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Last week, Cute Potato asked where you found your favorite kids’ room furniture and accessories. One reader recommended the Yarmouth Clam Festival and we couldn’t agree more. Maine fairs and festivals are a great way to connect with local artisans. Can’t wait for summer festivals to start? Try the Etsy Maine Team for wall art and fun decor for your child’s room.

Our friend and fellow blogger, the Maine Maven, discovered a beautiful crib at Hands of Hope Thrift Store in Bangor. Children’s resale shops are ideal for finding cribs, rocking chairs and book shelves at low prices. If you’re fortunate enough to have a Family Network Trading Post in your town, it’s a great resource for kids’ rooms. We found Cute Potato #2’s crib and mattress (both in perfect condition) for $100 on our network. Craig’s List Maine and Uncle Henry’s are also great places to find bargains on gently used furniture for little ones.

We found a similarly styled crib (minus the leopard print rug) on our Family Network Trading Post

A great-looking kids’ room from L.L.Bean

L.L.Bean has been stepping up their line of kids’ bedding and room accessories lately. We love the quilts, comforter covers, monogrammed pillows and most especially, the canvas storage totes (more colors, please). Their chenille braided rugs are durable and they work well in a playroom or bedroom.

Nearby gift shops also offer a few unique accessories for kids’ rooms. We’re big fans of Folly 101 in Portland, where we found a colorful paper mobile, fun room hooks and a beautiful, pressed floral lampshade.

An eye-catching Maine Cottage dresser

Keep an eye out for sales at Chilton’s, where we’ve spotted pine bunk beds and single beds. Maine Bunk Beds in Brunswick, who make eco-friendly beds in beautiful (milk paint) colors, is our current favorite.

We’re loving the styles and colors at Maine Bunk Beds

So there you have it. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. We’ll keep searching… and let us know what you discover, too!

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At the Cute Potato house, the team likes to open boxes from the attic and rediscover the small Easter gifts we packed away the spring before.

We found these tiny, paper cut-out gift bags at Wilbur’s in Freeport last year. Each came filled with chocolates, but now you can purchase them separately.

Tinsel Bright in Gorham is our new favorite gift shop. We love the store’s vintage appeal (think Maine’s own Anthropologie, but with better prices). Mom Potato picked up two of these German papier-mâché eggs to fill with jelly beans.

We also found The Easter Rabbit’s Parade by Lois Lenski at Tinsel Bright. Mom and Dad Potato love any excuse to buy a new book for the kids, and what better time than a holiday?

The marshmallow version is yummy, but for little ones, we really like these fluffy chicks. We found ours at Folly 101 in Portland.

If you want to splurge on the real thing (and we mean splurge with a capitol “S”), scour your local antique shops. We found this Victorian-style egg and sweet little chick family at Gurley Antiques in Scarborough.

Note: Tinsel Bright changed its name to Moulinette Mercantile and is now located in Wiscasset.

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While searching for birthday candles for Cute Potato #2, we discovered the children’s section at Folly 101 in the Old Port. If you’re searching for a special baby gift and don’t want to break the bank, than Folly 101 is the place for you.

You’ll find baby blankets, colorful Trumpette socks, cotton dresses in sizes 12-24 months, classic Maine books like Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal, picture frames and sweet hand-knits for the nursery.


And when you’re finished shopping, don’t miss the simple, letterpress cards by the register.

Folly 101, 101 Exchange Street, Portland

PS: See more lovely photos of MP’s favorite shop here.

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