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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!

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.

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!