We’re Going to Brimfield! 8/25

About Brimfield

If you've ever watched HGTV's "Flea Market Flip, chances are you've seen the Brimfield Antique Market.  6000 antique and vintage dealers in one place - it doesn't get much closer to Heaven here on earth, as far as I'm concerned!

Affectionately known as simply 'The Show," Brimfield is touted as the world's largest outdoor antiques show. It's actually comprised of 23 separate smaller shows, or "Fields," each run by a different promoter.  There are three Shows a year: May, July, and September.

We'll Be There!

I've been among the 130,000+ visitors to Brimfield dozens of times, from childhood to adulthood, but 2018 marks a huge first: Cracked Vessel will be a Brimfield Vendor.

I had to do a bit of research to decide which show to apply to. Here's my  criteria:

  1. It had to be dog friendly. Most are not, and I do understand why from a visitor perspective. It's a super crowded, stressful, and often hot place for a pooch to be walking around. But there's no way I'm hunkering down to sell for an entire week without my sidekick, Cowboy, and he will have a safe, quiet, cool (insofar as that's possible) spot away from the madding crowd.
  2. There had to be room for Buster Lewis the Prizefighting Bus, my newly converted skoolie.
  3. They had to have an online application, because even though I'm old school I demand modern conveniences.
  4. The process of booking a spot had to be stress-free, because I'd be doing it alongside closing down the store and driving across America.
  5. The mix of stuff and the overall vibe had to be appropriate. Not excessively high-end, but not filled with run of the mill antique mall merchandise either. Old things curated with a new eye: that's how I think of myself, and I was seeking like-minded people.
  6. It had to have a good location. Not that anyplace in Brimfield is bad, but some are more central than others.
  7. It would be good if they had at least some basic camping facilities, since I'd be living out of Buster in addition to selling out of him.

I chose the New England Motel Antique and Collectibles Market. Located right in the middle of the show, this field hosts the largest and most popular food court, so you know just about all the visitors will come by here at one time or another. Everyone's gotta eat, right?  They've also got a campground on site. John, the promoter, got the bus concept right away and seems to have set me up for success. I'm really looking forward to this! I'll send out space information once I have it, so if you're in the area you can stop by and visit.  And DO consider making a special trip; if you've never done Brimfield, you need to.

Because of the limited stock I've been able to cart across the country with me, I'll be focusing on ephemera and smalls this time around. There's plenty of good stuff among the small stuff, though, and if I don't have something for you, you'll have 5,999 other sellers to choose from.  Plus, the food court has fresh lobster!