Pre-Brimfield antiques show starts early, ends early

MILFORD, N.H. — Now in its 37th year, Milford Antiques Shows, at the Hampshire Hills Sports and Fitness Club, announces its 2013 show dates: Sunday, May 12; Sunday, June 9; Sunday, July 7; Sunday, Aug. 4; and Sunday, Sept. 1. The Hampshire Hills Sports and Fitness Club is located approximately one hour from Boston (50 Emerson Road, Milford, N.H.)

Expecting more than 80 vendors for the May 12 event, show hours are short and sweet from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Admission is $5 from 8:30-9:30 a.m., and free from 9:30-11 a.m. The show also has no sales tax and plenty of free parking.

There’s no need to worry about the weather because the Milford Antiques Show is completely indoors; the interior of the Hampshire Hills venue resembles a huge, white tent.

This article originally appeared in Antique Trader magazine

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Milford says their “pre-Brimfield” events are excellent opportunities to find wonderful merchandise on the Sundays immediately before each Brimfield week. Dealers come from several states and present a large variety of quality antiques and collectibles. Customers come from all around the country and arrive in the area early for the Brimfield weeks and Antiques Week in New Hampshire. Patrons include interior designers, decorators, auctioneers and collectors, in addition to the general public. “As a result, our dealers frequently report strong sales and a solid start to their week,” says promoter Jack Donigian.

The Hampshire Hills café opens at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast, which includes good coffee and fresh baked goods like blueberry scones and muffins.

Donigian continues, “After each show, many of our customers visit the New Hampshire Antiques Trail. It’s a popular combination of single and multi-dealer antiques shops. All of the shops are open on Sunday, with trail maps available at the show.”

For more information, visit or contact Jack Donigian at 781-329-1192 or

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