Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Brimfield Fair Diary~Day Two

 Day two, for us, at the Brimfield Fair, which is actually the last day of the fair~hoping to get some good deals.  We hit the road early and planned to start at the very beginning of the one mile stretch of venues. You can see us parking at the church and heading to the tents in this 30 second video below. This post is more of a video diary, and I don't have any experience uploading videos. Yesterday the one video I uploaded directly quickly became unavailable, so today I am using YouTube...you can skip the videos, of course!

Next we approach the tents, and look how amazing it all is!! Another 30 second snippet of the shops.

 We try to go in rows and came across this very pretty tent all set up like a store.  This is where I got a few things, to include a very sweet little blue and white handled dish~and you will hear how happy I am to discover it as I stumble upon it. This is what Brimfield action is really like!

 This lady did really pretty fall displays, such as stuffing a broken clock with a bird's nest.
 As I paused to take this shot of a needlepoint chair, Sue informed me that she threw one out just like it!  Gah! Argh!
 Isn't this garden potting bench sweet with the faucet attached above a sink~just for show...cute anyway.
 Oh look~purple transferware, but it is only a pile of the same college souvenir dishes for William and Mary at $50 each. No thanks....

 My prom days are over, but I bet Rachel Ashwell would have loved this pink dress. It was $150.
We are headed down another alleyway of tents. Sometimes it is just so fun to be with your BF sharing discoveries together~and a few laughs too!

This fabulous bed was going to be mine for $100 if I wanted it~the dealer was really trying to make me take it home. I would have if I had the extra room, I love beds with wrap around footboards.
We were getting excited because a lot of these prices seemed better than the day before, and the dealers were giving bigger discounts.
These things reminded me of Kim from Savvy Southern Style...
Sue and I both loved this old cabinet~what a great coffee or wine bar this would make.
This piece is from German Favorite Antiques, a shop in Leesburg Virginia.
Someone made their cart look all dolled up with these cute fabrics! We continued shopping and walking and looking and talking and...I even grabbed a delicious home made donut after they handed us free samples!

 And then it happened, I saw a real live purple transferware vegetable bowl.  At this point I was so desperate for a great piece that I didn't care that this bowl was almost $100! But I asked what her best price was, and she said $60~SOLD! This next video captures the moment!!

 I was equally elated to find this very nice toile remnant in purple. It had dogs and roses~the perfect combination in my humble opinion. It will make a pair of nice pillows or a kitchen valance. Price was $20, but I got it for $10!
 A client of mine is due to have her third baby anytime now, so when I saw this darling dish I got it for her.
A nice enamelware coffee pot in such a great color~headed to my Etsy shop.
 This three piece set of blue and white with gold is very shabby~and will go in my Etsy shop too.
Another pretty trio, this french vanity set will go on my vanity. I am in love with this robin egg blue color.
So these are some of my treasures that I brought home. I got a lot of other smalls I didn't show off alone.
I ended up making more videos the second day than taking pictures. I forgot to take a picture of Sue's oil painting that she found, but it is in the final video below. Back at the car, loading our stuff, and I realize now that I cannot turn the camera and expect the screen to turn with me, like you can with an iPhone....so sorry about the sideways element...

Thanks for coming to the Brimfield Fair in Massachusetts with Sue and me~


  1. Yep, you were right...I love the purple veggie bowl...guess what? I used to have the plate that matched! It was a piece Shawn bought me like 20 years ago and I had no idea what it was or why he bought purple because I didn't have anything purple at the time! It broken somewhere along the way and I think I pieced it back together and strangely, sold it to a professor at OU who was doing some research on the clay/earthenware used in Staffordshire pieces. Good deal you got on a quality piece.

    The blue pieces are from the Aesthetic Movement (see my post here:http://nancysdailydish.blogspot.com/2010/03/aesthetic-movement-and-transferware.html)
    You'll do good on those! I may have told you already but the Aesthetic Movement transferware was named the most collectible antique a few years ago..that's because most of the earlier 1800's stuff is already taken up my transferware collectors). I LOVE pieces from this time period though. Two of my kids sort of collect it...it's very artsy and so are they!

    Well, I am sure Sue has learned the error of her ways by throwing that chair out. I bet a zillion readers are gasping over that one! So funny!

    Glad you all had such fun!

    Maybe sometime I will tag along~ I wish! I WILL if I ever get some $! ha



  2. meant to say broke not broken...gosh I hate doing that!

  3. Loved this, and loooved your goodies aka loot that you came home with ! Your video was so great, the energy in the air was palpable.....I can so relate to your excitement seeing something you set out to find.
    Just love it all...cannot wait to go myself, you two are like your antique hopping Thelma and Louise:)

  4. What fun and great stuff. Oh, that bed for $100. That is gorgeous. Too bad you have no place for it. If it is a queen I wish I had it. Yes, love the demijohns, but not wild about those made like that.

  5. Hmmmm....I should have been out hunting for that bed! Glad you had such a fun day!

  6. I live so close, but have never been to the Brimfield Fair! My clients and friends think I'm crazy. They might be right...this looks AMAZING!

  7. So fun! We really are great companions! Let me know when you want to go again! I LOVE my stuff!!! and you too!!!

  8. Ohmygoodness ... I want to go, I want to go! Are you exhausted from looking at all of those gorgeous treasures? I want the pink prom dress. LOL.

  9. Amy- What fun. I could feel the excitement of the day watching you guys there. I am SOOO happy you found a violet transfer piece...and the price wasn't AWFUL! Loved trailing along for the trip with you. xo Diana

  10. What a wonderful trip. I see several things I would have gotten for my white and blue dining room.

  11. Looks just like Round top, 9 days I will be there! Going to get the oil change this weekend and head on down to south Texas! My girls, my sisters and me!

  12. Just listened to some of the videos! Your accent, I thought you were french by the name of your blog, just kidding. But, fun to put your voice with your face. Parking the car got a smile out of me.

  13. LOVED the vids, especially that purple transferware! And the toile with the doggies...great stuff.
    And I didn't have to schlep around Brimfield!

    Congrats on your piece in Romantic Homes, it's about time.

    Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog!

  14. Beautiful transferware bowl and how about that with the discounted price???!! Lucky you! Looks like a great place to find some vintage treasures!~Hugs, Patti

  15. Loved all your treasures and happy you came away with a beautiful veg bowl.

    I have to be honest...the best part of the videos was listening to your great Mass accent!!

    Glad it was a fun 2 days.

    janet xox

  16. There's nothing better than great junking with the best of friends. Thanks for sharing your adventures with me. My best friend and I traveled from Texas for the first time to Brimfield in May 2010. We came back again this past May with two of my grown daughters. We had a wonderful time, good shopping and the best laughs. I've posted some of our Brimfield time on my blog, if you'd like to take a look. We are already counting the days until next year's trip.



  17. That was fun! So glad you took videos, I really want to go next year! You got some really pretty pieces!

  18. I am sooo jealous you went to Brimfield! Those purple and white William and Mary plates made me smile.

  19. I loved hearing your accent too. One of my bff's here is from Mass. I love the accent! I love the picture, from day one, in the Motel room. Reminds me of my daughter and I after a day at Disneyland. Wiped out but happy! Thanks for sharing your experience.


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