She comes prepared using techniques she’s honed over
time. First, she advises us to dress comfortably. “Often, you’ll
be getting there early in the morning and staying through
lunch,” Holland says, so dress to accommodate temperature
shifts throughout the day. “I always wear a T-shirt with a
light jacket and comfortable shoes,” she says, and she brings
a backpack for carrying handy items
such as a tape measure, water bottle, and sunscreen — and for stashing smaller purchases while staying
hands-free. However, if she anticipates buying a lot of smaller items,
she’ll bring a wheeled cart.
When Holland arrives at any
market, she aims straight for the
back. “Everyone congregates at the
front aisles first,” she says, but “if
you head to the back, you’ll have
your pick of the best stuff and avoid
the crowd.” When specifically looking for larger items such as chairs
or dressers, she says she will “do a
quick run through the whole market” to locate the bulky items.
“Then,” she says, “I’ll go back
through and look for the smaller
accessory pieces or fun surprises.”
She doesn’t typically end up
buying much furniture, however, because “it is either perfect
and expensive or it needs a lot of work. But there are excep-
tions” — like the drum, which now serves as a nightstand in
her oldest son’s bedroom.
Instead, her search is mostly focused on decorative
pieces that add a spark to interiors, such as mirrors, lighting, and accessories that range from fabric to old scarfs to
throw pillows. A mirror hanging at the back of one booth —
The Dunne Sisters Vintage Finds, a shop in Newton, New
1. Holland measures a reproduction drum that catches her eye in the booth
of Mill 77 Trading Company, a multidealer showroom in Amesbury,
2. Galvanized pails could serve many uses in home decor.
3. A collection of glass bottles sparkle on a table.
4. Holland considers a
decorative wooden boat before buying it for $30.
This year, more than 185
vendors and 15 food
trucks will congregate for
The Vintage Bazaar at
Raitt Homestead Farm
Museum in Eliot, Maine.
Devon Chouinard, a
fourth-generation junker” and
the founder and director
of the bazaar, says the
family-friendly show offers
a variety of goods at
different price points,
making it a nice
steppingstone to other,
larger outdoor antiques
shows. “You can come
here and walk away with a
$5 item or a $5,000 item,”