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brimfield 2010: my favorite finds

by Grace Bonney


on monday i’m going to walk you through some of the trends we saw at brimfield this year (some expected, some not) along with some tips from our favorite people we saw at the show, but first i wanted to share an edited selection of my favorite finds from the show. they didn’t really fit into a trend roundup, so i thought i’d share them instead so you can see how i viewed the show, and which pieces made me stop, smile, and take a picture. oh man, if i’d had a few extra (hundred) dollars in my pocket, i would have picked up so many of these. one day…until then, here are 25 of my favorite pieces from the show (ranging from weather vanes and terrariums to vintage scrolls and binoculars)! i hope you’ll enjoy this little dose of eye candy as much as i did earlier this week. [images above: vintage thread spools, amy in my favorite raccoon mask, vintage shoe stretchers, a set of thonet chairs (painted yellow), vintage wooden spools, i wanted this cast iron rabbit so badly]


[image above: i’m still kicking myself for not getting one of these gorgeous french cafe chairs. man, i should have gotten one.]


[image above: these antique scrolls were so beautiful and dramatic]


[image above: except for the price tag, this was all but mine. but the $1k+ cost was a little (ok, a lot) out of my range]


[image above: i’d never seen this type of blue enamel jewelry before- this locket was so beautiful]


[image above: the swivel locket in the middle was my favorite- one side was a cameo and one said was a stamped date for a class ring! that totally beats the class rings my high school was offering]


[image above: i’m not sure if this was actually a shower head, but i wish it was mine. how gorgeous would this be for an outdoor shower?]


[image above: these guys seemed happy to meet our traveling group of girls]

CLICK HERE for 18 more of my favorite brimfield finds after the jump!



[images above: i wish i had a backyard for all the vintage gates i kept seeing. they were so beautiful. they’d also work on the inside of a home, hanging on the wall, if you’re lucky enough to have a wall that big. or perhaps as a striking headboard?]



[images above: spool tables are always a favorite- and these two were too cute to pass up]


[image above: i grew up with an aunt and uncle who owned a beautiful home in martha’s vineyard. it used to have a weather vane on top and whenever i see a nautical-themed weather vane i remember family vacations and the long drive up from virginia. the house is gone and our family is in edenton, nc now, but weather vanes always make me remember summer trips to edgartown]


[image above: this was the vintage linen shop where i bought my pillowcase. i could have stayed in this booth ALL DAY. giant comfy pillows and beautiful stitching? what’s not to love?]


[image above: i love these canopy chairs and always associate them with kelly wearstler’s design for the BG restaurant. so chic]


[image above: if i ever decide to start a dessert blog, i know what name i’ll be using.]


[image above: speaking of dessert, these tall ice cream cones were so playful. and the garden center in front of it? i. want. one.]


[image above: i’m pretty sure these planters were made from old propane tanks- but they were so cute!]


[image above: i’m not sure what this caged roll-top piece was originally used for, but it was gorgeous]


[image above: i almost bought one of thee pretty state maps- i loved the detailing at the top]


[image above: garden stands are a constant favorite of mine- this one on the left would be so pretty on a small garden patio.]


[image above: amy and i kept spotting beautiful riding boots around the show- too bad they were all men’s sizes. drats.]


[image above: i wanted these antique binoculars but couldn’t think of a reason i really needed them. double drats.]


[image above: jenny lind bed! jenny lind bed! if i wasn’t married i’d be sleeping in one of these right now. but they’re not really the sort of thing that screams comfort to ac. understandably, but i’ll always want one of these. hope our first child enjoys his/hers]


[image above: this antique backgammon set was stunning.]


[image above: these arm lights attached to wooden blocks were so beautiful. i wish i had a great big desk that would work with this]

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