Attending the Brimfield Antique Show in central Massachusetts (also known as the Brimfield Antique Flea Market…I can’t even tell which one is the “official” website) has been on my bucket list for years, and we finally made it up there a couple weeks ago! My sorority little’s wedding conveniently happened to overlap with the last market of the year (it happens 3x/year) and since J grew up in the area, it was easy to fly up Thursday night and head to the market early Friday. The weather was supposed to be pretty crummy but it ended up being a cool day with a couple sprinkles but generally overcast skies. It was pretty much exactly what I expected, but less chaotic and more organized.
I have some experience with antiques and flea markets but still turned to the experts (in my mind, at least!)–Meg, Jackie, and Jill–for their tips. We were flying with carry-ons and had no plans to buy furniture, so only brought $200 cash–and didn’t even use all of it–so was mainly there to browse and hopefully come home with a few gems. We ended up with a semi-large blue and white bowl (in pristine condition with scalloped edges that weren’t chipped!), brass anchor-shaped bookends, a cool piece of handmade wood art with a lobster (pictured below), and a couple pairs of earrings for me ($1 each!).
Following our trip up north last weekend, we’ve spent most of the week in DC stalking weather reports. Luckily it looks like the effects of Florence are going to be pretty mild on our front, but obviously the same can’t be said for much of the Carolinas. If you or loved ones are in the path, stay safe! Our weekend plans were minimal to non-existent because Millie gets spayed today and we don’t want to leave her alone if we don’t have to. They say that it’s harder on the humans than the dog and while I find that hard to believe, am guessing she’ll be in better spirits by day two and we’ll still be fawning over her like she’s immediately post-surgery 🙃
I’ve been reading a lot lately–a new book roundup to come soon!–and am planning on doing a whole lot of that and behind the scenes blog work (in the way of SEO, categorizing content, etc.) that’s been nagging on my to-do list for awhile. Hope you have a nice weekend!
It hasn’t been long the last roundup of Trader Joe’s products, but there are some seasonal items–especially one–that I want to make sure is still available before we transition into fall!
One unrelated quick thing: Today is the last day of the semi-annual Lilly sale! If you haven’t shopped it before, it’s one of two times a year they mark down products and everything is hugely on sale. I got an $88 top for $34 so that’s an indication of the gems you can find :)
Trader Joe’s favorites
Sweet Corn Burrata & Basil Ravioli: Hands down the best pasta I’ve had from TJ’s! The store manager told me it’s seasonal and will likely be gone by mid-September, so pick it up now if you see it. I’m literally hoarding it and we eat it with olive oil, fresh parm, and black pepper.
Laughing Cow cheese: An old favorite that’s available at TJ’s! We have it on hand at all times and while I typically eat it in omelettes or with crackers, but it’s delicious baked into chicken, in a grilled cheese, and with most savory things.
These Peanuts Go On A Date Bars: These intrigued me for a couple of weeks before I finally picked up a box. If you like peanut butter, they are so good! They’re a little more unique than your standard granola bar and are a good meal supplement or quick snack if you want something less hearty than an RX bar (which is usually my go-to “bar”).