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America's Best Flea Markets: Brimfield Antique Shows

Courtesy of the Brimfield Antique Show

Brimfield Antique Shows, MA

The three annual Brimfield Antique Shows have grown to encompass more than 20 individual shows (known as fields), each with hundreds of vendors lined up along a one-mile stretch of Route 20 (get a field-by-field breakdown at brimfieldshow.com). Many take the same spots season after season, and repeat visits make the experience less overwhelming. For a taste of the original, browse the old wooden trunks, braided rugs, and Depression glass at J&J Promotions, run by the daughters of Brimfield founder Gordon Reid and held on the same field where Reid staged the first event back in 1959.

Tip: The Tatnuck Postal & Business Center at Brimfield Acres North (413-427-0311) offers UPS and FedEx shipping services for purchases you can’t fit into your suitcase.

Upcoming 2013 events May 14–19, July 9–14, and Sept 3–8. Hours and admission vary.

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