Last week we had such a great time at Brimfield that it was hard to focus long enough to take everything in, but we were able to notice a few trends popping up here and there- some of which we even noticed popping up in this weekend’s trade fairs (ICFF and NSS). Today we’re going to be sharing the trends we saw at the show, along with trends spotted by some of our favorite flea market goers: Christiane Lemieux of DwellStudio, Russell Whitmore of Erie Basin, and Pam Zsori of Ink & Peat.
But first, what did we spot? Well, you can pretty much find anything at Brimfield, but we noticed a few key trends. And as always the overarching trend of vintage industrial was still going strong – with the JCrew and Ralph Lauren scooping it up fast! But here were some trends we saw popping up everywhere:
- Native american blankets/rugs
- fishing baskets
- vintage racks/boxes
- demijohns/vintage bottles/vintage terra cotta pots
CLICK HERE for our favorite images of each and all the trends spotted by our friends this year!
As the images above make clear- bird cages were EVERYWHERE this year. We couldn’t walk down an aisle without seeing some sort of bird cage hiding in a box or displayed proudly on a table top. Grace managed to resist the urge to buy one and turn it into a plant hanger, but she may give in next time…
Beacon or ‘camp’ blankets were another trend we saw popping up everywhere. Inspired by Navajo weavings, these blankets and their colorful patterns were all over the show in both blanket and rug form.
Demijohns seemed to be on everyone’s “must have” list last year, and they were still big at this year’s show- and available for a wide range of prices, which was great.
We saw a lot of professional-looking groups tagging pots like these, so keep your eyes peeled for pieces like this popping up in catalogs and store displays in the future- terra cotta olive oil jugs were definitely popular this year.
Vintage boxes and baker’s racks were definitely hot this year- they’d been scooped up by the dozen when we hit this booth, mostly because they were priced at $80 a piece- a steal by Brimfield standards.
Vintage mercury and other types of glass bottles disappeared faster than we could find them. These were tagged by the J Crew visual merchandising team so if you see them in next year’s catalogs you’ll know where they found them!
We noticed these wicker fishing baskets in a ton of booths- in a wide range of prices. These models were in great condition and were going for around $350+, but we saw other options for close to $100.
- Curtis Jere-esque like wall sculptures – these were everywhere in every form. This was the year of 3D decoration
- Frogs – are frogs the new bird? We saw frogs in every form.
- Mary Kate Olsen – This girl were snapping up all the best jewelry – she’s cute, quick and knew exactly what she was looking for.
photos above by Christiane Lemieux
Christiane Lemieux‘s favorite finds:
A great occasional table with a travertine top and brass legs – elegant proportions, modern and just a little fancy, a cork and brass lamp – I am loving the cork – the texture and color is great and I love the brass accents. Brass was the thing that pulled all my purchases together and a black and brass lamp - I am on the hunt for all things black. This was a score at $35!
Russell Whitmore of Erie Basin:
- There seem to be a lot of sellers of vintage industrial stuff lately- especially lighting. I think prices for industrial stuff are probably at an all time high.
- Apothecary Stuff. People love it, and dealers selling the contents of old pharmacies always have a mob of buyers.
- I’ve been seeing more and more dealers selling antique outdoor furniture and garden objects– I think in part because it’s become part of an indoor decorating aesthetic.
- Dealers that sell oak furniture have almost no buyers or lookers.
- At long last, ratty old taxidermy animal heads are going unsold.
Pam Zsori, of Ink & Peat, is a floral and home designer in Portland, Oregon.
It is hard to say that Brimfield necessarily has trends in that it is an antique show where you can find pretty much anything. Some people have been selling the same thing for 30 years! You do however see patterns develop over time.
- Industrial – this one has been brewing at Brimfield for about 3 years. It started with a few vendors and now is quite well represented. Some of it is furniture (benches, tables) from old industrial factories (I got a steel bread hauling cart to use as a linens display shelf) that is cleaned up and ready to use. Other pieces are clever re-inventions. Dealers combine old part with new – to create new looks. I love this trend as it is reusing old materials repurposed that people used to just consider trash.
- Gustavian sparsity – this trend has also been developing in the home decor new market for several years and is now going strong at Brimfield. Old or reproduction Gustavian furniture in grey and white, mixed with nubbly flax grain sacks, rough-hewn linens, French scrolly monograms, and wood. Also deconstructed chairs, settees, and fainting couches that have been stripped down to the padding or horsehair bought and used as is. This looks great in rooms with all white. I have also seen this look on blogs and magazines with walls that are stripped down of their wallpaper and left raw and unpainted. This look is also great with some of the old black and white train destination scrolls that have been popping up at the fleas.
- Boho – there seems to be more and more vendors with antiques from India, Turkey, China, and Pakistan. We certainly see this trend in the home and fashion markets and it is starting to fill out here. Rugs, delicate embroidered textiles, Suzani, jewelry, wood printing blocks are just some of the treasures that can be found.