Much as I love to shop at the Brimfield Antique and Collectibles Show, I am easily overwhelmed by its size. I tend to wander aimlessly, but I arrived at the September show with a goal in mind: replace my rickety dining chairs with some that are smaller in scale, though solid and hard-wearing now that my 8-month-old daughter Eleanor is crawling and soon will be climbing everything in sight.
Not surprisingly, Brimfield is a great place for finding chairs from across the eras, made of any variety of materials, and in styles from Biedermeier to Bauhaus.
What first caught my eye — four chairs (above) by ModHaus, a Boston-based online retailer specializing in items from the 1950s to 1970s — would blend nicely with my existing black-painted pedestal table, but they were out of my price-range.
Next, a Danish style draw leaf table and chairs (below) drew my attention. I wasn’t planning on replacing the table, but this set got me thinking that perhaps I should.
Silkscreened letters (below) on raw canvas, displayed so adorably on a ladder! From La Casita Home Decor in Tampa, Florida, the squares of fabric with their broken yet fluid seals are so appealing. I score one with a giant “E” (for Eleanor!).
But back to the task at hand. I stumble across a solid maple drop-leaf table and four arts-and-crafty chairs from a dealer from Brookfield, Massachusetts! A little worn, but sturdy. I am sold. I make my purchase and the helpful neighbor vendors help to load my car.