What were we shopping for? A full size headboard for one of the bedrooms in the house. But since this is just for staging, we were hoping to get a huge bargain. That's one of the cool things about Brimfield - they have everything from fine antiques to flea market finds.
So what did we learn?
1) Dress down. My friend Marc recommended we wear our usual home renovation work clothes. And while I couldn't bring myself to go out in public in my paint splattered cut offs, we did find that you don't want to look too well off when you're trying to get a huge bargain.
2) Traffic can be awful, so it's good to get there early. And you'll pay $5-7 for parking.
3) They have some really funky stuff there! We saw everything from 5' Beyonce chickens (and if you haven't read the the Bloggess account of Beyonce the chicken, you should read it now. It's probably the funniest blog I've ever read!), to a metal indian to a giant Pillsbury Dough Boy. And then there was the mountain of wooden lobster buoys that the couple from Nova Scotia brought in.
|Mountain of Wooden Lobster Buoys from Nova Scotia|
|Hmm...where would you put this?|
4) The food choices are a lot like a state fair - fried everything. Including Oreos, which our daughter Katie actually tried and liked! My advice, pack your lunch.
5) You can find your bargain. I got this old bed for $40. I just love the carved circles up at the top. It's missing a few pieces and needs a little TLC, but wait till you see it in the front bedroom. We'll clean and paint it and it will look great!!! The only downside, we had to schlepp it about half a mile to get it back to the car.
|He's not quite as excited about the bed as I am!|
All in all, it was a great experience. It was worth the crowds, the traffic and the fried food. Can't wait to go again next year!
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