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What I Saw – and Bought – at Brimfield, September 2013

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These beautiful chairs were brought to Brimfield by Boston-based duo, ModHaus.

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.

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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.

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Is it actually Danish? Is it teak? I don’t know. Did I mention as a serial browser I am too shy to ask questions? Price not marked so I assumed this was out of my price range, and since I didn’t ask, I will never know.

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Oh, look! Anna Bugardi imports (below)! I know the French flour sack look might be a bit overplayed, but I have a weakness for linen, the ultimate neutral.

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As a graphic designer, I find stripes irresistible.

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!).

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I imagine that someday, this beautiful monogramed fabric it will become a pillow.

Baby buggies from another time (below) fascinate me, even as the modern stroller I am pushing gets bogged down in loose gravel. Still, I press on. I am, after all, on a mission.

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A child-sized rickshaw? Does one kid pull it while another child rides? I am stumped.

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.

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This chair with its curved profile just says comfort.

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Never go to Brimfield without a blanket to protect your finds in the ride home.

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The vendors know just how to pack things into tight space. They do it all the time.

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Our packers took extra care to secure all pieces around Eleanor, who seems happy with our purchase.

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I will miss the drama of my old table set’s glossy black.

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But it’s time to lighten up!

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