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Let me tell eveyone something. Many years ago I lived in the state of Maine. Now alot of people out here in CA have actualy never heard of this state and think its a county in CA or some small town they didnt know about. Anyway, if you travel inland, staying away from the coastal tourist trap towns, you will find dozens and dozens of small run down towns with 300 year old plus buildings standing but in need of a face lift. In these small towns its either a paper mill or great northern paper for work. All of these small inland towns have lots of furniture from mid 1600s to late 1700s that folks use as everyday flea market like furniture. They consider it no big deal. If you know the area and they know you lived in Maine for awhile and can conceal that you may be from (california)...california swifty is what they call you! LOL.
I guy that either had an inn or lived in the area himself could easily get extremely scarce furniture from local garage sales, small flea markets ect. The only time I have seen the like here is in large cities at high end antique shops. Even then it would not be many peices. Now I know that was 25 years ago and perhaps many have sharpened up, but I bet you could still do well. Too bad the high price of gas makes it almost imposible to speculate. Unless you knew some what for sure you just couldnt risk coming back empty or not enough.
There are alot of the large model Atlantic queen woodstoves in old farmhouses as well as original slate sinks. Often you will see early American peices made from local wood..(white oak) If a guy had more than enough to live on it would be fun just to go see and get peices for yourself.