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The Vintage Fiend’s Way to Brimfield
Charted by vintage and antiques dealers who make thrice-yearly journeys to Western Massachusetts’s mile-long outdoor antique fair (next up: July 10 to 15).
223 miles


At Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market (490 Danbury Rd., New Milford, Conn.; Sundays only), Stephanie Leggio, owner of a vintage store, regularly snaps up furniture, such as a 35-drawer watchmaker’s desk from the twenties.


The kitschy Blue Colony Diner (66 Church Hill Rd., Newtown, Conn.) “is a huge chrome place with those machines where you can pay twelve cents and test your strength,” says West Village antiques seller Robert Wurzburg. “They serve obscene amounts of food.”


Blackie’s Hot Dog Stand (2200 Waterbury Rd., Cheshire, Conn.; closed Fridays) is a favorite pit stop of Brooklyn watchmaker David Sokosh. “It has an authentic roadside feel as if it is really still 1957, not a fantasy version.”


An art gallery within a turn-of-the-century farm estate, the Hill-Stead Museum (tours from $12; 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington, Conn.) is another Sokosh pick. “Works by Degas and Monet, in someone’s home.”


“The Wallace Nutting Collection of seventeenth- and early-eighteenth­century chests and cabinets can’t be beat,” says Sokosh of the Wadsworth Atheneum ($10; 600 Main St., Hartford, Conn.).


The summer home of a nineteenth-century publisher, Roseland Cottage ($8; 556 Rt. 169, Woodstock, Conn.) is a favorite detour for vintage-clothing-store owner Elizabeth Hine. “It’s a stunning example of Gothic Revival architecture.”


The turnover rate at the Putnam Antiques Marketplace (109 Main St., Putnam, Conn.) is fast and furious, says Leggio. “I count on leaving with a hefty pile, from vintage celluloid frames to a thirties French drafting table.”


For relief from the bazaar bustle, furniture dealer Eddy Unger likes to relax beside Dean Pond in Brimfield State Forest (86 Dearth Hill Rd.). Veterans say to crash nearby at the Colonial-style Publick House (from $140; 277 Main St., Sturbridge, Mass; 508-347-3313).

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