We look forward to shopping Brimfield every May after a long winter's break from outdoor antique markets with kettle corn and frozen lemonade. Imagine our disappointment when yesterday decided to be FREEZING and overcast! But alas, we got a hot chocolate, and had a nice 10 mile walk through field after field of antique furniture, rugs, small thingies and weird naked headless mannequins. In case you ever want to visit yourself- read our tips on how to best shop the largest flea market you ever did see here. And scroll through our finds below to read about our vision for each piece!
It always amazes us how long a project can take to be fully complete- between finalizing decisions, waiting for orders, installing, and finishing touches. HGTV LIES PEOPLE. This is real life. And good things take time. Like this room. We are fortunate to have a lot of amazing clients, and our client Leah takes the cake. (Her dining room here.) She's easygoing, patient, trusting, and so fun to work with. We completed her living room a while back with the intention of adding built-ins when they were ready to commit and man we're glad they did. SO! Introducing Leah's living room befores:
This room was in major limbo and being tested for a few different paint colors when we started. Leah's an avid reader and writer, so she requested a space where she could store books, cozy up and read, and entertain friends. And obviously we found a space for that amazing antique Windsor chair. Enjoy! -e+d
Brimfield is like your favorite flea market on crack times a million. Which is very fun for the first 4 hours and then the hangry sets in and you no longer want to negotiate "just a few more booths" with your seriously hot, swollen feet and you've forgotten what you were supposed to be looking for and the sun is beating down on you and then you die. But yet, we are always excited when it arrives. There are great finds, great prices, it's generally a fun day as long as you're prepared to be overwhelmed at times.
Along with sharing our finds, we'll be offering a few tips to avoid all of the above and also where to find the donuts.
Tip #1: Always Be Closing. JK but most people will negotiate on price which is great. Sometimes, we feel a piece is worth the price, or it's already very low, but most of the time that's not the case so it never hurts to ask. Vendors will usually mention if they are flexible on price because they want to push their product to make room for new stuff.
Tip #2: If you have the time or are close enough to go for multiple half days, that might be the best. We ALWAYS buy all our stuff the first half of the day. The second half is spent wondering what the meaning of life is. (But it is really hard to leave. We tried and failed because there's so much to see and the fear of missing something is tremendous.) Also, when you go multiple days, you will have the chance to do the fields that weren't open the day before.
Tip #3: Wear shoes you don't care about because they will get trashed!
Tip #4: It was so hot the day we went that public schools closed early. So yeah. Prepare your pits accordingly.
Tip #5: We don't have any solutions for the best days to go, because some fields are open some days and some aren't. We usually go the first day because you don't want all the good stuff to be gone. But ultimately, not everyone is looking for the same stuff and some vendors don't show up until later in the week. So this one isn't really a tip.
Tip #6: Make a list and bring swatches!!! I was pretty proud of my shopping capabilities up until my first and subsequent Brimfields. I thought I was the energizer bunny of shopping but NO. Not here. It's so much to look at and you forget everything you wanted to keep an eye out for. So make a list of everything you'd like to leave with and glance at it throughout the day for a reminder.
Tip #7: Write down booths that you like and their location for next time. We spent probably an hour trying to remember where one booth was from our last visit and never found it!!! (Probably in an unopened field.) Get the app for your phone if you want to be all legit.
Tip #8: Miscellaneous. Bring lots of cash and your own cold water! Wear sunscreen and sunglasses. Bring your own reusable shopping bags to avoid carrying everything in a plastic grocery bag from the vendor. And go early.
Tip #9: Avoid mid-day tantrums with Dell's Frozen Lemonade and Faddy's Donuts. IT WILL GET YOU THROUGH!
Yesterday, we briefed you on the process of designing Dom's Coffee. Today, we share what it has become and we couldn't be happier with the result! BIG sigh of relief. Thanks to dream clients Asta, Gitana, Andrius and Victor for being such a pleasure to work with- we are honored to have been involved in your shop and we hope the absolute best for you guys! Dom's opens Friday (in the greater Hartford area) so go get your latte with a pretty heart. It's waiting for you!
Mr. Baughman, can we be on a first name basis? Right now, we are sourcing quite a few vintage pieces for a client and every time I scroll by one of Milo's designs I ooh and ahh and wish I could fill up my home with brass and upholstery! His style is so effortless and sleek and expensive! It hurts. These pieces are in mint condition, as the price so clearly states, and reupholstery is not necessary! (Yes, the chevron sofa is AWESOME.) But, there are many more affordable Milo pieces out there due to some wear and tear that a little love wouldn't fix in no time!
Clockwise: Awesome Chevron Loveseat | Chairish, Brass Etagere | Chairish, Large Swivel | 1stdibs, Floral Upholstered Bench | Etsy, Brass + Glass Cocktail Table | 1stdibs, Tufted Lounge Chair | 1stdibs
You know those conversations that begin with "when I win the lottery"? Well, I would own a vintage home shop where I wouldn't be concerned about making a living or collecting junk in my already filled apartment (because of course I would have a huge warehouse where I could store an unlimited amount of antique goods and fix things up as I so desire- my own Home Depot, if you will. Also I will need a truck for traveling the country. And did I mention everything will be free? For the good of your homes!)
In the meantime, we'll just continue to enjoy it as a hobby. And if you see something you like, let us know and we'll source it for you! (Just shoot us an email. Rehabitatdesign@gmail.com)