I wasn't in the market for much - just inspiration. That's what I love about Brimfield - you can bring barely any money and still have a good time. Parking is $10 - sometimes $5 and entrance to J & J is $5. After that, it's up to you what you spend. There are things at all prices beginning with $1.00. I met up with my sister Laurie, niece Olivia and friend Clara for a mid-morning lunch and to compare finds. Then after lunch, I headed off to the other fields that still had plenty of stuff. The other fields are free. I like to shop the market alone so I can stop when I want and not worry about anyone else. It's a day all to myself. I was done by 1:30 and home in time to see Julia in the afternoon.
Last year I discovered that if I took pictures of things I loved, I had no interest in purchasing them. Dealers used to be a little miffed when you took pictures but now that cell phones are so prevalent, no one seems to care.
So here are the things that inspired me - you might see some of the motifs and ideas in upcoming projects in my new book.
|Gorgeous beaded bag with a zipper. Love the colors.|
|Some kind of woven textile. Nice pattern.|
|A painted wallhanging of a phoenix.|
|From the 1920's Appliqued fabrics combined with embroidery.|
|Pretty quilt. Like the colors.|
|Hooked rug. Nice pattern with the diamonds and the flowers.|
|This motif was simple and nice. I think I have knit it before.|
|Not sure about this rug. Looked knitted but how could it be? Motif above too.|
|A Rosenthal rainbow vase. So 70's.|
|Wacky handpainted drum?|
|This pattern was on a tray from the 70's. Like the graphic flowers.|
|Love this bird majolica plate. They were putting birds on it back then too.|
|Woven floral blanket.|
|Loved this "Puzzle Jug" from the 1800's in Britain.|
|Liked the delicate floral design.|
|Italian glass lamp. Love the colors.|
|Gorgeous quilt. What work.|
The next Brimfield Market is in July and then the last for the year is in September. It's worth a trip if you are into such things. People come from all over the world - it is amazing the languages you hear.