There are so many reasons to go shopping in Maine, but probably the best reason is just to be there. There is just something everyone loves about Maine, and it’s the main reason they love to shop there. And there is a lot of shopping to do in Maine. In fact, many say it’s the best shopping in the entire New England region.
Here are some things to keep in mind.
Whether you’re looking for something unique to show off to your friends, or a gift for a friend that they will cherish forever, or just something you can’t find anywhere else, chances are, you’ll find it in Maine. And with your shopping experience, you’ll also find a story to tell.
Shopping in Maine is a unique experience, in part because you’ll find unique products. Craft and antique shopping in Maine are not to be missed, and it is also a great place to buy handcrafted jewelry that you can’t find anywhere else. Whether you are looking to find the best designer clothes, handbags or shoes from a quaint boutique in the heart of a small town, or a great bargain from factory outlets or uniquely Maine discount stores like Reny’s and Marden’s, you will remember Maine as the place you found it. This is the place where serious shoppers go to from all over the world.
In the town of Kittery, you can find the Kittery Trading Post, which is a shop that specializes in equipment and clothing for hunting and other outdoor activities. And a great shopper can’t go to Freeport, Maine without paying a call on L.L. Bean, which is open every hour of every day and features some of the most famous outdoor clothing and equipment in the world. The store was opened in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, and features everything you might want for the outdoors, at the best quality available.
Also in Kittery and Freeport are their famous outlets, which feature streets lined with factory outlets for brand names for the adults, like Ralph Lauren, Mikasa, Yankee Candle, Nike, J. Crew, Old Navy, the Gap, and many others, as well as Carters, Gymboree, and more for the children.
One thing unique about Maine is that nearly every town in the state, including Bar Harbor, Kennebunk, Ogunqut and Boothbay Harbor, has streets lined with dozens of boutiques, antique shops and art galleries that will thrill any shopper or collector. Crafters and jewelers also line many Maine streets, with many of them claiming that the state is their inspiration. In Ogunquit, Perkins Cove features some of the finest gold and silver jewelry anywhere, all designed with sea motifs. If you’re looking to remember your Maine shopping trip, Kennebunkport’s Dock Square and the towns of Camden and Bar Harbor feature a number of stores offering Maine clothing, as well as local maple syrup, salt water taffy and other keepsakes.
Maine is not all about small towns, however. Portland’s historic Old Port,’s cobblestone streets offer a city shopping atmosphere, with a combination of modern fashion stores and one-of-a-kind boutiques, specialty food and wine shops, and even pet supply stores. There is also the Maine Mall in South Portland, which featured brand name stores as well as Maine-made specialty items.
Maine has quite the reputation for such items as candles, blueberries and maple sugar candy, as well as tourmaline mines, a Maine-exclusive beautiful gem that can be found at most Maine jewelry stores.
As is always the case with Maine, while you’ll love the shopping, you’ll remember the journey most.