I have LOTS of pictures to share with you today. I’m very excited. After being sick last week, I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t recover in time, but by the time Friday rolled around, I was fully healthy and ready to go on one of my favorite yearly pilgrimages (with my favorite antiquing buddy) to Brimfield, Massachusetts and the largest outdoor antique show in the US.
I need to hold myself back a little so I don’t write and write for pages on how much I love going to Brimfield, so I’ll try to keep to a few points. (I have an entire notebook dedicated to Brimfield where I make notes on favorite fields, collect sellers’ cards, and note where to park and what to wear, etc., etc.) Here are the basic details: The show is three times a year (May, July, and September) from a Tuesday to a Sunday. People come from all over the US and even other countries to find antiques, treasures, and “upcycled” goods made from odds and ends. If you’re looking for something in that realm, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find it at Brimfield. The Brimfield Antique Show is made up of numerous fields on either side of a one mile stretch of road. Each field has scores of dealers. Some fields are open every day of the show and some are only open on certain days. You can walk all day long and, depending on your pace, still not see everything. My record is 12 hours of walking (with breaks–let’s be realistic–walking all day allows you to eat like a Hobbit). Friday we covered about 9 miles and walked about 10 hours. We saw almost everything (if that’s even really possible).
Enough talking, though. Let’s see some pictures. One of my goals this year was to take ‘lots of pictures, so here’s your photo tour of the May 2014 Brimfield Show.
The motorcycle jacket of course! Did you think I got a motorcycle?
My total haul for the day included the coral necklace you saw, a three-strand aurora borealis crystal necklace (Also $10. Yes!), a large and healthy rosemary plant, a test tube rack and some test tubes to use as vases, my awesome motorcycle jacket (which I am wearing as I write this), and a secret stocking stuffer for my husband. It may have been the best Brimfield yet. Good company, good weather even with the rain, great finds, and lots of good pictures. All in all a great trip.
Have you ever been to Brimfield? Do you plan to go? Have any tips to share with others or questions to ask? I’ll do my best to answer!