Hi, friends! It’s been a few weeks since I have posted because…I was getting ready for Brimfield! Long-time readers will know my love of antiques, and there’s no better outdoor antique flea market than the Brimfield Antiques Flea Market in Brimfield, MA! Brimfield happens three times a year from a Tuesday to a Sunday. There are shows (flea markets) in May, July, and September, and the May show just finished. I went on Saturday this year.
When I go to Brimfield, I go big or go home–not with what I buy, but with how I shop. I love getting there early in the morning and walking around all day looking at everything, with a few breaks for lunch and snacks. By the end of the day, I’m tired, dirty, and very, very happy. I have a hard time calling it a day and heading for home. Why go so crazy? Because it’s fun! It’s fun to completely geek out about something you like!
Along those lines, I spent the two weeks leading up to Brimfield, as many sewists will understand, sewing myself a new outfit. That was a tight timeline for me, but I did it! I’ll share more about that in another post, once I get some pictures. For now, how about some pictures of Brimfield? We can pretend you’re going along with me. 🙂
This mile-long strip of road has fields full of antique dealers on each side. I like to park in the middle and then start at one end and work my way down.
This year I went by myself. Sometimes when I am by myself, I try to get through everything quickly so I can see it all. At other times I go more slowly and really look at everything and talk to the dealers. You learn so much from the dealers–it’s a real history lesson on everyday items. This year I took the slower option. I didn’t get to every field, but I had a great time looking and talking to people.
My starting point. This field has a fun vintage clothing tent. I don’t usually buy anything, but I like to look. Check it out…
So much sewing inspiration!
After checking out a little of the Mahogany Ridge Field, it was time for one of my newer traditions–a Faddy’s doughnut! A friend tipped me off to this stand, and she was not kidding–these doughnuts are amazing. I love the Boston Creams.
Sadly, I never made it back to try their ice cream later in the day. Maybe another time…
And on to other field! I went over to J & J, a field that is only open for a few days, to say thanks to a dealer who sold me some beautiful embroidery scissors for a great price last year. They were a gift for a family member, and were very well received.
I could tell I wasn’t moving too fast, so I decided to focus on a few of my other favorite fields: New England Motel, Midway, and Central Park, not to mention stopping back at Quaker Acres to shop and drop things off at the car.
Let’s go shopping!
Oh, it was so fun to look at everything!
So, what did I actually buy? Surprisingly little, and nearly all sewing-related. 🙂
I got a few gifts for my family, and also found something for a friend. I had a few things I was looking for at the request of family members as well, but I didn’t find them. I do like having a specific things to look for, though, so the hunt was fun.
The weather was absolutely perfect, and I had a great time. I hope you can make it to Brimfield someday or an antiques flea market near you!