Maine

Sunday Wanderings


IMG_9632Usually Sunday Wanderings have no specific destination, but this day I wanted to find an old antique shop  where several years ago I had seen a wonderful quilt made entirely from woven labels and insignias from World War II.  I wanted to own that quilt, but the elderly lady who made it said it was not for sale. For some reason that piece has stuck in my mind and I was curious as know if it was still there.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI found the shop and was disappointed to see that it looked like it had been abandoned for some time.  I guess the story of the quilt, as well as the woman who made it, will remain a mystery.

Liberty ToolDisappointment was not going to stop my wandering, and I ventured on until I came upon Liberty Tool.

Liberty ToolTalk about a place to browse!  Here was some of everything.

Liberty ToolThere were more old tools than you can imagineMaine 2009 43as well as jars and jars of screws, nails and hinges.  To my astonishment, men were going through them looking for just  the one that could be used for some miscellaneous repair.

Liberty ToolThere were kitchen utensils I’d never seen the likes of, and I thought of several people who would do some wonderful arrangement with them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere was an old loom scattered on the floor. From the looks of it, it was beyond repair.  I couldn’t help but wonder how long ago it was last used, and imagining how difficult it was to operate made me appreciate my very sophisticated setup.

Maine 2009 44Two floors of the old building were filled with everything you can imagine, and all of it was meticulously organized.  When I asked about bottles, there was no hesitation about where to send me.

Who knows when I’ll go back to Liberty Tool, but finding it while out wandering was a delightful surprise.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

12 thoughts on “Sunday Wanderings

  1. What a super post! I was reminded of the great old Maine architecture as well as the fact that Maine is evidently still one of the best places to find cool antiques! 😊

  2. We LOVE the Liberty Tool Company and have frequented the place when Leon is building something. We go there when a screw driver is needed or my brother is building something or just to take visitors to look around at all the things I have no idea what they are used for. It’s a real learning experience. I’ll bet YOU were in heaven!

  3. My vintage kitchen tools hang on the wall around my sink. They were items that I collected years ago to use when I was first married. I still use most of them. I picked them up at yard sales and rummage sales. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Drats, I just knew you were going to turn a corner and come upon that quilt. My uncle in Everett, Massachusetts was commissioned to make labels for American uniforms during WWII. There was a moment where I wondered if any of his labels were in that quilt. Thanks for peeking my interest. CherryKay

    1. Believe me, I wanted to see the quilt again as it is a piece I’ve never forgotten. The hours it must have taken to piece thousands of labels together overwhelmed me. My hope is that it has ended up in a good place.

  5. Oh boy, your photo of shelves filled with small jars of screws, etc. at Liberty Tool looks just like my fathers garage! It’s good to know that there are some who may be interested in looking through them.

    Hoping you are soon headed toward H-town.
    N

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