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1  UNITED STATES / Maine / Re: Consignment shops? on: January 11, 2006 01:04:54 PM
Ogunquit is also a great artsy town in Southern Maine- much smaller than Portland, but in the summer/fall there are TONS of tourists there, so the stores are always busy. Right along the main street (Shore Road), there are a bunch of great shops that sell local handmade work-- my favorites are Lazy Daisy and Art & Soul. There's also a lot of gift shops and galleries, so I'm sure you could find several possibilities just by going for a stroll there.  Smiley
2  UNITED STATES / Maine / Re: art/craft fairs in maine? on: January 11, 2006 12:42:31 PM
A couple more suggestions, if anyone's still looking--

The Common Ground Country Fair is a HUGE festival in central Maine, that attracts people from all over the state and beyond. It's an agricultural fair, but there's no rides or fried dough or anything-- just tons of arts & crafts, concerts, and organic food vendors, plus the more typical farm animals and demos. It has a great vibe-- lots of artsy people attend and exhibit, and people sell everything from high-end, precious stone jewelry and artisan furniture, to recycled metal sculptures, aromatherapy candles and soaps, and homemade jam. It focuses on things made/grown/baked in Maine, but it definitely has more craftster-type edge to it than your average country fair. You have to apply to be a vendor, and the more handmade your stuff is, the more likely you are to get in. I think there may be stiff competition and an exhibition fee, but it's worth it for the ridiculously huge crowds that attend every year, rain or shine! I've never exhibited, but have volunteered there for years, and it's always a really fun event. www.mofga.org for more info - just noticed the vendor DEADLINE IS JANUARY 28th, if anyone's interested!

Also, Ogunquit has a Sidewalk Art Show in the summer-- it's only one day, but there's always a good crowd(with locals and tourists), and there's a nice mix of all kinds of artists (photography, woodwork, sculpture, etc). According to the chamber of commerce website, it's going to be on August 24 this year. http://www.ogunquit.org/calendar/Web_Event_Display.cfm?eventID=823 for more info

It's so hard to find out about fairs when you're just starting out (like me!)-- anyone have other suggestions? Smiley
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