The Brimfield Antique Show (AKA The Mother of All Pop-up Fleas)

May 27, 2015

Brimfield Antique Show Blankets

Two weeks ago, on my drive back to Brooklyn from Vermont, I stopped by The Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, MA. The wildly popular pop-up flea market, fondly referred to simply as “Brimfield,” is a treasure trove for antiquers and junk-lovers. This was my first trip to Brimfield, and it actually wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I pictured something similar to fairgrounds at a country fair, but instead, shops were setup along both sides of the main street that goes right through the quaint town of Brimfield. You could wander off the main drag and down pathways, driveways, and dirt roads that were also lined with shops.

Brimfield Antique Show Canvas Baskets Brimfield Antique Show Canvas Baskets Brimfield Antique Show Sea Creatures Brimfield Antique Show Glass Bottles

I admit that it was a bit overwhelming at times–there are thousands of people wandering through the markets, but in general, I had a great time! If you’re able to tag along with someone who’s been the Brimfield before, I’d recommend doing that. Luckily, I was with a group of people that know Brimfield well (they have a tradition of going each year, which I thought was pretty fun!). They acted as our casual tour guides and knew of the best shops to visit and the most convenient place to park. They also knew exactly where to get coffee and amazing donuts–both necessary for an early start at Brimfield!

Brimfield Antique Show Old Photos Brimfield Antique Show Letter Stamps Brimfield Antique Show Spoons Brimfield Antique Show Flannels

Although I didn’t have my heart set on buying anything in particular, I’ve wanted a cowhide rug for quite some time, and I love the idea of hanging an antique American flag as wall art (like this one behind a brown leather chair). So, I looked for both a rug and a flag, and I ended up finding several amazing, affordable cowhide rugs but didn’t make a purchase. I’m hoping to go back in September and get one! Probably my favorite items at Brimfield are those canvas floor baskets and beautiful indigo throws pictured above. And among the most peculiar things I saw where these decorated deer heads…thoughts?

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Have you been to The Brimfield Antique Show before? What did you think? If you enjoy antique shopping and flea markets, I’d highly recommend going, and you’re in luck because there are two more shows this year (July 14-19 and September 8-13)!


(I posted a couple more pictures on Instagram, if you’d like to see.)



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