The Brimfield Antique Show has been a destination for collectors and antique lovers for over 50 years. In recent years it has also become popular with designers, stylists of all sorts and home decor enthusiasts. Another increasingly popular trend that is drawing more and more shoppers and dealers every year is vintage clothing. It is one of the most searched for categories in the Brimfield Flea Finder App.
As vintage clothing has become more popular, the exact type of clothing in demand has changed a lot. Carla Stanley of Bird Brain Vintage says she has seen big changes over the past 10 years. “No longer do the fifties hats, gloves and hankies, that were the definition of vintage clothing in the early 2000’s, hold an interest for me. I’m happy with an edgier, street ready collection. Festival wear, bohemian seventies dresses (have you seen Roberto Cavalli’s resort collection for 2017!!!!) and rough and distressed clothing. Hardy men’s wear is tough to find but I love the ruggedness and textures of work wear and the natural fibers.”
Carla expects men’s work wear from the 30’s and 40’s, one of a kind pieces like embroidered denim and hand painted leather, jackets with unique patches and pins, overalls, satin bomber jackets and vintage hot rod, rat rod and bike racing tees to be particularly popular this year.
Kim Kirker of Cloche Calls agreed that the market in Brimfield has changed significantly in recent years. She has been selling vintage clothing in Brimfield for 14 years. “I have seen the vintage clothing market change over time from a collector market to more of wearable market. There are still plenty of collectors out there but there is a big upswing in being able to wear what you buy.”
Kim foresees statement pieces and affordable wearable pieces from the 1960s through the 1980s to remain popular in 2017. “There is a younger generation that is interested in vintage and I would say, they want to enjoy what they wear. Making a statement and being different is what it’s about.”
Sue Snow of Vudu Micia has been wearing vintage for years but only began selling it in Brimfield three years ago. She says it feels like much longer though because bonding in Brimfield is amplified by the intensity of the experience. “Brimfield is like life under the big top. It’s a carnival, freak show, circus, museum, dusty attic full of lost treasures, runway fashion show, summer camp and family reunion rolled up into one. The friends I have made there feel like family to me because you bond in a way that is sped up. Being there an entire week at a time can be so intense and sometimes brutal that you lean on one another & feel close very quickly.”
Sue is so passionate about selling vintage clothing and how it helps other people express themselves. It’s hard to believe she hasn’t been doing it longer. “I had never sold vintage clothing because frankly I didn’t think there was a market for it where I was. Yes, in cities and college towns but in my area it wouldn’t really have worked back then. I think social media’s influence on vintage and fashion and culture have been enormous.”
Speaking of social media, you can use the Brimfield Flea Finder app to find amazing vintage clothing dealers when you come to the show. And we are adding more every day! Also be sure to follow along with us on Instagram and Facebook to find some amazing pages/feeds to follow that might lead you to the perfect piece you didn’t even know you had been looking for!
Here are a few dealers you won’t want to miss at the show next week:
Heading to the show? Be sure to download the Brimfield Flea Finder app to browse dealers before you hit the fields! And follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more Brimfield eye candy and up to date show info.
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The Brimfield Flea Finder app was developed specifically for the Brimfield Antique Shows. The app is free to download in The App Store. Visit www.brimfieldapp.com for more about the app and www.brimfield.com for general show information.