Annual Brimfield antique fair a draw for collectors

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Tens of thousands of bargain hunters and antique-lovers are in or making their way to, Brimfield for the 58th annual Brimfield Antique Fair.

Dealers told 22News they see no decline in the number of people who come to Brimfield to buy something unique; either an item they’ve craved for years, or something that strikes their fancy.

Nixon Sambula made his trip from the Bronx, New York worthwhile.

“It’s more convenient to come up here, and it’s a great experience to be here will all these people buying antique stuff,” Sambula said.

Sarah Gee of Maplewood, New Jersey told 22News, she wouldn’t dream of substituting this experience with an internet purchase.

“You get to see it, get to touch it,” Gee told 22News. “Hunting for it is really fun – it’s talking with dealers, it’s hanging out with your friends. Online, you can’t really see what something looks like.”

Dealers admit certain collectibles are no longer as plentiful as they once were, the result of buying online.

Joe Noah, a dealer, told 22News, “If somebody has a pocketful of money and wants to collect a particular thing, they used to come out and shop, and it was fun. Now they go online, and fill a collection in a matter of hours.”

Sunday’s the final day of the spring show, followed up with a week in July and another 5-day fair running through Labor Day weekend.

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