Thursday, May 17, 2012

Shopping Brimfield with Photographer Bruce Barone

The girls and I were hoping to go Brimfield this year, but alas it was not to be. I was chatting with Bruce Barone about it, and he generously offered to take us on his tour. He writes a popular blog, which you should visit. After you've finished walking through this fantastical antique show, go by and say hello to him!

In geography class we learned
between Boston and the Berkshires
sits the small town named Brimfield;
35 square miles
first settled in 1706--
today its population is 4000
and the town is the site
of the largest antique show in New England,
some say the largest outdoor antique show
in the world, held since 1959
in Brimfield three times each year.
Thursday, May 10, found me on the fields of Brimfield
booked to dealer capacity
under a stormy sky.
Soon after my arrival
the clouds parted and I saw a sign.

Ahead of me the puddled path:

If I fell in the water
I would say "Save me friend.
 Throw me a life

I swam on and forward
taking me first to a woman
who I asked "May I photograph you?"
"Here's my card," I said, and she said
"How should I pose?"

Then I walked on
and I studied the signs:

I wondered why
they wrote this one
as it was so clear
what it was:

"Great for cooking"
I would have written but no
one asked me. Never-mind I said
as I turned a puddled corner and beheld:

I realized then abundant blessings
flow to me and through me.
I saw
the beautiful bottles

How lovely I thought
they would be in my garden
near a bird house:

this one nailed to the top
of an old pitch fork
contrasting with the recycled license plates:

Maine, I read,
Vermont, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania
In junior high school in
New Jersey
I played the drums:

Today I might play
a beat or two
with forks and spoons

Have I mentioned there is here
on the fields of Brimfield
a flea market atmosphere
what with Goofy and Mickey:

And Donald Duck:

Once I worked with a woman
named Tita:

In college I was
an art history major:

I thought of Cezanne when I saw
this painting and later Grandma Moses:

Ah, yes, over the river and through the woods
to grandmother's we go;
be sure to bring along the luggage dear:

I hope she serves us
tea or hot chocolate
in her beautiful cups:

And maybe we all will get
to play with those old toys:

Honk. Honk.
Watch out I am
heading out:

Where are you
going, Bruce,
to a fire?

I saw this old jug;
 I thought my friend
Scot Meacham Wood
 might like it:

And a frog for Susan;
my fiance, she collects
frogs for our gardens:

ever one to be shy
of color I loved
these chairs:

And this telephone chair and table:
Hello. Hello.

And I love these items
simply for the color:

Open the door,
pull out the gin
and lets make
a pitcher of martinis:

I could tell
by the hands
of the clock it was
getting near Tweet Time:

I walked first
to the great tent of Pandora--
Pandora de Balthazar
A MUST see:

Along the way
there were dolls
in an old police car:

There was this year's model
or was it last year's model:

 saw another sign
but alas I never saw
the advertised merchandise:

I had to get to the tent
the Tweet up
was starting

here my friend
Warren Bobrow
mixed me a delightfully thirst-quenching cocktail;
homemade lemonade, gin, and bitters--I think:

I chatted with
the friendly and fashionable
Anne Flanders
Managing Editor of Fashion Decor

I chatted with
the handsome and distinguished
Shane Inman

I chatted with
the charming and charitable
Cari Cucksey

And me?
You would have recognized me
by my green sweater
and hat

Let me end this update
with one last sign
I saw on the fields of Brimfield
which I believe
is a beautiful daily mantra;
because of the power of words
whatever we voice
we begin to attract:

Bruce Barone is a well-known and respected
portrait, nature, and documentary photographer.
He is also a published writer, art consultant, and gourmet cook.
He loves family get-togethers--and cats and dogs.
And red wine. 

Don't forget to visit our online store for one of a kind antiques!


  1. Liz I love Bruce's fine art photography. So glad to see his tour of Brimfield!

    2012 Artist Series featuring the gifted Decorative Painter Theresa Cheek

    Art by Karena

  2. My friend Pam was at Brimfield, and I was so wishing I could have been her sidekick! At least we got a peak through Bruce's camera! So much treasure. Thanks so much for you kind comment this week! It was much appreciated. XO

  3. Liz-
    If I could get there today, I would jump into the puddle and then into that pile of silver!! After I recovered I would head for the clock, teacups, and the angel!
    Love the sign "expensive junk," and the mannequin looks like she has had the same kind of week I am having, lol! My daughter is heading home from school for the summer, so you will understand.
    Happy Thursday, and thank you again for the fabulous post.

  4. Your photos are so looking out a window!

  5. The words accompanying the photos are very entertaining! It was fun meeting you in Brimfield, Bruce!

  6. Fabulous, Bruce! With your words and photographs, I wish I were there along with you! There are many, many fabulous things to see and buy—thank you for taking us through :)

  7. I was tagging along behind, thinking you'd changed your prose style. Completely flummoxed by the fact you had a fiancé called Susan. And then, of course, it dawned.

    I'll take the most tarnished spoon (for the shape), the tulip fabric behind the car, the clock and the cocktail, please.

  8. What great shots!! Just loved taking this vicarious visit to Brimfield with Bruce!! Thank you!

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