The Brimfield Flea Market made its way back to Route 20 in Brimfield, Mass for its opening week of the 2022 year, 63 years after its start up in 1959.
The flea market has always been held three times a year — May, July, and September, according to its website, and draws in thousands of shoppers hoping to walk away with an antique of their liking.
Last may, the flea market only had one lot open for vendors. A year later, more than 20 lots were welcomed back with many shoppers and vendors ready to go.
You can watch MassLive’s Facebook Live tour of the market here.
And while the market is most popularly known for its slew of antiques, patrons can expect a whole lot more.
Worcester-based Seed To Stem is no stranger to the market. But the boutique doesn’t limit its tent to antiques. Instead, the business brings “something people have never seen before” to the area.
Kristian Solfiell, co-owner of the business told MassLive that’s what they pride themselves on — creating beautiful spaces.
The tent features an homage to nature as the business “celebrates the beauty and perfection of the natural world, boasting unusual botanicals, terrariums, crystals, natural wonders, home accessories, handmade goods and antiques,” their website states.
“We love plants and we love nature so we wanted to bring the outside, inside,” Solfiell told MassLive.
And despite its modern feel, there are aspects of Seed to Stem that makes it the right place for an antique show.
“We like to say that our store is like a botanical garden meets a natural history museum,” Solfiell said.
But regardless of what the place offers, Solfiell said the market itself offers something for everyone.
“I mean its just a beautiful thing and it’s so much fun. There’s something for everyone and if not, you can just eat a donut and people watch and meet some great people.”
Following suit with offering a variety of items, a few tents away is Antiques & Collectibles run by Gary Treadwell and his wife.
The couple has run their gig for seven years and returns for every session during the summer months.
Now as seasoned pros, Treadwell shared with MassLive how they stand out among hundreds of set-ups.
“A lot of dealers have a lot of antiques. Strictly antiques, because that’s their thing but with us, we do a bit of everything.”
Their shop carries items of Mid Century Modern style, Art Deco from the ‘20s and ‘30s, Asian influenced collectables and more.
Treadwell shared that as a smart seller, you need a wide variety of things because “you never know what people are looking for.”
Treadwell has sold items to buyers from all over the world, including Hungary, Germany, Australia, and Canada. How he’s achieved this? Knowing how to draw people in.
Outside of their shop, a life-size Spiderman stands tall, sporting the superhero’s signature web-shooting hands.
“That’s how we do it,” Treadwell told MassLive. “So many want to buy and I always tell them ‘Yeah I’ll sell it to you but you can’t pick it up until Sunday because it’s a great way to draw the crowd in.”
As soon as the statue grabs people’s attention, they’re drawn into the shop.
But if strict antiques are what’s in demand, the market offers thousands of vendors, assuring guests will be able to walk away with something of some sort.
Plants and art are just the beginning of dozens of options.
The Brimfield Flea Market’s last day of operation is Sunday, May 15. However, if not given the opportunity to go this week, the market will soon return on July 12, back to its home on route 20.