Thursday, August 13, 2009

Brimfield trip May 2010

What IS the Brimfield Show, Anyway?

The Brimfield Antiques Show began in the 1950's and has become the largest and best-known outdoor antiques show in the country. Running along Rt. 20 for a distance of perhaps a half-mile and perhaps 500' or more, back on each side of the highway, the Brimfield Show is a huge, vast undertaking, filled with thousands of dealers dealer’s over the course of the week, selling everything from the finest antiques to 'yard junk', requiring a day or two to see everything there is to see. Food courts and rest facilities abound, and the Shows are filled with hidden treasures and the 'right kind of people', creating a safe and fun environment for everyone, children included. Shows are patrolled by uniformed and undercover police, and rarely is there any trouble of any kind.

Brimfield is a quaint, picturesque rural New England town, home to 3,000 residents. Founded in 1731, (the year before George Washington was born), the town's 35 square miles are surrounded by apple orchards, horse farms, and wooded hills in an area known as the Pioneer Valley, and Foothills of the Berkshires.

During show-times, the town's population balloons to over 250,000 visitors and over 5,000 dealers for the 6 days the Show operates. The Show has a carnival-like atmosphere, appropriate for all ages, where good vibes prevail, (and few, if any, problems ever present themselves).Dealers come from all over the world, as do visitors. From millionaire world-famous rock stars and movie stars to the local resident from down the street, the Show is a Mecca for serious and casual collectors of all kinds of antiques. A few of the Fields require an entrance fee on the initial opening, usually $5.00-10.00, which tends to be waived later in the day. Most fields do not have any entrance fee, and generally, you can move freely from field to field.

Brimfield link: http://www.brimfieldshow.com/showpr~.htm
Show promoters: Brimfield Acres North, BRIMFIELD BARN, BRIMFIELD'S HEART-O-THE-MART, CENTRAL PARK, COLLINS APPLE BARN, Crystal Brook, MIDWAY ANTIQUES AND DEALERS' CHOICE, FRANCESCO'S ANTIQUE SHOW, GREEN ACRES, J&J PROMOTIONS, Hertan's Antique Shows, THE MEADOWS, MAY'S ANTIQUE MARKET, MAHOGANY RIDGE, NEW ENGLAND MOTEL, QUAKER ACRES, SHELTON ANTIQUES, STEPHEN'S PLACE, STURTEVANT'S.
Get a Brochure Here http://www.brimfieldshow.com/show_brochure.htm

Ok, now we know what Brimfield is, how do we get there and return?

This is what we propose: Group together and purchase round trip tickets. Once there we will have a semi truck and driver waiting for us. As we purchase items each dealer will mark and pack their items in the truck. When Brimfield is over, we fly home and within about a week the truck should arrive in the Seattle or Tacoma area and we get our things and go home. Simple! Cost of tickets, truck and driver? I don’t know yet. We may even need to rent a bus to ferry us between Brimfield and our hotel.

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Dennis

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