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Brimfield Guide

by Mary Brenneman (09/02/08).

How do you find what you want at Brimfield? With 20 fields, 5000 dealers, and hundreds of thousands of antiques and collectibles, it isn’t always easy.
Here are some tips and suggestions for buyers and dealers at Brimfield that might make the event more prosperous and enjoyable.

While you are at Brimfield stop by and see the WorthPoint team in Gary Sohmers’ Wex Rex booth in The Meadows.

Buyers:

The Brimfield Antique and Flea Market Shows is one huge event made up of 21 independent antiques and collectibles shows (sometimes called fields). The show September 2-7. You can find all of the shows listed in WorthPoint’s Events section or scan the list below.

Tips for Buyers

Check out prices before you go

If you know what you want before you go, check out what similar items have been selling for by clicking on Prices in the brown bar at the top of the page.

Comfort

• Check the weather report before you go.

• Wear comfortable shoes.

• Take some wet wipes. It gets dusty.

Be Prepared with the Right Tools

Thom Pattie, WorthPoint’s Chief Worthologist, suggests taking a loupe, a type of magnifier, at about 10X. “A loupe will make it easier to look at items very closely to gauge age and condition. With a loupe, you can easily determine if a piece of art is an etching or a print. It’s also handy for seeing silver marks and other details,” Pattie said. (See Thom Pattie’s blog Tools of the Trade for more suggestions on small items to carry with you to Brimfield.

Also take a small pad of paper and a pencil, in case you want to jot down a note where you found something and head back there later.

Food

Both Dan Borsey (aka Dan the Man in the WorthPoint Van) and Thom Pattie say the Caesar Salad in the food area directly across from Central Park is really good.

Pace Yourself

When we asked Worthologist Tom Carrier for his suggestions on how to shop 5,000 dealers in six days, he came back with a succinct answer. “Don’t even try.” Carrier suggests that you pace yourself and be selective. “With 5,000 dealers no one can see everything. Make a plan. Decide if you want to look for furniture for example, or if you want to browse a couple of shows a day.” Tom also suggests using an online list of dealers in each of the show areas to narrow down your options and plan where you want to go.

What to Buy?

Finally, what should you buy? Thom Pattie offers some general advice.
“Buy things you like especially if you are buying to resell: that way if you don’t sell it, you can enjoy what you have,” Pattie tells buyers.

Be Nice to the Dealers

Save yourself some hassle and possibly some dollars. When I was at Brimfield, I overheard more than one dealer suggesting that you catch more flys with honey than you do vinegar.

Additional Tips from Dan Borsey

Dan Borsey has been to all three Brimfield shows. His top three tips for working the fields at Brimfield are:

1) Don’t buy the first one you see.

2) Wear comfortable shoes, you will walk a lot.

3) The early bird gets the worm! Dealers wait for the official open to “pick” the fields: don’t be afraid to race them for the best items.

If you’re a Brimfield veteran, please share your suggestions, tips and advice for buyers by clicking on the words, “Add new comment” in the left column.

Dealers

• Please check your listing on the Events section of this site, and update any information. Consider adding a comment to your listing telling potential buyers what they can find in your field. You must be a member to add information to the site. Membership is free.

• You can subscribe for a relatively small fee and post items in the classifieds. Click on the tab “You deserve the best…Upgrade to Platinum” in the right column to subscribe at the gold or platinum level.

• Yes, you can advertise on this features page as well as other pages on the WorthPoint site. Contact the sales department at sales@worthpoint.com.

• If you have a story or an item that you think the collecting community would like to know about, or other suggestions for us, please email us at news@worthpoint.com.


Brimfield Shows (Fields)

Brimfield Acres North
508.754.4185
413.245.9471
OPEN: Tue, Sat
(Tuesday 1:00 P.M. and Saturday 7:00 A.M. one day shows)

Brimfield Barn Antique Market
OPEN: Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
(7:00 A.M.)

Central Park Antique Shows
413.596.9257
413.245.4674
OPEN: Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
(6:00 A.M.)

Collins Apple Barn
413.245.3948
OPEN: Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
(Daybreak)

Crystal Brook
413.245.7647
OPEN: Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
(Daybreak)

Dealers Choice
OPEN: Tue
(Tuesday 11:00 A.M. one day show)

Faxon’s Midway
508.347.3929
OPEN: Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
(7:00 A.M.)

Francesco’s
413.245.4640 or 413.245.6691
OPEN: Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
(9:00 A.M.)

Green Acres
Open: Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
(6:00 A.M.)

Heart-O-The Mart
413.245.9556
OPEN: Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
(9:00 A.M.)

J & J Promotions
413.245.3436 or 978.597.8155
OPEN: Fri, Sat
(Friday 6:00 A.M./Saturday 9:00 A.M.)

Hertan Antique Shows
860.763.3760
413.626.0927
OPEN: Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
(Wednesday Noon/Thursday – Sunday 6:00 A.M.)

Mahogany Ridge
413.245.3182 413.245.7220
OPEN: Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
(Daybreak)

May’s Antique Market
413.245.9271
OPEN: Thur, Fri, Sat
(9:00 A.M.)

New England Motel & Antique Market
508.347.2179
OPEN: Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
(6:00 A.M.)

Quaker Acres
413.245.6185
OPEN: Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
(Daybreak)

Shelton Antique Shows
413.245.3591
OPEN: Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
(Daybreak)

Sturtevant’s
413.245.7458
OPEN: Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
(Daybreak)

The Meadows Antique Shows
413.245.9427 or 413.245.3215
OPEN: Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
(6:00 A.M.)

Useful links:

Be Prepared for Brimfield – Weather Report

Google Map Brimfield, Massachusetts

Bill Simonic’s very handy online guide to everything you want to know about Brimfield including loding, dining, shops, services, the Brimfield show, general information, Dealers information, a map of the show and a show schedule.

An online list of dealers and you can also download a pocket guide for Brimfield

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