Brimfield Outdoor Antiques shows Massachusetts flea markets
BRIMFIELD – When he was in first grade Ross Allard’s parents had to bring him to school because if they didn’t he would show up late and filled with treasures he found along the sidewalk or in trash cans.
These days, Allard’s penchant for “junk food” keeps the Chicopee resident on the hopping as he sells his treasures with a pricing method unique to the Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Shows.
Under his tent, items such as comics, costume jewelry, vases, silverware, and other antiques and oddities start at $ 5 each on day one of the show. Every day the price goes down until, on Sunday, everything is down to a dollar.
“It’s a gamble,” he said, adding that some people will wait to save $ 4 and hope to find the item they wanted when they return. Others wait a day and save a dollar.
A former bartender and florist, Allard has said he loves people and especially enjoys hearing the hundreds of stories, many of which center on how someone’s parents threw away the very items he sells. .
The September show ends on Sunday and dealers said on Friday it had already been a great race. The July show also took place after a cancellation in May.
September was almost normal with a small percentage of people wearing masks. The hand sanitizer was ready and in some fields attendants were monitoring portable toilets, which appeared exceptionally clean.
Mary McGuire of Lyme, Connecticut, said on Friday that she has been showing her watercolors in Brimfield for about 15 years. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she then worked as editorial director of Muppet Press / Random House, publisher of the iconic children’s story books “The Muppets”.
McGuire’s favorite Muppet, she said, was Kermit, but she gave it all up at age 40 to move to Connecticut and work on her art.
“This is the best show I have ever had,” she said.
From shoppers walking the fields to virtual shoppers who had listened to a live video that she and her nephew posted on social media showing her display, people were buying.
The only problem for McGuire was the slight chill in the air, she said, as she moved towards the sun to warm herself.
The mood was cheerful and there were lots of smiling faces, no masks, as shoppers brought home everything from rare marbles to giant wardrobes.
Police chief Charles T. Kuss said everything had gone well with the only problem being people blatantly ignoring the orange “No Parking” signs posted along Route 20 because they only needed “a few minutes” to stop and load their purchases.
Kuss said that while people don’t see this as a problem, it creates a difficult situation and can hamper emergency vehicles. Soon after, a Brimfield fire engine, lights on and sirens blaring, struggled to cope when those charging blocked the recovery lane, leaving motorists nowhere to go as air horns were blown. booming from the paralyzed truck.
“Other than that,” Kuss said. “It was a good show.”
Kristen Rosenbeck said she had a great time in Brimfield as well – even when the calm was eerie during Thursday’s rainstorm.
Rosenbeck said on Friday she challenged buyers to identify a painting she created from a small iron stand and a frog statue.
“Can you tell me what this is?” she asked, smiling at passers-by, most of whom did not give the right answer.
“It’s a ribbit on a trivet!” she would laugh.
Rosenbeck is known for repurposing items for her boutique, Lost & Found Mercantile in Ware, and also used social media to stay in touch with customers in the field in Brimfield where she was both buying and selling.
On Friday morning, she showed off a plastic bag of costume jewelry that she got for $ 10 and spoke in a live video as she empties the contents and watches excitedly.
She said she would use some of the old watches for a steampunk style project and plans to make buttons from old earrings. She also gave instructions on how to clean jewelry before heading back outside with her frog, giving customers a laugh.