Have you even fallen in love?
I LOVE antiquing. From an early age I antiqued with my mom and sister in western Pennsylvania where I grew up. My California grandmother collected. Our home was filled with beautiful hand carved one-of-a-kind pieces. When they say “They don’t make them like this anymore” they are absolutely correct! The quality and styling are unmatched. Artisanally hand-made, not massed produced.
Each antique shop is like its own mini museum. Usually every item has a small tag with a bit about the piece, approximate date, the manufacturer. Antique cases are rented space with the seller usually having a specialty;
Carnival Glass, Antique Sterling (one of my favs), Cameos, Old Coins, Biedermeier, etc.
So you come away with a little sliver of how life must have been then. Who used this piece? It’s survived so many years in such great condition. You surmise it was a family treasure or lay somehow forgotten in an attic.
So this summer on our annual Maine vacation, I found THE most interesting, creative antique store I’ve EVER had the pleasure to meander through (that’s what you do in antique stores; meander, stroll, no running or going. It just doesn’t work that way).
It was love at first sight. The Art of Antiquing is one of the most interesting antique shops I’ve seen in my 40+ years of antiquing. Perfectly merchandised. Being an ex-high end retailer, I totally appreciate eye catching vignettes, each with its’ own story, point of view. They have to be clean and uncluttered
This store is special.
Curated by (once again, back to museums) Margaret Brown, the antiques are very high quality and stunning! She merchandises the space incredibly well, placing pieces that work with each other for a lifestyle story.
She sources from Europe and the United Kingdom-Hand-picking items spanning the centuries.
Additionally, she does a bit of research on each piece and provides it with your purchase
For example, I brought home a piece of Castle Hedingham Pottery from England. Edward Bingham produced the pottery from 1864 until 1901, reminiscent of medieval and Tudor styled pieces.
The Art of Antiquing is located in the center of Round Pond, in a restored old building.
Living in London in the winter months, Margaret ships containers of her finds over as soon as the weather breaks.
As she quotes on her website: “We specialize in unique, sometimes dramatic, one-off pieces. As a result, things are always changing here, which makes each visit to our store a shopping experience unto itself—no two trips will be the same.”
The Art of Antiquing is open from June until the
Middle of October. You can sign up on their website for a preview of arriving containers.
4 Back Shore Road
Round Pond, Maine 04564
+1 (207) 529-5300