Did you know that New England (specifically Brimfield, Massachusetts) is home to the largest outdoor antiques and collectibles show in the world? Known simply as “Brimfield,” the show takes place 3 times each year, in May, July, and September, and let me tell you — IT HAS EVERYTHING.
Spanning multiple “fields” (each with its own rules, personality, and a loose theme), Brimfield is the kind of place where you can show up early, spend the whole day, and still never see it all.
This makes Brimfield a true picker’s paradise and a treasure hunter’s dream, but before you get too excited, let me also say that it’s almost never a bargain. You will find the things you always have your eyes peeled for when antique hunting (for me it’s Pyrex, Vera Neumann textiles, wicker patio sets, Ovenex starburst-patterned pans, retro cutlery, New England ephemera, old cookbooks, cross-stitch samplers, McCoy planters, Noritake china plates, bird prints, aprons, colorful Bundts, paint-by-numbers, oversized vintage clip-on earrings and tooth hair combs…you get the picture) — but you will also pay (sometimes dearly) for someone else finding them for you.