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Treasures from Brimfield

We braved the rain and set off on our adventure yesterday to visit Brimfield’s Antique Show.  The evening’s weather ushered in a cold front and we went from mid-seventy degrees to a damp, cold and soggy 52 degrees.  Thank goodness I wore rain boots with wool socks.  After the hour-and-a- half drive, we parked in a makeshift lot  in the backyard of a neighboring home for $5. Here our adventure began.  I knew that my search would definitely include chicken related items.
My first discovery was this fabulous vintage Little Giant chicken waterer.  I loved the patterns in the glass. They remind me of little framed eggs. The bottom portion is made from thick plastic similar to bakelite.  When I went to pay, the dealer knocked 30% off the price, without me even having to ask.  
Next, in a few fields over, I discovered this vintage wooden chicken cage.  One of these has been on my list for a long time.   They were each marked $59.  I inquired about the price and he let me have one for $10!    I am planning on turning it into a unique coffee table.  Finally, I splurged on four limestone prints of speckled bird eggs and a jay nest.  They are from an old book of the 1840’s.  I think they will be stunning once matted and framed. 
We spent all day in Brimfield.  It was so much fun.  I am already beginning to plan my trip there in May 2012.  I hope some of you make the trip yourself.  Treasures are just waiting to be discovered.  Who knows, we might even bump into each other.
Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest



For years, I have enjoyed antiquing and collecting.  When I lived in Los Angeles, I looked forward to the weekends when we could attend monthly antique fairs such as Long Beach and the Rose Bowl.  I love the thrill of the hunt and the excitement over a great find.  I love searching for something for years and finally, when you least expect it, you turn the corner and there it is, as plain as daylight, staring back at your googlie eyes.  I miss those days.

Even when I lived in Los Angeles, I was drawn to pottery featuring chickens.  Some are imported from China and some were produced by well-known companies of the day, including Shawnee and Hazel Atlas.  I guess my chicken collecting should have been a sign.  Maybe this was foreshadowing what was to lie ahead in years to come.

Since we have lived in the Northeast, I have dreamed about going to Brimfield.  Yet somehow, something always came up.  This year is different.  Despite the 70% chance of rain, Brimfield starts today.  Finally, after 8 years of living in the Northeast,  I will be there.   I have a few items on my “dream” list for today.  Of course, some involve chickens.

Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest