Come May, July, and September, the small New England town of Brimfield, Massachusetts, goes all out and transforms itself into an antiques playground for six days by hosting the aptly and simply named Brimfield Antique Show. It bursts at the seams with more than 5,000 dealers, attracting an assortment of designers, homeowners, merchandisers, serious and amateur collectors, and tourists and while this has been happening, rain or shine, for more than 50 years, every day in every show in every year is completely different. One-of-a-kind items are the show’s stock-in-trade, and nowhere else can the astute shopper spot the next big thing in vintage wares than at Brimfield. (An early edition of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking tucked on a shelf for $250 tells me the foodies are soon to make their mark!). For this spring’s show, however, I was on a mission to find what Brimfield would portend for the season’s trends in garden accessories.
Benches, lounge chairs, bistro sets, planters, pots, potting stands, potting tables, wheelbarrows, watering cans, wicker furniture, trays, baskets — Brimfield has unique, hard-to-find varieties that will give garden spaces the character and history to make them memorable.
One of the first things I spotted, this charming, haphazardly put together potting table with a sink and water hookup, melted my heart and made me want to plant petunias in my window box as soon as I got home.
Though not antiques, Sandstone Gardens came all the way from Missouri to offer Brimfield visitors its impressive collection of pots, planters, benches, various statuary, and fountains that would instantly make a garden setting more rich.
I have a soft spot for folding chairs and found many, but these two I especially wanted to take home. The one on the left is from Arch Gate Inc. and has a woven seat.
Other than specific garden pieces, what was amusing was a lot of items were displayed in some kind of lovely vignette that made the quick-selling, outside-all-day, losing-your-way-because-you-are-circling-tents experience a glamorous, almost romantic way to find the perfect garden ware.
Walls were full of glassware, and I loved this demitasse set with metal frames and saucers.
The next times for Brimfield Antique Show is July 10 through 15 and Sept 4 through 9!