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May 7, 2017

Brimfield Has Vintage Clothing Covered

The Brimfield Antique Show has been a destination for collectors and antique lovers for over 50 years. In recent years it has also become popular with designers, stylists of all sorts and home decor enthusiasts. Another increasingly popular trend that is drawing more and more shoppers and dealers every year is vintage clothing. It is one of the most searched for categories in the Brimfield Flea Finder App.

As vintage clothing has become more popular, the exact type of clothing in demand has changed a lot. Carla Stanley of Bird Brain Vintage says she has seen big changes over the past 10 years. "No longer do the fifties hats, gloves and hankies, that were the definition of vintage clothing in the early 2000's, hold an interest for me. I'm happy with an edgier, street ready collection. Festival wear, bohemian seventies dresses (have you seen Roberto Cavalli's resort collection for 2017!!!!) and rough and distressed clothing. Hardy men's wear is tough to find but I love the ruggedness and textures of work wear and the natural fibers."

Bird Brain Vintage
Carla expects men's work wear from the 30's and 40's, one of a kind pieces like embroidered denim and hand painted leather, jackets with unique patches and pins, overalls, satin bomber jackets and vintage hot rod, rat rod and bike racing tees to be particularly popular this year.

Kim Kirker of Cloche Calls agreed that the market in Brimfield has changed significantly in recent years. She has been selling vintage clothing in Brimfield for 14 years. "I have seen the vintage clothing market change over time from a collector market to more of wearable market. There are still plenty of collectors out there but there is a big upswing in being able to wear what you buy."

Cloche Call
Kim foresees statement pieces and affordable wearable pieces from the 1960s through the 1980s to remain popular in 2017. "There is a younger generation that is interested in vintage and I would say, they want to enjoy what they wear. Making a statement and being different is what it's about."

Sue Snow of Vudu Micia has been wearing vintage for years but only began selling it in Brimfield three years ago. She says it feels like much longer though because bonding in Brimfield is amplified by the intensity of the experience. "Brimfield is like life under the big top. It's a carnival, freak show, circus, museum, dusty attic full of lost treasures, runway fashion show, summer camp and family reunion rolled up into one. The friends I have made there feel like family to me because you bond in a way that is sped up. Being there an entire week at a time can be so intense and sometimes brutal that you lean on one another & feel close very quickly."

Vudu Micia
Sue also isn't particularly concerned with trends. Most of the vintage clothing dealers tend to have a style range and they buy what they truly love or what they can imagine someone else loving. "As far as trends go and what is trending I don't know. I try not to worry about that and I buy what I appreciate. I know that flowing bohemian type things have been big for awhile and it's trickled down and even mall stores sell it now. Personally I love that style so if it's trendy or if the trend ends I'll always have some. My "bohemian" rack is my favorite and is pretty darn stellar this year."

Sue is so passionate about selling vintage clothing and how it helps other people express themselves. It's hard to believe she hasn't been doing it longer. "I had never sold vintage clothing because frankly I didn't think there was a market for it where I was. Yes, in cities and college towns but in my area it wouldn't really have worked back then. I think social media's influence on vintage and fashion and culture have been enormous."

Speaking of social media, you can use the Brimfield Flea Finder app to find amazing vintage clothing dealers when you come to the show. And we are adding more every day! Also be sure to follow along with us on Instagram and Facebook to find some amazing pages/feeds to follow that might lead you to the perfect piece you didn't even know you had been looking for!

Here are a few dealers you won't want to miss at the show next week:

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Heading to the show? Be sure to download the Brimfield Flea Finder app to browse dealers before you hit the fields! And follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more Brimfield eye candy and up to date show info.

See you there!

The Brimfield Flea Finder app was developed specifically for the Brimfield Antique Shows. The app is free to download in The App Store. Visit for more about the app and for general show information.

April 27, 2017

Selling in Brimfield for the Very First Time! (Part 1)

Many dealers in Brimfield have been setting up at the show for years. Perhaps even decades. If you are a regular Brimfield shopper you probably have at least a handful of dealers you hit up every time you come. They're in the same spot and they may have different merchandise each time but their set up remains pretty consistent.

Alternatively, there are dealers at every show who are selling there for the very first time. You may not know who they are or what went into them being there. It may not be obvious that it's their first time. But chances are good that setting up in Brimfield for the first time is a big deal to them. It's not exactly an easy show to do for a lot of reasons and there's a lot to consider.

In this post we will take a closer look at three dealers who will be selling in Brimfield for their first time at the May 2017 show.

Autumn Harvest Woodworking

Pair of colonial glass front cabinets - Autumn Harvest Woodworking
Roger Madore in the man behind the magic at Autumn Harvest Woodworking. His pieces are all custom made with fine woodworking techniques. It's a side business that he is very passionate about and he is really excited to be debuting some of his beautiful pieces at Central Park site 66 in Brimfield in May. Use the app to find him!

"My business focus is on country colonial style pieces. I sell mostly free standing cabinets, tables, kitchen islands, vanities. Most is sold by word of mouth and Craigslist and Facebook on my page. My team is just me and I've been doing this for 3 1/2 years beside my full time job at a aerospace company. I like doing one off pieces with character to them. I come up with ideas in my head and build them off of that with no written plans."

Roger has shopped in Brimfield for years. He has used the show for ideas and inspiration for his pieces but finds it a bit overwhelming because there is so much to see. He is very anxious to see what kind of response his pieces get at the show.

Since he isn't selling authentic antiques his options of which fields to set up on were somewhat limited. Some fields are more strict about this than others. Choosing a field to set up on can be tricky business and location can sometimes make a big difference. It takes some dealers multiple shows trying out different fields or different spaces on a field to find what works best for them. There also isn't an easy way securing a spot, especially for the May show. You have to contact each field individually (and there are 20+ fields!). Many don't have websites and you are also limited to spaces that longtime dealers have not already secured.

Glass front cabinets - Autumn Harvest Woodworking
There are such a wide variety of dealers in Brimfield. Some sell smalls, some sell glass, some sell furniture, some selling clothing. What you sell can make a big difference in what challenges you have with setting up. Roger is bringing large pieces of furniture. They will fill up his 20x20 booth fairly easily but as someone who is running his business on the side, he is renting a truck to get everything there and isn't sure what to expect for the following weekend when it's time to pack up and go home. There are lots of unknowns when you are doing any show for the first time.

Roger is also doing the show solo which will have an impact on his week. That's not unheard of by any means but it does add some extra challenges. Especially for someone doing their first show. It makes running to grab food or use the restroom tricky and doesn't leave much time for shopping. But Roger is really looking forward to spending the week talking to customers and meeting new people.

Red farmhouse island with butcher block top - Autumn Harvest Woodworking
Be sure to make your way over to Central Park to say hello to Roger and see his beautiful work in person. You can use the app to find him! And if you are in the market (or expect to be) for beautiful custom made furniture, be sure to follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

Thrifty Sisters Vintage

Jon and Danielle Coleman are the couple behind Thrifty Sisters Vintage, which is named for their three daughters who inherited their love of vintage and antiques. Danielle's mother was an antique button collector and the "thrill of the hunt" runs through the whole family.

"We bring our eclectic, coveted mix of vintage and antique finds to our customers in the Hudson, NY shop: Antigo; in addition to the Brooklyn Flea as visiting vendors. As artists, we find the aesthetic as important as the history. Vintage and antique artifacts are given new life once we have unearthed them from their past and connected them with their future. We have been in business for the past 8 years."

Miscellaneous bling - Thrifty Sisters Vintage
As an artist, art teacher, collector, and mother, Danielle says she is intrigued by colorful, unique oddities from the past. Their wares range in size, age, era and style but often include mid century modern furniture and textiles, vintage/retro and antique clothing from the 1800's to the 1980s', fun and funky jewelry, industrial components, ephemera and vintage kitchenware.

Last summer they took a picking adventure. "Blue Ridge Parkway and the Smoky Mountains proved a most fruitful collecting and exploring trip. We came home tired, enlightened, and packed to the brim with a profusion of goods to reclaim and pass on."

Heywood Wakefield chairs - Thrifty Sisters Vintage
Danielle acknowledged that choosing a location within Brimfield to set up for the first time was overwhelming. They have shopped Brimfield in the past but shopping and selling are very different from each other (although most vendors do end up shopping while they're there!). Social media helped them find vendors with similar interests and ask for recommendations. They ultimately decided on Hertan's and will be at space 184 (you can also use the app to find them!).

A show like Brimfield can be a challenge for families with young children. We can certainly attest to that! Since it will be their first time doing the show they are reluctantly leaving the girls at home this time around so they can focus on making the most of the show. Whether you take them with you or leave them behind, it is still difficult to balance everyone's needs when the week is such a whirlwind. Another benefit to Hertan's is that they open on Wednesday (many other fields open on Tuesday) and they are planning to stay until Friday so their "week" will be a bit shorter than if they were there Tuesday through Sunday. Some dealers also prefer to do a show that opens later in the week so they have some time to shop too!

Beautiful woodworking set of drawers - Thrifty Sisters Vintage
Generally speaking, dealers tend to be a pretty social group. Jon, in particular, is really looking forward to the opportunity to meet and talk with people from all over the world. "Through our travels and shows we have made friends, learned the stories behind some amazing artifacts, and come to love the human connection. The mutual interest in all things old."

Please make your way over to Hertan's to say hello and support one of Brimfield's newest dealers! You can also follow them on Instagram to see their latest finds!

Nomads' Novelties is another couple-run business run by Seth Matteson and Emily Mantell. "We are a girlfriend and boyfriend duo who share a common love for ‘junk’ and the story that it tells. Our shop is the result of an Instagram account that we created in 2012, where we shared our thrift store and flea market finds. Our followers started asking if we would ever sell what we found, but at the time we were only sharing items from our personal collection and we were both full-time college students with part-time jobs, leaving us with little to no time to even think about selling."

A recent weekend haul - Nomads' Novelties
In 2015, they finally decided to open an Etsy shop to earn extra income to make ends meet while they were still in college. They set aside a space in their closet for a storage tote to hold their inventory. It eventually snowballed into the full-time endeavor it is today.  "What was once a tiny container in our closet has now transformed into a studio as well as a storage unit, and we are hoping to expand even more in the near future."

They pride themselves on their eclectic mix of items. "In the same tent you’ll be able to find late 1800's lithographs, early 1900's industrial furniture, 1940's day dresses, mid century modern dΓ©cor, southwestern jewelry, and 1970's/80's band shirts."

Nomads' Novelties
They have shopped Brimfield in the past and say it gives them a "Christmas morning" feeling every time. (If you are reading this, chances are you can relate to that!). It will be interesting to see how selling at the show will compare to buying.

There was a lot that went into the decision to sell in Brimfield for the first time but ultimately they felt like it was an opportunity to be at the show to purchase new inventory while also getting their name out there and networking. They have friends who set up in Shelton's and have shopped there in the past so they decided to set up on that field themselves.

Turquoise jewelry - Nomads' Novelties
Since there are two people they will have more opportunities to shop than someone who is running their booth solo, but how much will setting up and running the booth cut into their shopping time? "The hardest part will definitely be not being able to be out buying, as we normally would be. Forget about moving all of the heavy furniture off of the truck or deciding how we will be staging the booth… we’re scared for all the amazing treasures we will see go right by our tent that we didn’t get to buy!"

Please make sure to stop by their booth at Shelton's (use the app to find them!) to see all these novelties in person. And if you love what you see or aren't able to make it, check out their fresh finds by following them on Instagram and purchase through their Etsy shop. They also have a studio in the Velvet Mill in Stonington, CT which is open by appointment.

Let us know by commenting if you make it to any of these great new booths and we will be doing a follow up post after the show to hear about how each of these veteran dealers but Brimfield newbies fared. Did the show meet their expectations? What worked and what didn't? And the big question: Will they be back?

Stay tuned!

The Brimfield Flea Finder app was developed specifically for the Brimfield Antique Shows. The app is free to download in The App Store. Visit for more about the app and for general show information.

April 26, 2017

A Brimfield Love Story by Eat Sleep Vintage

Brimfield dealers all have their own personal stories of how they found their way to the epic show. Most started as buyers and eventually worked their way into selling. Some have been coming since childhood while others discovered it later in life. In this post, Maureen of Eat Sleep Vintage, is sharing the story of how she fell in love with antiques and how Brimfield found a place in her life. Enjoy!
- Kaitlin

Eat Sleep Vintage. This name personifies me and my love for antiques...I'm not sure how I fell in love with them. I didn't grow up with them in our home, but I remember being about 17, and happened to stop at a garage sale while out and about one day and I found an antique sideboard and it was cheap! Maybe $30...What?? The craftsmanship was beautiful with carvings in the tiger oak. The gentleman told me about the history of it and I had to have it. I got it home somehow and put in the basement, saving it for when I would be out on my own one day. From there my addiction started...scouring flea markets and garage sales, learning about antiques, the beauty of them, the history, and the stories they told. Making numerous friends with dealers and shop owners, and acquiring a ton of things, storing them away for "some day"...I remember my father yelling, when are you going to get rid of that junk, as the basement was now full. It amazed me what could be found out there for little to no money..such treasures! What is wrong with people, don't they realize what this is?? My heart raced just thinking about some of the things I was lucky to find.

March 17, 2017

Brimfield is Mad for Mid Century

Mid Century Modern has a been a big seller in Brimfield for a while now. The simplicity and clean lines blend perfectly with today's modern styles and the quality of furniture made during the middle part of the last century is often times far better than what you can buy in stores now. 

March 1, 2017

Vintage and Succulents Are A Perfect Match!

I've been succulent-curious for a while now. It's hard to ignore all the beautiful images of them popping up everywhere. They have so much personality and come in so many colors and textures and since I have a very black thumb I love that they're relatively hard to kill.

I also love how perfectly they pair with vintage pieces. I think that's part of the reason they have been showing up and flea markets and antique shows more and more over the last few years. In previous posts I mentioned that succulents and plants have been a top trend at recent Brimfield shows. I expect that to continue in 2017.

October 25, 2016

Fireplace Refresh Using the Power of Paint

This is what our living room looked like six years ago when we bought our house. This and the kitchen (through that doorway) are the main living areas of our relatively small home. Both rooms were given immediate attention. The green carpet was pulled up. Everything was painted. The kitchen was completely transformed. 

September 30, 2016

September 2016 #Brimfield Recap

It's hard to believe that the last Brimfield show of the year has come and gone. And what a year it has been! May was one of the biggest shows in years and July and September were relatively busy as well. The Thursday of the September show was particularly busy. Traffic was backed up on Route 20 towards Sturbridge and parking lots were full. There were big crowds over the weekend despite some questionable weather on the last day.

Keep reading to find out more about how our latest vintage camper turned out, Food52's first ever Brimfield booth as well as the trends their editors spotted at the show, the most searched for items and categories in the Brimfield Flea Finder app and some pretty eye candy to get you through the winter!