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Show Comment - September 2015
Yup - the largest Show in the History of the Brimfield Show!
Show Update - July 2014
Post Show Comment - May 2014
WOW, were you there last week? Simply the biggest Show in a long-long time, with an estimated 500,000 visitors over the course of the week. Personally speaking, its great to see that the likes of eBay and Etsy have only popularized antiquing and vintage wares, and we'd admit that the Town was more consistently busy all week long, something we do not usually see. As always, the crowds were manageable with few reports of trouble, and the Show remains a top family/friends outing event.
We at Brimfieldshow.com/.org were interviewed for several national publications, including an article that included Brimfield as one of the Top 10 (its actually #1) Outdoor Antique Shows in the Country (actually the world).
The dealers we spoke to indicated that this was the best May show in memory, with more than a few comparing it back to the early era of the Show, when Gordon Reid began the shows. Again, speaking from 30 years of personal experience and observation - this WAS the largest Show of all times.
IMPORTANT TO READ: One IMPORTANT note of WARNING - PLEASE do NOT park in any unmarked areas. If you park anywhere not specifically designated as parking along Route 20 or Route 19 - your car will definitely be towed. If you are picking up an item you've purchased and have parked on Rt 20, do not leave your car unattended. Towing of illegally parked cars in town is BIG Business - fair warning! Besides, at $8.00 a day you can get perfect parking in the middle of the show. Why risk it?
SO WHAT IS THE BRIMFIELD SHOW??? Only the largest outdoor antique show in the world, held since 1959 in Brimfield, Massachusetts, three times each year, with thousands of dealers attending! Brimfield is an easy 1-hour ride west of Boston.
Thank you for making Brimfieldshow.com the undisputed leader of all Brimfield Show sites.
Also - THANK YOU BRASSMAN RON BETHONEY, for the photos, some of which we are displaying on our pages!
One of your Brimfieldshow-hosts recently completed flight training for his Private Pilot license... you can read about his experience and view his flight logs and photos here.
We hope you'll visit often, and check back regularly for more exciting developments.
How It All Began:
Back in 1959, a Brimfield local auctioneer, Gordon Reid decided to establish an open-air auction, which he named Gordon Reid's Famous Antique Show.
Based on the success of his show, several neighbors opened their yards and fields. Joe Hopkins established Start of the Mart across from St. Christopher's Church. In 1975, Lois Shelton, transformed her property across from Joe Hopkins', and ultimately, because of the overflow became Shelton Antique Shows.
By 1982, Pam and Don Moriarty, owners of Heart of the Mart had purchased 11 acres and hosted their first show, consisting of six dealers. By this year, Heart of the Mart will play host to almost 500 dealers, paying more that $250.00 each for their space.
Gordon Reid died in 1974, at which time his wife and son took over. Shortly thereafter, his Famous Antique Show was renamed J&J Promotions and run by Reid's two daughters, Judy Mathieu and Jill Lukesh. J&J, this year, will host more than 800 dealers. Since then, many other promoters have come onto the scene including Faxon's Treasure Chest, Mays Antiques, The New England Motel and Jeanne Hertan Antique Shows, to name but a few..
And even now, in anticipation of the Show's continued growth, even more contiguous acreage is being aggressively purchased for the day that it, too, will become a part of the Big Show.
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