Dr Lori Verderame
Anytime is a good time to shop for vintage and antique items, but if you’re tired of crowded thrift stores, Goodwill bins, and Salvation Army shelves, you might want to switch things up and do some outdoor shopping.
While garage sales are the cat’s pajamas, massive public flea markets and antique fairs are gearing up for huge crowds. Want to know where some of the best antique fairs take place? I got you covered. Grab your best friend, your best pair of sneakers and a tote bag or five and let’s go shopping.
Here are some tips on where and what to buy at some of the best antique fairs in the country.
- What: Brimfield Flea Market
- When: July, September
- Where: Massachusetts
The main streets and wide fields around Brimfield are transformed into a huge market. I appeared at Brimfield’s first virtual antique appraisal event of 2020 when the pandemic interfered with on-site shopping, but back in full swing.
Brimfield has a lot to offer. Buyers love Brimfield for its abundance of things for sale.
What to buy: Old American antiques, kitchenware, advertising boxes, weather vanes, artwork, chairs, flags, textiles.
- What: Madison Bouckeville Antique Show
- When: June, August
- Where: New York
Like Brimfield and so many other large antique fairs, Madison Bouckeville Antique Fair has dealer stalls and vendor tables set up in many large open fields. The items are of good quality and the prices are fair. It’s a must see event and you won’t be disappointed.
What to buy: Americana, signage, small furniture, trendy stools, benches, architectural recovery, baskets, duvets.
- What: Round Antiques
- When: January, April, October
- Where: Texas
Round Top Antiques Fair is like Texas, big! It’s a really massive antique fair with something for everyone. Unlike other antique fairs, you need tickets to attend and it’s best to buy tickets in advance. You don’t want to miss anything. This is the living room that most interior designers don’t miss.
What to buy: light fixtures and chandeliers, architectural recovery, mirrors, doors, European furniture, glassware, books.
- What: Route 127 garage sale
- When: August
- Where: Addison, MI to Gadsden, AL
This antique fair stretches from Michigan to Alabama for 690 miles across six states and is known as the longest yard sale in the world. Everything and anything can be found in this garage sale, which is very organized in some areas and more relaxed in others. The drive and shop mentality and the people you meet are some of the attractions, not to mention the offerings, of this ongoing antique fair.
What to buy: car parts, vintage dolls, metal furniture, old frames, glass lamps.
- What: Cobourg Antiques Fair
The Coburg Antiques and Vintage Fair is the place to buy rare antiques and collectables, famous heirlooms and period paintings and sculptures.
The historic town of Cobourg is a destination unto itself with its own shuttle bus and the fair also features live music. For Pacific Northwest treasure hunters, this is a be there or be square event.
What to buy: porcelain, tools, kitchen utensils, vintage linens, jewelry, toys, sports memorabilia and sculptures. These are some of the most attractive ancient attractions. If you are a buyer or a seller, don’t miss these best antique fairs.
Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author and award-winning television personality, Dr. Lori appears on “The Curse of Oak Island”, the #1 show on the History Channel. She gives reviews at public events nationwide, online at www.DrLoriV.com and on Ask Dr. Lori LIVE at www.Youtube.com/DrLoriVor by phone (888) 431-1010.