A new store: Adrift on Main at 284 Main St, plus a (mostly) vintage store guide

Plus a current Gloucester vintage store guide below the photographs

ADRIFT ON MAIN, 284 Main Street, Gloucester, MA (978) 515-7888

Adrift on Main, a new second-hand and collectibles destination, opened December 2016 on the east end of Main Street. Owners Ryan and Sarah Goyette reside in Byfield and chose Gloucester over their home town, Essex, and other north shore communities for their new store. Coaster sets are made by Sarah. Welcome to the neighborhood!





Gloucester MA vintage shopping guide

2016-17. Most are a mix of then and now objects, clothing, and collectibles; some with work by contemporary artists and artisans. Three mainstays:

BANANAS 78 Main Street


VINTAGE 211 East Main Street


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Adrift on Main 284 Main Street

Alexandra’s Bakery and shop 265 Main Street, (978)281-0364

Alma’s Art and Antiques, 214 Eastern Avenue (formerly on Rocky Neck) now located in “The Commons Gloucester” marketplace

Annisquam Exchange (for the the historic buildings of the village, open seasonally) 32 Leonard Street

Cape Ann Auction 82 Main Street (formerly Fred Bodin’s Historic Photo)

Cape Ann Thrift Shop Trinity Congregational Church 70 Middle Street

DIVA 161 Main Street

Dogtown Book Shop 132 Main Street

The Dress Code 159 Main Street

Eastern Point Lit House 261 Main Street

Fireflies Boutique  100 Main Street

Gloucester estate buyers, 45 Main Street

goodlinens, 130 Main Street (featuring some reissued classics)

Lynzariums  flowers and … 186 East Main Street

Mystery Train Records 21 Main Street

Past Present Shoppe,  30 Railroad Avenue

Pop Shop 67 Main Street (vintage nod and inspiration)

RAD estate Jewelers, 45 Main Street

Second Glance (thrift shop of the Open Door) 2 Pond Road

St. John’s Episcopal Church Thrift Shop 48 Middle Street

St.Vincent de Paul Society of Gloucester and Cape Ann (donations for charity ‘Clothes Closet’ and food pantry at St. Anne’s)

The Urchin Exchange 214 Eastern Avenue, Unit 8, located in “The Commons Glocuester” just after Pond Road


End of Season sale at St. John’s Thrift Shop

As a part of my series on second-hand stores, I reviewed St. John’s Thrift Shop back in June.

As I wrote there, the shop is open during the summer. I just found out that the Thrift Shop will be closing for the season on Thursday, Sept. 12. They will be winding up with a half price sale during their last week (next Tuesday-Thursday, 10-2). Now, their prices are already super affordable. This sale means that the prices will be so good, they will almost be giving things away! It’s not the biggest thrift store in the area, but they have a wide spectrum of items, from clothes to toys, from practical kitchen items to framed art. The store is located in the St. John’s Episcopal Church parish facilities at 48 Middle St. The easiest way to get there is to park in the lot which has its entrance on Washington St. roughly across from Midori and Tedeschi); the door to the shop is at the back of the lot.

They are also beginning the changes needed to get the shop ready for the winter fair. Donations make it possible for them to offer quality items at great prices, helping both people on limited budgets and helping to support the church and it’s ministries. Here is the request for donations from their website:

“We are still collecting any and all of your unwanted household items to make sure the shop is looking top notch for that day. Donations can be left at the top of the basement stairs, inside the parking lot entrance (please don’t leave anything outside the door) or contact Martha Whitney at 978-283-9843 or whitneym777@yahoo.com to arrange for large quantities or bulky items. As always, we cannot accept computers, TVs or other items costly to dispose of if unsold. Thanks for your ongoing support!”

Matthew Green