The Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show is the largest and one of the best shows of its kind in the world.
Since 1959, It has been held three times a year in the quintessential New England town of Brimfield, Massachusetts. It is a must for any designer, decorator, collector, or antiques aficionado.
Thousands of the country's dealers and collectors migrate to this tiny hamlet to buy, sell, browse, and haggle for six days straight.
Under the miles of tented outside fields, there is a range of product that is truly dizzying -- from a tent where all its contents are under $5 to furniture and accessories that can soar into the five-digit stratosphere.
Come along as we walk through (albeit a small part) of the first Brimfield Show of 2011.
If you missed the show last week, do not fear. You can still attend two more times in 2011. Here are the dates:
To help the novice, we have created a list of Brimfield Dos and Dont's. Be sure to print it out to take with you before you hit the road.
1. DO bring plenty of cash -- very few dealers accept checks or credit cards.
2. DO wear comfortable shoes. The days are long and you are walking through wet fields most of the time.
3. DO bring hand wipes. Many items are dusty and you'll be touching a lot of pieces throughout the day.
4. DO remember to write down measurements of spaces you would like to fill. This will ensure your new find looks perfect.
5. DO get the hand-cut french fries at the food court (which offers everything from lobster rolls to ice-cream sundaes).
6. DO bring a large shopping bag with shoulder straps and possibly a handcart so that you can transport your finds back to the car.
1. DON'T sleep in. Except for special areas, most dealers are there at dawn. The later you sleep the less will be available to you.
2. DON'T walk away if you really love something. Chances are, it won't be there when you come back.
3. DON'T bring only large bills. Be sure to start saving up your one dollar bills and quarters. Often, dealers don't have change.
4. DON'T be shy about asking a dealer if he can give you a better price. They are used to customers asking politely to take some money off.
5. DON'T shop alone if this is your first visit. It's good to have a trusted friend give his or her opinion on a possible purchase.
** Be sure to check back tomorrow when the decorating editors will share what they brought back from Brimfield!