Sep 12, 2012

Brimfield Trip Report and Tips

The deed is done...I went to Brimfield Antique Show last Saturday and left a changed woman! I cannot even begin to explain the immense nature of this event. I arrived early, got through my detailed list (a must-have to stay on track!), and left as the crowds started swelling around noon. It's amazing how many people invade such a small town for this event!

Want to see a sampling of what I picked up for my "Curated Powder Bath" plan???  Remember, my objective is a "collected" look with layers that tell a story and create interest in the small space.  Most of these items will go on the wall in a gallery style (minus the rug, of course)...

Old Abe - I simply couldn't turn this (heavy) guy down.  He was likely an old book-end that lost his mate.  Now he serves as the perfect petite bust.

8-Point Antlers - I need to mount these suckers in a classy way (that may be an oxymoron).

 Bright Pakistani Rug - for only $65, this unique rug had me at "hello".

 Butterfly Print (placed in a frame) - from "The Butterfly Book" published in 1898.  Way more intriguing than the Ikea butterfly print I showed you {here}....and, amazingly, cheaper at a mere $3.

Giant No. 3 - I was looking for a letter but stumbled upon this number instead, and figured it appropriately represented our little family of three.  It was originally used to post (likely cheaper) gas prices on a highway billboard.

 Abstract Oil Painting - this large painting was only $1...yes, they have "everything's one dollar" booths at Brimfield!  This probably was painted by a starving (but inspired) artist, who would still be starving at the price I paid...

Modern Art in Rustic Frame - I love black and white, and while my 2-year-old could do this, the patina sold me.  It totally grows on you...I promise.  The "artist" and guy who sold it to me was a little-bit wacky, but said he was being featured on the A&E show called "FLEA" in Jan 2013.  Jury is still out on if that show even exists...

Oh, and I have to share two additional items with you that I picked up during our End of Summer Trip to Portland, Maine a few weeks ago:

 My Beloved Federal-style Mirror - at only $35 I didn't jump at the opportunity, I LEAPED!

Seascape Painting - a perfect souvenir for our trip to Portland, a dreamy one-of-a-kind painting of the Maine shore.

Now a few handy tips for shopping at a large outdoor antique show, based on my Brimfield trip :
1. Make a list - this will keep you on track and keep you from spending money on things you don't need. Do some research ahead of time so you know fair pricing. (I checked out pricing on for most of my items.)
2. Arrive early in the day. The early bird totally gets the worm and avoids sunburn.
3. If the show lasts multiple days, I recommend going toward the end of the show. You'll get better deals from vendors who don't want to pack everything up and take it back home
4. Bring a backpack - packed with sunscreen, some reusable bags, a measuring tape, a bag lunch, and plenty of water.
5. Have cash, preferably small bills, on hand. And, if you have a budget, stick to it!
6. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. You don't have to look cute for this...
7. Kindly barter. Most vendors don't expect you to pay full asking price, so do your research in advance and respectfully propose a cheaper price and be willing to work with their counter. I found most items could be purchased at 20% off the "asking" price.
8. If you see something you absolutely must have, buy it then and there. It likely will be gone if you come back for it later.
9. If possible, take a large vehicle.  Or, take a friend with a large vehicle. Or, at the very least, clean out your car to maximize stowing space.
10. Select your shopping companions wisely - this is not for the feint of heart or will, press on and your relationship will endure the stresses of crowds, constant visual stimulation, and antique overload.  I left my babe at home with Dad and said a silent prayer for every parent there who chose to bring their kiddo - true heroes and saints in my book.
11. Take a moment to people watch.  You'll be glad you did...

What do you think of my finds?  You'll better understand what (seemingly crazy...) eclectic look I'm going for if you check out the inspiration board and photo {here}.  Have you ever been to a crazy huge antique show like Brimfield?  They do it 3 times a year, so you'll have to join me next May!!!


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