Brimfield 2010

I’m back from Brimfield, tired, not broke and a little sunburned. Overall feel? Eh, I didn’t find anything amazing that I needed. Well expect for an old watering can, kinda lame but it’s perfect. Maybe I’ve gotten picker? I did check out a lot of tilt top candlestick tables, chairs and beds. But honestly I thought everything was too pricey and nothing was really outstanding. I am looking for more and better examples of early american furniture in beautiful cherry or maple wood.

I had a lot of fun looking. I met up with the ladies of design*sponge. Check out a cute photo of Amy Merrick, Amy Azzarito and Grace Bonney below. And I bumped into fellow boston twitter friend and blogger Julieann of CreateGirl. Having some girltime was the best part.

I think auctions might be a better bet for me. Leave me a comment if you know of any good ones coming up in New England.

p.s. see a photo of me and the girls over at d*s including some of Grace and Amy’s finds.






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26 Comments

  1. I always find July to have more of the less-expensive little treasures I used to find all the time. We ended up with a (fake, plastic) Federal mirror, which I painted white. Not everything I was hoping for, but a find nonetheless. :) Great photos!

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  2. sooo jealous. love your photos of the goods. I have wanted to go to Brimfield forever! As soon as my kids get a little older I’m leaving the H and heading north. lucky gal you!!

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  3. I had been intending to go but blew the budget on the garden. I was happy to read your update on this year’s event. Maybe September will be better?

    For great auctions, try Boston’s reputable Skinner auction house http://www.skinnerinc.com/index.php or else try Artfact.com for an extremely broad range of auctions. Happy hunting!

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  4. Oh how I wish we had a Brimfield out here on the West Coast! Looks like so much fun!…and that green grass, I am jealous!

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  5. I felt like I was being too specific too…or else my company was distracting me too much. Nevertheless, I did come out with a great art deco floor lamp which was a good price. Also when I was fishing for a pair of cheap sunglasses in a bin, I found a pair, that when I put on helped me to see crystal clear. Time to get my perscription filled!

    I don’t know if you know of this site, artfact.com, but I’ve recently discovered. I spend HOURS looking at it. If you find a good one, let me know!

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  6. Also was a little disappointed @ Brimfield this year… My friend Kelly and I go every year and noticed that at least 6 vendors (the more popular ones) that we look forward to seeing were not there this time? Wonder why? Hope they are back in July… Of course found a few small things to make us happy:)Vermont tote, stone bunny for garden and labled Maple syrup bucket to use for a cute trash bin..

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  7. Hi Katy,

    I went to Brimfield today and I was thoroughly disappointed. In fact, I typed into google, “brimfield too expensive” because I wanted to find other people that felt the same way I did. And, that is actually how I found your blog (which is great, by the way).

    Brimfield was sooo overpriced, and there were a lot of the same things spread across way to many vendors. I did get a cool wooden box for $10. But I can say that I will probably not be going back there again.

    Take care!

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  8. I am just catching up on your blog – a great way to spend a Saturday morning. What do you think about the annual antiques show in Union or Blue Hill (Maine)? I always want to go and them lose track of the dates. Have you ever been to a James Cyr auction in Gray, Maine? I’ve found some interesting things there in the past but haven’t been able to get there recently. I really appreciate your listing of antiques shows in New England.

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  9. So jealous, I really wanted to take a trip back East this year for it. Maybe the next one. Have you ever done the 500 mile flea market down South? I want to do that one too -it’s in the summer.

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  10. I love your blog! I had planned to be at Brimfield but a humongous vet bill blew the budget! I was at Todd Farm the same day u were several weeks ago and scored some great fabrics from the same gal. The great find that day was a little lavender european linen pillow that has cured me of insomnia (I keep it on my bedside table.) Have u shopped The Stock Market in Manchester? Frequent visits will surely result in lovely treasures! This week I found a lovely little silver lamp. Today I’m off to be inspired by Cottages & Castles in Rockport…to benefit the glorious new music hall.

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  11. My mother and i went to the show and oh my goodness… how overwhelming!!! We’re tag-salers so it was hard to find things that were appropriately priced like you said. We also made the mistake of paying to get into May’s Antique Market which was quite disapointing- talk about overpriced. My favorite tent was the one you pictured above with loads of spools and wooden boxes. I bought several that I will be using in an Etsy photo shoot… so exciting! It sounds like it was a good time though, at least you found a watering can!

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  12. Mary,

    I did it all. Started at Mays around 9:45 am. Honestly I saw some cool stuff but in my head I was like, I could totally find this waay cheaper.

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  13. well if you’re like me, the “hunt” is most of the fun! looks like you had a great weather and great company at least. and I love your watering can! been keeping my eye out for a big one (without a big pricetag) myself.

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  14. I was there yesterday and was a bit disappointed in the pickings — I didn’t buy a thing. What lot(s) did you go to?

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  15. Tess,

    A lot of dealers hate you taking photos. I learned this lesson a few years ago. I hardly took any photos and focused on the looking and talking with friends.

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  16. Well, at least you had fun. It looks like you met up with some great people in spite of the offerings! Please let us know if you find any good auctions.

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  17. Hi Katy. Sorry you didn’t find much at Brimfield. I came home with a few choice finds, and I found the prices this year either cheap flea market cheap or laugh out loud high.

    You mentioned auctions – these can be great and I regularly attend a few weekly auctions here in CT. Check out the website http://www.auctionzip.com for auctions near you. Most of the listings have photo previews of what is up for auction – so much fun to look through from the comfort of home!

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  18. That is pretty much how I feel about Brimfiled! I didn’t go this week, but I plan to go in the summer. However, I never really find anything I can’t live without, especially with the price tags that accompany them. It’s just tooo expensive. But it’s nice to stroll about in the sunshine, admiring and taking pictures. (If you don’t get yelled at for doing so by the dealer!)

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  19. Really JulieAnn,
    I saw lots of cool stuff but it was either too dramatic or too 1950’s retro. I’m did see some cute tablecloths. But I seriously don’t need anymore. I think I have two big boxes of my “favorites”.

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  20. I had planned to go to Brimfield today, but wasn’t able to. It seems like there was more press about it than I ever remember before.

    Sorry you didn’t find any treasures, except the wonderful people that you met up with – they are true treasures!

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  21. Hi! I’m in great barrington right now! Headed to brimfield tomorrow – Im sorry it was a bust – it is seriously overhyped I think…….

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  22. I completely agree, came home with just a new tablecloth and a new platter but no real good finds. I thought it was just me being too particular! Maybe I will try some smaller markets this summer.
    It was so nice finally meet in person!

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