Headed out this morning for a fun day of poking around the Todd Farm Flea Market on Route 1A in Rowley, Ma. Of course, this is like the appetizer before the big Brimfield Show I’m going to in a couple of weeks.
Dealers set up at Todd Farm at approximately 3AM every Sunday from April to November, and many buyers show up while its still dark to get first dibs on the goods.
Of course, I could not drag myself out of bed that early, but still managed to pick up some cool stuff. A lovely vintage 1950s white lace full skirt party dress with satin cummerbund waist, that would make a gorgeous casual wedding dress. Also a 50s blue print silk full skirted cocktail dress, 40s black satin wide leg pants and a ton of fun vintage jewelry.
If ever in the Boston area, this is another great place to check out if you love rummaging through piles of stuff, searching for hidden treasures. There are hundreds of dealers, with sellers of higher end antiques and collectibles mixed in with people selling a hodgepodge of eclectic items. It’s a true flea market atmosphere that’s perfect for those who enjoy the thrill of the hunt.
Here are a few pictures taken from the photo archives on their website, so you can get an idea of the type of things you’ll find there on a regular basis. There is also a great selection of furniture, ephemera, artwork, textiles, kitchen collectibles. You name it, there’s probably someone selling it.
Since it closes down at 1pm, it’s always nice to continue on down 1A afterwards into Ipswich and Essex, where there are plenty of antique shops to browse through and, of course, restaurants where you can order famous Ipswich clams. Can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday in New England!