The largest outdoor antique fair in the country starts today. The Brimfield Antique Show is back for its 59th year.
The tally isn't in just yet, but with fantastic weather on Tuesday - day one - attendance is expected to be record-breaking.
The haggling, bartering and negotiating has begun!
Nearly 200,000 visitors will wind their way down both sides of Route 20 in Brimfield to navigate and shop their way through some 6,000 antique dealers and artisans from all over the country.
"I have an antique shop in Cleveland, OH - Nook N Cranny," said Paul Gibbons, a vendor from Cleveland, OH.
Gibbons has been coming to Brimfield as a vendor for more than 20 years.
"I get people coming in the shop and they go 'Oh, we saw you in Brimfield' so people do get around. There's people from all over the world here," Gibbons added.
Kathy Ward's day started early. She and daughter, Emily, left their home in Cazennovia, NY before dawn.
"I got up at 3 [a.m.], left the house at 3:30, took us four hours," Ward said.
With so much to choose from, literally thousands of items, Ward told Western Mass News she has a strategy.
"My strategy is if i can't leave it alone, I can't walk away from it, I have to buy it," Ward explained.
If you're looking for a cranberry scoop, it's here. A fan of vintage fans? Yup, this is for you.
"It is mind-boggling. It's absolutely incredible," said Michael Smith of Kennebunk, ME.
This is Smith's first trip to Brimfield.
"I'm used to going to these places and following a pattern, so I can be sure I see everything...I just wander around hoping to see something I like before I fall down," Smith noted.
So bring your wagons and your wallet. The fair runs through the weekend
Also, don’t worry about the weather. We're told the Brimfield Antique Show goes through Sunday, rain or shine.
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