BRIMFIELD, Mass. — More than 175 vendors with treasures galore will greet the many visitors expected to traverse the field of Hertan’s Antiques Shows, nestled among the evergreens and maple trees of Brimfield, Mass.
During the months, weeks and days leading up to the show, the thrill of what’s to come is like a locomotive climbing a mountain – with the peak being opening day. “There is no early buying or pre-selling allowed, so everyone have an equal chance – once the bell rings and the show begins – to discover that long sought-after addition to their collection or that special piece that is just what they have been hoping to find,” said David Lamberto of Hertan’s. “The excitement is palpable as dealers reveal the extensive array of treasures and historical items from the past.”
With Art Deco pieces, garden and patio accessories, glassware, nautical, linens, postcards, primitives, smalls, textiles and trunks, and many more categories of antiques and collectibles on display, Hertan’s prides itself as a place with something for everyone. In fact, a large group of designers called Brimfield VIPs have set up a tent on Hertan’s show grounds, the place where they’ve found inspiration and unique pieces for years. In this space, the VIPs can gather during the day to compare notes, reveal the items they’ve found, enjoy a bite to eat or drink, indulge in a chair massage and charge their phones.
This year the Hertan team anticipates visits from fashion and design bloggers, HGTV stars and top interior designers. These possible celebrity visits come on the heels of the 2012 show when PBS’ “Market Warriors” filmed at Hertan’s.
Whether celebrity or casual collector, Lamberto’s advice for first-time Brimfield attendees is the same:
- Wear comfortable walking shoes
- If you see something you like, buy it right away (it will likely be gone when you come back)
- Don’t try to see everything in one day
- Bargain by offering a fair amount and refrain from insulting the merchandise to get a better price
- Carry a pen and paper so you can write down the name and booth number if you are planning to return to pick up a purchased item.
Show dates run from May 15-19, with hours of sunrise to sunset
Admission is free, parking is $5, $10 if overnight.