Treasures at the Hudson Museum Gift Shop at the University of Maine
Tucked behind the box office of the Maine Center for the Arts lobby is the often over looked Hudson Museum Shop. This Wednesday, the museum shop will be hosting a trunk show. All of their merchandise will be 15 percent off. The trunk show is open to everyone.
The shop houses items that are related to the exhibits at the museum, so they offer a number of American Indian items, including natural health and beauty products such as all-natural moisturizers. A major feature of the store is the American Indian baskets made by members of Maine tribes. They also have books, dolls, jewelry and art related to indigenous people from all of the Americas.
The museum shop also has a wide array of jewelry. Freshwater pearl necklaces and bracelets in different iridescent shades are for sale. Also, they have a varied selection of funky sterling silver earrings with turquoise and other semi-precious stones. Unique jewelry pieces, like a charm necklace with a little monkey carved from jade, are also available. Prices for the jewelry start at around six dollars for the simpler things to $38 and up for the pearls.
The museum shop has books, videos and other resources for teachers. For kids, you can buy something distinctive. Beautiful dolls from Asian, African and American cultures are on sale. Other kid-friendly items include picture books- especially those about Native Americans - and little toys and trinkets, like Peruvian finger puppets, that are good for small gift-giving.
The trunk show event is a good time to finally see all the Hudson Museum Shop's uncommon objects. It's also a nice place to go for one-of-a-kind gifts for Mother's Day, which is May 11, or graduation on May 13.