Top Trends at Brimfield

Brimfield Antique Show 2013

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You can find almost anything at Brimfield, from sleek antiques to the weird and wacky. And while each field and booth is often quite different, I spotted a few trends during my two days at the famous outdoor fair.  

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Jadeite. The pastel palette of jadeite fits well within the trend toward mint, especially in the kitchen. Though there was many a booth with vintage Fire King that was asking upwards of $100 for a larger piece, there were some less expensive options, like this juicer. 

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Typography. Former signs, vintage ads, or just painted and stamped on nearly anything, the alphabet was everywhere you looked at Brimfield. For the wordsmith or monogram fanatic, bins of light-up letters and punctuation were ready for picking.

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Mid-century brights. The 60s and 70s weren't decades afraid of color, and the results were definitely on display. Mod seating and classic Cathrineholm popped against their drab neighbors, and are hopefully making a bold statement in someone's home.

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Jars. Despite their recent re-release, vintage blue Ball jars are still in demand, with some were commanding $20 apiece. Upcycled jars in the form of lighting were also popular. Amongst the jar displays, I also spotted a bunch of these glass butter churners (top and bottom right) at different booths. 

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Croquet sets. The lawn game of the bourgeois was the new billiard balls— you couldn't walk a row without coming across a booth displaying colorful mallets of varying vintages. There were a bunch of bocce balls, too, but not nearly the same volume as the British pastime. 

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Strawberries. The sweet berry of summer was popping up all over the fields at Brimfield. A whole strawberry-themed kitchen could be purchased at the fair, I'm fairly sure: potholders, jam plates, salt shakers, wall décor... Ms. Shortcake would feel right at home.

Were you at Brimfield? Did you spot any trends?

(Images: Tara Bellucci)

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