As a surface pattern designer, I often find inspiration in vintage textiles and patterns. Which is why I always look forward to the Brimfield Show. If you haven’t heard of it, Brimfield is one of the largest outdoor antique shows in the US. It takes place three times a year (May, July, and September) every year. The show is comprised of thousands of vendors in several fields that line a half-mile strip of Rt. 20 in the heart Brimfield, MA. To my understanding the fields aren’t organized by any category or aesthetic so you never know what you’re going to find in the next tent. Items range from high-end antiques to yard sale junk. And there is never a shortage of interesting things to see. Check out this chair.
And this suitcase by Samsonsite was very cool too.
So here’s what I did come home with:
Vintage Pyrex: I’ve decided to start a collection
Wooden pattern blocks from India: I might try making some fabric for fun
The best find of the day was the Vintage Fashion Tent. It was a new addition to the show and it offers vintage clothes, accessories, jewelry, and fabric. I was immediately drawn to the rack of vintage swatches. Unfortunately, I found the tent at the end of the day so they were packing up the swatches as I arrived. Donna of Donnaland (the tent owner/organizer) assured me that they would be back in September with a much larger collection than what they brought to the July show. (That alone is a reason to go back for the next show.)
The rest of the tent stayed open and I had a wonderful time rummaging through the boxes full of vintage scarves. I found three favorites to use as inspiration.