When devouring the pages of decorating magazines, we all covet that unique or one-of-a-kind item that really sets the tone of the room. So where do decorators find interesting items?
The Cottage Journal’s editorial director, Cindy Cooper, and stylist, Yukie McLean, discovered one of the great sources for antiques and unique home furnishings and accessories—the Brimfield Antique Market. Three times a year, the little town of Brimfield, Massachusetts (population 3,300) becomes a shopping haven for thousands of antique dealers and bargain hunters from around the world.
Started in 1959 by Gordon Reed Sr., about 67 exhibitors drove their trucks and station wagons into his field and unloaded their wares. Now more than 6,000 dealers set up across 100 acres, creating possibly the largest antiques market in the US. If you’re searching for an odd chair, unusual lamps, or pretty much anything else on your list, you’re likely to find it here. When you go to Brimfield, heed Cindy’s advice: “Make sure you wear comfortable shoes. You’ll be doing a lot of walking.”
If Massachusetts seems a little far to travel, scout your local flea markets and estate sales; you never know the treasures you’ll find! Share your market finds with us on social media, using the hashtag #thecottagejournal.