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Maine State Prison Store

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There are tourists items but there are many well made handcrafted items.

You may very well find that piece of furniture, or wood item,, that accents your style. Many of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Reginald W
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Thomaston, Maine
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A friend told us about this place, had she not I bet we would of driven by it. I'm so thankful we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
47MariaDea
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You may very well find that piece of furniture, or wood item,, that accents your style. Many of the wood pieces are excellent with individual traits by the maker. Many of the pieces reflect Maine's style.

Thank Reginald W
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank-you for your visit. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend told us about this place, had she not I bet we would of driven by it. I'm so thankful we didn't. Its a large brick building, the main floor is the showroom with lots and lots to pick from. They do amazing work....More

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are glad your friend told you to visit, We have been in our old brick building since the 1950's. Unfortunately interstate commerce laws prevent us from shipping across state lines (the law is from the 1930's). The staff (some are inmates from our minimum...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was one of those shinning stars on my recent trip to Maine. I was expecting wood and crafts, I wasn't expecting to find such fine craftsmanship from the prisoners. My travel companions thought it was a museum about the Maine State System, they were...More

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words. We are glad to talk about the history of the old facility which is no longer there. We feel we have something for everyone, we offer over 600 different items for sale in the store. If it's made out...More

Reviewed October 13, 2018

Stopped in here while visiting in the area. Sailing ship models are simply amazing! Furniture is good looking and very well constructed! Good to support these artisans.

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank-you for stopping by the showroom. We hope to see you again in the future.

Reviewed October 10, 2018

Every time we come to Maine, we stop at the Prison Store. You can always find interesting things to purchase and prices are good. If you haven't already been, you must do so.

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2018

We are always trying to add new items to the showroom to make each visit a new experience. The showroom offers quality products at great prices. We hope to see you again!

Reviewed October 6, 2018

Bought 2 bar type stools..awesome workmanship..oak wood and color....Very heavy and well made. Painting, wood burning art etc.

Thank Bob G
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2018

Bob, Thank-you for visiting the showroom. We use quality wood on all of our products, our pine and ash species are harvested at our facility in Charleston. We hope to see you again!

Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

This store is chock full of fun, beautiful and practical items. It is a great place to get Maine memorabilia, toys and well made furniture for your camp.

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2018

We are glad you enjoyed your visit. We offer quality furniture for your camp or your home. I hope we see you again.

Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

Stunning work and very reasonable prices. A wide variety of hand crafted items. The wooden ship models had outstanding detail.

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded September 21, 2018

Thank-you for your support. "Inmates Rebuilding Their Lives" is what we do. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed September 17, 2018

Hand made crafts created by prisoners. The prices are quite reasonable and a great variety. There is something for everyone.......young and old alike. We purchased a couple items to take home with us. Some beautiful pieces of furniture but we wouldn't be able to fit...More

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2018

Thanks for visiting our showroom, over the past year we retired our colonial line of furniture and have replaced it with a more modern shaker style of furniture, we are glad you liked it. We hope to see you again!

Reviewed September 16, 2018

If you are looking for a really unique place and quality wood gifts or furniture at reasonable prices, you will not be disappointed. We happened upon it and were surprised such a store even existed. There was everything from wooden doll houses (with wooden furniture!),...More

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2018

Thank-you for your kind words. We are one of a very few correctional facilities in the country that offers what we do. We feel we have something for everyone at very good prices. You are correct in that due to interstate commerce laws we are...More

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Roberta O
June 21, 2018|
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Response from Ken L | Property representative |
The store you are talking about in York is not part of the prison. They are a vendor that purchases some items from the showroom which is located on route 1 in Thomaston (about 2 hours from York). The store in Thomaston has... More
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I just inherited a nautical-themed lamp -- a wooden sailing ship with a wooden lampshade -- that was handcrafted by inmates at Thomaston and bought by my late father many years ago while vacationing in Maine. Having forgotten the name of where he and my mom got it, I googled for Maine prisons and came across the Maine State Prison showroom website. I was amazed at the display of handcrafted items inside. Now I'm anxious to make a trip to Maine to visit this wonderful store, and perhaps bring a bunch of items home with me. I'll need to pull my trailer behind my motorcycle to have enough space to pack all the goodies I buy! I have a friend in Augusta, so it might be time to go visit him and make a side trip to Thomaston. Oh yeah, I can smell a road trip to Maine coming this summer! I can hardly wait! And with the store hours posted it won't be an inconvenience to go. It appears that the inmates do some wonderful work, atypical of the things one finds these days (this is surely no Chinese dollar-store junk). And since those who are incarcerated have a lot of time on their hands, this is a wonderful way for them to keep busy, stay out of trouble, be industrious and productive, and maybe even learn a trade or gain some skills that could benefit them when they get out of prison. I would harbor no resentment that these items are made by people with a criminal past. I would commend them for the quality workmanship of those items they're producing.
March 29, 2016|
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Response from Larry B | Reviewed this property |
Good and ample parking behind the Prison Store off of Wadsworth for your return trip! See you this summer.
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Stephen V
February 10, 2016|
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Response from Ken L | Property representative |
We normally have a Black Friday sale in November!
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