Most of you know that my son JD is attending Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire for a post graduate year. He graduated last year from high school but wanted to play basketball for another year in hopes of obtaining an offer from a division one college. Our prayers have been answered, my son received a call last week from the head coach at University of Santa Barbara offering him a position on their team. Way to go JD!!! Again he is living proof that hard work and determination pays off!! Since he started at Phillips Exeter Academy last fall I have been back several times and naturally I could not help exploring all the antique shops in the area. There are quite a few in New Hampshire and Maine and I have listed some of my favorites. In New Hampshire the best area close to the academy is in the Northwood area and the locals call it Antique Alley on Route 4, www.nhantiquealley.com , its a must shop for dealers and collectors. I’ve been twice, been lucky both times and two of my favorite shops are The Eagle and R.S. Butler’s.
I was there last week (got really lucky with the weather) and I had more time so I decided to head north and explore Maine. The First stop over the Maine & New Hampshire border is a town called Kittery which is the first stop on Route 1 for all the antique shops and goes all the way up to Kennebunkport!!! My favorites were in Ogunquit, one of the most incredible antique shops is a place called R. Jorgensen www.rjorgensen.com. Its located in an historic barn from the 1600s that the family has owned for generations and has restored over the years, the main/front building is rather large filled with fine European antiques as early as 17th century. There’s also an smaller barn building in the back that you get to through a beautiful garden which still looked incredible in the dead of winter. I can’t wait to go back in the spring to see in start blooming.
My second favorite antique shop along Coastal Route 1 in Southern Maine is Columbary House Antiques www.columbaryhouse.com. Its smaller but had some really unique pieces!!!
My primary business is Interior Design which I love and have been doing for over twenty years. I have always had a passion for antique and vintage pieces, my mother and aunt were collectors so its in my blood. I love the thrill of finding new antique stores in all areas of the world and get even more excited when I find unique quality pieces that I can bring home shine, restore if need be so I can sell them on One Kings Lane www.onekingslane.com and as of last week I am also selling on the newly launched Hunters Alley www.huntersalley.com. Here are just some of the pieces that I have found on my shopping adventures in New England most recently.
Only in Maine would you see a copper weathervane shop on the side of the road. I couldn’t resit stopping to take a photo!! I love the one of the flying pig (dying)…..