I can honestly say that I went into the Antiques Show completely blindfolded. As a first timer to the event, I had no idea what to expect or how big Brimfield on opening day would be. A few of the gemr team members hopped into the car on Tuesday morning and drove down to Brimfield, MA. After a little over two hours passed, we drove into the tiny town of Brimfield, past the old downtown and the one Subway restaurant and parked among some other cars outside of an old church. The first thing that hit me when I got out of the car was the heat. After being in the AC for the past couple hours though, it was a nice change.
The three of us split up quickly once different booths began to catch our eyes. I was shocked at the wide range of items that were out on display- from mainly jewelry booths to handmade wooden furniture, I was already lost in the gravitational pull of Brimfield.
Obviously, the first booth that caught my eye was one FULL of jewelry. The woman working the booth practically ran over to me as soon as she saw my eyes wander to the turquoise rings. “That one’s $45, but for you honey, I’ll do $25.” she said, and naturally I fell for it, as if she truly liked me that much to cut the price in half. That’s just something I have to work on.
Vintage Coca Cola bottles in old wooden crates were extremely popular, but then again, who doesn’t love that look? Before I took a picture of the glass bottles, I mentioned to the owner how neat they were. “Ya, looks like everyone here has them…” She mumbled as she walked away. And that’s when it hit me. There’s such a wide range of characters at Brimfield. Either sellers are totally interested in you, or they could care less. If they have what you want, they know you’ll buy it.
As the day went on and the sun got hotter, I became physically and mentally exhausted. My advice for anyone headed to Brimfield in the future: bring water, cash, and a comfortable pair of shoes. It is truly a pickers paradise, and if you’re ever in the area, take a walk around! You never know what you’ll find. And as for me, I walked away with a beautiful turquoise ring and a successful day of picking!