Brimfield Antique Market

Last week was the week Jacqueline, Karyn (from the workroom) and I look forward to all year. It was the Brimfield Antique Market, the place where you can find anything and everything if you have the time and the patience. 

This was our second trip to Brimfield. We only went for one day last year but we didn’t even come close to seeing all that there was to see. 

The show is 2 miles long on either side of the road.  It is field upon field of astonishing things. Within 10 minutes of being on the fields last year, we knew it would be an annual trip and that one day was not nearly enough.

We decided to upgrade from the Super 8 and stayed at the lovely Publick House for two nights. We drove to Massachusetts on Monday so that we could spend Tuesday and Wednesday morning at the show before driving back to Toronto. I say Wednesday morning but when you get up at 5:30 and walk the show until noon, it’s a pretty long morning. 

We are each drawn to different things and tend to shop in different ways. 

I love the shoes, jewelry, and linens. Karyn was in search of new chairs and stools for the shop. Jacqueline wanted a patio set or a chandelier though she loves the dishes and glassware, too. 

It is easy to be distracted from your goal.  There is so much to wonder at.

Can’t wait to see what there is to see next year.


It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 16: Have hat, will travel.

Author: Jacqueline

Grab a coffee or tea and join us each Friday, to learn how these Soak worthy bags came to be. Are you bagged? Send us your favorite bag. If we feature it here, we’ll send you a Soak gift pack, in a pretty bag, of course!

It is a hectic Friday at the Soak office. I leave tonight for the UK. While the main purpose of our trip is pleasure (fantastic family wedding in a castle!), I’m also meeting up with Alice Yu our new National Account Manager, UK for the yarn market. We’re really excited to have Alice join us as part of our team.

While there, we’re planning on a visit to Loop, where we’ll be hanging out with owner Susan Cropper. We’ll be bringing treats for the grand opening of their new shop on June 12- on Camden Passage, in Islington, London. Their new address, in case you are in town after June 12th, will be 15 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1 8EA.

I’ll also be meeting Robynn, of the extraordinary shop Purlescence, as well as the ladies from the make lounge. How exciting! I’m sure there will be many other stops (Liberty of London, V&A museum) that will delight my senses and satisfy my need to rummage through textiles and other fun finds.

Speaking of rummaging, back to the above mentioned wedding. I’ll be sporting my favorite navy and white dress and shoes, only this time adding a bit of British flair to the outfit with my new (and lovely) hat.

I found this and other fine works of millinery last weekend when Karyn, Chris and I trekked to Brimfield Massachusetts for the Brimfield Antique Market. We walked through miles of antiques, textiles and treasures to find unique items and treats.

Sometimes a hat box is better than a bag. This striped one is the perfect way to protect my new hats, one of which is already packed away for travels.