Opening day at the Brimfield Antique Show is a must for me. The last time I made it to the first day of the Tuesday-Sunday venue was back in May 2011. Day 1 is not for the casual shopper or tourist who wants to “do Brimfield” in one visit. Many fields are closed and vendors are still setting up for Wednesday’s openings. Typically, dealers, shop owners and merchandisers from retailers such as J.Crew and Ralph Lauren can be spotted at daybreak. Bargaining is also tough on the first day of the show, but if price is not an issue, the “good stuff” usually goes first and can be seen tagged with SOLD stickers before 10am.
As with every show, I like to keep an eye out for emerging trends. This time, I didn’t have anything specific on my shopping list, so the pressure was off to find that needle in the haystack. What I did see is consistent with what’s happening in the home furnishings and fashion industries with the metallics trend. After perusing the aisles, I turned to Tracy and said, “It’s all about brass, glass and bad ass!” (How’s that for threes?)
The brass mirror from Olde Good Things was salvaged from the Toy Building in New York city’s Flatiron district. | Gold freshens up the timeless garden stool. | Gorgeous hand-blown glass from Cleveland Art.
Aside from brass and gold, add copper to the list of metallics that will surely surge into the marketplace. Below, is a salvaged copper double-hung window from the famous McAlpin House — located catacorner from Manhattan’s famous Macy’s department store in Herald Square — repurposed into a unique mirror (from Olde Good Things).
More shiny objects…
I am headed back to Brimfield today, so stay tuned for a full recap on glass trends, colors and one-of-a-kind finds.
all photos by Ei3s