Every time we go to Brimfield we notice a few weird themes — similar, unusual merchandise that pops up everywhere as we walk around the fields. It's usually stuff that we've never seen before, anywhere; often we never see any of it again. One time, it seemed like more than a dozen vendors had retro salt-and-pepper shakers in the shape of breasts. Never saw any again, and I'm fine with that. Ancient artificial legs turned up across the fields another year. Rusty tools and kitchenwares are omnipresent, but one year several dealers had glued them together into little robot/tin man figures.
This year, an obvious theme was body parts used for medical education. We also saw pig figurines all over, generally in poor shape:
Pig, authentically dirty, longing for marble fruit.
More "distressed" (aka rusty) pig "sculptures,"
with lots more of the herd in the background.
Creepy Christmas is a regular theme. I don't know who would buy this stuff but I do understand why people choose to offload family heirlooms that look like this guy:
I rarely see a Santa at Brimfield that I'd feel comfortable having around when I'm home alone.
I don't usually find such large assemblies of Pinecone People and Red-Nosed Elves,
and probably never will again.
Hunting trophies are another common theme, although some years it's more dominant than others. Antlers, horns, stuffed foxes, deer heads, bearskins, etc., show up frequently. Here we have a red-headed boy stroking his buffalo:
Mermaids were another theme this year. I passed a several of them, mostly metal lawn ornaments, before I realized what was going on. Then I found this:
Close to life-size mermaids, assuming mermaids are about my size.
I was offered this larger-than-life patchwork cat for $3, but I said no thanks.
And what's with that Asian guy in the back?
Although Brimfield dealers mostly sell from tents or out in the open, there are a few barns for dealers of fine jewelry, art pottery, paintings, and other fancier articles. We saw this tablesetting of china, silver, and crystal in an open barn, which has a roof and floor but no walls. The dealer had tipped over her stemware because it was windy. We liked the effect — as if a wild but formal dinner party had begun, but the food and wine never arrived, so they decided to go out for pizza.