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Shopping in Maine
Whether you’re making your way up the coast or traveling through the center of the state, you’ll find a wealth of shopping opportunities in Maine. The charming coastal and tourist towns have cool souvenir shops and even some antique stores where you can find some unique items.
Shopping Malls and Outlets
You can also venture off to one of the shopping malls or other larger shopping complexes in bigger cities in the state for your fair share of clothing, shoes, home goods, and other must-haves. If you're hunting for bargains, head to Kittery to shop the outlet store sat Kittery Outlets. This outlet mall is home to more than 120 brand-name and designer outlet stores that offer savings of up to 60% off. It’s only about an hour from Boston and many stores are open until 9 p.m. Head here to shop stores including Calvin Klein, Champion, Coach, Hanes Brands Outlet, J. Crew Factory and Pac Sun.
When you’re traveling around South Portland, The Maine Mall will be your destination for brand name goods, gifts, and designer fashion. It’s one of the biggest shopping malls in the region and hosts a variety of events and fun experiences for guests throughout the year. This mall is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 pm. and offers amenities including free Wi-Fi and stroller rentals,
Boutiques & Antiques
The historic coastline is a popular destination for shopping boutique stores and antique shops. Make your way to Brisson’s Trading Post in Waterford to shop the country store and stop by the cafe. Discover the collection of maritime themed books and other collectibles at Nautical Scribe Books in Belfast. You can make your way to the Liberty Tool Company to shop three floor so secondhand tools. Captain Tinkham’s Emporium in Searsport features hundreds of collectibles, books, and magazines. It also has its own reading room if you’re looking for a quiet escape during your trip.
Locally Sourced & Crafted
Maine also boasts a variety of markets where you can buy Maine-made items and handmade goods from local vendors. These can be a fun place to mingle with the locals and find items that let you take home a piece of Maine. Make your way to the farmer’s market around the state for seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, and seafood. Many markets also provide live entertainment and host children’s activities.
Head to the craft market to buy arts, crafts, and handmade goods from local artists. You can shop for baskets, jewelry, and other handmade goods at the Maine Indian Basketmakers show or attend one of the crafts markets by the Maine Crafts Association to roundup some unique finds. Shoppers on a budget can find several feel markets that sell discounted goods, antique furniture, and other collectibles. Head to the Southern Maine Indoor Flea Market in Scarborough or the Portland Flea-for-All in Portland to find some great bargains.
Whether you need some retail therapy at the mall or want to shop for bargains during your trip to Maine, stay at a Best Western Maine hotel for easy access to popular shopping destinations. From markets to boutique stores, you’ll find plenty of ways to indulge your shopping habit throughout the state.