This is pretty much how it looks from the road; each field is very deep, however, so there's much, much more than meets the eye.
We both feel the show's quality has deteriorated over the years. You can still find spectacular antique furniture, vintage clothing, silver, art pottery, and jewelry, but the vast majority of the merchandise is more of the rusty-junk-from-some-garage and the not-very-stately-estate variety. There's a lot more plastic from the '60s and '70s than there used to be. There are still whole tents filled with pink and green Depression Glass, old silver plate, and vintage sewing notions and buttons arranged by color. There are also dealers who sell homemade wares, such as these assemblages:
There's also a lot of rusty crap that makes you wonder:
WHO buys this stuff?
My husband heads for the postcard barn because he collects a specific type of antique foreign postcard. I roam around, looking for whatever might be beautiful or surreal. In his absence, I cover lots of ground quickly, fueled by a large apple fritter from The Apple Barn Café. (Unwholesome food is an important aspect of the Brimfield experience. I saw whoopie pies the size of salad plates and eclairs the size of sub sandwiches, along with everything from fried clams to pierogies.)
To my great annoyance, my camera is back in the shop. I used my iPhone to shoot the more intriguing vignettes I spotted:
Nun and kangaroos with Aunt Jemima cookie jar in background. Aunt Jemima was a recurring motif this year. Other years, it's been items made from deer paws, or 1960's ceramic Christmas trees.
Pathetic. But I didn't buy it.
I spotted a similar basket-casket last year. Don't know if this is the same one.
Do those mannequins ever sit down?
An elephant and a baby pig among the crap piled in this truck bed.
Elves, buddhas, and dragons, just hanging out.
This lifesize (?) space alien never sells.
Notice how the guy in plaid is in a kind of sidecar.
I didn't buy this, either. I'll post about what I bought tomorrow.
The next shows are July 9–14 and September 3–8.