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BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?

Cats 27 Dec 07 - 02:31 PM
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Subject: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Cats
Date: 27 Dec 07 - 02:31 PM

This is absolutley nothing to do with music. I have fallen in love witha a victorian cape that is made by Casco Bay Wool in Maine. It is going to be really expensive and will have to be shipped over to the UK and will be my Christmas present. Does anyone out there live in Maine and know the company? Are they as good as they look and as good as their website says? Also can anyone help on sizes? I am only 5 foot tall but a size 2x. According to their sizes I need an extra long but that is for people whoi are over 5 foot 6 and up to 6 foot tall. Is the regular likely to fit? Can anyone help?


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: artbrooks
Date: 27 Dec 07 - 02:52 PM

There are a number of Mainiacs who are here regularly - at least one seems to cross the pond with some regularity.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Becca72
Date: 27 Dec 07 - 03:12 PM

I live in Maine but am unfamiliar with the company...Do you have their website and I'll check it out? I may be able to offer advise on US sizes, too...


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: maeve
Date: 27 Dec 07 - 03:22 PM

Casco Bay Woolworks

There you go, Becca.

maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Becca72
Date: 27 Dec 07 - 03:24 PM

Thank ya, dahlin'.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Dec 07 - 03:26 PM

Oh, Jacqui. . .


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: MMario
Date: 27 Dec 07 - 03:31 PM

For those prices I'd expect them to be fully lined. I can get tailored COATS, fully lined in melton wool for less then those prices.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Dec 07 - 03:32 PM

Cats-

Wool shops don't get any better than this one. I'm familiar with their retail outlet, 10 Moulton Street, in the old port of Portland. And I bought one of their capes for JudyB who stands slightly under 5 feet tall. I'll ask her to post more pertinent information here, or it may be more appropriate to compare notes via PM.

One of our Mudcat friends, Jacqui, travels back and forth to the UK on a farely regular basis. She might be willing to assist with delivery.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, aka "Smuggler John"


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Becca72
Date: 27 Dec 07 - 03:32 PM

Ok, Cats...I have looked at the website and I can tell you that this shop is located in a very well-to-do section of Portland and it does look like quality merchandise. I also noticed that they give a flat rate for international shipping of $40, which, considering most of the capes are $300+ really isn't that bad...but has been mentioned, Jacqui travels from Maine to the UK twice a year...
I would say the size really depends on how long you want this cape to be on you. If it's just a straight cape I would say judging from your height that you should be OK with a "long" as the extra length will be taken up by the 2x requirements...but it may be worth going someplace over there and trying one or two on before ordering...


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Dec 07 - 03:36 PM

Add to my wish list: the cashmere cape in gray or dark green. Mmmmmm!


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 27 Dec 07 - 03:44 PM

If this is the same company I'm thinking of, they've been around for quite some time (like sine I lived in York County, Maine) and have a good reputation for a high quality product,

Linn, not that far away in New Hampshire


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Dec 07 - 04:40 PM

I was very tempted to say...'No, no one at all lives in Maine'. Oh well...hee hee.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Dec 07 - 04:48 PM

Sorcha-

I'm glad that you resisted, as do the others of the "living dead."

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Dec 07 - 04:51 PM

Thank you Charley. All donations to the Nut House are appreciated.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: maeve
Date: 27 Dec 07 - 06:18 PM

The company does have a good reputation. Do you want me to telephone them for you Cat? I don't have the gas/petrol to drive over just now, but I could call them on Saturday if you like.

Otherwise, perhaps some of our amazing Maine Shopping Experts here on Mudcat would enjoy a trip over to check on things for you.

maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: SINSULL
Date: 27 Dec 07 - 08:00 PM

I PM'd Cat and offered to do an in person inspection with Jacqui and Tami in tow. If we don't get thrown out...
We can also check out the outlet store to see if your cape is available on the bargain rack.
I have a line on a delivery too.
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Dec 07 - 08:15 PM

Sinsull-

Between the three of you, you should be able to determine what is the appropriate "2X" by 5-foot size. It will also be a wonderful vicarious experience because the capes are really lovely, but expensive as mentioned.

However, a live sheep is not an adequate substitute. You lurkers, needn't bother suggesting that.

The shop management tends to be friendly.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 27 Dec 07 - 08:27 PM

I hope the management gets out with their lives still intack with those 3 paying them a visit al at once. They'll clean the racks off in a few seconds flat & leave the floor covered with the gore of the sales crew. You'll probably be paying a healthy discout for 5 capes too instead of the 1 you ordered.

I wouldn't send those 3 women to look at asses for fear they'd bring home a russled herd of mustangs that belonged to my neighbor all newly branded.

Barry


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: artbrooks
Date: 27 Dec 07 - 08:46 PM

Ya think the store management will pay them to go away? Sounds like a good job to me. Anybody wanna go down to Freeport and pick up a jacket at Beans for me?


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Cats
Date: 28 Dec 07 - 06:38 AM

Thank you all so very much for all your help. What amazing friends we have.
LOL


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: SINSULL
Date: 28 Dec 07 - 08:02 AM

Are you kidding, Cats? A field trip involving shopping in an expensive store with Jacqui and Tami in tow? The only question is "Do we bring Seamus? Jacqui can carry her Nimbus 2000 with the tip painted white.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Cats
Date: 28 Dec 07 - 08:13 AM

This year I had to do a 'memorial shopping trip' for a very close friend who died on the day we were meant to be doing a massive shop.... Just try to keep me away. When you are next over we'll have to go shopping together.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Dec 07 - 08:58 AM

Sinsull-

It's a very small shop. I'm not sure there is room for Seamus, in addition to the three of you and maybe another regular customer or two. Be gentle!

They used to have a big sheep with a knitted sweater out in front of their old shop in the Old Port. No, it wasn't a live sheep but someone ripped it off anyway.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: SINSULL
Date: 28 Dec 07 - 10:13 PM

I remember the sheep in a sweater. I thought he was weird especially on a hot day.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 28 Dec 07 - 11:25 PM

Remember "the sheep in a skirt" you thought being in a sweater was weird? Go ahead, take your boots & start running, backwards. O, Oh, I'm outta here.

Barry


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: gnu
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 04:32 AM

Mattie told Hattie it's the thing to do
Get yourself a filly
To pull the wool with you

Wooly Bully, Wooly Bully
Wooly Bully, Wooly Bully
Wooly Bully

You got it, you got it

I dunno... lack of sleep maybe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Cats
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 07:37 AM

Jon had an inflatable sheep for his 50th birthday but that's another story and we still have the video!


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 08:49 AM

I've just found this thread on my return from the UK last night.

We can go look at the capes and I am 5'2" and size XL so can try them on and get a rough idea of which ones might suit. If the proprietors don't mind we might even be able to take photos to send so you can see for yourself.

I won't be coming to the UK for a while now, but we do have a line on a suitable courier in the next week or so if we can get it all sewn up by then.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Cats
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 09:46 AM

Sinsull is also goingtotry and get down and see how they look. She also has a friend coming over in January so between us all i should get to know which one I want and in what size and colour. Cranberry or hunting green at the moment depending on how red the cranberry is. Thanks everyone.
Now if I can go shopping for anyone over here....


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: maeve
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 10:02 AM

Cats- Jacqui and Sinsull are In Cahoots; I'd guess they're planning the caper(!) together. Tami is in on it as well. Have fun, ladies!

maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: gnu
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 10:55 AM

Thet are a close knit group.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: artbrooks
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 11:20 AM

Cahoots? I was sure they were in Maine...


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 11:22 AM

Careful, gnu, you'll have this thread in stitches if you continue.

Maybe Mudcat Entrepreneurs International should explore offering this shopping service to others? It sounds as if it would be really useful. I volunteer for sampling seafood and other gourmet delights from Maine.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: artbrooks
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 11:27 AM

Very true...I'll volunteer to sample fresh lobster.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: SINSULL
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 11:55 AM

Monday is set for "Shopping Day". Tami, Jacqui and several dogs have been lined up. I have had offers of other volunteers.
So Jacqui and I will try on burgundy cloaks in 2X to see how they fit and fall. Then I will choose a hunter green, Jacqui a red and Tami a blue and we will be photographed with swords in hand as the Three Musketeers.
Then Jacqui with a basket as Little Red Riding Hood and Tami in funny shoes as The Blue Boy. I will remain in green and be a tree on whom hopefully no dog will lift its leg.

At least that is the plan for now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Becca72
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 12:48 PM

(sigh) I'm related to one of that lot...


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: artbrooks
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 12:50 PM

No black capes? They could put on masks and play Zorro...


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: SINSULL
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 12:54 PM

But not by blood, Becca.
Now would you like to play with us and be Zorro?
M


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Sorcha
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 01:04 PM

I wanna be Tonto!!!! With feathers even! War paint!


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Becca72
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 01:05 PM

Zorro, huh? Well I am the only one over 5'6" and I have Monday off....hehehe


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Alice
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 01:07 PM

Cats, I suggest contacting the company and
giving them your height and measurements
before ordering. It is best to know what
size to order from their recommendation
especially on such a pricey garment.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: SINSULL
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 01:39 PM

You are right, Alice. Cats has done that but is still a bit concerned about how it will fit. I believe she has had numerous discussions with them.
I rarely order clothing over the internet because it rarely fits properly no matter what the size charts say.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: SussexCarole
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 02:40 PM

Oh err..I've been shopping in Maine with Jacqui and still have some of the 'delights' from the Christmas Tree Shop - oh boy can they all shop!


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: maeve
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 03:51 PM

Rarely, I wish we lived closer to the mad city of Portland. Very rarely. Right now, for example.

We need an embedded webcam in that shop. This will be history in the making. Becca- I mean Zorro of course- your assignment, should you choose to accept it...

maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Becca72
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 03:58 PM

LOL Maeve....my cell phone has video recording... :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 04:23 PM

It can't be any worse than the one time that SINSULL set foot in Walmart and walked round pretending to sprinkle holy water and chanting a Latin blessing.

If we had got stopped I was going to say that she was due to go on day release soon and this was her first trip into the outside world in 15 years......


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: Becca72
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 04:33 PM

It's also fun to put embarrassing items into carts left in the middle of the aisle...like condoms or medicated douche or fungal creams...or all 3 in the same cart. :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: SINSULL
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 04:57 PM

So you're the one putting the gross of contraceptive sponges in my cart...


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: maeve
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 05:30 PM

On the other hand, I suddenly feel much safer here in the sticks. Get that video, Becca.

maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: Help - anyone live in Maine?
From: My guru always said
Date: 30 Dec 07 - 04:48 AM

The only shopping I really enjoy is in Charity (thrift?) shops, but I have to say I'd give anything to watch this shopping experience *grin* See what you've started now Cats.....


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