PORTSAL1My friend Lynda recently made the trip from her lovely home south of Boston to New Hampshire to visit me. We had planned a day to go kayaking on lovely Lake Chocorua, but when the weather did not cooperate, we decided to take a daytrip to Portland, ME instead.

The idea came from a post I made a couple of months ago about wanting to take to the road to visit Portland Architectural Salvage, a large warehouse of all manner of fixtures and other relics of old buildings.

PORTSAL3So we hit the road and made the scenic 60 mile drive due east of the NH homestead to Portland. Our plan was to stop along the way at the many antique shops that dot the road (Route 25) between Kezar Falls and Standish, ME in what is known as one of Maine’s “Antique Allies”, and hit Portland in time for lunch.

By the time we made it to Portland, the rain had stopped which made walking around very comfortable. We found Portland Architectural Salvage and from the time we walked through the front door of the large historic building, we were in love.

Everything we had hoped to find at Portland Architectural Salvage was there and more. There were all the things you would expect to see at a “salvage” store – things like window frames and bath fixtures – but there was so much more, including furniture and large collections of “smalls” from bottles to cameras. Just very cool, and very overwhelming.


Portland Architectural Salvage is definitely worth the trip just to be awed by the inventory – but if you are looking for just the right decorative (or functional) piece for your home, even better.

FFA,2Adjacent to Portland Architectural Salvage, we spotted the Portland Flea-for-All, a weekends only flea market and art shop – which from peering in the many well curated windows, looks amazing. Of course we made a note to return to check it out some time in the future.

About the Portland Flea-for-All: “The Portland Flea-for-All is a vintage, antique and artisan marketplace located in the heart of Portland’s Bayside neighborhood. With a rotating cast of vendors, everything from antique furniture to vintage clothing to handmade jewelry to classic vinyl is on display. Whether or not you have a special item in mind, chances are you’ll find something at the Flea.”

After touring around Portland Architectural Salvage and scoping out the Flea-for-All, we made our way over to Portland’s Old Port District, a charming area of unique shops and restaurants amongst the old world charm of Portland’s historic waterfront. We found a lot of great things in the Old Port – a few of which will be featured in this week’s Friday Finds. So check back then.

In the meantime:

Learn more about Portland Architectural Salvage here.

Learn more about Portland Flea for All here.

Start planning your own trip to Portland, ME here.