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Brimfield Antique Show

July 27, 2009

Last weekend friends and I visited The Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, MA to search for unique finds. Each of us had our own shopping mission like antique bookshelves, colored glass bottles and some funky Pyrex bowls. An insider at my favorite antique store in NYC confirmed that Brimfield was a huge show with a ton of vendors that happens three times a year: May, July and September. Although the July show is supposed to be a little smaller than the other two, due to the middle of the summer timing and hot weather, this is the biggest antique market I have ever seen! I would say there were hundreds of vendors and you would need multiple hours and a lot of stamina to even attempt to see them all.

We spent about 4 hours walking through the market and stopping for lunch at the food court when our feet began to hurt and we were desperate to sit down. We refueled with fresh falafel pita sandwiches and homemade organic iced green tea. Plus, there was a man and his guitar singing classics like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and Cat Stevens to distract us from the heat.

After lunch we wrapped up our booth exploration and at the end of the day we each had at least one bag in our hands. I found a whole assortment of colored glass bottles including a huge green glass wine jug from Italy and some funny old apothecary containers.  My favorite is the Straubmuller’s Elixir Tree of Life-Since 1880, “Nectar of The Golden Life of Health and Vitality”. We found a vendor that silkscreens old prints on burlap and canvas and turns them into pillow cases and upholstry for chairs and ottomans. We couldn’t bargain them down low enough for a chair, so we snagged the pillowcase instead! La Casita from Florida said they would be launching a website soon where they intend to sell all of their creations – I’ll keep you posted if I get the announcement email. Our friends did find their blue dot Pyrex bowl and rustic wall hooks for hanging plants, $1/each! I think I own the same ones from Anthropologie that we paid at least $8 for – good find!

Italian Wine Jug

Italian Wine Jug

Tree Of Life Elixir

Tree Of Life Elixir

Silkscreen Grains Pillow Case

Silkscreen Grains Pillow Case

Everyone was a little disappointed that we didn’t have any furniture items to bring home but the lack of a big purchase made us consider a follow-up trip to the September show. My insider at Olde Good Things in New York, who also sells at Brimfield, told me that the September show is the best time for deals since all the vendors want to rid of their current inventory to make room for new stuff to collect and then sell next spring.

The next Brimfield Antique Show:

September 6-11, 2009


Olde Good Things is a great store for really good antique finds in the city and elsewhere. They carry everything from chandeliers to farm tables to old seltzer bottles. My favorite item that they stock are old tin ceiling tiles. I have been eyeing these ever since I discovered this store when I first moved to the city. I finally made a purchase last month to add some character to my current apartment and to have something fun to hang on an empty wall once we move. They come in a variety of colors and patterns and will add some rustic charm to any home.

Antique Tin Tile from Olde Good Things

Antique Tin Tile from Olde Good Things

Union Square
5 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
(between 5th &Union Square)
9 am to 7 pm daily

124 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
(between 6th & 7th Avenues)
9 am to 7 pm daily

Additional locations in Los Angeles and Scranton, PA.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. jack turner permalink
    July 28, 2009 1:58 pm


    Loved the Blog. Interesting, entertaining, and very well done. good luck.
    Love, your future pain- in -the- you know where, father in law. WOW!

  2. Cynthia permalink
    July 31, 2009 6:19 pm

    Ooo – I love what I see on the Olde Good Things website! I am glad there is still a way for me to absorb your amazing style even when I can’t see you daily.

  3. August 1, 2009 5:46 pm

    Very interesting article. Very informative.

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