Man oh man was it a hot one yesterday. We hit the ground running early as it was the first day and we were expecting big crowds. Surprisingly, the heat must have drove some people off because it was quite calm. We made our way to the very end of the road to visit Dealer's Choice, a field that is only open on Tuesdays and that we rarely have the chance to visit. It was packed with good jewelry, furniture, vintage clothing-- you name it, it was there. I almost left with a few turquoise bracelets but was just too indecisive to pull the trigger.
We slowly meandered through Dealer's Choice, then made our way through the other fields along the way back to where we started. I particularly loved the Brimfield Barn area, a barn full of things like cool old industrial signs, metal chairs and vintage tin boxes. I didn't make any big purchases but on the plus side I think I lost about five pounds of shear water weight (woohoo)!
Scroll down for a large batch of photos and some tips for Brimfield-goers.
1. Wear comfortable but fashionable clothing. (You never know who you'll run into!) I went for a light weight maxi dress.
2. Take a water bottle. Even if you don't suspect it, you will get dehydrated from all that walking. Also on this note, stop at the bathroom before you get there. Porta-potties are not fun.
3. Take a hat and sunblock. It gets hot and sunny out there and you want to protect that skin.
4. Load up on cash! Although some dealers are now taking cards, it's always a good idea to have cash at a flea market.
5. Bargain. Always try to bring the price down. The dealers expect you to ask for their best price or try to get a better deal. On the other hand, also keep in mind that this is how they make a living!
6. Check the website before hand to see which fields are open. Certain fields are only open on specific days, so make sure to see which ones will be open when you're going.
7. Buy Faddies donuts and fresh squeezed lemonade. (See drool worthy donuts below).