|Brimfield c1850 - M. Bradley Litho.|
Since its inception in the mid-20th century, the Brimfield show has grown to become recognized as the largest of its kind in the United States, drawing thousands of shoppers and sellers, both domestic and international. Indeed, a recent article in the Dallas Morning News refers to the Brimfield Show as "legendary," and one of the (unofficial) top two in the country, the other being the Marbarger Farm Antique Show in Round Top, Texas.
To give one an idea of the scale of the Brimfield Antique Show, the article notes that the Round Top event averages about 40,000 visitors per bi-annual five-day show, while the figures for Brimfield are closer to 250,000 per thrice-annual six-day run. To be fair, the population of Round Top is just 77, compared to Brimfield's 3,000 or so year-round residents. Guess everything isn't bigger in Texas, after all.
The Brimfield Antique Show is held outdoors along the old Boston Post Road, Route 20, in Brimfield, Massachusetts, with vendors lining both sides of the road. Parking is available for a fee in various locations. As well as hosting a tremendous variety of vintage goods and antiques, food and drink for every taste can be found at the Brimfield show.
Here's a link to a handy website with lots more information on the Brimfield Antique Show:
And to the Marbarger Farm Antique Show in Central Texas:
Brimfield Antique Show 2011 schedule:
May 10 - 15 ~ July 12 - 17 ~ September 6 - 11
As always, thanks for stopping by and take care.
Image source: Historical celebration of the town of Brimfield, Hampden County, Mass., 1879, Author Charles McEwen Hyde, The C. W. Bryan company, printers, Springfield, Mass., http://www.archive.org/details/historicalcelebr00brim