Monday, August 14, 2017

Antique Inspiration - Brimfield, Mass

One of the fun things about starting a new project is coming up with a few inspirational elements to get the design started.  And this bland little ranch really needs some inspiration!  I'd like to add a few antique elements, to help give it a little character.
So, lucky for me, the Brimfield Antique Market season is upon us.   .  Brimfield is the largest antique show in New England and runs 3 times a year, for 5 days at a time.  It's HUGE and always has lots of interesting items.    And despite stormy skies, there was a big crowd.

Looking for gas station signs??  They have a big selection!
I went with a mental list of things to look for, but frankly, you can't be too specific, because you never know what you'll find.  For example, what about these gas station signs.  Or how about a life size hippo head??  Surprisingly, I was able to pass on them :-) 

But it didn't take long to buy something!  10 minutes after arriving I found these well scoops......not sure where I'll use them, but aren't they cool?  I'd like to put succulents in them.

How could I resist?  $30!!
Next, I came across this carved antique.....something.....  Maybe it was the top of a dresser?  Or a bed?  Not really sure, but by taking the wooden backing out and replacing it with mirrors, it can be pretty cool!  I can't wait to figure out where to hang it.

Top Half - thankfully it disassembled to fit in the car!
But the thing I really wanted was a glass cabinet door, to use in this storage cubby above the basement staircase.  It's right across from the front door and isn't very attractive.  But with the right door on it, it can look more like a built in china cabinet, which would be quite nice.

I was getting pretty discouraged (and tired), when I spied this leaded glass window.  Eureka!  It's perfect.  The wide lead sections between each pane really give it a distinctive look (and make it crazy heavy!).  Of course it's not the right size, but we can retrofit the opening to accomodate it.  A tall narrow opening will actually look a lot nicer than the current rectangle.
And with a car full of new treasures, it was time to head back to Maine!  

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  1. What fun!! And how fun to go in a car so you can haul bigger treasures home. Love what you bought. Thanks for taking us along!

    1. It was such an interesting experience - so many different things, that would appeal to everyone!!

  2. We lived two towns over before moving to Maine last year. Brimfield is such fun adventure!

  3. We lived two towns over before moving to Maine last year. Brimfield is an amazing experience!

    1. Amazing and a bit overwhelming!!! So much to see!

  4. Brimfield has been on our bucket list forever. Maybe in the next couple of years, we can make it happen! Can't wait to see what you do with your new-found treasures.


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