As a compliment to my profession as a Realtor, I own several properties which are rented out as short or long term rentals. I’ve furnished these properties fairly inexpensively, and I’m always flattered when a guest asks if I’m a designer. You can create a fun, eclectic look if you’re patient. Stop in at these Maine seconds and salvage stores when you’re in the area. It’s all hit or miss. Some days you may find nothing, but other days you can really score:
Salvation Army, Warren Avenue, Portland. I picked up a great chartreuse ceramic teapot today here for $1.57. It was 50% off day. I found a similar teapot on eBay for $18.00. These little savings add up, and the color is fun.
Goodwill. There are a number of Goodwill stores in Portland, South Portland, and Falmouth. I’ve found professional cookware here, tables that I’ve painted, lamp bases, and—yes—artwork (some of which is original). I recently found 4 sweet 4”x4” acrylic paintings by a local artist here for $.99 each. A lot of the artwork that I furnish my properties from is from Goodwill. It may need a new frame or just the right spot. If it appeals to you, buy it. You may also want to be adventurous and visit the “by the pound” huge Goodwill store in Gorham where carts of goods are changed every hour.
Flea for All, Congress Street, Portland. The owners Erin and Nathaniel open their wonderful shop every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Items are displayed well and prices are set to move inventory. I have found terrific chairs, tables, and artwork here. Think about how you can use items differently. An old, red window shutter made a great bed headboard!
Heirloom Consignment, 161 Ocean Street, South Portland has a large selection of quality consigned sofas, bedframes, tables, art, etc. Mark down dates are listed on the sale tags. You can also find nice artwork here.
Portland Architectural Salvage, Portland. Four floors of everything architectural and salvaged. Check their Facebook page for periodic sales.
Restore,Warren Avenue, Portland. Items sold here support Habitat for Humanity. You can find everything from lighting to furniture to cabinets to sinks and toilets here.
Marden’s, South Portland. Can be great for housewares, bedding.
Cuddledown, Freeport—The store has a section of seconds and returns which are discounted. You can call or visit the store to find out if the comforter and/or pillow you’re interested in is in this section. Cuddledown also has sale periods that are worth the drive.
Angela Adams. Nothing says Maine like an Angela Adams Rug. Follow them on Facebook to learn about their sales
Company C. Feel like taking a road trip? Company C, who has a store in Portland, has a store with a large outlet section in Concord, NH