Monday, September 8, 2008


So, my bf and I decided to drive the 45 minutes to the Brimfield Antiques Fair on Friday. He had never been, I've only been there once before about 8 years ago. It's the biggest antiques and collectibles fair in the USA. Meaning, approximately 5,000 vendors. I made sure that we both had specific items to look for, because otherwise it is just too overwhelming, and you end up buying way too much, or nothing at all. I knew I would use craft supplies, so I looked for fabric and notions, and vintage clothing. He wanted to find vintage mens' clothing, including old hats. I wasn't having any luck finding affordable cute things, even at a half off table. It didn't help at all that we were melting from the heat.

Finally, at a gorgeously designed booth, I found mason jars of mixed vintage buttons for $4 each. Most places were selling buttons by the piece, like 50 cents each! I bought two jars, and was tempted to get three lots of pre-cut 3" quilt squares from vintage fabric. I just wasn't sure when I'd get around to making the quilt(s), and I have enough supplies and WIP's to tide me over for many many months.

I did buy a ziploc baggie of vintage fabric scraps for $5. Turns out most was vintage, some new. I was looking for pieces that would be nice for appliqueing.

My final purchase was a return to a vintage clothing dealer, a really nice woman. I bought a 1970's pink toile Villager cotton shirt. She charged me $8, down $4! I'm going to take in the waist, to make it less boxy.

A successful trip. Here are some pics:

How adorable is this print? Two different birds, and butterflies.

Some of the more detailed buttons.

The fabric pile. Coupon Corner

My favorite prints, look at those squirrels!


Caf said...

preeeeetty buttons
congrats on your finds!

Skye said...

Hi, can we link to this in the next Carnival of Green Crafts? You had some great finds! Let me know.

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