What to do when you get here — An insider’s guide to interests and attractions in the area surrounding The Cliff House Resort & Spa.
Antique Shops in Southern Maine - Part 1
I have long admired the antiques at The Cliff House, especially the ones in the elevator lobby, on the 6th floor in Cliffscape. I also like the way the decorator has combined new and old pieces throughout the resort. So I stopped by the front desk and asked where I might find a couple of antiques shops. To my delight I was told that there isn’t a better place to shop for antiques IN THE WHOLE USA than Route One from Wells to York. I drove up to Wells on a sunny fall morning.
My first stop was at Reed’s Antiques & Collectibles, 1773 Post Road, US Route One. Caren Reed, the owner, extended a genuine welcome and turned me loose in the shop. About 80 dealers share space here and you will be pleased with the variety and quality of the items offered. Caren played a large, engraved metal disc in an original 1895 Upright Regina Music Box and showed me the drawer containing 52 more discs. It sounded like ten merry-go-rounds.
Caren said, “My shop is small enough for me to be able to wait on people in a timely manner and large enough for them to find items from under one dollar and up to $5,000.” That’s quite a price range!
Among the stunning pottery I found a display of flow blue, several Weller pieces - pieces I had not see anywhere else and longed to own. There was a great selection of Depression glass, estate jewelry and sterling silver. And to top off my visit, Caren offered all Cliff House guests a 10% discount on purchases! I thanked her and drove south to my next stop.