May 14, 2011

My Best Brimfield Purchase

I spent yesterday scouring the many vendors at the Brimfield Antiques Fair, which is unlike anything I've ever experienced. There are thousands of antiques dealers at Brimfield, meaning there's tons of walking to do, not to mention the traffic you'll be up against. Nevertheless, making the trip is worth it, as long as you don't forget your patience at home. Whatever you're looking for, whether it's an industrial lamp, artwork or vintage jewelry, you'll find there.

Typically, when I'm shopping at a flea market, I'll walk through the space once to get an overall sense of the items available for sale and then do a second run to spend more time with specific vendors that caught my attention. However, at Brimfield, I was forced to ditch this tried-and-true plan just because it's massive. There was no way I'd come back to a vendor a second time, so if there was an item I had to have, I just purchased it on the spot. And don't forget to negotiate. To this point, I even saw a vendor with a sign that read, "Prices subject to change based on your personality." So you get the idea. Dish out the charm, and you might land yourself an amazing deal. It's all part of the fun.

I've been on the hunt for a side table that goes beyond the standard wood options you'll find in stores, and I'm delighted to report that I found it. It's a pedestal made of alabaster, and the height and details make it the perfect option for resting magazines or beverages. Check back soon for more images from my Brimfield trip.


Nicole @bklyncontessa said... Reply to comment

so happy to have met you at #brimfield ... what a great find! You know what is also another great flea market tip?! If you find a dealer that has a bunch of items you like ask who else they'd recommend there ... a lot of the dealers know the other good dealers and can point you in a good direction! Oh, and always leave a calling card with your name + email + twitter {etc} it is a great way to develop relationships!

Decor Musings said... Reply to comment

@Nicole @bklyncontessaThis is so true. I like talking to them. I met a vendor who had so many tips on Paris flea markets.