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Good Things to be Found at Cape Porpoise Outfitters

Jul 12th, 2012 | Categories: Antiques, Maine, Retail | by Michael Williams

Cape Porpoise Outfitters is a new antiques store that is obsessed with all things military, nautical, Ivy League, booze, classic cars, books, watches, and all sorts of other great vintage oddities. Situated in an 18th century barn, CPO is the product of friend (and ACL contributor) Mr. Jared Paul Stern, who is as prolific collector of vintage “stuff” as anyone I know. It’s not just any kind of stuff, this is a shop for guys that want an interesting and edited mix. CPO is a very obvious reflection of JPS’ overall interests — be it nautical paintings, antique furniture or surplus racks for M-16s. That’s right, surplus racks for assault rifles — what home doesn’t need those?

Over the years I’ve done the antiques-drive from Wells, Maine on Route 1 many times stopping at the dozens of vintage, junk and antiques stores to varying degrees of success. Admittedly, CPO takes some of the hunt out of things, but all of the fun remains. Needless to say if you read this blog, you will like Cape Porpoise Outfitters. So if you happen to find yourself in Southern Maine, a diversion to CPO is worth it. While you are in town, stop by and see the nice ladies at the Cape Porpoise Kitchen and have a bite to eat, you won’t be disappointed.

Cape Porpoise Outfitters | Fri. – Sun., and by chance & appointment

8 Langsford Rd., Cape Porpoise, Maine | 207-200-3737

Comments: 18

18 Comments to “Good Things to be Found at Cape Porpoise Outfitters”

  1. mat
    on Jul 12th, 2012
    @ 5:51 PM

    looks like a sweet place. fisherman’s friends are made in the next village to where i live in the england

  2. Smith & Ratliff
    on Jul 12th, 2012
    @ 6:27 PM

    Really love the honor roll sign.

  3. David
    on Jul 12th, 2012
    @ 7:18 PM

    Jack Kerouac! I’m currently reading Dharma Bums. Dude is from NE.

  4. Danica
    on Jul 12th, 2012
    @ 8:41 PM

    I love this post. Jared’s store looks super-cool.

  5. Eric
    on Jul 13th, 2012
    @ 9:23 AM

    I will definitely check out CPO when I am in Kennebunkport at the end of August.

  6. JPS
    on Jul 13th, 2012
    @ 10:46 AM

    Eric – there will be a chilled Geary’s Summer Ale waiting for you.

  7. randy
    on Jul 13th, 2012
    @ 11:35 AM

    Kerouac was from Lowell, MA, the birthplace of American Industry, and apparently the house where he was born is still there at 9 Lupine Rd.

    If you’re driving from NYC to the Maine coast and taking 84 to the Mass. Pike to 495 to points north you’ll go right by Lowell and if you’ve gone that far already you might as well stop to get a Boott Mill Sandwich at Arthur’s Paradise Diner.

  8. Adam
    on Jul 13th, 2012
    @ 11:44 AM

    Anyone know if this place is on the way from NYC to Portland Maine?

  9. randy
    on Jul 13th, 2012
    @ 11:55 AM

    @ Adam


  10. Portland Trading Co.
    on Jul 13th, 2012
    @ 6:47 PM

    Really cool spot and well deserved spot for a really cool and nice friend JPS. Must success brother – mos definitely be stopping by within th next 2 weeks. 1 love

  11. Miguel Ramalhão
    on Jul 16th, 2012
    @ 12:07 PM

    Amazing store, everything looks so crisp and clean. Not very usual for an antique store. At least the ones we have over here in Portugal.
    And the USS Fargo branded paper OMG! I wan’t it!…

  12. JPS
    on Jul 16th, 2012
    @ 12:17 PM

    MR – good eye. That stuff is beautifully engraved. Perks of the officer class back in the day. Who knows what they have now. Email signatures in a “special” font probably.

  13. Richard Williams
    on Jul 17th, 2012
    @ 1:12 PM

    Love it!

  14. C. Redgate
    on Jul 17th, 2012
    @ 10:24 PM

    Well, my lady friend has been asking for a road trip to points north of where we live in Somerville, MA to look at nature and whatnot. A drive up to Maine to check out Mr Stern’s collection, (with many stops along the way to check out similar places I’m sure,) sounds like just the ticket to me.

  15. Don
    on Jul 18th, 2012
    @ 6:40 PM

    Looks sweet. Will check out on next trip to CP.

  16. gb
    on Jul 22nd, 2012
    @ 9:41 PM

    It’s always fun to suck a fishermans friend.

    i think thats how the advertising slogan used to run.

    but maybe not in Maine.

  17. Jack Spencer
    on Aug 7th, 2012
    @ 4:31 PM

    I grew up at the end of this street.

  18. Jack Spencer
    on Aug 7th, 2012
    @ 4:37 PM

    As did Joshua Lewis of

    You should hit him up on the trip into town.