Frequently Asked Questions
(based on our e-mail bag)
We continue to add to the list over time!
exactly is the "Show"?
The Brimfield Antiques Show is the largest outdoor antiques show in the world, with over
6,000 dealers and 130,000+ visitors during the course of the week. While it is
convenient to refer to it as "The Show", it is actually comprised of 23 fields,
owned by "Promoters", who lease spaces to dealers from all over the world. The
Show takes place three times a year, usually around Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.
Because dates vary year to year, be sure to check our homepage for exact dates before you
Why do the dates you
list differ from the dates I see elsewhere?
The dates we post are the dates sanctioned by the town, and represent the beginning and
end dates during which the different fields are permitted to be open. By their own
choice, different fields open on different days, and run for different periods of time.
If you've seen different dates advertised by a dealer or promoter, remember that
those dates represent the days that particular dealer or promoter is open, not the
specific dates for the duration of the show. No matter when you come during the
dates we list, there will always be more to do and see than is possible in one day:
Does the Show run all week long?
The Show(s) begin on Tuesday and
run through Sunday. While some fields open only on certain times,
there are always many fields open no matter when in the Tuesday - Sunday
period that you come. If you are interested in when a particular
field opens, go here.
How big is the Show?
The Show runs about a mile along Route 20, on both sides of the road, extending several
hundred yards back from each side of the road. Most dealers opt to show their wares
inside large and comfortable tents, and all fields are contiguously located next to each
other, so seeing everything is an easy stroll. While different fields may be open on
different days, they are all contiguously located, (directly next to each other), and
there is more than plenty to do and see whenever you come.
Is there an admission
fee for visitors?
While there are several fields that charge admission fees, particularly on their
opening day, the great majority do not; those that do frequently waive the admission later
in the day. You can have a great time not spending a dime on admission, but if you're a
professional dealer, you should know that those fields that are considered
"premium" , (i.e. J&J Promotions), may ask for a $5.00-6.00 admission
fee. Our advice - if you're a professional dealer, or someone who is looking for
quality goods and doesn't want to waste time, pay the admission and see if you think it's
worth it. (We think you will - when we are looking for fine furniture ourselves, and know
what we want, we start early at J&J and then go on to the other premium fields).
Are there bathroom and
All fields are required by the town to provide an excess of sanitary facilities.
While portable, these have come a long way toward comfort and "acceptability"
and you will find them no problem to use. While there are numerous food and drink booths scattered the entire show route, the New
England Motel, (situated in the middle of the show), has the largest and most popular food
court, featuring a wide variety of food providers to meet your individual taste.
(We like the Barbecue and Fresh Lobster Booths! - For more comfortable dining
in the evening, try Francesco's and ask for Rosa's Special Sauce - tell them
we said Hi!)
Are dogs permitted?
You will undoubtedly see the occasional dog trotting along, but pets are not
welcome in most fields - in fact they are outright prohibited in most
fields, and you will unfortunately be asked to remove your pet from the
field if a promoter should see you and your pet. As much as we love our pup, we wouldn't dream of subjecting her to the stress,
heat and crowds. Its hard on them, there can be so much people-traffic
and heat. Do yourself, other guests and especially your pup a huge favor, and leave
him/her at home.
Are strollers able to
get around the show ok?
Yes, strollers can get around just find, although as several of the fields are loose
to hard-packed gravel, we have seen folks struggling the push through the gravel.
Most fields do not have gravel, and for those that do, it's really only a minor
Is public transportation
available to the show?
Only the Peter Pan Bus Line has regular routes into and out of Sturbridge from Boston,
Springfield, Rhode Island and NYC. However there are no local options into Brimfield, and
the traffic delays (which can occasionally hit the hour mark) make cabs a poor option.
Once in Sturbridge, unless you're planning on hitch-hiking, the only option is hiring a
cab which, in times of no traffic, cost upwards of $20.00 for the 8 mile trip.
Public transportation is not widely available or convenient and therefore not really a
In what towns should I
look for lodging?
Since local lodging (within 15 miles of the show in all directions) is usually booked
literally years in advance, your best bet is to hope for a cancellation and keep calling,
or trying one of the local B&B's for cancellations, or one of the campgrounds.
Nearby (within a half to an hour) towns that may have vacancies, include Springfield,
Worcester or Auburn. For a list of places to stay, go HERE.
am looking to buy a specific item or looking for dealers who sell specific
items. Can you help me?
Yes and no. Since
each promoter maintains their list of dealers as a confidential and
propriety trade secret, no one has a database with all possible
dealers. So this makes the task a little tricky. But fear not,
we can offer some good suggestions. First, encourage every dealer you can
to register (for free) on Brimfieldshow.com's dealer database. Next, if
there's a field you prefer over the others, contact the
promoter who owns the field (use this link:
and they will be able to recommend someone who sells those specific items.
Or, search our database for whatever items you are looking for:
Also, many people have success by placing a free "looking to
buy" classified ad on our
Finally, post a message on the bulletin boards on our site:
One or more of those tips will help locate your specific item.
Are there any shipping facilities
available for (large) items I purchase?
While the individual promoters and dealers offer no on-site shipping, the Tatnuck Postal
& Business Center, located at Brimfield Acres North (on the Show route) is an
authorized UPA shipping outlet, offering UPS, FedEx, packing, boxes and packing supplies.
(no customer packing is allowed on premises.) Speak to them first before
attempting to ship LARGE or HEAVY items.
Hours are: Tues: 1:00 - 5:00, Wed - Fri: 11:5:30 and Sat: 9-12:00 noon. There are located
under the pavillion Wed/Thurs/Fri. For more info, you may contact Brimfield Acres
North at (508) 754-4185 or (413) 245-9471
Please send me brochures
We are sorry, as we have very, (very) many requests for this, and very, (very) limited
resources and are not able to send brochures, guides or other information
through the mail. Brimfieldshow.com is strictly an on-line enterprise.
Please contact the Chambers of Commerce listed below for
Chamber of Commerce
429 Main Street
Palmer, MA 01069
380 Main Street, Route 20
Sturbridge, MA 01566
How do I
become an exhibitor or a food-vendor at the Shows?
Simple. First determine which field you would like to exhibit in, (map
available here), and contact the Promoter who owns the field.
Some promoters permit only experienced and well-established dealers. Others are
more flexible. Certain fields are better than others for exhibiting certain
items, i.e. i.e. fine furniture, glass or americana. New or smaller
dealers have the easiest chance of getting into the show by exhibiting in
smaller fields; other fields seek more professional/full time dealers with high net worth
items. The Show is not a controlled event, in that there is no central governing
body. Within limitations, the Promoters are free to set their own dates and
rules. Exhibition rates vary from field to field as do exhibition days and
times. Frequently, dealers will set up early in the week in one field, and, when
that one closes, move to another field later in the week. The staggered openings
happen by "accident", and work to everyone's benefit. We receive
many requests to help dealers secure an exhibition space but we are sorry
not to be of assistance, as we do not arrange or assist in field
assignments, something reserved expressly by each promoter.
ls the Show wheelchair-accessible?
The answer is yes and no: all of the Promoters provide wide enough aisles and entrances
that can handle wheelchairs and scooters. However, because it is the individual
dealers, (who rent spaces from the promoters), who set up their own tents, sometimes tents
are crowded with merchandise and not easily accessible. Even so, the majority of the Show
and items on display will be accessible.
you appraise or identify something for me?
As unbelievable as it may sound, we're not appraisers, or even necessarily
experts on antiques. We are experts on, and students of the Show
So, no, we can't help place a value or identify an item for you.
HOWEVER, all is not lost. Many with the same question are able to
receive this kind of information from other expert visitors to
brimfieldshow.com. We encourage you to place a free ad on the
Classifieds, under the heading: "Looking for Info on" - Here's
we suggest you post your request on the free bulletin boards located here:
many cases, there's a knowledgeable source out there who can help.
heard there is a big fabric and textile show each year. Can you
provide details, dates, etc?
The fabric and textile
show is world-renown, and held in Sturbridge, the neighboring town.
It is not connected with the Brimfield Antique Show. As dates
and times vary, please visit www.VintageFashionAndTextileShow.com
or call for information at 207-363-1320
We've recently heard
about a "Brimfield Show West", held out in California. Can you provide
It seems nothing succeeds like success. We are aware of the individual who has begun
a concession which he calls "Brimfield West". He, nor his concession have
any relationship to the Brimfield Show, nor do we endorse or recognize this concession.
the hours of the show?
The show runs from
sun-up to sun-down. You can check the weather
page on brimfieldshow.com for exact sun-rise/sun-set times.
Also, some promoters
have specific OPENING hours they adhere to -
go here for
Looking for a particular dealer I saw during a previous show, can you
recommendation we can make is to check
the dealer database.
If the dealer is not in the database, the only other available option is
to contact the promoter
whose field you were in at the time. If you can't remember which
field, but have a general idea of where you were, look
at the map, and try contacting
the promoters in that general vicinity.
scooters, wheelchairs, bikes, etc. available for rental?
No, sorry, no one has taken it upon
themselves to do this yet.
bought something/I wished I bought something/ I can't find the dealer/Can
you help me find the dealer who sell widgets/etc.
This is not an uncommon
situation and a remedy is usually available. Best bet - if you can
remember in which field you saw or bought the item, you
should contact the promoter who owns the field (use this link:
and they will be able to tell you.
Or, search our database for whatever names you can recall or items
Next case, place a free "looking for info" classified ad on our
This usually meets with success.
Finally, post a message on the bulletin boards on our site:
This is usually even more helpful...
At any rate, we wish you success, of course if all the promoters made
lists of dealers public, we'd all have a much easier time answering
questions like this.
can I help brimfieldshow.com?
Please tell every dealer you
meet that they can become listed in the database of Brimfield's most
popular Show-related site for free, simply
by clicking here.
very upset! I came into town to visit the Show the same time as last year,
and they told me I had just missed it! (Or it takes place next
week!) Why do you keep changing the dates of the Show, rather than keeping
them the same from year to year?
Unfortunately, the 23
Promoters who run their individual Shows which comprise the
"Brimfield Shows" have nothing to do with setting the dates for
the show. The Town of Brimfield is actually responsible for setting
the dates of the Show, and the Town Selectmen do so in their best
judgement as to when the Show should be held. We agree, it would be
preferable if the Show weeks were consistent from year to year, as many
visitors expect the Show dates to be the same each year, but unfortunately
that is not the case. And MANY have been disappointed by arriving
either too early or too late. Please be sure to check
Brimfieldshow.com for the current dates.
antique Shops open year-round in Brimfield, even when the Shows are not
are a few scattered here and there along Rt 20, but your best bet - and our
preference for a easy day of shopping - is the Town of Putnam, CT. The entire center of the small
town is occupied by 17 antique shops with over 400 dealers. And
there are also some neat places to catch a meal, or even afternoon tea at
It is an original-style English
tea-house and grocery store with genuine English teas and foods. It makes for a great
afternoon of fun. And they're not even advertisers! (trust us - its
fun...) Putnam is about a 25 minute ride south from Brimfield.
Almost 100,000 square feet
of antique shopping in 17 shops, all within one block, plus 5 restaurants.
Putnam is filled with antiques and collectibles from every period, in
Main St., Putnam, CT