brimfield july 2011

For the first time ever we ever went to the Brimfield Antique Show on opening day–and boy was it a different experience from our usual weekend visits! Quiet, no traffic, minimal crowds and much less picked over. We even witnessed the opening of a field where dealers and other antiquing enthusiasts line up at the gates until opening time and then rush the field, literally running to pick out the best stuff. We got a real kick out of watching this. Sort of felt like we were on one of those game shows where the contestants have to run through a supermarket and grab as many items as they can in one minute! We found some great pieces (a few we took home) this time around. Check it out!

We bought this paint crackled, old 19th century American dresser (c. 1840) and the set of four painted chairs below. These pieces may be a bit beat up, but they still have so much character. We’re really looking forward to finding a home for this fantastic, shabby-chic dresser.

The mass of people waiting for one of the better fields to open. So funny! We found these beautiful 1920′s Chinese vases painted inside with a vibrant robin’s egg blue for a client’s mantle. Our best find of these day? This pair of vintage Chippendale Chinoiserie occasional chairs. We spotted them from all the way across the field knowing they’d be winners. We’re excited to paint and reupholster these puppies…thinking chocolate brown paint with a graphic Rose Cummings leaf print fabric on the cushions. We’ll show you how those turn out when we’re done!An adorable and unusual set of four Cafe chairs… This dresser must have served some time in a kitchen, as someone had replaced the top with a butcher block surface. So sweet…Not sure of the origin of these chairs, but we just loved their simple chair backs and webbed seat cushions. You can still catch Brimfield market all week. If you need directions and hotel information go to their website at