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Around Town : Brimfield Antique Show

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Last summer I made my first trip to Brimfield with Nick and Corinne. What a treat!  This massive outdoor antique show in Brimfield, Mass has been held thrice annually for decades (May, July, and September), and is one of the largest and best known in the country.  The last Brimfield Antiques Show dates for 2009 are coming up- September 8-13.  If you plan on making the trip, make sure to visit the website for lots of helpful advice, history, and a map of the show.

Nick & Corinne at the hot dog stand

Nick and Corinne- ready for the hunt.

purple glass

This vendor's specialty was vintage purple glass- he had tables of it!

purple glass close up

I bought a small one to display tiny flowers in a windowsill.  I love the way the light shines through, creating purple shadows.

silverware at Brimfield

I think it would be fun to dig through this pile.

eating ice cream

Antiquing can be exhausting- don't forget to stop and enjoy the old fashioned treats.

fancy hat

And what about THIS amazing find??  Nick walked away with this fancy feathery party hat for a mere $15!  That, along with our other treasures (tablecloths, a chenille blanket, postcards, a Japanese pig mask) were great entertainment for the drive home.  A great antique or craft show can be such a fun adventure.  What are your favorite shows, fairs, and markets?


Comments (8)

  • Oh wow! I love the purple glass bottles, so many great things you could do with them.

  • The Mountain Man Rendezvous in Fort Bridger, Wyoming, is my favorite fair to attend. You'll find me there Labor Day Weekend every year - rain or shine - to see what the vendors are selling. It is also a great place to see period dress from the 1800's, people watch, learn about life on the frontier, listen to period music and more. Don't forget to get the root beer or creme soda in the collectible bottles. It's a good time and worth the trip.

  • Ha! Nice hats, guys. Looks like fun.

  • I am coveting those purple bottles. Old glass in my favorite color of all time = heaven.

    I love the antique markets in Lancaster County, PA. It's probably a two hour drive from NYC, but well worth it. Shupp's Grove is one of my favorites. And this summer, they also have a monthly craft fair on site, too!

    I'd definitely suggest a trip to the Philly area for some inspiration. The newest place for handmade shopping is the Schmidt's Piazza's weekend vending fair. It started off slow, but now that there are a ton of cool shops and galleries in the storefronts surrounding the piazza, the vendors are getting more business. I love the Friday wine/beer nights and the Sundae dance parties on...well, Sundays! (

  • While I would love to attend Brimfield and Round Top regularly, it's not possible. However, the Elkhorn Antique Flea Market in Elkhorn WI is pretty faboo! 400-500 antiques/collectibles dealer, (no modern stuff). Last of on the year occurs Sept 27.

  • My favorite market - albeit much smaller - is Abode's Paris Flea Market in Salt Lake City. I've been a few times, but wish that I could go more frequently. Being that I live in Washington, DC, this is quite a challenge...but before each market, they post selected items on their website and I just love to lust over them. Their site is:

  • Amazing event. Absolutely stunning photos, I just love them. Thanks for posting this.

  • Those bottles would look awesome for our bottle-lamp projects! What a great find.

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