Brimfield Antiques Show Finds ~July 2018~
Hey Modern Farmhouse Girl!
Let me spill a little secret: I'm a fabulous shopper! And if that would be at all helpful to denote on my resume (I'm a professional writer and editor so...I can tell you already: it's not) it would definitely be Skill No. 1. Want to know what I'm even better at? BARGAIN HUNTING! (I just wore an $11 dress to a wedding. It looked like a million bucks!) But underscore on the bargain hunting. Because I want to tell you: the best place to get a good bargain—always—is at an antiques shop (you can haggle on every item!). Even better: An antiques SHOW!
Oh how I love Brimfield. Even on a sweaty July day. (Key takeaway: Arrive as EARLY as possible while it's still cool out and you don't have crowds to contend with!)
While I don't know how long I've been going to the Brimfield Antiques Show, I do know that I ALWAYS have a great time there. And how can you not? Hundreds of dealers hawk thousands of vintage and antiques wares. They've got food trucks. Frozen lemonade. The grilled cheese food truck. Freshly squeezed lemonade. (Take your pick on the beverages, or do as I do: get both.)
The show takes up the whole of downtown Brimfield, MA (which isn't all that big to begin with), but it's really quite impressive. And this year—like last year—I went to the show with my mom and dad, the OG thrifters of my life, who have both taught me to love a great deal! Check out my Instagram for 20 (yes, 20!) fun photos of things at the show that caught my eye this year—and which I snapped yesterday morning on my iPhone.
In the last few years, I've built relationships with some of the dealers I LOVE to visit year after year. And by "relationship" I'm counting everything from 'hey, I follow you on Instagram and stop by to see your set-up each year!' to meeting in-person for coffee to catch up—looking at you, Jessica ;)
Here is a list of my FAVORITE current Brimfield dealers who you should definitely follow on Instagram or go see at a Brimfield show (and there are three every year...May, July and September!)....
- Willow House
- Brianne's Vintage Chic
- Poppi Vernon
- Juniper Vintage *who is also at Shop Crompton - an amazing spot for antiquing in Worcester, MA
- Blue Bandana Relics
- My new favorite as of this year: Lynn Michelle DESIGN who I feel is totally MODERN FARMHOUSE STYLE
- Hunt & Gather VM
- Bird Brain Vintage - for vintage clothing! The cutest!
- The Vintage Warehouse at La Casita Home Decor (I don't think she's on Instagram but she's adorable and very modern farmhouse too!)
- I don't know his name but if you go to Brimfield with me ever, I'll take you to visit him! It's this guy who sells amazing servingware in rainbow colors: think....vintage Pyrex and sooo much jadeite (that amazing vintage green color I love).
WHAT I TOOK HOME
Now, here's a peek at what I took home this year! Of course, it's all in keeping with my favorite look: modern farmhouse style.
Fresh Milk Sign
I have the perfect spot to hang this sweet sign in my living room and loved the story behind it. The dealer told me it was from a dairy farm in Connecticut that closed a few years ago. The farmers let the dealer buy their signs when she promised they would remain appreciated! I have a thing for dairy in Vermont, so I will definitely appreciate this on the daily!
I was actually on the hunt for a pink cake stand (no surprise there!), but fell in love with this imitation glass skep serving dish instead. (A skep is a traditional straw or wicker beehive). I think brownies or cookies will fit perfectly in here!
I've always seen and admired these garden globes at the show in years past, but I've never had a garden space to put one in. Now that I have my condo, this has a spot: right out front along my walkway!
"What Would Joanna Do?" Mug
How perfect is this? (!!!!!) Joanna Gaines, if you're reading, you should have one too! And it's from my new favorite Brimfield dealer: Lynn Michelle DESIGN . I know I'll enjoy drinking my morning coffee every day while pondering this smart question.
What did you score this year at Brimfield? Who are your favorite dealers? Or tell me about your favorite antique shows! I would love to learn about them (and hopefully visit them in future!)