LIBERTY—The quiet little inland town of Liberty certainly has it going on these days. Good Natured, a home goods and artisan shop with nature-inspired crafts and decor held its Grand Opening on July 31.
Owner Kate Meadows, a maker and artist herself, had been wanting to open her own shop for two years after moving to Liberty with her husband from Pennsylvania.
The shop is a rustic combination of repurposed vintage items and nature-made art. Inside, one can find old bottles, baskets, and garden containers, along with handmade soaps, art, fabrics, and other repurposed knick-knacks.
“I’ve always been very creative,” she said. “I shopped a lot at Liberty Tool and collected little things with the intent to make something from them at some point.”
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The bright red bicycle that sits on the front deck is one such vintage store find.
“It was actually a gentleman’s bike that he’d had sitting around for 40 years and I just thought it needed to be painted red,” she said. Meadows also paints and some of her portraits can be found throughout the store. As she lives on a lake, she also collects old wooden paddles and paints lake-inspired expressions on them.
In the center of the store sits an old dresser—its drawers are filled with bark, moss, lichen, painted pine cones, and other assorted forest materials. The idea is to “Create Your Own Forest Box” to take home with you.
“Last year during the COVID-19 lockdown, no one came to visit us, so I sent a little box of Maine to all of my friends and family,” she said. “I pick everything off the forest floor, not from any live trees. Then, along with dried oranges and cinnamon sticks, you can take a little bit of Maine home with you.”
Meadows said she’s actively looking for more artists and crafters who make nature-inspired art to sell in her store.
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