Sometimes when you do a closet clean-out, it’s painful to see a huge pile ready for the Goodwill bin. I get it. Especially when you remember spending a sizable amount of money on an item that was barely worn. If you’re looking to turn some of your clothing trash into some treasures, here are the shops in town that you can sell your clothes for cash or credit.
Portland, Maine is the best place to shop for vintage. Hands down. I’ve thrifted everywhere from San Francisco to New York City, but the best pieces in my closet have come from this fine city. Since there is so much abundance, I’m devoting two shopping guides for where to get your vintage on.
I get a lot of questions from readers about where to shop in Portland. I’ve decided to put together my first local shopping guide just in time for summer wedding season. Here are my picks for where to shop if you’re looking for a fancy frock or summer suit.
How do two folks that worked in film in Santa Monica decide to open a flea market in Maine?
Nathaniel: If I were to be philosophical about it I guess I’d say the common thread is that we love to mix the creative with the practical. There’s a lot of each in both mediums. If you want me to get real, I’d say I hated working in the entertainment industry and ran as far away from it as I could, to Maine. What drew me to the idea of opening a flea market was that I’ve been surrounded by antiques all of my life thanks to my folks, and we’ve always been up for spending a morning strolling the aisles of a local flea market. I knew what we had in mind was perfect for Portland. Of course, we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t think it was a good business idea.
Erin: I’m a hoarder. Well, not in the gross moldy-refrigerator way. I see potential in the most mundane, overlooked things, and find ways to use them. That’s really the heart of a flea market, isn’t it? Nathaniel’s mom was the first to suggest the idea of opening our own flea. At first we were like, “Suuuure.” But then it just started to click — like a marriage of so many things we care about: it’s local, green, artistic, social, and most of all, we knew we could make it our own.