me: is it always this good or did I just have a good day? What’s the best thing you’ve found at your local Mardens?

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