Open Year Round 7 Days a WeekOne of the Most Unique & Well
Known Destination Spots
DestinationsIn the Coastal Maine Area

From 19th Century armoires to books on Zen, the Big Chicken Barn caters to the interests of today's collector of antiques and paper collectibles. Our 21,600 square feet of floor space holds an ever-changing and diverse selection of intriguing items displayed for unhurried and unhindered browsing.

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What Makes the Big Chicken BarnAn Amazing Destination

A Unique Destination Spot For Over 30 Years


A relaxed atmosphere pervades the barn, whatever the season. The BCB offers free coffee, tea, or cocoa to sip as you browse the stacks. Chairs and couches are scattered throughout to allow people to sit and read.

A Huge Selection of Interesting Items

Selection of Items

Our purpose is simply to please and delight you, whether you're a seasoned, serious collector, or an occasional but careful buyer. With each visit here, there's bound to be something new and beautiful to strike your fancy-porcelain, pottery, silver, tinware, brass, jewelry, fabric, needlework, glass, china, flatware, and furniture. You'll also find models of sailing vessels, clocks, toys, old tools, bottles, prints, paintings, candlesticks, lamps and other lighting devices, and more.

Over 21,000 Square Feet of Floor Space to Browse

Outside Building

As our name suggests, the Big Chicken Barn is housed in a large relic of the golden age of Maine poultry farming. The ground floor is packed with over 21,000 sq. ft. from discontinued Downeast industries. The second floor is a smorgasbord of books and periodicals.

Maine's Largest Book Store & More


The Big Chicken Barn has become a regular rest stop for readers and antique lovers alike as they travel along the Rural Route 1 countryside. Local residents pop in to pick out another C.S. Forester sea adventure and summer visitors hit the barn to stock up on a summer's worth of reading material.


Discover a Treasure Trove of Intriguing Antiques

The antique floor of the Big Chicken Barn is a browsers' paradise. Among the items a visitor can find are baskets, bottles, cameras, clocks, clothing, cookware, decoys, dishes, dolls, figurines, frames, furniture, glassware, hats, instruments, jewelry, lamps, license plates, lunch boxes, paintings, phones, photos, postcards, puzzles, quilts, radios, records, sewing machines, signs, spinning wheels, tins, tools, toys, and typewriters.

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Spend Days Browsing Our Thousands of Books

If you're a book lover, we are Maine's largest book store. Our second floor is devoted almost entirely to you. More than 150,000 rare books, old books, first editions, collectible newspapers, posters, broadsides, pamphlets, magazines, charts and other paper antiques await you. We also have thousands of used paperbacks.

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Search Our Ever Growing & Massive Magazine Collection

With over 50,000 magazines and more than 100 different publications, you are sure to find a magazine of interest. We carry magazines from the 1850s to the 2000s. These have become a very popular birthday or Christmas gift.

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