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A Guide to the Antiquing Scene in Kennebunkport, Maine

A Guide to the Antiquing Scene in Kennebunkport, Maine
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Picture this: It’s a gloriously beautiful day in New England. The sun is shining, and you’re on the hunt—exploring shop after shop filled to the brim with charming antiques. This isn’t a vintage-lover’s dream, but in fact a very real place located on the sleepy southern coast of Maine. Kennebunkport and its nearby towns are together considered one of the top antiquing destinations in New England, known for all-American ephemera, nautical knicknacks, and furnishings with classic East Coast style. Read on to discover more about the scene (and start planning your trip!), then see how to bring the look home with some of our favorite Maine-inspired spaces.

Get situated. Kennebunkport is one of the many towns situated along Route 1, a 30-mile stretch from Arundel to Kittery known as one of the top antiquing destinations in New England. You’ll want to make a day (or a weekend!) of it: From salvage yards to jam-packed antiques malls, there are more than 50 shops to browse—and endless opportunities to unearth your new favorite find.

Delight in the New England charm. Preppy seaside spirit, pristine beaches, classic American architecture, famous lobster rolls: Kennebunkport has nearly everything you associate with quintessential New England style. Bring home a piece of that East Coast charm with landscape paintings, plaid textiles, and cast-iron accents.

Discover the rich history. A former shipbuilding and fishing village, Kennebunkport teems with historical sites. Visitors can tour Colonial, Greek Revival, Federal, and Victorian homes, including the beautifully preserved mansions of former sea captains, then pick up antique finds that capture these bygone eras.

Take in the beauty of the sea. Much of life in Kennebunkport centers on the water. Locals flock to spots such as Goose Rocks Beach, a three-mile stretch of coastline with soft silvery white sand, and historic lighthouses are a common sight. Also frequently spotted? Nautical treasures such as rope-wrapped furnishings, colorful antique buoys, and salvaged anchors.

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How to Bring the Look Home

Sea-inspired finds are one of the hallmarks of the Route 1 antiquing scene. Here, art inspired by the classic landscapes of New England, a collection of seashells, and woven textures all lend the space a quiet and calming East Coast ease. Photo by Lesley Unruh.

Sea-inspired finds are one of the hallmarks of the Route 1 antiquing scene. Here, art inspired by the classic landscapes of New England, a collection of seashells, and woven textures all lend the space a quiet and calming East Coast ease. Photo by Lesley Unruh.

If New England had to choose a signature palette, it would no doubt be shades of blue and white. Play up the laid-back Americana look with blue-and-white textiles on furnishings and pillows. Photo by Tony Vu.

If New England had to choose a signature palette, it would no doubt be shades of blue and white. Play up the laid-back Americana look with blue-and-white textiles on furnishings and pillows. Photo by Tony Vu.

Mastering the Maine look is all about creating a well-collected, history-filled mix—think vintage books, classic blue-and-white ceramics, and finds from the sea. Photo by Lesley Unruh.

Mastering the Maine look is all about creating a well-collected, history-filled mix—think vintage books, classic blue-and-white ceramics, and finds from the sea. Photo by Lesley Unruh.

Compile a mix of rustic (copper pans, stoneware crocks) and classic (silver serving pieces, etched glassware) to channel the Kennebunkport look in the kitchen. Photo by Tony Vu.

Compile a mix of rustic (copper pans, stoneware crocks) and classic (silver serving pieces, etched glassware) to channel the Kennebunkport look in the kitchen. Photo by Tony Vu.

You can’t go antiquing in New England without encountering a bounty of nautical ephemera. Here, nautical flags and a fishing trophy bring playful seaside flair to a kids’ space. Photo by Tony Vu.

You can’t go antiquing in New England without encountering a bounty of nautical ephemera. Here, nautical flags and a fishing trophy bring playful seaside flair to a kids’ space. Photo by Tony Vu.

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