It’s almost here! The Big Papi of flea markets starts Tuesday May 7th! It’s the Brimfield Flea Market!
Seekers of antiques flock from all over the WORLD three times a YEAR to Brimfield Massachusetts! Thousands and thousands of items are on display for curious lovers of antique items. It’s heaven, if you’re a flea market person!
According to Wikipedia:
While the concept has existed for millennia, the origins of the term flea market are disputed. According to one theory, the Fly Market in 18th-century New York City, located at Maiden Lane near the East River in Manhattan, began the association. The land on which the market took place was originally a salt marsh with a brook, and by the early 1800s the Fly Market was the city’s principal market.
A second theory maintains that flea market is a common English calque from the French marché aux puces, which literally translates to “market with fleas”, labelled as such because the items sold were previously owned and worn, likely containing fleas.
Name Your Price
The expert flea market person brings out his/her best Jedi Knight powers to wear down the vendor and haggle on a price, like it’s the market place in ancient Egypt. Add to that, at a flea market you can FIND ANYTHING and EVERYTHING if you visit often enough. I knew an older family member that visited every WEEK. Each Sunday morning from 10a to 12noon this person could be found at a flea market.
Flea Market TV
You may have seen The Brimfield Flea Market on Good Morning America. GMA reporter Lara Spencer has even developed her OWN flea market reality show called Flea Market Flip on HGTV. You’re given $500 to find an item, and resell it for more, trying to OUT-DO your opponent and make more on the flip.
So, here we go on the deep dive into The Brimfield Flea Market!