Okay, so I am not on top of posting lately, but if you are reading this, you're still with me. And for that, I appreciate you and Thank You!
After dreaming of attending Brimfield Antique Show (Massachusetts) for several years, I finally went.
Brimfield is one of the largest outdoor antique fairs in the country. It is held three times a year and pulls a big crowd. Even Martha Stewart is a fan, I've heard she marks it on her calendar. This May's fair is covered on her website under the Home & Garden tab for those of you who are curious and are looking for more information.
The whole experience is a bit overwhelming. The show draws thousands of vendors from all over the country. There is more ground to cover than you could possibly do in one day. I think??? Perhaps that's why the show runs for almost a whole week.
Well, I went early on a Saturday morning and I am sharing my experience and a few of the hundreds of pictures that I took.
I saw plenty of things that I was interested in buying, like the beautiful prints above, but I just kept holding off in case I should find something better. Suddenly I didn't know what I liked or what I wanted. I was too overwhelmed.
I did like these painted well buckets when I first saw them, cute to have plants in, I thought. But then I saw that they were made in China and they kind of lost their appeal.
Now, these perforated tin buckets above, I absolutely love, especially now that I am sitting in front of my computer and looking at them again. At the time that I took the picture, I didn't really see them. I just thought "nice buckets"and took a picture.
A bit morbid perhaps, but I find this animal skull attractive. Can't quite put my finger on why.
On the right, really cool, lobster traps made into lamps. I like rusty old, wiry stuff, and clever repurposing.
Repurposing again, old license plates made into bird houses. Not my taste, too whimsical for me, but fun and different.
I bet the wooden stakes with herb names didn't sell all that well. Don't you look at those and think "wouldn't those be really easy to make yourself"?
Yeah, I thought so too.
Hey you gardeners with great imaginations, can you see the female wire mannequin dressed in moss or succulents? You know, make it in to a garden sculpture. I'm sure it could be done, I'm just not one of those handy crafty people who could do it.
On the left, professional Brimfield shoppers.
On the right, a former professional locked up (by husband I assume).
Perhaps if I had bought one of these totally hot bikes...
...my feet wouldn't have gotten so tired.
Anyhow, five hours later, the crowds were thickening,
and it was time to head back home.
I almost ended up leaving without anything in my hands. What a shame that would have been. Towards the end I found this old wooden beer box, originally $65 but haggled it down to $20. Perfect for my Swedish magazines and a couple of books. Ooooh, and I also found the antler in the picture, and that I paid $10 for, without haggling. I thought the price was reasonable as it was.
All the best,