Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Brimfield 2011

It's been a few weeks since I went to Brimfield, but I finally have some pics to share with you, if you'd like to see.

Brimfield is a GIANT antiques fair out in Western Massachusetts that is held 3 times a year. It's a treasure hunt, a foray into the past and also a quest for perfection. There is a lot to see at Brimfield... this past spring, we were there for 5 hours and only made it through 3 fields. There are 21 fields. And there are 5000 vendors... and anything and everything is for sale, because its not all antiques. Anyway, its good to get there early if you have something special in mind that you are after, but we go just for fun so we don't rush. I had decided beforehand what I wanted, so I went with those things in mind (there is too much stuff to look at otherwise!) and I knew what a good price for them would be.

What did we buy? Opalescent hobnail glass, a small silver bowl, a gift that I can't put up because the person who its for may see it, a painting and a print.

Opalescent hobnail glass is divine. You get it in all sorts of shapes and sizes but I needed bud vases and that's what I focused on... I chose blue and white (if you see my house, you will think those are predictable choices!) but there are all sorts of colors, including an eery yellow-green that has minute traces of uranium in it, and it glows under UV light. Anyway, here are my sweet finds.

The small silver bowl is because I couldn't find a bigger one, which is what I originally had in mind but it is so, so sweet and small and I'm glad I didn't find a bigger one.

The painting was unplanned. I spotted it walking past a booth for the second time, and I'm not very religious, nor am I Catholic but the painting is so tender I couldn't pass it by. Besides, those warm colours are just delightful to look at.

Finally, the print is of a DC3, and was the hubby's choice. I want to get it framed for his birthday... we found it at a dealer who must have had thousands of prints, and very funny printed stuff like Baywatch trading card galleys that have never been cut. Anyway, the hubby had to dig around for a long time before he found the right plane.

If you are ever in Western Massachusetts in May, July or September, I suggest you make a stop. Take a look around, as you never know what you might find.

If you'd like to see more, other bloggers spent much more time there than me and have more photos and more info. Design*Sponge has great coverage and a couple of other favourite bloggers of mine, at Good Bones, Great Pieces, also have good info.


Carrie said...

The painting and the print are both stunning! I can't wait to see them up in your house! xx

Hayley said...

So jealous, wish we gad something like that over here!