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Brimfield Antique Show The Fatherload of Cool Old Vintage Stuff

Posted on: May 10, 2011


Tags: Antiques, Brimfield, Collecting, Retro, vintage


The Brimfield Antiques Show is the largest outdoor antiques show in the world, with over 6,000 dealers and 130,000+ visitors during the course of of one week- in May, July and September. So if you want to be overwhelmed by the volume of vintage antique and cool old stuff to choose from, this is your place!

My pilgrimage to Brimfield this year was twofold- one to have an excuse to tell you RetroRoadmap readers about it, and two, to pay homage to the family tradition of attending Brimfield with my dad (who passed away last fall).
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Mum and dad started to go to Brimfield to search for antiques to furnish their home shortly after they married in 1963, and the collecting gene has carried through each one of us “girls”. Going to Brimfield with dad when we got older was always a big deal, and memories of our visits there came flooding back as I turned every corner. Retroroadhusband was sweet in indulging me while I worked through this emotional return to Brimfield sans dad.

Cheeseburger Sign
From the corner near the church where we’d park, to the chicken coops that once held the postcard dealers to the fields we’d wake up early to get to first, it was a bittersweet visit. I began to mock myself if only to not tear up at the sight of a Mobil gas pegasus or pile of duck decoys. Old men wearing orange hunting hats, sporting etchings, even a guy smoking a pipe, all let me know dad was there with me.
Famous Reading Anthracite

I didn’t buy much, but the experience was worth it. And it will be for you too, if you’re a collector!

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  • If your Mom and Dad were shopping for antiques in 1963, it must have been for “really old” stuff. Because today, you and I would “oooh” and “aaah” over stuff that was BRAND NEW in 1963!

    • Glenn- I was thinking the same thing- they should’ve bought some brand new stuff in 63, stored it away, then sold it at Brimfield today! They actually were into Colonial antiques. I think that’s why I like colorful modern stuff so much 😉

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