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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 Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Posted: January 23, 2014

A top-secret thrifting hot spot – revealed!

When I told a vintage seller* that I was going to do a post about this spot, she begged me not to do it. But I can’t lie to the people! It’s my responsibility, nay, my obligation to tell you guys about this mecca for thrifting.

….drumroll please….

It’s the Salvation Army Thrift Store on route 1 in Brunswick.  From the street, it’s completely unassuming and it’s at that busy intersection where route 1 and Pleasant Street fork. It’s a bit of a cluster so most cars just keep on going and don’t bother to make any pit stops. But if you do decide to turn in here, you won’t be disappointed.

This location is huge. Massive. GINORMOUS. And the selection for mens, women’s and kids is equally amazing. I generally spend a good two hours here combing through women’s racks and then making my way to the mens. I’ve had excellent luck finding great vintage sweaters and dresses here as well as some nice name brand, trendy items too. It can take forever to get through it all so if you aren’t a patient thrifter, you will definitely be overwhelmed.

My favorite part about the mens section is the “great wall of t-shirts”. IT. IS. INSANE. To give you a good idea of how large this wall is, the tees are color organized and here’s just a sampling of their gray section.

Nutty right? I love finding those broken-in, almost tissue-thin tees that are softer than a cat’s meow. Most of them are $.99 so for those of you who claim you can’t buy anything for a dollar anymore – YOU ARE WRONG.

Oh and those coveted L.L.Bean anoraks from the 80’s that we all desire? You can always, ALWAYS find some here. (Or find one that says “Shop & Save” on it).

Need another flannel shirt? They have 3,000.

And if you aren’t a fashion hound, this is a great spot to score furniture too. Kicking myself that this couch was already sold!

I won’t show you photos of my latest haul from here. Let’s just say it involved jumpsuits and orthopedic sandals. Thank you, Salvation Army.

*FULL DISCLOSURE: This was not a secret revealed to my by a local vendor, simply a friend that I often go thrifting with. I’d never give up a secret from a local biz. What do you think I am? Wikileaks?

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