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When there is not much snow on the ground during winter weekends, our family finds ourselves hunting for accessible adventures. We found a road trip to a new-to-us weekend farmers’ market is always a highlight. There’s a thrill to discovering local farms and artisans. All of us enjoy chatting with vendors, sampling new foods, and of course, shopping for all nature of good things. For MP and DP, a visit to a local market is also a welcome respite from our weekly grocery store visits.

From Berwick to Orono, here are some weekend markets that are worth the trip:

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We had a lot to celebrate over the weekend: the end of the school year, Father’s Day, plus our friend and neighbor’s 40th birthday. To kick off the festivities, we took an afternoon sailing trip with the Portland Schooner Co. A group of us boarded the Bagheera—a 1920’s, wooden schooner that sails from Portland Harbor into the Casco Bay. The day was perfect for a sail. The sun was bright, the weather was warm, and we were all in good spirits.

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Note: Sweet Marguerites closed in September 2013.

MP celebrated her birthday yesterday, and one of the stops on her wish included Sweet Marguerites in South Portland. The sophisticated artisanal chocolate shop and café is owned by Marguerite (Meg) Swoboda. The accomplished chocolatier sells her delicious treats to customers across the United States. Isaac Mizrahi, Real Simple magazine, and American Idol are among her growing list of clients.

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MP was shopping at the Center for Maine Craft’s new location in South Portland and discovered the wonderful work of Jean Fink. The Unity-based fiber artist makes sweet, little dolls using wool from her farm’s sheep.

Love the red hair and rosy cheeks…

CP#2 likes this guy’s cowboy print pajamas… so cute!

In addition to dolls, Jean also makes cotton baby dresses in colorful, geometric prints and coordinating “bloomies” to wear underneath. Don’t you love handmade items like these? They’re so perfect for a shower or new baby gift.

To find Jean’s work, visit the Center for Maine Craft or her Esty shop, Wool Art by the Sea.

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Ours is hunter green and not quite as new, but what a great find!

Cute Potato #1 wasn’t feeling herself today, so half of our gang was housebound. Dad and CP #2 decided to check out the new Goodwill store in South Portland, and they came home with a surprise… a kids’ Radio Flyer wheelbarrow for $5 (we spotted it on Amazon for $29). It’s in great condition and the kids are excited to use it in our Community Garden this summer. Now only if Mom Potato could find an adult-sized version for the same price.

Have a favorite bargain hunting spot? Share it with us below. We’ve posted some of our favorites in the past, but we’re always searching for more.

Goodwill Store
555 Maine Mall Road
South Portland
553-2223

For stores throughout Maine:
http://www.goodwillnne.org/retail/retail-stores.php

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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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Thanks to all of our readers for sharing their best bargains on kids’ toys and clothing. Our winner will be announced on Wednesday, along with a list of our favorite entries.

In the mean time, we spotted this Where the Wild Things Are 36-piece floor puzzle by Mudpuppy for $3.99 at Lots for Tots in Falmouth. The same puzzle retails for $10.00 online. Later that day, we were thrilled to find more Mudpuppy puzzles at the HomeGoods store in Scarborough, also for $3.99.

We love these mini puzzles because they feature some of our favorite story book characters, like Lois Lenski’s Cowboy Small and David McKee’s Elmer. Plus the cute packaging includes a carry handle, making the puzzle a perfect holiday gift for toddlers.

Lots for Tots, 240 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, 347-8601

HomeGoods locations in Scarborough, Bangor and Rockland:
http://www.homegoods.com

 

 

 

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