Sunday, May 16, 2010

A Table Born in Brimfield

Thanks for all of your good wishes for our Brimfield trip! We found so many treasures that we ended up buying a wheeled cart to hold all of our pottery, Bakelite, jewels and tablecloths. One day we were in layers and gloves, watching our breath linger in the air as we negotiated for deals. The next we sported wide brimmed hats and passed around the sunscreen. Our group expanded each day as new companions joined in the dishing fun. I'll let each lady tell her own Brimfield story and reveal her big finds, but here's a little photo sample to get ball rolling.

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Yes, Fizz, we did bring home 30 new tablecloths!

Rebecca and I were feeling sad yesterday after we returned from taking Elaine to the airport, so we consoled ourselves with a tablescape born in Brimfield.

Some of you have been following my collection for a while. Can you guess which pieces are new?

Yes, the Bakelite-handled teaspoons are debuting this week.

As are the yellow Harlequin candle holders! Yipee!

And then there's the Wilendur tablecloth. I think this is actually a home sewn creation from yard goods for curtains. It's a tropical variation of the corn and pottery decorated cloth called "Mexican" by the company. See the palm trees and fruit?

This cloth is the perfect backdrop for many of my dish favorites: Fiesta lemongrass and shamrock square plates, HLCCA retro red stripe plates, yellow Harlequin cream soups, egg cups and a 2 pt jug, a yellow Riviera butter dish, Sleeping Mexican salt and pepper shakers, castanets from Madrid, vintage cocktail napkins and Bakelite flatware and finally, Libbey striped glassware.

This table is a tangible evidence of our adventures in the field, but the real find of the week was of course new friendships made and old ones deepened. Thank you, friends, for making this a wonderful, wonderful week!

For those who have not been to the fair, I hope you get to make your trip to Brimfield and I hope those who have been will be back soon!

P.S. I'm sharing this post for Tablescape Thursday on Between Naps On The Porch. Perhaps someone will be inspired to make the trip to Central Massachusetts!


  1. Oh my goodness, what a haul! I have never been, but so want to go. I can't believe how many wonderful tablecloths you got. I'm looking through the photos and thinking, she must have bought 50 tablecloths - OK, so I was slightly off - you bought 30! LOL!

    I love your bright and cheery table. I'd love to see where you keep it all. In honor of my first blogiversary, I'm hosting my first meme "Where do you keep it all?" on June 2nd. Come grab my button or just join in the party!

    - The Tablescaper

  2. Wow, I would love a few of those table cloths! I have a love of Harlequin dishes and love the new pieces you found.

  3. Hi Tablescaper!

    And thanks so much for letting me know about your event for June 2. I'll be there!

    B'field is worth an excursion for anyone who loves tabletop!



  4. Oh fabulous! I'm so glad you found Harlequin candleholders!!! I don't know if you've said, but where did you find the napkin rings? Those are cute! Were they originally napkin rings or something else?

  5. Thanks, Linda!

    Hi Becky!

    Those napkin rings lived most of their lives as curtain tie-backs/push pins. I used the big tack to secure the ribbon and then cut a wine cork in half to cover the tack for safety. I just tie them around the napkins. It's an easy project if you have some of those curtain pins around.

  6. Just look at all the gorgeous vintage linens...I am green with envy!

  7. Wow! I saw the rooster in the second picture on e-bay and loved it there... so many fun, colorful prints! Looks like a great trip!

  8. Beautiful finds. You must live right.

  9. Sounds like a ton of fun!! Great table and finds!!

  10. I know where that butter dish came from.

    Andy and Jane

  11. What fun! I love all the treasures you found. Your new things look so great with things you already have. I love how bright and cheerful this is.

  12. Darling table set with Fiesta-my fave! Love the tablecloths, looking forward to seeing more in the future. thanks for sharing your "finds" with us!