After two days of trudging around fields and fighting for great deals, Kate, Amy and I are finally back in Brooklyn and sorting through hundreds of photos from Brimfield. The show was fantastic this year, though the weather managed to be a major bummer again with the sort of wet cold that feels like even your bones are freezing. While we sort through the major trends and our favorites (leather, rattan, industrial lighting, menswear) for posts this week, I wanted to kick things off by sharing the pieces we chose to pull the trigger on and bring home. It’s always fun to wade through rows upon rows of antiques and then look in the back of the car and figure out what made the cut. The back of our mini van (we drove a seriously soccer Mom-tastic red minivan) was stocked with everything from inflatable stools from the 1970s and an antique baseball bat to a curved marble tabletop and giant glass demijohns. Photos of our team finds are below, but feel free to share links to yours in the comment section below! I’d love to see what everyone else who visited the show chose to bring home. Stay tuned for about a bazillion more Brimfield photos tomorrow and next week! xo, grace
Image above: Kate, me and Amy on the start of the first day with our Massachusetts must-have: Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. My favorite.
Image above: Kate bought an amazing set of inflatable plastic stools from the 70s. The interior is filled with a plastic floral diorama, but Kate’s going to try to disassemble them and re-fill them with something cooler, but still slightly kitschy.
Image above: My biggest splurge was this amazing vintage marble tabletop. I’m going to find an inexpensive metal base and use this as an outdoor bar on the porch.
Image above: I couldn’t resist these vintage salt shakers. The shape and texture was too fun. The tops are pretty much rusting off so I plan on using them as bedside (or sink-side) bud vases.
Image above: My other major splurges were these giant antique demijohns and a gorgeous bench from Jersey Ice Cream Co. The demijohns will hold tree branches inside and outside of our apartment and the bench is going to be the start of our new entryway/landing strip. It’s made from a vintage industrial base and a beautiful piece of salvaged wood.
Image above: This gorgeous metal powder tin hopped in my bag right before we left. Affordable, beautiful and perfect for holding jewelry.
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Image above: Since our house is pretty much empty after selling everything before the move I bought a decent amount of home goods. This runner was a total steal and I plan on turning it into a DIY project for D*S. Stay tuned, it will be a totally different color soon…
Image above: my demijohns came from this set at Big Daddy Antiques. I would have taken them all home if I could.
Since I live on the west coast, I couldn’t purchase anything too massive at Brimfield, although I certainly wanted to. However, I couldn’t resist snatching up a few portable trinkets to bring home with me…and those crazy stools of course :) I love the typography and colors of old drug store packaging and beauty products, so I picked up an old medicine tin to hold my daily vitamins. I also followed Amy’s example and purchased some vintage cufflinks as a gift for my man.
This year was a small haul for me. After just doing my bedroom, I was more looking to be inspired than to bring home too much stuff. Nearly everything I brought back was a gift (except that key chain!). My favorite find were the cufflinks (below). You never know what will strike your fancy and this year, I got completely inspired by menswear. The striped cuff links came from the same dealer who sold me an amazing cameo last year. and in the car ride home, Kate and I came up with an awesome DIY project, that involves inexpensive cufflinks and I can’t wait to get started on that! –Amy A.