On Friday, my mom and I took the day off from work to go the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts. The show, founded in the 1950’s, is massive; hundreds of dealers hawk everything from high-end items to dime store tchochkes. Since I knew it would be a bit overwhelming, I went with a little list:
- Bench for our foyer
- Side tables for the living room
- Small bedside table for the guest room
Hunting for these specific items kept me focused and prevented me from bringing home a bunch of knick-knacks that I really don’t need. The best part of the rainy, cold day was watching my mom pick up some household item (old iron, 1970’s bowl, sewing machine, vintage Coca-Cola cooler…) and hearing her say “Oh my, I have one of these in the attic! How much is it?”
There was loads of eye candy and plenty I would have bought if budget and space allowed.
While I didn’t find everything on my list, I didn’t leave the show empty handed. I found a little table for our guest room for $12:
When we arrived, the very first dealer we visited was selling some really interesting antique shutters. When we headed back to the car I was still thinking about them, so we stopped by and the “shutters” were still there. They’re actually pieces of Chinese room dividers, and I bought two for $20 a piece. I started cleaning them up yesterday and plan to spray paint them a high-gloss burgundy. They’ll likely find a home in our foyer.
I’m glad we went to the show but not sure I would go again. There are so many dealers spread out over such a large area that it’s impossible to see everything if you don’t have a favorite dealer and know where they’re located in the sea of tents. Also, not being educated about antiques made us question the prices – we had no idea what was a good deal and what was a rip-off.
Are any of you fond of antiquing? What’s the best deal you’ve scored at an antique show or shop?