If you’ve been a reader of this blog for any significant amount of time, you’ve probably heard me mention The Brimfield Antique Show. For newcomers out there, The Brimfield Antique Show is the largest outdoor antique show/flea market in the U.S. It runs from a Tuesday to a Sunday three times a year in May, July, and September. This amazing explosion of antiques takes place in the small town of Brimfield, MA, just a bit west of Sturbridge.
Brimfield is a showground for the old, the common, the unique, and the just plain weird. It’s a mix of antiques, raw materials for creation, junk, and true artistry in the way of upcycling and re-creation. As a person who loves a deal and a treasure hunt, it’s irresistible. A good chunk of any Christmas money I get goes into the “Antiques Fund” in the hopes of a trip to Brimfield.
I go for the fun of the hunt and the possibility that I might find unique treasures to use in my home or cool gifts for others. Each show, I decide if I want to try to “see it all” (or at least walk through every field–you can never really see it all), or focus on going slowly through favorite fields. This year, my best Brimfield buddy and I went the slow route and hit our favorites: Quaker Acres, New England Motel, The Meadows, and a bit of Hertan’s, Brimfield Barn, Central Park, and Mahogany Ridge. The various fields stretch back on each side of a one mile stretch of road and have, as you can see, rather unique names. This may make it seem like we looked through a lot, but I bet we didn’t even get through half of all there was to see.
Want to look through some of our finds? Let’s start with some of the weirder stuff:
Need some extra teeth?
How about a fully stocked dental cabinet?
Maybe you’re looking for an alligator (foot) change purse? We saw about a billion alligator purses, some with heads attached that you could have used with this baby. You may be surprised to hear that I didn’t buy it. 😉
We also found some super cute kitsch, like these owl scissors from Diane at ferdinandhome.
Not only did she have owls, she had something that reminded me of my wardrobe…
Check out this sheet! It almost matches my shirt (which I made from a sheet).
In fact, we found a lot of great fashion at Brimfield. I took fewer pictures than usual because I got so caught up in everything, but here are a few fun finds. My friend Jo-Alice and I think it’s time to bring great hats back.
These look perfect for next winter.
Or maybe you need some cool gear for your motorcycle or bike rides?
Because you never know what you might see at Brimfield, the last time I went with my husband, we created our own game of Brimfield Bingo. We came up with whatever wild and crazy things we thought we might see or that we would be surprised to see and made a checklist. Jo-Alice and I did the same thing. I had a hard time keeping everything in mind because I started to get mesmerized by all the treasures, but Jo-Alice was a pro. Here’s our list:
We found everything but #8 and our bonus. Pretty good! Brimfield Bingo is still in its early stages. Should there be a prize? Actually finding this stuff feels like a prize in and of itself, but I’ll take suggestions.
Here’s our non-traditional bike (#5):
I think it folds up! I tried to convince my husband that this was the kind of “new” bike he should get when his old one died, but somehow, he didn’t go for it. Oh, well.
Maybe we should have put a hot air balloon basket on our list!
Speaking of baskets, check out these beauties!
This shop was owned by Robert Markey of Christiby’s and was filled with gorgeous baskets, wool blankets, and all the things you’d love to see in your dream cabin or hunting lodge.
Check out these gloves. They are so beautiful. Can you imagine how much work it would have been to add all those beads?
I always love the kitchen and home stuff at Brimfield, too. Here’s a nice selection of Catherineholm pots.
I also found this cool shaving mug (I originally thought it was some kind of tea cup) with a picture of “The Old Man of the Mountain“. Sadly, the Old Man fell off the mountain a few years back, but now we have a picture of him! I got this for my husband.
Unfortunately, it won’t work with his shaving supplies after all, but maybe it should hold a succulent and an air plant. What do you think?
We always love to look through the printmaking blocks. I think these were used to make saris. Jo-Alice uses them to make impressions in clay.
So, what did I get in the end? Not a lot of quantity, but some fun stuff, nevertheless.
I got this shirt. I love the floral print.
I also got some clip-on earrings and a necklace for me, as well as the shaving mug for my husband (which is mine now 😉 ), and a sweet bug book and two handkerchiefs for my girls.
I’d say it was a successful trip. We walked for 10 hours (minus maybe 15 minutes when we sat down for a snack and some water), found a billion treasures, learned new things, and ate good food. It was an education, as always, and a ton of fun.