Ode to Brimfield Auction Acres founder Gordon Reid
The world famous Brimfield and Collectibles Show is now 60 years old. The Brimfield antiques fair traces its beginnings to innovative Brimfield resident and auctioneer Gordon Reid.
In 1959, sixty-seven dealers gathered on Reid’s route 20 property, aptly called “Auction Acres.” Gordon and his wife Madelyn envisioned Brimfield as the antiques’ center of the nation, and during his lifetime, the dream reached fruition.
That first show paved the way for what would become an extravaganza, rivaling the nation’s most prestigious antique shows.
The dealers, townspeople and buying public were happy when the twice a year, 24-hour show evolved into a three times a year, two-day event. Today, many say it is the greatest antique show on earth.
Gordon’s daughters, Jill and Judy, carried the family tradition forward as J&J Promotions. Eventually homeowners along route 20 opened their yards and fields to accommodate the rapidly expanding number of dealers who were vying for space. Brimfield has become the antique center of the country.
Raise your glass to Gordon and to all those among us who have started something cool. May we all follow at least one crazy idea in our lifetime, just to see where it leads!
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