The lovely bride and I made our way to the airbnb we rented for the May Brimfield Show.
On the drive down, I did manage to do a little antiquing, and at one particular shop (where there are almost never corkscrews) a dealer had apparently discovered a small collection, and corkscrews could be found amongst a myriad of bottle openers they must have dominated the collection.
And, the dealer had decided he had three ranges of openers and corkscrews: the 7 dollar range, the 9 dollar range, the 15 dollar range, and the 19 dollar range.
The best of the 19 dollar range, was the purchase of the day; a hard to find German piece that made for an excellent pre-Brimfield find!
With the little folder marked D.R.G.M No 54268 on one side and GERMANY (Edmund Jansen, circa 1896) in hand, the adventure continued. And, the drive south and then west continued.
In the weeks before our adventure, we had kept an eye on the forecast, and were prepared for the rain that had begun to fall. Still, the next few days that the show would be open, there was no rain in the forecast. Getting the rainfall early, surely would make for a lovely Brimfield opening day…
The morning of day one, at the appointed time (in the wee hours of the morning), I made a couple of cups of coffee, and threw on a few extra layers, as while it wasn’t going to be raining, it was 38 degrees! A little cold for May.
Pulling into the parking lot, and seeing the ruts that the other cars were leaving in the field portended the future. It was going to be a sloppy mess at Brimfield, and for the next few hours, besides hunting for corkscrews, much of the time was spent trying not to lose a shoe in the inches of mud.
The crowds were still there, but the dealers weren’t. At Dealer’s Choice, it was a smattering of dealers, with many tables left resting on their side. And, at Brimfield North, the field management ended up letting attendees in for free, as they too had a fraction of the normal number of dealers, and some of those being towed out, after finding themselves stuck in the mud…quite literally.
Still, there were a few corkscrews about. But, given the lack of dealers, the plentifulness was less than plentiful. And, running into Barry, who was also on the hunt, he too mentioned the lack of corkscrews in the fields.
So, there were no legendary finds on day one. But, by the end of the day one, I had amassed a small pile…
In one booth, I noticed a small pile of bung corks. Fairly large, I thought they would make nice corkscrew stands. After a bit of negotiation, or more accurately put, surprise on the dealer’s part that I would be so willing to buy all of them, a deal was struck and 30 of these were soon in my backpack. As we were stowing them away, the dealer reached over and handed me another bag of them.
About 2 inches in diameter at the base and tapered at the top, I plan to add metal washers to the base, so the stand won’t tip over, and it will add some height differentiation to the corkscrews in the case.
For day 2, rain was, again, not in the forecast, but we expected to be sloshing around a bit, and we dressed accordingly. Again, it was cold, and most buyers were wearing multiple players, gloves, hats, big jackets, scarves.
When the 9:00 field opened, the sun was trying to peak through the cloud cover, and by early afternoon, while not warm, with the sun breaking through, we all seemed to sigh in collective relief and warmth.
And, while it seemed many the dealers from the two all but abandoned fields decided to descend on Heart of the Mart and Hertan’s, corkscrews worthy of purchase were few and far between. I did pick up a couple of folding spoons with advertising, and another folding piece as well as a mechanical Anri dog stopper.
Of course, there are lots of other interesting treasures to find at Brimfield…
This woman with the snowman, seemed quite thrilled with her frosty friend!
This morning May’s field opens, and I will set out again on the hunt for the (apparently) elusive corkscrew.
You never know what might turn up next.