Monday, August 9, 2010

Thrifty Finds Maine Souvenirs

As you may know, I am doing a Maine Themed Giveaway to celebrate the opening of my shop as well as my birthday, yup, the big one, FIFTY! My Giveaway is a way to bring a little taste of Maine to one lucky fellow blogger. I have had a lot of out-of-staters visiting the shop. They have been enjoying my vintage Maine souvenir pieces. Honestly, if you are going to buy a souvenir, make it be vintage.

So today, I thought I would share some of my favorite souvenir pieces with you, just in time for Today's Thrifty Treasures with Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality, Linda @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
, Selena @ Apron Thrift Girl for Thrift Share Monday and Vintage Thingie Thursdays with Suzanne @ Colorado Lady. (Please click on these links or their buttons on my sidebar to join the parties.) Each piece has been bought at a lawnsale, church sale or Goodwill. Nothing has been over $1.99 and most were $.50. Let's see what I am bringing to these parties. So welcome to the Pine Tree State, enjoy the fresh salt air, the lobsters, the blueberries, the baked bean suppers, and some Maine genuine hospitality.

This is a favorite piece, a copper lobster paperweight approx. 4 inches. In the photo it looks more like a red cooked lobster than copper. It simply states Maine, no printed words needed.

This little plaque is from way-up-north in Jackman, Maine. This is where we always stop to get a bite to eat before resuming any trip to Quebec City, Canada. I live way-down-south Maine. It is a "Wicked" long road trip, to use the Maine vernacular or even better, "It is up the road apiece".

This is a wooden postcard. On the back it is stamped as any postcard would appear. The post office would just love this postcard, definitely a hand-cancel only piece.

This wooden mail sorter is stamped on the bottom, "Made by an Inmate, Maine State Prison." The Prison that produced this is long gone, replaced by a super max prison, at a new location.

A copper souvenir spoon. I couldn't get a close-up of the design, but it comes from Acadia National Park, where our President and his family just visited. It is a beautiful place.

A little coaster showing the State of Maine. Do you see Portland down at the end tip of the State, I am 8 miles from Portland. By the way, this coaster is going in the Giveaway. Actually, also down at the end of the state, along the coast, is the home of President George H. Bush, at Walker's Point.

Love, love, love this piece. It is a note holder. The original pencil is still inside. You would hang this on your door and ....... Well here is the message. "If at home you do not find us, Leave a note that will remind us." Portland, Maine. Absolutely charming.

Another Portland, Maine piece, this cute little doggie.

Of course there are always the souvenir plates. This one is from Washington County, what is referred to as Down East, home of the most easterly point of the United States. The aqua and gold edging is beautiful. It shows lobsters, the West Quoddy Headlight (lighthouse), and Franklin D. Roosevelt's home at Campobello Island, which is actually in New Brunswick, Canada.

More plates showing the State Capitol, Lobsters, Lighthouses, Pine Cones and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's (the poet) birthplace.

I hope that you enjoyed your trip to Maine. Whether you prefer your lobster hot with butter, or cold with mayo in a lobster roll, it is all "wicked" good and eats of the "finest kind". Thank you for letting me share my Maine Souvenirs with you. Please be sure to check out all the other fun vintage, thrifty treasures with Rhoda, Suzanne, and Linda.

Also Please be sure to enter my Maine Celebration Giveaway. For all the details, please click here. I am going to extend the giveaway until Thursday night to give the folks at Vintage Thingie
Thursdays a chance to enter.

Got it at Goodwill


Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love vintage souvenirs! What a great collection you have. I would love to visit Maine again one day! Beautiful state!

sissie said...

Girl, you never cease to amaze me at the things that you have collected over the years. I agree if you are going to buy a souvenir, make it a vintage one.


GardenofDaisies said...

Ooh, I love all your plates! My grandmother used to collect plates and she hung them all over the walls in her kitchen.

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Coloradolady said...

great souvenir items. I have several Colorado ones...they are fun and neat to collect. Have a great VTT!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

I love your collection of Maine souvenirs. I have a friend that visits Maine every couple of years and they always bring Maine souvenir items back with them. Thanks for sharing your vintage ones. ~~Sherry~~

daylily (Queenmothermamaw) said...

Hi Sherrie, you do have a great collection. Washington County, Ky. is my home county. I have never been to Maine. Been up near there but never actually there. Goodwill is my favorite haunt also. Thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods.

allison, a flea circus said...

ooohh! we collect state plates! still trying to figure out where to put them, but we love them. just stumbled on your site, looking for other vintage junker blogs, as I am relatively new to the genre. Not to blogging, or to junking, but the two together! nice to "meet" you...

Ann said...

Love your souviners. You have quite a collection. BTW I've had that Fire King bowl for about 20 years. Happy VTT

Postcardy said...

I love those old souvenirs.

Anonymous said...

Happy, Happy, Birthday my sweet friend!!! What a fabulous giveaway!
I hope you have been well and that your shop is doing great. I have so missed talking with you!
Please take care.

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing your interesting, vintage Maine memorabilia.

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Those are great, so much fun! That makes me want to start a California collection.

Happy VTT,

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Thanks for stopping by "In His Grip", your collection of Maine kitchy is amazing. Love it!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

What fun! Love your Maine souvenirs! Have a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Miri said...

Wonderful Maine-ialia! Loved the lobsters and your fishing plaque-it made me think of the Brad Paisley song! :)