This fall, I took my first trip to one of the BIGGEST (and oldest) outdoor flea markets around… The Brimfield Flea in Massachusetts.
Annette and I have been friends for a while, and while bopping around the desert as I worked on the Christopher Kennedy Show House, we realized we would make great travel partners!
So we hatched our plan… Lindsey approved… and away we went!
The story turned out beautifully, and I suggest you go pick up the issue because the entire edition is superb…
… but we have even more to reveal!
And I’ll start with The Edmondson House!
The Edmondson House is a concrete and glass midcentury modern home built in 1964 by New England architect Donald Jasinski.
As you pull up the long wooded drive surrounded by New England colonials… the house appears like a space ship that was dropped out of the sky!
Our jaws literally dropped. We could not have been two happier mamas enjoying this truly unique space. We would happily retreat here after a day of shopping, drink our wine… and maybe take a nap (or two) (because that’s what mamas do when they are away 😉 ).
Our hosts, Jess and Nick, are vendors at the flea, and it’s obvious why the home is curated so perfectly. They furnished the house with their own art and vintage finds.
If you are traveling to Brimfield… book this house WAY in advance. The word is getting out (everyone was jealous of our architectural gem)!
Annette and I decided to take the red eye on Labor Day, to arrive EARLY Tuesday morning, and to head directly to the flea and hit the ground running!
We spent this first day taking it all in and learning about our surroundings. We did hit up the vintage clothing tents (Annette’s specialty) and purchased a few items for our kiddos, though, because of COURSE they were first and foremost on our minds.
Another thing we did that first day was EAT. We were so tired and mind-boggled by our red-eye flight that by mid-day, food was all we could think about (as well as that nap back at the house).
Grab a lobster roll like we did… it was divine!
After an incredible rain induced nine hour slumber… Annette and I headed back out in a torrential downpour for day two!
The rain kept some buyers away, but we discovered that vendors were more willing to give us a deal.
Heja Home was one of the most beautiful stalls, with vintage moroccan rugs, poufs and pillows…
I might have snagged a few items that you will see later in my future home tour…
… although one has already made its debut!
Surprisingly enough… we made most of our purchases on our final day, when we decided to go all in and ship pieces home in one large box. Once we committed… we raced around making last minute buys!
There is some serious deliberation happening right here…
Before I finish up with a complete run down of our tips (because all of them could not make it into the magazine)… I have to tell you a story about our sketches… which include the one above!
Anna Brockway, the co-founder of Chairish gave us some insider info about a table full of large scale drawings that hardly anyone knew about.
Annette and I raced over to snatch a few (they are SO good… I have two of them framed and can’t wait to show you!).
The vendors haggled with us and gave us even better deals, and I think we were more excited about these beauties than any other pieces we had found!
When I received our big box of goods about a week after we returned home… I opened it, so excited to see what we scored from our first big flea adventure…
I surveyed everything and noticed that the sketches weren’t there…
I called Annette and told her our box had arrived, but she had the sketches, right???
No YOU have the sketches, right Dee?
We called the AirBnB and our rental car company PRAYING.
Luckily… they were found at the rental car company, and we could dry our tears!
Moral of the story? Just put everything in the box!!!
Now here are the rest of our tips (but make sure to read the ones in CA Home + Design above, as well as where to eat and stay)!