BRIMFIELD – With its first full-fledged opening in May since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Market is certainly back in a big way.
“If people haven’t experienced Brimfield, they really should get out,” said Kate Corriveau, co-owner of Brimfield Auction Acres. “It’s listed in ‘The 1,000 Places to See Before You Die’ and if we’ve learned anything from COVID, time matters and memories matter.”
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Last May, Brimfield Auction Acres, formerly known as J&J Promotions Antiques and Collectibles, at 35 Main St., was the only area open.
Due to the uncertainty related to COVID-19, the city’s select committee only decided on March 29, 2021 to allow the flea markets to open. Although the news was a relief, the owners of the flea market quickly realized that there was not enough time to inform the dealers, draw up a plan for the city health worker and organize the shows. .
But this year, Brimfield Auction Acres has a lot of people.
The May show, which runs from 10-15 May, is Brimfield’s first show of the season and traditionally May is the busiest show of the year. And, who knows, it might be the highest-attended show in years.
“Everyone is ready,” Corriveau said. “I think it will be one of the best years at Brimfield for a very long time.”
The Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Market will also be held July 12-17 and September 6-11.
Unlike last year, Corriveau said treasure hunting season will be in full swing next week with nearly 20 fields set up with thousands of merchants, all ready to sell their wares and souvenirs and artifacts. hard-to-find collection.
“Last year, starting with a show in May and then as the others opened up to shows in July and September, buyers and some dealers were still hesitant,” Corriveau said. “But next week it’s going to be great because we’re all going to be up and running. Everyone is ready, both resellers and buyers.
Young treasure hunters
Last July, Corriveau said he saw an increase in the number of “young people” in Brimfield who are looking for quality “vintage” or “retro” furniture and collectibles that are unique and made to last.
“We’ve been cut to the wings for a while here and now we can put our creativity to the test,” Corriveau said. “And there’s no place like Brimfield for that.”
With the absence due to COVID, Corriveau said she expects there will be plenty of great finds, as well as dealers eager to part with inventory that hasn’t been touched or reviewed. for about two years.
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And Corriveau said you never know who you’re going to see treasure hunting.
Last July, Lara Spencer, the creator and co-host of “Flea Market Flip” and co-anchor of “Good Morning America” on ABC, did live broadcasts from Brimfield, Corriveau said.
Also, in recent years, Corriveau had a close encounter with two famous Neils – Neil Young and Neil Patrick Harris.
fields of pleasure
On May 10, three fields will open at 6 a.m. while another eight fields are expected to open at sunrise.
Central Park Antique Shows, Green Acres Antique Show and Midway Antiques Shows will all open at 6 a.m., while Collins’ Apple Barn, Crystal Brook, Grand Trunk Antique Shows, Mahogany Ridge, Quaker Acres, Shelton Antique Shows, Stephen’s Place Antiques Show and Sturtevant’s Antique Fairs will open at sunrise. These 11 fields will be open until Sunday.
Brimfield Auction Acres will also hold a “Treasure Trunk Tuesday” event at 7 a.m. Tuesday, and Dealers Choice Antiques Shows will open for a one-day sale at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
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On May 11, the New England Motel opens at 6 a.m.; Heart O’ The Mart opens at 9 a.m. and Hertan’s Antique Shows opens at noon. The three fields that open on Wednesday will be open until Sunday.
The May Antiques Market will open at 9 a.m. on May 12 and run until May 14, and Brimfield Auction Acres will open at 8 a.m. on May 13 and 14.
And not only merchants and treasure hunters will be out in force. The same will be true for the Brimfield Police Department.
On March 14, the Select Board approved the use of “flea market funds” to purchase 25 traffic cones and three bicycles.
Police Chief Charles T. Kuss requested $600 for the cones and $2,600 for the three bikes with additional accessories. Kuss said they currently have 11 bikes. He said the newest was four years old and the oldest was 25.
Last fall, Kuss said Brimfield’s outdoor antiques market went well, with the only problem being people blatantly ignoring the orange ‘No Parking’ signs posted along Route 20 , because they only needed “a few minutes” to stop and load their purchases.
Kuss said while people don’t see this as a problem, it creates a difficult situation and can get in the way of emergency vehicles.
As for COVID, nothing is enforced regarding mask wearing and social distancing, but buyers and sellers will have to decide on their personal comfort level.
For more information, visit brimfieldantiquefleamarket.com.