Scenes from Brimfield

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. A visit to the Brimfield Antique Show definitely illustrates that well. To be fair, the show, which takes up about 1/2 mile of the town of Brimfield, does house some pretty neat stuff, from beautiful old pieces of furniture and vintage jewelry to newer items like the farmhouse table that will be perfect in my Sonoma kitchen. But the show also had it’s share of junk on display, and vendors weren’t hesitant to lower prices to near nothing for some of it.

We started our day early with some Starbucks coffee before picking up my mother in law, the true antique aficionado. She once disassembled an antique spinning wheel and trekked it from New Zealand home to Ireland.

The drive to Brimfield was lovely, and surprisingly, with the size of the event, traffic-free. We parked in the first lot we saw, a church that charged $3 in exchange for a parking space and use of their clean restrooms (as opposed to the banks of portable ones at the show). And then we began our Brimfield experience.

Brimfield

Our 3 minute walk to the show brought us through a wooded path over a stream, past a few historical buildings, and then into a sea of stuff for sale.

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Brimfield Antique Show Brimfield Antique Show

It seemed just about every vendor had tons of glass bottles for sale for a dollar each. There were moments throughout the day where I saw something pretty and cheap and then reminded myself of my already cluttered house and my disdain for clutter. A simple “what would I do with this?” was enough to keep me from buying anything.

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The Brimfield Antique Show had just about everything anyone could ever want. Looking for Trump: The Game, with an unrecognizably young and coiffed Donald Trump on the cover? It was there.

Brimfield Antique Show

Need a dress with puffed sleeves for your next Anne of Green Gables outing? Brimfield has you covered.

Brimfield Antique Show

They even had the tall, Anne Shirley style lace up boots from days of yore. I  won’t say I wasn’t tempted.

I found some of the old cooking items interesting, and there were lots of plates I might consider buying if I had a bigger house.

Brimfield

But, at the end of the day, the farmhouse wood table, made with a light wood top and legs painted green, paired with a mismatched bench and chairs, was my big find. It wouldn’t really fit our city kitchen, but if I ever do get my Sonoma farmhouse, I will be looking the vendor up.

Brimfield also offered lots of wide open spaces, pretty architecture, and nature. That, paired with the dusty parking lots made for a nightmare day for the old sinuses, but was nice to look at.

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The other thing in great abundance in Brimfield were food trucks. They had everything from falafel to Southern BBQ, fried dough and cider doughnuts to ice cream, fish and chips, lobster rolls, goat curry, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and way more.

Though not normally on the list of things I eat, the grilled hot dogs were calling my name, and this one, topped with cheese, relish, mustard, and ketchup, was totally worth it!

Brimfield food

My closing observations:

1) If you sell it, someone will want to buy it. The antique show made me want to go through everything I don’t want and to set up a stand next time around!

2) I love dogs, but they don’t always belong at every occasion. Many of the dogs there looked scared, and I saw one use an antique painting as his fire hydrant. When the owner was made aware, he said, Oh, sorry. And walked off. You can’t fault the dog for doing what dogs do or for having a stupid owner, but these antiques are people’s incomes. Not cool.

3) I was very, very glad I wore sneakers instead of flip flops. There’s lots of walking in rocky, dusty paths and some muddy fields. Trust me, this is not a dress up event.

4) Antiques people smoke. A lot.

Overall though, the experience was definitely interesting. The Brimfield Antiques Show returns in July and September, and it is worth checking out for a day of fun, food, and some potentially new old stuff.

Have you ever been to the Brimfield Antique Show? Are antiques/ vintage items your thing?

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    I’ve never been to Brimfield but I love browsing through antiques. I get my fix at the SOWA Vintage Market :-)

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  2. nicole’s avatar

    i’ve been 2x before. I love going. We are planning on going in July. There are some really junky things there but every now and then you find a jem. I found a fantastic copper pot once. great condition

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  3. Elizabeth’s avatar

    What a fun event! And the setting looked gorgeous.

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  4. Daisy’s avatar

    I have never been but my Mom goes once in awhile and always has a great time! I should check it out with her one of these months. That is such a cute photo of you two on the bridge.

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  5. annelise’s avatar

    I’m so impressed with what you found! I’ve only been to Brimfield once– the very last day of the September show. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for furnishing. The vendors were very willing to slash prices on the last day, FYI.

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Good to know! I think it’s also really important to go in with specific buys in mind, or it can be overwhelming!

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    2. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

      The old pans are cool. I want one. Looks like a fun day!

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    3. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

      I’ve never been to Brimfield but my parents have visited the antiques fair a couple of times and came back with random items (antique clocks). I would like to go though and just check it out, I love all kinds of shopping ;)

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    4. Megan’s avatar

      Antiques are really not my thing, but still this looked like a nice way to spend the day out of the city.

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    5. Amanda L. (Tales from a Kitchen Misfit)’s avatar

      I still have yet to go to Brimfield :( Someday!

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    6. Kimmy @ Lighter and Local’s avatar

      Ok, I’ve never been to brimfield, but have always wanted to go.

      Let’s get to more important stuff – I loved (and still love) Anne of Green Gables. I’ve read each book a hundred times, watched every variation of movie (the PBS miniseries is the best) and have had a crush on Gilbert Blythe for years.

      We’ll have to chat this weekend, can’t wait to see you!

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      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        Love, love, love Anne! I even took a trip to PEI years ago to be at one with her :) I am so excited about this weekend!!!

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      2. We are not Martha’s avatar

        Ahhh, I’ve been DYING to go to this. It always sneaks up on me and before I know it it’s already over. I find that antique fairs/markets always have the perfect odds and ends for events and entertaining. Great vases, glasses, bowls, platters, etc. Love!

        And that hot dog. YUM.
        [Chels]

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      3. alicia’s avatar

        I’ve been to Brimfield almost every year with my mom. We pretty much just go to browse, we rarely buy anything. I once bought a chair for $15 and my mom and I re-painted and re-covered the seat. And last year I bought some costume jewelry – but never spending much money.

        The food carts are the BEST part.

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      4. Elizabeth’s avatar

        I’ve never been to Brimfield, but it’s definitely been on my list of things to do… maybe September? I love the antique shops along 6A on the lower Cape– almost as much as I love that your referenced Miss Anne Shirley. :)

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