Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Heading to Brimfield!

This year I am finally headed to Brimfield!
Brimfield is considered the largest outdoor antique show in the USA.
There are about 5000 dealers in 21 different venues (or fields).
The fair geographically covers one mile 
on each side of Rt. 20 in Brimfield, Massachusetts.
The fair runs three times a year, May, July and September, and 
is open from Tuesday through Sunday.
This is a map of Route 20 and all of the arrows
 show the location of a venue or field of dealers.
I have always read about Brimfield, 
and considering I am located only 1.5 hours away
 I finally decided to go see what all the excitement is about.
 How come I waited so long?
It is something you want to do with a
 like minded, antique loving buddy, so when my GF Sue asked me,
there was no second guessing~I was totally up for it!
Luckily I was able to get a room at this inn, located in nearby Sturbridge Village.
 If you grew up in Massachusetts, Sturbridge Village was always a school field trip destination. 
Old Sturbridge Village  is one of the country's largest living history museums.
 It has historians in costume, antique buildings, 
water powered mills and a working farm. 
Visitors can ride the stage coach, view antiques, tour heirloom gardens,
 meet heritage breed animals and enjoy hands on crafts. 
If you ever vacation in Massachusetts, 
you might plan a trip here with your kids.
This is the kind of thing you will see at Sturbridge Village~its a step back in time. 
But I digress..
I am getting ready for my trip to Brimfield
 to go on the search for vintage and antique goodies!
Sue and I are not going until Saturday. 
I am trying to take a laid back attitude about this trip,
 and not get all hyped up thinking I will miss out on all the good stuff,
 since the show starts on Tuesday.
I figure we will get all the bargains on Sunday!
 We will drive by the city limit sign around 8:30 on Saturday morning,
 find a place to park the car, and then the hunt begins....!
Take a look at these shoppers~hats, bags, fanny packs (ugh), 
reading glasses, measuring tapes, shopping lists and measurements, cash....
plan to dress for the weather, you'll need a backpack 
and/or a big shoulder strap tote bag, good walking shoes
 or wellies if it is wet out, bottled water, and handy wipes.
 Pack a few snacks, as you won't 
want to stop to eat until you are starving.
 I plan on wearing my blue hat I got from MV for sure...
and am getting all the other necessary things ready 
for this epic antique shopping event.
 Linda, the blogger from Juniper Hill, always has a booth at Brimfield. 
I will be stopping by to say hello to her~how fun to meet bloggers in person!
 I won't be carrying any furniture home with me however, 
but you can check out the lovely things she has
 been preparing for Brimfield on her blog by clicking here.
My plan is to look for small items that I can carry easily.
 I want to add to my collection of purple transferware. 
If I see a table like this, I will be a gonner!!
Look at that tall purple pitcher! OMG...heaven help me.
I promise myself I am going to not buy any chandys or mirrors.
Maybe a roll or two of vintage wallpaper. 
We will see how this goes...I fall in love easily with anything old and pretty.
I will be taking my camera so I can document the experience for my blog
and then maybe you all will want to plan a trip to the Brimfield Fair!
 If all goes really well, I might persuade Mr. Maison Decor
 to come out next May with the big trailer so we can
 buy whatever we want, with resale in mind, of course!
 *wink*

27 comments:

  1. I wish i could go with you !!! Looks like fun!!! Hope you have a wonderful trip, take care...luv your dog

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  2. I am going too. You are going to absolutely love it!!! Don't even worry about not getting 'the good stuff' because dealers are changing daily. Not everyone stays for the whole week and new people take their place. One of my favorites is the two huge tents at the beginning filled with vintage clothes and fabulous furniture and smalls. Have fun. Can't wait to hear how much you love it and that you will never miss it again:) LOL
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

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  3. Oh, how I wish I were going! Have FUN!!! Can't wait to see your treasures :)

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  4. How fun! I live in Birmingham, AL so this is not on the radar for me, but I am going to live vicariously through you! Can't wait to see your finds. M.

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  5. What a dream trip! Can't wait to hear all about it! You look adorable in that hat too. Have fun!!

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  6. Sooooo envious! Antiques and in such a beautiful area of the US!

    ~Chris

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  7. Hey Amy, this sounds like so much fun. Can someone say "died and went to heaven"!! I'd get lost there and just wander for days. Be sure to take tons of photos so the rest of us can live vicariously thru you! xo Debra

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  8. Oh I've been to Sturbridge Village and it was great! But I have never been to Brimfield. Can't wait for the tour.

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  9. I look forward to your Brimfield post. I have always wanted to visit the sale, but I just can't make it that far from home. I hope you do find some vintage wallpaper. I am loving wallpaper these days!

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  10. Oh my goodness! I can't even tell you how jealous I am. I have been wanting to go since I was in college and never am up there at the right time (or when I have been my little ones have not been up for the trip =)..

    Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  11. Sounds like my kind of weekend! I will be looking forward to your pictures. You look pretty in blue btw!

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  12. I am in complete envy!! That is so great Amy...and I CAN'T wait to hear and see all the treats you bring home.. have a wonderful time!
    xoxo
    Caroline

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  13. Wish I were there with you. Cynthia (the daily basics) is working at one of the tents where you can rest. You probably knew that already from Twitter though!

    I'd say have fun, but it goes without saying. You will have fun! Just think of jealous me that can't go! ;-( just kidding about being jealous...sort of! lol

    Hugs,

    Nancy

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  14. I'm headed there Thursday because that's the day May's Field opens - hope the rain stops by then!

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  15. Wow! Brimfield is my heaven!!!
    I wanna be in this place with you!
    Bye, monica (italY)

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  16. Oh my goodness, i wonder how you're gonna resist some fabulous piece of furniture or a heavenly mirror??? This will be interesting!

    Cindy

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  17. Amy...I am so jealous!! I am DYING to go and even tried to go in Sept. but now counting to go in the spring..too much going on over here right now! But I CANNOT WAIT to go!!!!! Roadtrip with one of my good friends...fun fun fun. Cannot wait to hear all about your experience there!!! Hope you will take lots of pictures..have fun!

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  18. Oh Amy, I'm so jealous! I would love to do that too someday. Brimfield flea market is so popular...you're going to have lots of fun shopping! Think about moi...I'll be your invisible tag along.
    -Marie

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  19. I can't wait to see your pictures! LOVE that violet transferware too! I hope you find a few fun pieces to bring home! xo Diana

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  20. I am getting so excited...but first I have to welcome the new kiddies at school! I am thinking of checking out goodwill for a wheeled cart?! And I will not forget the Vino for the "pretty oldies"!

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  21. Amy, you lucky girl you! I can't believe that you live that close and this is the first time you've planned a trip to go. Girl, I would be there every year. Just looking at all that good stuff would have me spending like a wild woman.

    Can't wait to see what you come home with. Have loads of fun.

    hugs
    sissie

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  22. Ok, sounds like many of you wish you were going! I might do some videos for the blog so you can really get a feel for this event. Hey, Ms. Mickey, can't wait, and thanks for suggesting we make the trip!

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  24. You're going to have a wonderful time. I live in Texas , so we can only come once a year. We won't get back until next May. We've already booked our place to stay and are saving for next year . I can't wait to see your photos. Please stop by my blog to see a few posts on our trip this past May.

    Smiles,

    Carol

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  25. Even living out here on the prairies, I've always heard of the Brimfield show. Once a friend found our family crest there and brought it home to me as a gift. You can see it hanging in my living room in some of the pics in my blog. I'm thrilled for you...I hear that it is a wonderful adventure. Happy hunting! Cherry Kay

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  26. Ooooh, it looks incredible! I hope you have the *best* time! And that you want to buy everything there...or maybe that wouldn't be such a good thing!!

    Sarahx

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  27. LOVE YOU Amy ♥♥♥ Thanks for mentioning us in your blog, I am so excited to see you Saturday!!!! You should make sure to wear some sort of boots, a lot of the fields are muddy from the rain, thankfully we are dry on our field. We are located roadside at "Stephens Place". Although the rain has been horrible, we have had some wonderful customers that have braved the weather, we are looking forward to a great weekend!
    XOXOXO Linda

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