For three weeks each year, the small town of Brimfield, Massachusetts hosts one of the largest outdoor flea markets in the country: The Brimfield Antique Show. During show dates, there are more antique dealers than there are Brimfield residents (5,000 dealers compared to 3,000 residents), and as many as 250,000 shoppers stop by to see the vast array of unique finds. It’s not uncommon to see teams of visual merchandisers and buyers for the top names in retail, along with designers, bloggers, and the occasional celebrity.
Even if you somehow can’t find the exact treasure you’re looking for at Brimfield, the show offers a glimpse into current and future trends on the antique and vintage market. We explored the May show to give you a look at the trends we’ve spotted — and matched a few with items currently available at Viyet, to save you the trip. But, if you’re curious about seeing the show in person, the next dates will be July 10-15 and September 4-9. Hope to see you there!
The Trend: Vintage Silver
Whether it was silver salvaged from the Waldorf-Astoria (like the above tray, flatware, and name plate sold by Olde Good Things), champagne buckets and barware, coffee services, or a mix of antique silverware sold by the piece, silver was going fast at Brimfield.
Get The Look: 1910s English Silver Plated Ice Bucket
With its intricate details, this antique silver ice bucket stands out on the bar — but, could also be repurposed to use as a vase if the mood strikes.
The Trend: Classical Forms
We’re seeing a return to an appreciation for classical forms, as apparent through the many garden statues, sculptures, and art pieces found at the Brimfield Antique Show.
Get The Look: Traditional Classical Bronze Head
If you lack the outdoor space for a full sculpture, incorporate a classical bust into your interior.
The Trend: Ornate Lighting
While the trend for contemporary lighting won’t go away anytime soon, we did see plenty of buyers toting fanciful vintage lighting, particularly those made with Italian glass.
Get The Look: Murano Italian Glass Five-Light Chandelier
Hints of blue and yellow make a dazzling statement in this gorgeous vintage Italian glass chandelier.
The Trend: Wicker & Woven Furniture
Straightforward woven wicker is always in style, but the more fanciful wicker and rattan pieces were going fast at Brimfield.
Get The Look: Mario Lopez Torres Wicker Palm Tree Floor Lamp
This palm-shaped floor lamp adds a charming touch to an interior, even if you’re far from the tropics.
The Trend: Colorful Glassware
Cocktail glasses in bold colors — but particularly blue — were a popular choice for new and seasoned collectors.
Get The Look: Thomas Fuchs Cyclone Turquoise Glassware Set
A swirling pattern brings out the depth of color in these versatile blue glasses.
The Trend: Dog Statues
Detailed figural statues of elegant dogs walked the line between whimsical and traditional. (Oddly enough, figural statues of pigs were also in high demand!) Artwork and prints featuring dogs were equally popular as well.
Get The Look: Ralph Lauren Home Addison Greyhound Statue
Pay homage to man’s best friend with this statue, perfect for a mantel or bookcase.
The Trend: Mid-Century Seating
Though we are seeing the start of a return to more “traditional” pieces from older eras, the trend for all things mid-century is still very, very strong. Though everything mid-century was selling fast, dining chairs were particularly popular and perhaps signal a renewed interest in dining room design.
Get the look: Paul McCobb Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs
Update your dining area with these exceptional vintage chairs by one of the era’s leading designers.