Brimfield – 2017

Posted by mrssmythe on July 17, 2017 in Out & About, Shopping, Tag Sale-ing |

I finally made it to Brimfield! After ten years of wondering about the giant antiques show that sets up less than hour down the road from us, I cleared my schedule for a day and just went. I took Pepper with me (Ginger hates to shop), and had CPT A drop us off so we wouldn’t have to bother with parking. And what did we think?

Well, first of all, it’s huge. I had heard it was huge, and I had seen all the tents as we’d driven past, but I don’t think you really get an understanding of how big the show is until you’ve spent a day weaving through the tents and walking down seemingly endless corridors of dealers. We spent a solid four hours walking and still didn’t see half of what was available.

Of course, the crafts caught my eye – in particular, this crazy quilt, which was dated 1884. It was a bit threadbare in places (and I was surprised to see it casually draped on a tarp and out in the sun!), but was still absolutely beautiful.

Also – several samplers, some old afghans, and lots and lots of unframed needlepoint. In fact, you’d be surprised how many needlepoint versions of “The Last Supper” we saw.

I also enjoyed seeing the old toys and books. Many of the toys were ones I remember playing with, and it was like seeing old friends again. I’m sure Pepper got tired of me calling her over so I could introduce her.

Something I didn’t have as a kid but was always curious about – a chemistry set. We saw several of these.

Maybe the most fun, though, was seeing all of the whacky things on display. Several times, we caught ourselves taking mannequins for real people.

We didn’t have that problem with these, though:

They were set up with their backsides to the road and created quite a stir.

In the end, I didn’t buy anything. I was too overwhelmed and am terrible at bargaining. But, these chairs did tempt me. I’m sure our pets would ruin them, though, as soon as I brought them home. They would be covered with cat hair and claw marks.

Someday, though…

From the dining room table, wondering how that gold-toothed hippo head would look in my garden,

Mrs. Smythe



  • Lacey says:

    I should set my trip over to make it with you and I could haggle for you for the chairs. I love to barter-go figure!

    • mrssmythe says:

      The next show is September 5-10 – you could time your visit so we could go together.(That would give me time to start saving ;)).

  • Jenn M says:

    Oh, what a fun place! I can see how it would get overwhelming, but at least now you can say you have been. Does this happen every weekend, or is it a one time per season event?

    • mrssmythe says:

      Brimfield happens three times a year. Each show is a week long. There’s one in May, one in July, and one in September, and the show goes on rain or shine.

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