BRIMFIELD ANTIQUE SHOW DATES

2016 BRIMFIELD ANTIQUE SHOW DATES

May 10-15 • July 12-17 • Sept 6-11

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BRIMFIELD ANTIQUE SHOW DATES

2017 BRIMFIELD ANTIQUE SHOW DATES

May 8-14 • July 10-16 • Sept 4-10

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You can also request Brochures About the Show or Area From:

  • Quaboag Valley Chamber of Commerce
    429 Main Street
    Palmer, MA 01069
    (413) 283-6149
  • Brimfield Outdoor Antique Shows
    Route 20, Brimfield, MA
    Contact:
    Lenny Weake, Executive Vice President
    Quaboag Valley Chamber of Commerce
    3 Converse Street, Palmer 01069
    413-283-2418
    www.quaboag.com
  • Sturbridge Information Center
    P.O. Box 66
    Sturbridge, MA 01566
    (800) 628-8379

Show Overview

What IS the Show, Anyway?

The Brimfield Antiques Show began in the 1950's and has become the largest and best-known outdoor antiques show in the country. Running along Rt. 20 for a distance of perhaps a half-mile and perhaps 500' or more, back on each side of the highway, the Brimfield Show is a huge, vast undertaking, filled with thousands of dealers dealers over the course of the week, selling everything from the finest antiques to 'yard junk', requiring a day or two to see everything there is to see. Food courts and rest facilities abound, and the Shows are filled with hidden treasures and the 'right kind of people', creating a safe and fun environment for everyone, children included. Shows are patrolled by uniformed and undercover police, and rarely is there any trouble of any kind.

Brimfield is a quaint, picturesque rural New England town, home to 3,000 residents. Founded in 1731, (the year before George Washington was born), the town's 35 square miles are surrounded by apple orchards, horse farms, and wooded hills in an area known as the Pioneer Valley, and Foothills of the Berkshires.

During show-times, the town's population balloons to over 250,000 visitors and over 5,000 dealers for the 6 days the Show operates. The Show has a carnival-like atmosphere, appropriate for all ages, where good vibes prevail, (and few, if any problems ever present themselves).

Dealers come from all over the world as do visitors. From millionaire world-famous rock stars and movie stars to the local resident from down the street, the Show is a Mecca for serious and casual collectors of all kinds of antiques. A few of the Fields require an entrance fee on the initial opening, usually $5.00-10.00, which tends to be waived later in the day. Most fields do not have any entrance fee, and generally, you can move freely from field to field.

There is almost always plenty of parking available, at $6.00 - 8.00 in the middle of town, a bargain in itself. Also, in the middle of the show, the New England Motel hosts the largest and most popular food court with a wide variety of food booths to satisfy every taste. Additionally, food carts and booths appear throughout various locations and the wide variety of available foods has become a draw in it's own right.

Each of the fields is required to provide sanitary facilities, and these are clean, ventilated affairs that are checked often for sanitary condition.

By far the largest inconvenience to the whole show is the traffic getting into and out of town, which can range from none to over 8 miles of backup. Traffic is unpredictable, and often determined by the weather. Occasionally, peak show times see bumper-to-bumper traffic on the main access road for a few miles - (Rt.20 E&W), but the stream of traffic along the show route is nearly almost always a short inconvenience compared to the surprises and joys of exploration that lie ahead.

While many are curious about the staggered show openings, thinking it carefully planned, there is no overall Town "management" committee for the Show --each promoter sets his or her own exhibition schedule. As the late Bob Brown, publisher of the Brimfield Antique Guide liked to say, "It all works entirely by accident". And work it has, for 50+ years! Brimfield is renown the world over as the Outdoor Antiques Capital of the World. If you're doubtful of that fact... the visitor statistics on this web-site tell the story - with an average 30,000 page requests each month, hits in the millions during show-months at all hours of the day, and visitors from over 26 countries...the Brimfield Shows are the undisputed King of Outdoor Antique Shows!

For quicker access into the show, take Exit 8 on the MA Pike, (Rt. 90) through Palmer onto Rt 20 East to Brimfield. Directions are posted at the toll booths.

An Overview if it's your First Time...

Don't worry, if you've never been to the Show before, there's no real way to prepare for the experience. You should probably take a look at the Cigar Afficionado article (under History News and Articles) to get a flavor of what to expect.

Also, check the Tips Section for more guidance.

In general, just know that if you're looking for an antique item and cannot find it at the show or through one of the 5000+ dealers who come from the world-over to the show, chances are that you might have to live without it.

Brimfield is a small town of 2,000 that balloons to over 30,000 on peak show days. There are crowds, yes, but there is a particularly festive, safe, and family-oriented atmosphere that can be enjoyed by all if you're prepared. And because the Show ranges over a distance approaching a mile, the crowds are not concentrated as you might expect.

Parking ranges from $3.00 on the outskirts of town to $6.00 in town. We consider parking in town (at $6.00) one of the best deals around. Warning: Police actively patrol the side streets and highways and will immediately tow anything remotely resembling a vehicle not parked properly. Please use only the parking lots to be sure!

Shoes MUST be comfortable, as you'll be on your feet most of the day; ideally, carry a foldable bag that you can stuff in your pocket when not in use, and take out to carry small items you purchase. Backpacks are an excellent idea. Strollers, even though space is limited, fit in quite well, and there's no need to leave the young ones at home. Just make sure, as always, that sun protection is available for you and your family.

It's also a very good idea to agree beforehand at a central place to meet, in case you get separated. If all else fails, the police station is behind the town hall (the big pink building in the middle of town), and bike police are commonly seen through-out the show area as well.

While we're on the subject on police, please be aware that the police do not tolerate open alcoholic beverages and drug-use will land you in the hoose-gaw pronto.

There are plenty of portable rest room facilities and sinks: every promoter is required to have these on-site, and they are generally clean, well ventilated, and not a problem to use at all. Porta-potties have come a long way in the 9 years we've been in town.

There is also an abundance of food: just about anything you like can be found at the dining areas in the middle of the show route. We particularly like the New England Motel cluster because there's almost always a dozen or more different food booths set up as in a food court, as well as tables and benches and---entertainment--- as well. We think the Texas Barbeque Pit is the best spot around and have a hard time sampling others. This past show, we admit, we did manage to sample the Lobster Stand, featuring cooked-and-cracked-on-the-spot, lobster sandwiches, which we found to be a delicious, hearty treat, overflowing with succelent lobster meat - a deal at @ $6.95. On the other hand....the fried mozzarella at Francesco's (with Frank and Rosa's Special Sauce) is phenomenal and a meal all by itself at $5.95! Let us know your favorites, and we'll post them here.

While you will see dogs here and there, they are not permitted on all fields, and the trend is towards banning pets.(See the Frequently Asked Questions section on the TIPS page).

There is an ATM machine at Country Bank on Main Street across from the Brimfield Common. There are also mobile AMT vans that can be found, either at New England Motel or Hertan's Antique Shows. Others can be found in neighboring towns of Sturbridge, Monson, Palmer & Warren.

Finally, to get the best deal, cash works best.

Top Tips For Seeing the Show:

The few tips we can offer here are gleaned from years of personal experience at the Show. One of the benefits to living in Brimfield as we do, (and a small town it is when the Show isn't around) is the willingness of the Promoters to talk about the Show, what they saw, heard and heard tell of.

  1. Rule Number One: Remember at all costs, that the dealer is a person just like you, who wants to get a good deal. If he's a Brimfield regular, he will know what he expects to get for an item, and -sometimes- will open with a slightly higher offer. You, of course are free to counter: a few dealers are not willing to dicker, but in general, dickering's the rule here
  2. You will always do better using that giant wad of cash in your pocket as opposed to a check, and, and at the final stage of negotiation, it can't hurt to show the dealer the money.
  3. Watch what you wear - don't overdress. The trick is to look pretty much like everyone else.
  4. If you see something you MUST have: pick it up and do not let go. DO NOT, under any circumstances leave the booth without a leaving a retainer to hold the item if you SIMPLY MUST HAVE IT. That nice professional-looking couple over at the Windsor chair on the other side of the booth? They've got their eyes on your prize and will grab it given half a chance.(This kind of thing happens so a word to the wise!).
  5. If you cannot afford an item that you LOVE, oftentimes the dealer will work something out in the style of a layaway. This is less certain if the dealer is from Alaska and has to lug the item back; more certain if he's from New York.
  6. If you frequent the Shows, you probably have a dealer or two who works actively with and for you, to find the items you're looking for. If you don't see something: ASK. Get to know the dealers who sell items you collect. You'll see them year after year, and once they know you're serious, they'll pick up things with you in mind.
  7. If you're a casual or a serious collector, get a tee-shirt made up that says: "I COLLECT (whatever)". You'll be amazed at the people who come up to you.
  8. Go when it 's raining: when attendance is thin, or it's raining, you're more likely to close a deal to your advantage quicker.
  9. Have personal cards printed with your name and phone number and pass them out to dealers with the item you're looking for jotted down.
  10. Know what you are looking at: buy some books on the items you collect before the Shows. You can learn a lot, and avoid overpaying at the Show as well.
  11. Start as early as possible and hit the lunch wagons before 11:00 a.m. You'll have trouble finding a seat after that, and there will be (a few) less people in the fields during the high lunch hour.
  12. In -some of the smaller fields- (not J&J or some of the other highly sought- after promoters), if you're looking for a "deal", you will probably find it in the rear-most parts of the fields. For such fields which charge higher rates to dealers closest to the road, dealers in the rear of the fields are less likely to be professional dealers, although they can be the most fun places to browse.
  13. Because of the sheer size of the show, area-wise, if you see an item that you are interested in, but are not ready to commit just yet, be sure to get the name, booth number and field the dealer is in, so you can easily find your way back. After hours of browsing, walking and talking, with no easy landmarks in sight, it's easy to forget where you were when you saw that prized item.
  14. Remember that the Show goes on, rain or shine. Because of our microclimate and proximity to the Berkshires, our weather may be significantly different from that of neighboring areas. It's always a good idea to have a poncho (the kind that folds up into a shirt-pocket size) handy...just in case! (See Tip #8!)

Remember, the Show runs sun-up to sun-down, rain or shine!

Parking in Brimfield

Important Note:

The Town recently passed new legislation prohibiting overnight camping at the Show UNLESS you are an exhibitor - this means all camper vehicles, tour buses, Recreational Vehicles, Vans, etc., seeking overnight parking are required to overnight park at commercial campgrounds.

Also: There is NO parking permitted on State Roads anytime, anywhere - Rts 19 & 20 - Show Roads - are State Roads - Never any parking!!! If you park on a state road, we guarantee you will be ticketed and towed (and have to deal with Crazy-Dave to get your car back! Crazy-Dave also sells used cars, so he doesn't much care whether you get your car back or not)! (But we love Dave anyway.)

(Figure it this way - if you're parking somewhere for free, it's illegal...unless you're at a friends' house. The town tows aggressively!)

(Don't say we didn't warn you!)

From the moment you first come into town, generally from any direction, and most particularly from Rt. 20 East from Sturbridge, you will see signs advertising parking, and myriads of "official-looking people", waving flags, trying to steer you into their lots.

The least expensive parking, on the far outskirts of town is not an easily walkable distance, and for that reason, shuttles are provided. These sites are ideal for those who wish to avoid driving among foot and motor traffic in the center of town.

The most expensive parking, at $8.00-10.00 (per day) can be found along Rt. 20 along the main Show route. We think this is a real deal, and recommend parking as close to the center of the show as possible. Waiting in traffic a few extra minutes to park is a minor inconvenience compared to lug around any "treasures", then onto a shuttle bus and then on to your car.

Believe us, there is (90% of the time) plenty of parking in the center of town, (be patient - its worth it), and you're that much closer at the end of a long day to resting those sore, tired feet.

Brimfield Show Openings

-- go here for complete hours and days of operation--
Field Opens At
Cheney Apple Barn
Crystal Brook
Mahogany Ridge
Quaker Acres
Shelton Antique
Sturtevants
Sunrise
Central Park
Green Acres
The Meadows
6:00 A.M.
Brimfield Barn
Faxons Midway
7:00 A.M.
Francescos 9:00 A.M.
Dealers Choice 11:00 A.M.
Brimfield Acres North 1:00 P.M.
New England Motel 6:00 A.M.
Heart O The Mart 9:00 A.M.
Jeanne Hertan 12 Noon
J&J Promotions 6:00 A.M
Brimfield Acres North 7:00 A.M.
Dealers Choice 9:00 A.M.