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Saturday Sunrise at Brimfield

Posted by Cecilia Walker on

On Saturday, I made a quick trip out to Brimfield to check out the tail end of the Brimfield Antique Show.  It’s the first time I’ve attended the show on a weekend.  In the past, I had always gone on Fridays — Fridays, because I had been advised to wait for the J&J field to open (even though the Antique Show begins on a Tuesday). The last couple of years, I’ve come up with different strategies and gone on Tuesdays, or Thursdays  (Tuesday because it’s opening day, and Thursdays to attend the #Brimfield Tweetups), and as a result, I’ve missed seeing any of the dealers on J&J.  So, on Saturday, J&J was my first stop.

I knew I had to get to the fields at day break — arriving at 9 a.m. or 10 a.m., would mean sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the 7-mile stretch of Route 20 to Brimfield.  So I left my house before 5 a.m. and saw the “Entering Brimfield” sign at about 6:15 a.m.  As luck would have it, Tracy Foley called to say she was on her way as well!  (I’ve been to Brimfield solo, but it’s much more fun to shop with a veteran.)  Other than hitting zero traffic, the other advantage to arriving at day break is ease of parking.  Unfortunately, much to my amazement, no dealers were open and several fields were closed!  Tents were buttoned up, and only a few dealers left items out and uncovered, who hadn’t put things back into trucks or vans the night before.

These guys (above — who, a few hours later, I discovered were from Ohio) were nowhere to be found.  But the dealer (from South Carolina) next to them was setting up his booth, and kindly took my card, tagging the items I wanted.  He and I tried to figure out what these giant easel-like stands were (below), and then deducted that they must’ve been some sort of scaffolding legs?

I liked the caged cart as well, and had ideas to paint it and put shelving inside to use as a big cabinet or wardrobe, however, hours later I found out the price was a bit hefty.  I loved all of their stuff, but couldn’t negotiate low enough.  I didn’t even ask about the factory carts (below).

Their next-door neighbor (the dealer from South Carolina), had this great chandelier.  It wasn’t an antique, but had been taken out of a home.

This trip, I found myself drawn to everything that was over-scaled — the bigger, the better.

Large window frames.

Beautiful mercury glass jug.

And, the most killer item…the one thing that I regret leaving behind…this huge lantern!

The lantern measures 52″H x 24″D.  It is one-of-a-kind (this is what haunts me!) and came from a Lutheran church in Lynchburg, Virginia before it was torn-down and demolished.  Jennifer & Jason Van Der Woodsen are the dealers/shop owners of Everything Vintage Co. in Toano, Virgina, and were such a pleasure to meet.  Each item had a history, and they knew exactly where each piece had originated — like these lockers (below) which had come from an old bus terminal.

The photo (left) shows the “Directions.”  In #3, the word “dime” was crossed out because, as Jennifer Van Der Woodsen had informed us, the lockers had later been re-configured for 25 cent deposits.  The patents listed (right) date from 1912 to 1927.

 Some other items from Everything Vintage Co. follow…

These tables are custom-made by Everything Vintage Co. using reclaimed and recycled materials.  This bar table was my favorite!

As I wandered the fields at dawn, I found it so peaceful.  I had nice conversations with dealers who were opening up their tents and anxious attendees — one couple, who had only been to Brimfield once before, decided this time to come at day break, but were as disappointed as I.  So, note to self – don’t go at sunrise on the weekends!  Many fields weren’t even open until 7 a.m. and even then, many dealers tents were still closed up.  Everything seemed up and running by 8:30-9 a.m.  When I headed home around 10:30 a.m., incoming Brimfield traffic was backed up to the exit on I-84.  (I’ve been in that position before – we’re talking a 45 min to 1 hour delay.)  Leave it to Tracy to show up exactly at the right time (this my folks, is why she’s a pro…who had, by the way, found everything I was looking for earlier in the week)!

all photos by Ei3’s

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