Brimfield Flea Market 2021: Community Returns to 19 Unique Item Bundles


The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the Brimfield flea market, a staple in western Massachusetts, with roots dating back to 1959.

But it’s back July 13-18, and there’s a lot to discover with 19 fields to explore, thousands of items, and smells of fried dough and fresh cut grass.

In all the excitement, there is community.

Take Kate Corriveau, who owns the Brimfield Auction Acres and the Brimfield Winery and Cidery with her husband, Rusty. The Acres Auction, which opens to buyers on Friday, is the oldest lot at the fair and the only one to open in May. On Wednesday, Corriveau took to a Facebook Live with MassLive where she shared the history of the flea market and gave a detailed look at the cellar’s drink selection.

Corriveau also shared the story of Paul Young, who attended his 52nd Brimfield flea market this week. On the other hand, Kilia Ververidis, owner of the Hertan’s lot, had its first opening this year.

MassLive caught the opening live of the Hertan lot at noon on Facebook Live.

“Yesterday’s opening day far exceeded our expectations. My next door neighbor who has run her show for decades said it was the biggest door she had ever seen at a Brimfield show. The weather was wonderful, the field was full and the energy was palpable, ”said Ververidis.

Hertan’s, Auction Acres, and the New England Motel all charge a $ 5 opening fee.

In Hertan’s Lot, buyers may stumble upon Eccentric Light owned and operated by Rose and David Wilbour, who have been married for over 40 years. The Wilbour’s fill their shop with items that appeal to them. For David it started with cards and stamps. For Rose, lighting and art. Afterwards, they started to expand to more items as they got used to the market.

There is something special about in-person selling compared to the Internet, the Wilbour’s said. The Brimfield flea market can be a bit of work for them and depends on the weather, but it’s an experience they share.

Next to Eccentric Light was John Kaplan, owner of the Fresh Bread business where he sells his own woodturning parts and other things he finds interesting. Kaplan worked on a bus that he drove to the flea market.

Kaplan said he bought the Chevrolet bus from Craigslist from a group of people who drove him to softball games.

John Kaplan’s Business Fresh Bread

Furniture is everywhere on the market this year.

Matthew Gosch Antiques is one example. This tent had beautiful furniture, art, and vintage house items like washer flakes and old phones.

Gosch said his favorite piece in the shop was an 1860s cherry wood sideboard. Like many other sellers, Gosch has said that he buys things he loves, and if he doesn’t sell, he can. benefit.

Brimfield Flea Market 2021

Matthieu Gosch Antiquities

Opposite is John Law, owner of Doctor John’s. Law laughed when asked how he chose his merchandise. The tent was filled with unique items from around the world.

Law has been coming to the flea market for about 10 or 15 years from Forester, Rhode Island, where his full-time job is to repair cars.

“The people around here are very good people,” he says.

Law began to hunt for antiques one day when he went to a local auction house.

“I’ve been hooked ever since,” he said. Since then, Law has started buying and selling antiques about 80 kilometers from his home.

Law has also brought his grandson, Kevin, to shows before. He said he would give Kevin some crackle glass and the buyers would come and teach him how to tell the origin of the items.

Kevin once even sold more than his grandfather.

The law just appreciates the process of antiquity. Like many other suppliers, over the years he has had loyal customers and developed a passion for the stories behind the parts.

But Law does not always know the history of his objects. Sometimes he learns, but other times he doesn’t.

A conversation erupted between Law and a client who asked him about a gardening tool. Law said he had heard it was used to cut water lilies, but wasn’t quite sure. Sometimes when reviewing an article, 20 people will all say it’s one thing, and sometimes they’ll all say it’s something different, Law said.

The customer bought the item saying it was something he must have.

Some customers buy for themselves and others buy for their own business. Cai Flynn and Nathan Chase own an upscale clothing store called Talking Threads in Ogunquit, Maine, shopping for clothes in the “Gonzo” tent.

Flynn and Chase said there are many benefits to saving: durability, a “scavenger hunt,” a “celebration of quality, older threads,” and the ability to connect with others.

The Brimfield Flea Market runs from July until the 18th and returns from September 7th to 12th.

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