People come from all over the country to shop at the Brimfield Antiques Show which happens 3 times a year, May, June, and September. There are acres of fields all with many different vendors in curated “shows”. A few of the fields require a fee to shop in, but most are free to enter. And there seem to be multiplying numbers of food trucks as well! I ’m hardly an expert, but I live only an hour away and so I’ve had ample opportunity to attend, and the focus seems to have shifted slightly over the years. Today I overheard a number of dealers AND patrons complaining that it has become more reproductions and flea market fare than actual antiques…and they aren’t wrong. But there are still treasures to be had, and reproductions have their place in the scheme of things.
There is ALWAYS a wide variety of stuff and some of it is cool and some of it is totally bizarre. And some of the venders are quite, ummm…memorable as well…
The hot items this year were rough wooden dough bowls and bread boards (most of which were mass produced somewhere and not actually antiques – but were still interesting décor items), and large baskets and basket trays – again, not old, or even vintage, but awesome nonetheless. And there were a lot of oversize glass bottles in both clear and colored glass. All GREAT fodder for staging and photo shoot styling!
We saw some, let’s just say “intriguing”, seating options…
There is always some really great furniture and architectural salvage
There were TONS of vintage-looking storage containers from wood crates to metal locker bins. These would be ideal for organization of a pantry or mudroom, or as storage solutions in a playroom or office.
There were many other things too - painted and reproduction and refurbished furniture, tents full of dishes, tents full of rugs, tents full of clothes, tents full of…junk - all the wacky weird and wonderful stuff…here is a peek at some of the rest.
And then there was the food…every kind of food truck and concession imaginable! We opted for the gourmet grilled cheese and chased it with pastry from the British specialty desserts vendor…and then scooped up a bag of kettlecorn for the trip home!