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Speaking of Central Massachusetts shopping, the week after next marks the beginning of Brimfield's July session of its world-famous antique show. From Tuesday, July 9, to Sunday, July 14, tens of thousands of visitors will descend upon forty acres of field—and in the thick of summer, expect the air to be hot and heavy. However, don't think twice that the potential weather perils will keep people from 5000 dealers representing all parts of the US.
Because every season delivers numerous first timers to the show, Racked NY collected valuable wisdom from the crew at NYC vintage store Reason—who visit annually to collect props for the boutique. Here are their tips on attending and enjoying the event.
Arrive early: You want to get there between 4am and 5am on the first day of the show.
Wear boots: Even a little bit of rain means you'll be spending the day trudging through a foot of mud.
Know the schedule: Different fields open at different times. If a field opens at noon, you'll want to get there a few minutes early to get first dibs on the best stuff.
Take the truck: While there are shipping companies who will deliver your treasures back home for you, it's quite expensive. Your best bet is renting a van or U-Haul if you plan on buying big items.
Bargain: This goes without saying, but you'd be surprised how skittish people are about bargaining. I can't even start to tell you how many times we've talked people down to a third of their asking prices on some items.
Tips from the Brimfield site:
Cash is the preferred form of payment and will often get you the best price.
Wagons and carts are allowed on the fields.
Make a shirt that says what you're looking to buy.
· Where to Shop for Props: Freak Show Posters, Taxidermy, More [Racked NY]
· This Blogger Scouts Antiques at the Largest Outdoor Show [Racked Boston]
· Brimfield Antique Shows [Official Site]