What luck to be driving through Brimfield, Massachusetts the same weekend as the Brimfield Antique Show? I swear I didn’t plan this it was just luck! We were driving from Michigan to Portland and we were literally driving right through the show so of course we had to stop. Unfortunately we had a flat tire about an hour before reaching the show but we dropped it off for repair while we shopped. That is strategy if you ask me. The Brimfield show exceeded all my expectations and it was bigger than I ever could have imagined. I can’t wait to go back someday now that I know what to expect.
Picture the biggest flea market you’ve ever been to, then times it by 10. It is literally a straight street with fields of shows on each side. Each field has it’s own characteristics and aesthetic but there is still variety within each show. We didn’t even walk through half of it and we shopped from about 10am – 4pm.
There are some paved roads but you will be walking through a lot of dirt and gravel. I highly suggest good walking shoes and layers of clothing. The morning started off really chilly but by the end we were sweating. There is a great place that serves beer, wine and cider out of a big old barn that was fun to take a break at while otto took a nap and for us to take a brain break. There is so much to see!
I was also very surprised to see so many varied prices. There were booths that were very affordable and of course some higher end booths. The french linens were just stunning and ranged from $50 and up but the silver and pewter tables were $10 a lb so that made for fun digging!
A lot of booths also accepted credit card which was nice because didn’t bring a lot of cash (wasn’t planning on shopping at the giant market!) I wish that we could have come back the next day because i didn’t buy a ton I was just taking it all in. The next day I started thinking about all the treasure I left behind..and had remorse. I guess I just have to go back.. with a Uhaul…
You can drive through the Brimfield show down the main road but it will take you a while. My suggestion is to find one central spot to park and stay there for the day. There are plenty of places to take a break, grab lunch and drinks and kick back and relax while shopping. We had the stroller there also and aside from some pea gravel areas it was relatively easy to navigate around with.
There is not just one “type” of vintage or antique. It is literally a mix of EVERYTHING. Mid century, European, early American and more. It was nice to shop the variety and for the most part I would say it was higher quality vintage but you still have to have a discerning eye for the knock off new items. Most places though made it pretty clear what was new and what wasn’t.
So what did I buy!?! Honestly I had just a great time walking around and looking I was pretty particular. I came home with this AMAZING handmade quilt that was done by an entire village of people. Each family and business has a square. I need to take it to the dry cleaner but i just fell in love with it. I also came home with two mirrors and a couple Ironstone pitchers. (go figure). If you are up for a good road trip I would highly recommend spending some time out there!