Friday, May 11, 2012


Every May, July and September antique loving fans ascend on the town of Brimfield, Massachusetts for a flea market pilgrimage. As I asked around to get some tips on tackling the antiques - fest that is Brimfield, I was surprised at how many interior designers told me they had never been before. It is the world's largest outdoor antique show, with 21 fields that cover 3-5 acres each. Yes, I said 3-5 acres each. 
 In the spirit of a shared dialog, I look forward to recapping my #Brimfield trek with you, through the mud amidst the throngs. Attending with a group of similarly - minded voracious shoppers, ie bloggers and editors courtesy of Robert Allen, we are sure to return with well-edited spoils aplenty.  
If there is a dealer, tent or section that I just cannot miss, be sure to leave me a comment with their  name and location so I can seek them out. Or, drop me a line on twitter @stylebeat. Design aficionados who have gone for years said it becomes less overwhelming the more you go, so as someone who likes to plan to the hilt before traveling somewhere new, this is sure to be an experience to remember. 


Lisa Porter said...

March On Marisa! Glad to know you are attending and tweeting too. I tend to get so excited about our first weekend of the month antique show here in Lexington...I'm afraid I would probably exhaust myself on Brimfield's first acre!
Have fun & pace yourself.
xo Lisa

kayce hughes said...

so jealous!
haven't been in years.

MJH Design Arts said...

I can't wait to see what you score--as for me, the sheer scope is too overwhelming for me to process items well enough to buy--and I'm a dealer with 20+ years in the business. Good luck--happy hunting. Mary

Donna Benedetto said...

Made the trip myself to Brimfield, the ride in was about a 7 mile back up. For years I came home with a car load, on more recent trips less and less. On Friday I did not buy one thing, the whole mess looked like a giant tag sale! Hope your experience was different. The antique centers in CT have a well curated collection and maybe I am a bit spoiled with the beautiful selection.

Marisa/Stylebeat said...

I have to say I did not score as many great finds as I had hoped, perhaps got there too late. I did cover the entire thing with a fine toothed comb though!