Antique alert! Tomorrow is your last chance this year to hit up the world famous Brimfield Collectibles Show in Massachusetts. To help you prepare, we asked Jay, head of our visual team (and flea market treasure hunter extraordinaire), to give us his top six antiquing tips. See below before you go, then tweet some of your discoveries @madewell1937 so we can see what you got!
1. WHEN TO PLAN: “Most hotels are sold out weeks in advance, so try to book as soon as you know you’re going. Last-minute antiquers might want to invest in renting a roomy van!”
2. WHAT TO PACK: “The weather is always unpredictable at Brimfield, but the show goes on, rain or shine. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, pack a pair of your favorite rainboots and don’t forget a cheap poncho (umbrellas can get in the way).”
3. WHEN TO ARRIVE: “Three words: Get there early. Some fields open as early as 6am, and parking fills up very, very quickly.”
4. WHAT TO EAT: “Mmm. We love all the greasy festival food at Brimfield—but I suggest queuing up around 11am to avoid the long lines.”
5. HOW TO PAY: “Bring cash. Many dealers don’t take checks, and the ATMs are often maxed out.”
6. HOW TO HAGGLE: “Most dealers expect to negotiate, so don’t be afraid to ask them to meet you in the middle. (It also helps to ask a question or two about the item’s history to assess its value.)”