BUCKSPORT — Behind a nondescript storefront at 74 Main St. is a trove of handmade treasures from goat’s milk soap, to hand-carved pens to eggshell jewelry and painted antique windows.
Creatively Maine is a pop-up shop from the artist’s co-op of the same name. Following the group’s popular holiday shop, 42 Maine artisans are selling their wares at the summer shop through Aug. 31.
“The [Bucksport] community has been so wonderful,” said Manager Sonja Twombly, whose Lally Broch Farm soaps and jewelry are displayed in the shop. “They asked to be here, so we’ve answered that.”
Twombly said that just about everything in the store is handmade, aside from some necklace clasps and chains.
“Everything is handmade in Maine from recycled or organic materials,” said Twombly. “Everything is made with high-quality and organic fibers, such as cotton, bamboo, silk and alpaca.”
The shop is giving back to its customers by holding the “Free to a Good Home Project.” One item in the store at any given time has a sign on it that reads “Free to a good home.” It means exactly what it says.
“We had a woman come in and she said, ‘This says it’s free but I don’t know what that means,’” Twombly said.
The idea is that as long as someone loves the item or knows someone who would love it, the item is theirs at no charge.
“Wear it yourself, give it to a friend — all we ask is that you give it a good home,” Twombly said.
It could be jewelry, soap, a pillow, a piece of artwork. When one “sells,” another free item will take its place.
“We just want to be a part of the community,” Twombly said. “We are asking them to come in and support us, so we want to give back.”
The smile on the customer’s face is enough payment, she said.
“We made someone’s day and that means a lot,” said Shea Rolnick, assistant manager and Gentle Meadow Goat Farm soap maker.
Items with price tags on them are not prohibitively expensive — especially for one-of-a-kind wares.
“We have something for every taste and have some very reasonably priced things,” Twombly said.
The shop also is hosting free demonstrations from its resident artisans, including soap-making and crocheting. Several artists are holding classes from pottery to polymer clay creations and wet felting. Classes range from $5 per person to $10 for a family.
Creatively Maine is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily up until Aug. 31. The shop stays open later during the Wednesday on Main events.
“As long as there are people in the street, we’ll keep the doors open,” Twombly said.