Last week I had mentioned my excitement about the upcoming Brimfield Antique Show, but also discussed my logistical tactics with regard to navigating efficiently and successfully through the fields (here). The truth is, I’ve never been able to “see” everything (every dealer, every booth, every field) in just one day. Years ago, when smartphones or cell phones with cameras weren’t around, it was even more difficult. However in recent years, the ability to take a photo (and send to a client, friend, husband for approval) has changed the game. Usually if I’m searching for specific items, I enlist the help of Tracy Foley of Water & Main.
Tracy has scoured Brimfield for 20+ years and is a veteran antiques and vintage shopper. If I’m unable to attend one of the 3 Brimfield shows each year, I call out to Water & Main. Tracy has always delivered. She will find, with ease and a keen eye, a particular item that I’m on the hunt for (a mud room bench, an antique rug, an unusual sign, an old harpoon, wall prints). Her sense of style is impeccable and her Brimfield knowledge is far superior to mine.
Tracy’s love for antiques and everything vintage translates over to home renovations. In 2004, she, and her husband Dan, took on the project of a lifetime and renovated a dilapidated 1838 sea captain’s home and former 1920s Nautilus boarding house in Chatham, Massachusetts. Their home won the 2006 Preservation Award from Chatham’s Historical Commission, as they had salvaged as much as they could from the original house to try to preserve the home’s original post-and-beam construction, and yet, were able to add in the modern conveniences for today’s family. (Their home was featured in an article “See Worthy,” by Nancy Barr in the Spring 2006 issue of Home Remodeling Cape Cod & The Islands magazine.)
Next week, Water & Main will be debuting home furnishings inside The Paint Exchange booth at the Brimfield Antique Show – location: Shelton’s B67.
image by IgoeCreative courtesy of Water & Main