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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: September 17, 2013

Clothes find a second life at New Beginnings Consignment Shop

Mindy Bourgeois, owner of New Beginnings Consignment Shop, has been selling clothes for over 15 years. Growing up, her parents owned antique stores so her natural penchant for recycling started early on when she would help out at their shop and tag along to yard sales. New Beginnings first opened it’s doors four years ago, so it isn’t brand new to the gently used clothes scene. Though Freeport often feels like a hassle to longtime residents of the area, if you take the time to do a little digging, there are some major shopping gems right in town.

Shopping here is easy and the selection is great. I was most impressed by the range of sizes, which isn’t always the case at consignment shops. The assortment of “high” and “low” brands was great. You can find a $12 blouse from the Gap in pristine condition or a pair of J.Brand jeans for under $60. Either way, you’re  bound to find something at a reasonable price. On average, the shop receives about 50 new items every day. Mindy says that every item is checked at least twice before it goes out on the floor, so you won’t find any pieces with a defect that’s been overlooked.

Oh and shoes! The shoe selection! I never have luck with shoes at consignment shops. I’m a very popular size and always feel like the selection is picked over. I found 3 great contenders here, including suede BCBG pumps that I’m having non-buyer’s remorse over.

If you’re on a constant hunt for casual, yet office appropriate staples, options abound here. Racks of sleek skirts and nice blouses are plentiful, as are the assortment of jackets and blazers.

The next time you find yourself getting your Bean Boots repaired in Freeport, I urge you to check out Mindy’s shop off the beaten path. Plus it’s right near the chinese food cart which is DEFINITELY the best food in Freeport too. Just saying.

New Beginnings Consignment Shop is on 27 Bow Street in Freeport, across the street from the Orvis outlet. If you want more information about consigning here, you can find out more on their Facebook page.

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