Sunday April 20th 2014

Tagged: shop talk

All work, no pleather at Maine Leather Co.

All work, no pleather at Maine Leather Co.
March 04, 2014

Belle Hilmer, owner of Maine Leather Co., stitches each of her one-of-a-kind designs by hand in her Portland apartment.

A visit to Haberdashery

A visit to Haberdashery
February 12, 2014

After a minor setback and a move from one end of Congress Street to the other, Haberdashery has found its rightful place in the world of vintage and consignment in Portland.

Lots of great vintage and vinyl at Moody Lords

Lots of great vintage and vinyl at Moody Lords
April 16, 2013

Portland has no shortage of great vintage clothing. Moody Lord’s deserves to be right up there as one of the best shopping spots for vintage garb. Originally located on the second floor above Strange Maine, they’ve been in their new street level locale since last spring. If you happen to be a purveyor of great records and threads, you’ll find yourself in a shopping mecca.

Is there high-fashion to be found at Mardens?

Is there high-fashion to be found at Mardens?
January 28, 2013

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 it was a place you’d go to buy patio furniture or a replacement coffee pot. But after hearing stories from friends about finding Pucci leggings and Cole Haan boots, I thought, let me see if the rumors are true. What follows is nothing short of a Maine miracle.

Vintage, handmade and awesome at new shop decades

Vintage, handmade and awesome at new shop decades
December 18, 2012

There’s a new vintage shop in town – and it’s good. If you’re in the market for some retro clothes, handcrafted jewelry, kitschy housewares or all of the above, be sure to check out Decades on Congress Street, right across from Coffee By Design. Come take a look!

Where you need to be shopping this weekend: meca, joseph’s, the flea and more

Where you need to be shopping this weekend: meca, joseph’s, the flea and more
December 07, 2012

There are so many good shopping events going on this weekend that frankly, I’m overwhelmed. I’ve created my own plan of attack and thought I’d share it with you so you don’t miss out on any good holiday happenings this weekend. So strap on your shopping shoes and join me.

Kitschy tees, 70′s dresses and a whole lotta polyester at little ghost vintage

Kitschy tees, 70′s dresses and a whole lotta polyester at little ghost vintage
November 29, 2012

One of the newest vintage shopping destinations in Portland, this is your new go-to if you like racks of vintage dresses, old band t-shirts, tchotchkes, polyester blouses and vintage jewelry. And if you like all of those things, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Shop Talk: Plum

Shop Talk: Plum
November 14, 2012

Plum Boutique (316 Congress Street) is one of the newest consignment shops in Portland, chock full of higher-end designs. Located in the old Z Fabrics storefront on Munjoy Hill, owner Kelly Williams is happy to be added to the roster of neighborhood stores that have been popping up on the East End.

Freeport Thrift Shop

Freeport Thrift Shop
November 05, 2012

I’m feeling generous today. So generous in fact, that I’m willing to divulge one of my secret thrifting spots in Southern Maine. It’s a tiny, two-floor thrift shop that, on a good day, has been home to some of the best vintage and consigned pieces I’ve ever found. Here’s what I got on a recent trip.