The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has lead to the cancellation of the July 14-19 Brimfield (Massachusetts) Antique Flea Market.
"We are very sorry to announce that due to circumstances beyond our control, the Brimfield Flea Markets will be closed for July," event organizers posted on their website. "We will post updates for the future events as they become available. Please stay safe and healthy."
Earlier this year Brimfield cancelled it May 12-17 event because of the pandemic. The future of the organization's fall flea market, September 8-13, remains up in the air.
With 5,000 dealers stretched over 21 fields along one mile of Route 20 in Brimfield, the annual flea markets are believed to be the largest outdoor antiques shows in the country.
An offshoot of the cancellations has been the emergence of Brimfield Live (on Facebook, @BrimfieldLive), which was introduced when the May event was canceled and is returning in July.
Brimfield Live is partnering with Ruby Lane to offer dealers a “virtual booth” at RubyLane.com where they can list up to 500 individual items for sale. Dealers do not have to belong to Ruby Lane to participate. The cost is $54 with a 6.7 percent commission on sales.
Using a special page at RubyLane.com, buyers can search, peruse and discover items just as they would while walking the Brimfield grounds. Along with the option to shop on Ruby Lane, buyers can go live with dealers and showfield owners on Facebook Live and attend live auctions presented by Crown Auctions.
For more information, sellers can contact Klia Ververidis at 781-420-3375 or via email at email@example.com.