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Hi there and hope you had a great weekend.  Over here its raining, gloomy and gray….and I am loving it! Yesterday was the perfect excuse to stay in, and after my long busy (but fun) week I looked forward to a lazy day. Friday morning a good friend and I woke up at the crack of dawn and headed up  as we did last year to Brimfield. Hailed as the country’s biggest antiques show, it is at the very least a really fun way to spend the day. If you missed my first post on Brimfield,  click here, its much more detailed and in depth and I think worth seeing. This is a much shorter condensed post, call me a “jaded Brimfielder”.

It’s huge, literally its field after field for miles and miles. Brimfield is on three times a year, May,  July and Sept. being the bigger shows, and July being smaller. If I am to be honest, there is a lot of junk and this is a total feast for hoarders:) There are many many booths, that you walk by, scratch your head and wonder who in the world would buy that. And sure enough people do!  But there are also some wonderful finds and if you enjoy the “hunt for treasure” as much as the discovery…then Brimfield is most certainly for you!

We have made some friends/acquaintances there and by all accounts, this year was a good show. Unfortunately for me the only things I saw worth taking home were huge, heavy and cumbersome, but it was a lot of fun to “people watch” and check out all the loot for sale. Some things to me, seem overpriced (silver), one subject I feel like I know about, and my favorite art dealer was at another show so didn’t’ come to Brimfield this year which was a bummer. Here are a few highlights (highs and lows)!

 Something for everyone…..enough said.

 Just in case you have been searching high and low for a bodyless doll…….here you go!

 She freaked me out a little as many antique dolls do……..
 Thought this old door was quite beautiful! If I was looking for a project would have found a way for this to come home with me….love the hardware too
 This woman specializes in Swedish/Gustavian furniture and Mora clocks…..

 A pair of beautiful secretary’s
 I loved this chair and just wanted to buy one, but he was selling them only as a set of six

 Antique toy cars anyone?

Love statuary……..
 If I could have lugged these home, I most certainly would have!

 These were the ones I wanted, beautiful but very large and it was just too risky to have them load them in my car (as he suggested)!

 There was a decent amount of transferware…………
 Always like old trunks…do you?
 Say hello to my newest napkin ring! A golfer…..just love this one!

 The bear pushing the beehive is quite cute!
 Perfect for summer and alfresco dining, a lighthouse and shells!
 This cute little guy taking a break….
And letting his owner know its time to eat!
 These “beauties” were 125.00, a total bargain (NOT)!!!!!!!
 We got to see the filming of Lara Spencers popular HGTV show, Flea market flip
 There is Lara in the navy blazer to the right……
We noticed how great her hair looked!
 This pair REALLY freaked me out, that clown face did me in!
 Food choices are pretty slim (healthy eating at least), but fresh lemonade is always a good thing!
Parking lots go on and on…..
And  on and on and on and on…………..
 This is what you see for miles, people and a traffic jam of cars!

 One of the countless aisles…there are hundreds like this!

 And my big purchase….a pair of cute linen kitchen towels! LOL……had to get something!

Anything here catch your eye? That wraps up  my mini recap on Brimfield. Ever gone? Care to go? Love to know your thoughts and impressions if you have!  I love the thrill of the hunt and that is what makes these kinds of events such fun! I am just about ready for another one! Click here to learn all about Brimfield. Thanks as always for stopping in!

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WOW what lovely antique furniture in this post:) your blog Is on my fav. list now.

If you want to see a lovely Swedish home..check out my blog:)

Have a wonderful week dear

LOVE Maria from

Hi Tina – My husband and I went on a blistering hot day in July a few years ago…needless to say I probably won’t get him there again even though he is the “antique-er” in the family! If I had a shop of some sort it would be a great source but when just looking for things for my home, I couldn’t find much. I agree, the silver seemed WAY overpriced. It is still a fun day…sort of like an amusement park for people who love antiques!

Take care and have a great week! xoxo

God bless you! I haven’t been to an antique show in a long time. I just can’t handle seeing those dolls and all the stuff that just doesn’t interest me but it is true that you can find really neat things if you take the time to look round. I used to collect yellow ware like Martha Stewart and those were the best places to find them! All colors and sizes! It was fun to hunt around for them!

My husband and I have gone about 7 or 8 times over the past 10 years. We went last Friday (I played hooky from work) and found it fairly busy for a weekday. The weather was nice, so a lot of other folks probably were playing hooky too! The traffic was terrible–the worst we have experienced getting to and from Brimfield. We have always loved going, though, as much for the people-watching as anything. This time around, however, I thought things were way over-priced in general. Lots of fake (new and made in China) “antiques”. Seeing the junk is part of the fun, but the junky stuff wasn’t that interesting. Except for one booth which had on display at least 50 antique water (lawn) sprinklers, each one different in design, and most probably not seen since their invention–fascinating! Usually, we can find good food. Not this time; the Greek souvlaki vendor was not there, nor did I see the big van that sells homemade Polish food. (Apologies to these folks if they were there in different than the usual locations!) It was *mostly* barbecue, roast beef, sausage, hot dogs, or the like. Too bad; I was really looking for a Greek salad… Brimfield is so large that, if you really intend to shop for a specific type of goods, you need to know exactly what fields you want to get to. The vendors who come year after year can usually be found in the same locations from one fair to the next, which helps. I wasn’t looking for any particular items this time, but I was lucky enough to find a few round tablecloths for a good price, including a white cotton, crocheted one which I will probably tea-stain at some point.

It’s as if we were there by your side, Tina! Dolls freak us out, too, especially clowns… I would take an antique trunk any day (and of course, that bee hive napkin ring!) Buzz, buzz..
C + C

I don’t think there’s enuf room for me to tally up the things I saw that I’d love to have. What I saw was most likely way over my non-budget. If I got to buy what I wanted we’d have to do without eating for a couple months and not pay the mtg. lol.
In the first pic I saw a little aqua buffet I’d love to have. Those platters, oh my. And lets see. No it’s nice but I’d have to be very picky what I could buy. I used to dream about going to Brimfield when we lived in KY. Now we live in CO so it’s way out of the way. Doesn’t cost anything to dream, thank heavens. We did get to go to the World’s longest yard sale when we lived in KY. That’s as bad as Brimfield so much to want and buy. Thanks for the peek at Brimfield.
I forgot to watch Flea mkt flip on Friday night doggone it. Sometimes they show them on Friday or Saturday. Love to see how people redo what they find. The prices they get are what amazes me, to think people have that much money just to spend on a flea mkt. item. Not for seniors on a skimpy budget that’s for sure, lol.

TINA! Good afternoon my dear!

While living in Massachusetts as POOR college students, we did go to Brimfield one year out of curiosity and lovers of antiques. We didn’t even come home with a set of towels like at least you did! But it was fun, however, if I were to go now, I would be at that Gustavian furniture stall! OH YEAH!

It was and looks still OVERWHELMING for the casual peruser; but if you go with something specific in mind and are able to navigate your way through to find it, then Brimfield is the place to go. Those clowns are rather upsetting, I agree!

So good to see you and enjoy your week! Anita

Brimfield reminds me of the deballages in France… It’s a great day but I understand your exhaustion… and as for bargains… they are difficult to come by these days…
It looks like real fun and I would love to visit one day… just to soak up the atmosphere if nothing else… 🙂 xv

You really have to have the right mind set when going to these things. My girlfriend is trying to get me to go to a similar show here on the west coast. I will only go of she does as I believe you really need to know how to navigate through the vendors and hoards of people trying to shop. She’s done it before and knows the vendors that carry what might be worth taking a look at.

So funny that you come back with linens :). That would be me. I get over loaded and i can’t think clearly when there is too much stuff not to mention my claustrophobia in these situations!

Thanks so much for your suggestions for my graduation party coming up:) Swceral things are already on the menu (antipasti!) and we will bring in sushi and the mini pitas!


When I had my antiques shops several decades ago, I used to go to at least two and often three shows a year. The May show was too often rainy and muddy. Not fun, but it was worth it because there were great treasures at great prices. Then New York Magazine and the New York Times, et al, wrote articles about how great it was, and it very quickly went from a show for the trade to a show for the public. After that, it became more of a retail operation than a great resource for shop owners and I stopped going. Sounds to me like, for the most part, it is still like that. I wish you could have experienced the fun of it in its heyday.

Looks like a fun outing – except for that spooky looking clown and decapitated baby! We don’t really have a flea markets here, and certainly not much worth buying. I’d love to do a tour of the markets in the US. Sure I’d pick up some treasures.

Hi Tina, I have friends who have found the greatest pieces at Brimfield. Others that say it is hot, crowded, overpriced, too junky etc. Probably not the best place for me. You never know one might find a diamond in the rough though!

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I have yet to go, living in Southern NH. My hubby and I have been talking about going the last couple years and it always creeps up on us. I didn’t realize you lived so close to my neck of the woods. I recommend The Vintage Bazaar-Salisbury MA. Its a really sweet, old school vintage fair on a huge beautiful farm. (Pettengill Farm) I’ll actually be a vendor there for my first time! (psyched!) My friend and I came across it on a bike ride while staying in Newburyport two yrs ago. I think you’d enjoy it! I’ll be under my Chestnut Hill Vintage tent so be sure to come say hi if you give it a go, I’d love to meet you. :)You can check it out here:

i dont’ like yer tone about the priceless and 70’s chic ronald mcdonald sculpture i lugged home from brimfield. it needed a good home.


looks like there was more than enough shabby to go around.

smiles to you.


Tina, the dolls, clowns and Ronald McDonald remind me of how eccentric antique collectors are, as you said something for everyone, and definitely plenty of odd ball things to go around.

Those doors and that chair that you wanted are both amazing, I would have had a hard time leaving them behind! The golfer napkin ring is wonderful and I love old trunks. Bought one last year for my sons room at a local antique shop that I had to have. Looks and sounds like a fun day!

Right there with you on the scary looking dolls and clown. It reminds me of that tv commercial about returning unwanted christmas gifts where the creepy doll sneaks up to the front door to listen to the conversation about returning him. The secretaries, however, were gorgeous. I could take either of them. Glad you had a great time. -Tonya

Love your tour! The white secretary was my favorite. The dolls and clowns are SPOOKY–Chucky scary. Your new towels are great and love the golfer napkin ring. What a fun day!

I laughed out loud when I saw your doll and clown comments, Tina. They freak me out too! Especially those dolls without bodies. *shudders*
The fair looks like a blast though and always fun to people watch at those events. Thanks for sharing.

Tina..this is one of my favorite things to do…I wish we had a great flea that was not expensive….the shows around here are just as expensive as the antique stores…

Reminds me of that great antique fair twice a year on the Ile Chatou outside of Paris. I live in France (Hoosier) and I instantly get a special feeling once inside the entrance gate! I so wish I could do this fair in Brimfield. Not being from the East Coast, I never heard about it….but it looks WOW!

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