Antique dealers and collectors flooded Route 20 in Brimfield Tuesday for the start of the summer antiques show running through July 13.
Organizers said about 3,000 vendors would be on hand selling all manner of unique collectibles and antiques. Police in Brimfield estimate about 10-15 thousand people per day come into Brimfield during the July show, about half the number of the July show.
The show operates three times a year, in May, July and September drawing in hundreds of thousands of visitors. Organizers said an economic study from several years ago showed an annual influx of up to $50 million a year.
Organizers said they had vendors come in from all over the United States and customers from as far away as Japan and China.
David Lamberto, owner & operator of Hertan's Antique show said May typically tends to be the busiest time, with more than 5,000 vendors. He said the July show is usually the slowest of the three events. Even though July tends to be slower, he recommended people buy what they want sooner rather than later because it may not be there when they come back.
The show started in a field in 1959 with fewer than 70 vendors. Since then, organizers said rules for the show have been written into the town bylaws. Shows can only be six days long and may only be held three times a year. The town also collects fees from all vendors to help pay for additional services, like police and other emergency personnel.
Vendor, Robert Keno from New York said he has been coming to the show since the early days. His three sons, Mitchell, Leslie and Leigh share his love of antiques and spent part of their early lives at the shows in Brimfield. They have all gone on to work on the PBS series "Antiques Road Show".
James DiCaprio, owner of Jimmy D's Antique Plus in Middlefield, CT said he has been coming to Brimfield for forty years. DiCaprio said he loves the business and meeting new people. He summed up his experience in the field by repeating a quote by Confucius "Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
Police recommend visitors follow parking rules, keep pets at home and make sure they have enough water to stay hydrated in the heat.
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