The May Edition of Brimfield’s Antique Fair is almost always extreme in terms of weather— some years it’s pouring rain to the point that I’ve had to wear a poncho (not something I would normally do) some years it’s actually so hot you have to find shade, this year it opened the day after we had very heavy rains and the morning sported a thick cloud cover so the ground was incredibly muddy. I’m talking step in the wrong place and you’ll pull your foot out of your shoe muddy— that kind of muddy.
Weather wise, it was calling for 37 degrees but when we got there the external dashboard thermometer told us it was 45— that might sound chilly to you— and it sounded chilly enough to Veronica that she opted to sit it out and so did Number Two Son so it was me and Number Three Son who had the day off. We grabbed breakfast in Holden at Donut Kitchen and then headed out via Route 31 getting us to my usual parking spot at St Christopher’s Church at 10am. We walked the half mile or so to the first tents and were struck by how muddy everything was.
We walked up and down a few aisles and found some treasures here and there. There is always a wide and equally strange assortment of things; some highlights included a table with a large assortment of advertising mascot figures— some very very cool— I especially liked the chocolate syrup man;
CLANKY Chocolate Syrup Man— standing next to Col Sanders and what looks to be an old napkin— times are tough for the advertising mascots of the world.
We brought Austin but his low slung build was dragging through the mud so Adam graciously carried him in his backpack for most of the trip.
I picked up a stack of comic books from my favorite comic book guy at the show and we saw a vintage Indian Motorcycle that I absolutely fell in love with and plan to take pictures of when I go back tomorrow to pick up the Bakelite Budda figure I shouldn’t have passed on.
More Brimfield posts this week.