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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!

August 26, 2016

Oops We Did It Again...Meet Jolene!


If you haven't heard, Food52 is putting on a lawn party in Brimfield at the September 2016 show and everyone is invited! They are using, Wilma, our vintage camper as part of their set up. We are pretty excited about the whole thing but it also left us with a prime spot at the September show (the corner of Route 20 and Mill Lane at Hertan's) with no camper.

So we did the only normal rational thing and went and bought a second one with three weeks to go before the next show. Yup. We are crazy.

August 20, 2016

How To Get the Best Deals in Brimfield (Without Being a Jerk)


In general, Brimfield is a fun place to be. Dealers are doing what they love and shoppers are doing what they love. Most transactions, including the haggling, go smoothly and everyone walks away happy. Shopping in Brimfield is one of my favorite things to do. I have filled my home with #brimfieldfinds (click here to see some of them). Below are some of my tips on what to do and, just as importantly, what not to do to walk away with the item you want at a fair price without ruining someone's day.

Country Bumpkin Antiques
  • DO have a rough idea of what you are willing to pay and be serious about buying the item before negotiating. If the asking price isn't in the ballpark of what you are willing to pay, consider moving on or be up front about that from the beginning. As a general rule, dealers expect to come down at least 10-20% of their marked price. 

  • DO act friendly and to put it as simple as possible, just be nice. It doesn't have to be a competition with a winner and a loser. They are selling an item you want to buy. How nice that you found each other! You don't have to swap life stories (although I've seen it happen) but some friendly conversation doesn't hurt.

  • DO ask if they can do better on the price. There are a few ways to word this but I find that keeping it simple is best. My favorites are:
Can you do better on the price?
What's your best price on this?
Would you be willing to take x?

  • DO bundle. The more you buy the happier they will be to discount.

  • DO pay in cash but don't expect it to get you a better price. Most dealers only accept cash (that's starting to change but slowly) so it doesn't really sweeten the deal as much as it would in other venues.

  • DO shop the last day for some good deals. This isn't a hard fast rule but generally dealers will discount something a bit more to avoid packing it up and bringing it home (especially if it's big and heavy). But don't expect them to be giving stuff away. Many dealers have stores to go back to or another show right around the corner so they aren't desperate to get rid of things. 

Anthony Rosa Modern
  • DON'T offer half (or less than half) of the marked price. I've seen people recommend starting at half as a bargaining strategy. I don't recommend this. It rubs dealers the wrong way. They still might make a counter offer or they just might decide you aren't the kind of shopper they want to give an extra good price to. 
  • DON'T be rude. I know I said this above, but it bears repeating: just be nice. Most Brimfield dealers are there because they are really good at what they do. A lot run reputable businesses back home and use Brimfield to make connections and shop for new merchandise. Don't assume they are all desperate for each and every sale. Waving a $20 bill in their face (I have seen this happen) is condescending and probably won't get the reaction you're hoping for.

  • DON'T walk away and expect the item to be there when you return. Sometimes hesitating or walking away can work in your favor. The dealer might come down a little bit more to make the sale but you also might miss out on the item entirely. Merchandise moves fast in Brimfield, particularly early in the show so don't walk away if it's something you really want. You might not see it again. 

Traditional Marine

Finally, DO have a great time treasure hunting! See you there!

Kaitlin

If you're heading to the Brimfield Antique Show, be sure to download the FREE Brimfield Flea Finder app to help you navigate the show! Get show info, search for specific dealers and items, locate food, bathrooms, ATMs and more!

July 25, 2016

July 2016 #Brimfield Recap



The July 2016 Brimfield show is in the books. Good thing I took a lot of photos because a week and a half later all I can remember is the heat and the moths!


As far as the crowds and sales, the show was a fairly typical July show. Nothing special. Dealers with realistic (and low) expectations met them. Those expecting things to be anything like May were disappointed. I talk to hundreds of dealers during the week. When I ask about how the show is going, the typical response is a shrug and "It's July." Enough said.


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