On the Road with TMA: Brimfield, MA Antique Show

Break of dawn - 1st Day of the Brimfield Antique Show

Break of dawn – 1st Day of the Brimfield Antique Show

If you have treasure hunting in your blood, you need to go to the Brimfield Antique show.  In fact, you should add it to your bucket list right now and immediately start planning your trip to the next show.

Three times each year in May, July, & September, Brimfield, a rural Massachusetts town of approximately 3,000 residents, hosts one of the largest antique marketplaces in the world.  The Brimfield show is part carnival, part museum, and part flea market with over 5,000 dealers and 250,000 visitors from all over the world participating in about 20 different shows.  

Brimfield Barn Antique Show

Brimfield Barn

The Vendors of Brimfield

One of the Colorful Vendors of Brimfield

The trading at Brimfield begins at sunrise on Tuesday with a flurry of dealer activity and ends on Sunday afternoon.  Each of the shows opens at a different time throughout the week, so there is constantly unseen merchandise being offered to treasure hunters.  The staggered show openings create a frenzy of sorts among customers and dealers.  Before each show opens, thousands of shoppers swarm the gates waiting to rush inside.  Upon opening, a stampede of antique collectors and dealers rush into the fields and make a mad dash from booth to booth, each trying to beat their competitors out of the best deals.  While standing in line this year we overheard a man tell a story about how he was trampled during a field stampede last year and had his leg broken in three places. (He obviously thought the bargains were worth the risk to life and limb, as he came back again this year for opening day).

Crowd Assembling Prior to the Opening of the Dealer to Dealer Show at Brimfield

Crowd Assembling Prior to the Opening of the Dealer to Dealer Show at Brimfield

More Jewelry Shopping in Brimfield

Jewelry Shopping in Brimfield

Hunting for Jewelry Treasures in Brimfield

Hunting for Jewelry Treasures in Brimfield

Brimfield is not just an antique show, it is an experience.  There are food trucks offering scrumptious treats like lobster roll sandwiches, BBQ ribs, & gyros and there are customers and dealers dressed in vintage and period clothing.  This year we saw some ladies dressed as Rosie the Riveter and a man wearing a 10 gallon hat.  Some of the most fun can be had just sitting back and watching the people carry their treasures — large architectural pieces, benches, paintings, crocks.  People hoist their finds on their backs, lug them around in pull carts, and tie them onto bicycles.   It is a great place to study people and how they interact with one another when money and merchandise are at stake.

D&L Lobster Express - Home of Brimfield's Amazing Lobster Roll Sandwich

D&L Lobster Express – Home of Brimfield’s Amazing Lobster Roll Sandwich

A View from the Road

A View from the Road

We love treasure hunting at Brimfield and have found many wonderful pieces of jewelry there over the years.  Here is a sampling of some of our treasures from this year’s show:

Some of our Treasures from the May 2014 Show

Some of our Treasures from the May 2014 Show

If you love searching for unique antique and vintage treasures and appreciate a carnival-like atmosphere, you will love the Brimfield show.  The next show will be held from July 8-13th.  Hope to see you there!

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