Today we are so pleased to welcome Cate Price to Wicked Cozy Authors. Going Through the Notions is her first mystery. While Cate no longer makes her home in New England, she still has a Yankee’s wicked appetite for bargain hunting.
My heroine, Daisy Buchanan, in GOING THROUGH THE NOTIONS, owns a quirky sewing notions and antiques store in the village of Millbury, PA. One of the ways she replenishes her stock is to visit yard sales, auctions, antique shows, and flea markets.
Seeing as I’m from Connecticut originally, and also a flea market junkie, I thought we’d take a short tour through New England today. There are so many wonderful markets, but here are just a few of the most popular and ones that I’ve enjoyed.
Elephant’s Trunk Country Flea Market http://www.etflea.com is located in the western part of Connecticut on Route 7 in Milford. It opens on Sundays at 5:45 a.m. for early buyers at a price of $20 a ticket, but if you can restrain yourself and wait until 7 a.m., the cost of general admission is only $2. There’s a good amount of vintage merchandise in the mix here. So many markets these days have dwindled into offering nothing but designer knockoffs, but that sort of thing is not permitted at the Elephant’s Trunk. Here you might find Depression glass, antique toys, costume jewelry, or some other fantastic treasure you can’t live without.
Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show http://www.brimfieldshow.com The big kahuna of all the flea markets is Brimfield in Massachusetts, near the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. It’s an absolutely gargantuan show, running for perhaps half a mile along each side of Route 20. It can take days to get around the whole thing. Brimfield draws a quarter million visitors and over five thousand dealers every year. Best to make a mini-vacation out of it and wear your most comfortable shoes for an epic antiques quest!
Mansfield Drive-In Theater and Marketplace Another good one on Route 32 in Mansfield that doubles as a drive-in and flea market. http://www.mansfielddrivein.com/marketplace.aspx. It’s the largest in Eastern Connecticut, has indoor and outdoor shopping, and is open rain or shine. It’s also lots of fun.
Although I haven’t been to the Waterfront Flea Market in Brunswick, Maine myself, I’ve heard it’s a good one. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Waterfront-Flea-Market/249714455739. It’s housed in an old mill building overlooking the water. There’s a real eclectic variety of vendors and quite unusual treasures to be found. It’s also open year round.
How about you? Any favorite flea markets in New England that I can add to my bucket list? Actually I should be getting rid of stuff at this stage, not buying any more junk, but as my mom says, the urge just keeps overtaking her. Happy antiquing!
Cate Price is a regular sight on the streets of her home town walking her two amazing rescue dogs, and she also enjoys gardening, yard sales, and cooking with friends. Writing Going Through the Notions proved to be rather an expensive project, because while researching auction houses, she became addicted to bidding on box lots. Cate is the VP of her local Romance Writers of America chapter and a member of Sisters in Crime. The second book in the series, A Dollhouse to Die For, has been submitted to her editor, and she is hard at work on the third.