Many newcomers  to Maine bring with them the tribal garb of their former lives.  One mud season later, things usually sort out, and Prada moves to the back of the closet.  Therefore, as a public service The Downeast Dilettante presents these quick guides, first in a series.

 Everything You Need to Know About Shopping in Down East Maine:

  1. Marden’s Surplus & Salvage
  2. Reny’s Department Store
  3. L.L. Bean Factory Outlet

Everything You Need to Know About Fashion in Down East Maine

  1. Marden’s Surplus & Salvage
  2. Reny’s Department Store
  3. L.L. Bean Factory Outlet

Everything Else You Need to Know About Fashion in Down East Maine

  1. Polar Fleece
  2. Polar Fleece
  3. Polar Fleece

Everything You Need to Know About the Official State Symbols

  1. State Tree—Eastern White Pine
  2. State  Bird—Black Cap Chickadee
  3. State Fabric—-Polar Fleece. 

 Fun Facts

  1. Not all  merchandise at Reny’s  is inscribed ‘Souvenir of Maine’.  Some is inscribed ‘Woolrich’.
  2. Contrary to rumor, L.L. Bean does not manufacture swim suits in polar fleece.  The spruce green polar fleece bikini is urban myth.
  3. I  have a friend who plays tennis in polar fleece.  Yes, in summer.

Any questions?  In our next installment of “Everything You Need to Know”:  Dining in Down East Maine.

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