May 26, 2010

The Brimfield Antique Show Has Been Velly Velly Good to Me

My mom found the Catherine Holm platter at the May Brimfield shows.  Isn't it gorgeous?

The lamp is from Ikea and the orange bowl was a gift. I only have the following information about the candle sticks: I love them they are mine. They were also found at Brimfield.

My mom actually found the cart at a consignment shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan and she just KNEW it belonged in our house.

She is very very wise. And generous.

Here's my Brimfield advice for mid-century design seekers:

- There are a few dealers who specialize in mid-century modern items, but the larger portion of mid-century items will be scattered in a booth that doesn't appear to be focused on mid-century items. It's all about the hunt.
- There are really no bargains to be had at Brimfield: these are serious dealers, and they know what they have. That being said, don't insult them by not asking for a better price. But remember: if you offer a price and they accept it, you don't get to change your mind. YOU BETTER PULL OUT YOUR CASH. I may have learned this lesson the hard way. I may have been yelled at and chased down.
- Brimfield runs from Tuesday to Sunday. I highly recommend going on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.  Early. On Tuesday and Wednesday, booths will assume you are a dealer and give you a decent (but not ridiculously low) price. Also? There are TONS of free fields open those mornings. You can walk for 6 hours both mornings and not see everything.
- Generally, the quality of the items in 'free' fields is slightly lower or more hit-and-miss than fields you pay to get into. But I've found some GREAT pieces in non-paying fields.
- EARLY. Go early. Seriously. For the 'paying' fields, if the field opens at 9:00?  Get in line at 8:30.
- There ARE great mid-century furniture pieces, but very very few are in good condition. Think: leather falling apart, layers of paint, etc.

I hope this is helpful! Maybe I'll see you at the July or September shows?


  1. That cart! Love!

    So what did you actually get at Brimfield? The plate? Which vendor had it? Details, please.

  2. Thanks for the advice! Next time I think I might take a day off work and go on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning like you suggest.

    Every year that I have gone, I hit up the Fiestaware seconds tent. I have a serious addiction to kitchenware in general that I need to stem because my husband and I are not fans of clutter.

  3. AnonymousMay 26, 2010

    My fave is that bowl. I kinda really want one :)

  4. LOVE that cart and what you've done with it! Really love. Xx

  5. Ugh, I'm feeling so jealous of your right now! I love all your finds, including a few things in previous posts (just look at that adorable little red chair!). I wish we had something like this here in Albuquerque, but our idea of an "antique" store is usually just full of old clothes. Not the same, Albuquerque!

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  6. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you find a headband that works for you!:)

  7. I am dying to go to the Brimfield Antiques show. One day soon!


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