Destination: Brimfield Antique Show

I love antiques because they always have a story to tell. Whether it is a family heirloom passed down for many generations, or simply a recent find from the local flea market, I get great satisfaction combining the past with the present. Sure, new and modern have their place, but something old and beautiful makes for great conversation.

On the weekends, you will often find me at estate sales or perusing the nearby antique stores. Recently, I made the trek to Brimfield, Massachusetts, which is the site of the largest outdoor antique show in New England, with over 5,000 dealers from all over the country. There are three shows a year in May, July, and September. The shows are all located within a one mile stretch and expand about 3 to 5 acres.  It's a an overwhelming amount of stuff even for the savvy shopper, but well worth the visit just once...

Brimfield has just about everything from large scale furniture to fine antiques to transferware to all types of glass, and collectibles.

My friend Alyese, accompanied me on the journey, and we both came away with lots of "stuff." In  typical fashion, I bought things for entertaining at home. Pink champagne glasses, silver serving pieces, blue and white dinner plates, etc.

While there we tried the local BBQ....

We dug for some treasures...

And eventually we got tired and instead of walking, we drove up to the vendors....this is not allowed, but we somehow got away with it...

All-in-all, it was a good day and worth the trip. Here are my suggestions if you want to check it out.

  • Go early in the week and not on the weekend.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat.
  • Bring sunscreen, water and a wagon or cart to carry your purchases (it's a long way back to the parking lot).
  • Take some snacks b/c the food is not great on premise. 
  • Always ask a dealer "what their best price is?" 
  • You can often get better deals later in the day or towards the end of the week, but there is not as much to choose from. 
  • Have in mind what you would like to buy otherwise, it can be really overwhelming. 
  • On the way home stop at "The Main Attraction" for a lobster role. 

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