Monday, May 16, 2011

Adventures At Brimfield

I went to Brimfield last week for the first time in a few years. I had a great time. I went there knowing that the majority of the prices would be out of my range, and I was ok with that. I'm used to yard sale and estate sale prices. Anyway, I went with the attitude of just enjoying the day. In past years, it was my goal to see as much as I could in one day. I'd end up sore, exhausted, and frustrated at the end of the day.

My Mother and I went together. It was fun! I had made arrangements for getting the kids off of the bus, so I didn't have to worry, or rush back home. We took our time and really enjoyed the atmosphere. Looking at all of the unique stuff and people watching. Brimfield is a great place to people watch. We packed a lunch and had a picnic in the field where we parked. The weather was just right; cooler and sunny. Here are some pictures of some of things that caught my eye. Enjoy!

This was probably my favorite find of the day. It's a small folk art basket made from the caps of bottles of Guinness. I love it! At $45 it wasn't a bad deal, but it wasn't something that I really needed, so I left it there. 

Here are some more photos from Brimfield:

Flower frogs galore

These metal spheres were all over Brimfield this year.

A wax figure
Need a traffic light??

Love this yard art made from a shovel

Here's another, but a bit bigger.
A Griswold step stool. I didn't know that they made step stools.
This falls under the category of "Why??" This was not the only booth that had these creepy doll things, either.

Another figure. Not sure what he's made of.

This would be great on a wall in a kitchen. At $185 though, you could get the same look by buying your letters at the craft store.
A really cute hutch/cupboard. $395, not bad.

Not antique, but funny.
So, overall, we had a great time. I didn't come home with anything, but that's ok. If anything, it made me want to hit the yard and estate sales with more enthusiasm. If you went to Brimfield, did you come home with anything?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Long Time, No See

I haven't done any posts in a while. Things have been crazy around here. We are starting an addition to the house, plus I've had kids home sick from school. I've hardly even been on the computer, which is a rarity for me.

Here are a couple of "before" pictures of where the addition will be going:

Our addition will be 20x30 feet with a garage and a family room above it, which will connect with the current kitchen. Our kitchen will get a major makeover, too, which is long overdue. We had to tear down our screened porch to make way for the addition, but we will be adding a new one which will be larger than the previous screened porch. We are planning to put a fireplace on the screened porch, too. I'm really excited about that. We have used our porch so much over the years. I'm missing it right now, with the May flies out in full force, but I'm looking forward to the better version of it to come. So far, the site has been excavated, and the foundation has been poured, and the area back filled. We are just waiting on delivery of the I beams, and then the framing can begin!

This is what it looks like now:

Also, this week, I'm planning to head to Brimfield (Massachusetts) for the Brimfield Fair, a huge antiques and collectibles fair in the town of Brimfield, MA. It's held three times a year; for a few days during May, July and September. If you are looking for something, chances are you'll find it at Brimfield. I've been going to Brimfield since I was a baby pushed in a stroller. I've missed the last couple of years, but this year I've coordinated with my husband to take over the kid duties for me on that day. I'll try to take lots of pictures, so look for a future post on my adventures at Brimfield.
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