Mad Maine Vintage Shop

This little blog will chronicle my ventures into selling vintage items in a local antique market.
My booth is called Mad Maine Vintage Shop - it features items inspired by a certain popular TV show,
and I am located in lovely Maine. Viva Vintage!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Black Friday & Local Business Saturday Finds

I actually went to the mall for the first time in about a year this weekend.  What. a. horrible. place! Surrounded by texting teenage zombies, crazed women on high heels and multiple designer bags and pseudohipsters crowding the Apple store, I braved my way to Macy's to return a gift I had no use for (and did not spend a dime of my new store credit). Even my 7-year old was not impressed - and after an hour of retail and parking lot hell, we headed to Goodwill to reset to normal.  Ahhh, what a relief - and hardly any people except for bumping into a dear teacher friend who was there to shop for supplies for her school.  I love normal people!

Anyway, here are my finds from my post-Thanksgiving shopping.

These large cheerful poppy prints in faux bamboo wood frames look very 60s to me.  They will cheer up my booth for a while.  $2.99 each.

A vintage pyrex carafe with starburst pattern.  I actually found two, but one broke on the way home.  $1.99.

Yes, the horse lover in me always shows its bias.  Great covers - at $0.99 each.

This vintage Japanese poodle planter is something I would not have picked up in a million years until I started reading Rae's blog and her love of vintage poodles (and learning a lot in the process).  Now I have embraced all things adorable kitsch, and in the booth it will go.  $0.99.

I love the industrial look of old pencil sharpeners.  I have sold a couple of similar ones, but this is the biggest and heaviest I have found.  And, hello - it's avocado green!  $1.99.

This is my favorite find, and I am not sure I can give this one up.  It is just so Eames Era elegant.  Made in Romania (huh!?).  Gorgeous at $4.99.  Yeah, I am not giving this one up.  It's my Black Friday designer deal - ha!
What did you find over the weekend?  Have you developed an aversion to regular retail malls as well?
(Linking up with Apron Thrift Girl - the one and only)


  1. I am soooo with you, I would rather shop at GW any day instead of the mall


  2. I, too, hate shopping for new merchandise. Most of the merchandise today is just cheap and poor quality.

    A couple of years ago I started to purchase my jeans and t-shirt at Savors. I found that I'm happier with my purchase. The jeans fit me better. Probably because they have been washed and worn several times before hand.

    I use to really like JC Penny, but even they have really gone down on their quality. I don't mind paying for things, but when what your paying for is garbage from the get go, what's the point?

    1. I hear you. I shop at Goodwill for some clothes too, even though I am super picky. You can get some fantastic quality items there for next to nothing. The other day I purchased a brand new pair of Dansko clogs in my size for $20 at Goodwill. They would have been over $100 in the store. Also, I would much rather wear a quality gently worn item than anything cute but crappy from H&M or Target...

  3. I too try to avoid malls as much as possible. Much more fun at thrift stores.
    Love the magazine rack too!

  4. Hello again!

    I'm so there with you...I can't remember the last time I was at the Portland Mall. In fact, it's been so long that I wasn't sure if it is still even there! LOL! Thrift shops are my absolute to yard sales! By the way, have you ever been to Elmer's Barn on Rte 17? If not, I'm sure that you would absolutely love it!

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Never heard of it - have to check that out. Thanks! And a great weekend back to you :-)

  5. Oh, that magazine rack...amazing! I'd have a hard time giving it up. :)