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THE MAY 2011  

BRIMFIELD 

ANTIQUES FAIR

By Carlton Hendricks

 

16 pages - 16,521 words - 33 photo pages

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Harvard Square and  University grounds

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Leavitt & Peirce 

Tobacco Shop

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Basketball Hall of
Fame, Springfield MA

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Harvard University Sports Trophies at Murr Center

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Yale Univ. Trophy Room
at Payne Whitney Gym

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Museum of 
Fine Arts Boston

1000 BRIMFIELD PHOTOS

 

AND NOW WITHOUT FURTHER ADO

THE PRIMARY FEATURE OF OUR STORY

 

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MAP OF BRIMFIELD - CLICK TO ENLARGE

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Map courtesy of Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce

 

 

BRIMFIELD - HOW IT ALL WORKS

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The next day Tuesday was the big day, the start of Brimfield. The small rural town of Brimfield where the fair is held, is located in western Massachusetts about an hour and a half west of Boston and about a half hour east of Springfield MA. My hotel was in West Springfield about a half hour from the show. Brimfield is renown in the antiques world, and is reported to be the world's largest outdoor antique event. I've been going to antique shows, flea markets, and antique events of all kinds continually the last twenty two plus years, and Brimfield is definitely the biggest show I've ever seen. Matter fact, if there is such a thing as too big, Brimfield would be it. The Brimfield Fair started in 1959 and is held three times a year, spring, summer and fall. The spring fair is considered the best. By the way, the term "spring" is used loosely at Brimfield, as the weather has a reputation for being unpredictable.  I'm told the spring show can be anywhere from sunny to rainy to snow. Fortunately other than a few sprinkles I never got rained on during my visit. 

 

PICT0729_1200x900.jpg (184017 bytes) Although I've never seen a show like it, the way Brimfield works is pretty simple. There's about a mile stretch of a two lane road and on each side are  fields, twenty two total. Most are contiguous, or side by side, see map above. Each field rents space to dealers. Some fields are free to come in and shop and some charge five or so dollars; but the best shows charge. The fair stretches six days from Tuesday thru Sunday but the fields don't open all at once. Some are open all week but many stagger their openings throughout the week at different days and times, as seen in the schedule below. 

Serious collectors know the schedules and are PICT0258_1200x900.jpg (246913 bytes) lined up waiting to get in at the openings throughout the week. Some fields are more renown for having the best stuff. The May's field for instance seemed to be considered the best field of the week by people I spoke to. Some dealers move from field to field through out the week hoping to tap fresh customers that just arrived. You would think there would be a general plan among the fields as to when each would open but there isn't. Each field opens independently at their own discretion and it all works out. Which in my mind serves as an interesting micro example of free market enterprise, i.e. keep out cumbersome government restrictions and watch business soar!

 

 

Schedule courtesy of Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce

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