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Vintage beauty at Brimfield

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Another year, another fantastic Brimfield Antique and Collectibles Show. Brimfield is no doubt the place to search for things well-worn with history (as well as some really eccentric items only niche collectors could love). At last week’s July show, there was no shortage of beautiful home accessories and vintage furniture. It was hard to pick a favorite, but the wooden library card catalog cabinet above, a wildly popular item in home decor these days, is at the top of the list.

Here’s what else stood out at the outdoor antique extravaganza this summer.


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There were loads of sea-weathered glass floats, once used by fisherman to buoy nets. Now, they’re often used as decoration in coastal homes. They come in all sizes and colors, including these large emerald green balls.

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I fell in love with these benches made from old beds. It’s a DIY project (use the headboard as the back, and cut the footboard in half vertically for an armrest on each side) that can produce a range of styles. This vendor’s choices of shapes and saturated paint colors made his pieces fun and attractive.

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Looking for something classic but quirky for your patio or porch? Just $300 can buy you a vintage table and four chairs from the German brewery, Schweiger, which, started by Ludwig Schweiger in 1934 with headquarters in Munich, brews its popular Schmankerl-Weisse Dunkel among others.

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Peel cane chairs by 1950s Los Angeles manufacturer Calif-Asia looked amazing for $150 each. I was imagining their seats reupholstered in something light yet graphic, like Peter Dunham Starstuck linen.

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Classic blue and white bags by Ahinsa Lifetime Weavers, a company based in Massachusetts, creates opportunities for income and growth for the workers that craft the bags with cotton and banana fibers in Karnataka, India.

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The tiny corporate logo for American Airlines on this cup and saucer made me smile.

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Vintage grand birdcages are just like the one Kate Coughlin brought to her outdoor tablescape for July/August’s Selections.

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Miniature tea tins are colorful, cute, and collectible.

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The eccentric shape of the legs supporting this chest of drawers made it stand up and out among the many case pieces on the fields.

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How fun is this bistro set?
The Brimfield Antique and Collectibles Show is open three weeks a year — one week in May, one in July, and one this September 3 through 8. Can’t wait to go back!

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