|Antique wooden holder, 21st Century washi tape|
I first read about "Brimfield" in magazines such as Country Home and Country Living. When I was able to go to Brimfield ten years ago with Stephanie, it was everything and more than I expected.
Brimfield is a small town in Massachusetts which becomes a destination point three times a year (May, July, and September) when the famous antique show/flea market is set up on either side of U.S. 20. One of the vendors (sellers in a tent) I talked to this time is from Brimfield and she said they have a population of approx. 3,000 but there are 5,000 licensed vendors for the May event. That is just the people who are selling items!
Stephanie's mother-in-law told me about friends (or was it family?) who spent an entire week attending it and never saw everything. Steph and I lasted one morning ten years ago and only a few hours this time. But we still came away with some treasures. There is, of course, very high priced collectible antiques for sale but the most fun we have is walking through the tents and finding items for just a few dollars. Because we only had a small budget.
Oh, and yes... I did read about Amanda Soule being there on her blog here and here! She was there a couple days before we went. She has lovely photos from Brimfield on the first link and shows us items she purchased on the second.
Not to mention Steph and I were there when they were filming an episode of Flea Market Flip! I've never seen it before but I've heard of it. One group was filming near a tent where they had had just purchased an item from the vendor I was talking to. Then we ran into another group filming as they walked near us... Stephanie and I quickly popped into a nearby vendor's tent and hid from the cameras!
Below are photos I took the morning we were there. They are pretty much self explanatory and (thinking of sharing them with you), I tried to catch a variety of objects.