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Hunting for Treasure in Brimfield

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It's another beautiful Fall day in Boston, and before I head out to the South Boston Street Festival I wanted to give a quick update on last week's pilgrimage to the Brimfield Antique Show.

This is the largest outdoor antique show in the world, with over 6,000 dealers and 130,000 visitors spread out across 24 fields in western Massachusetts. The show is only held 3 times a year - generally for 6 days at a time around Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day. I absolutelyl love going (here's the post from last year's trip) and browing through the one-mile stretch of jewelry, art, furniture, textiles, housewares and every kind of collectible you could imagine.

My big score this year was a hand painted ceramic and brass tray from Italian artist Arnaldo Miniati (above). I also had my eye on a beautiful set of Staffordshire Dogs, but decided to pass on them and now, of course, regret it. Even more so because I had taken a photo of a table full of them, but for some reason half of the photos I took that day mysteriously disappeared from my camera.

But I was able to retrieve a handful of other shots, among which you'll see the devastating effects of the tornado that tore through Brimfield back in June. It was eerie to be driving along route 20 among lush trees, and then all of a sudden get to a spot where the trees are flattened on both sides.


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