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Brimfield Day 2: Treasure & Rain (Part II)

May 14th, 2010 | Categories: Americana, Brimfield | by Michael Williams

The last bit of images from our two day trip the the world’s largest outdoor antiques sale in Brimfield, Mass. See all of the coverage here.

Brimfield Day 2: Treasure & Rain (Part I)

May 13th, 2010 | Categories: Americana, Brimfield | by Michael Williams

Our second day at the Brimfield flea market started off with a light drizzle, but cleared up in the afternoon and proved a successful outing. Barbour coats and rubber boots were the order of the day. I probably saw more waxed canvas yesterday than in the last five years combined. Personally, I opted for a GoreTex shell, that I paired surprisingly well with a pair of McNairy suede chukkas (though if I had to do it over, I would have opted for Bean boots). I saw a lot of things I wanted to buy, but managed to exercise some restraint. I did manage to pick up a few things and will share a breakdown of my purchases here soon.

Remember this boat motor company?

Brimfield Day 1: Americana Overload

May 12th, 2010 | Categories: Americana, Brimfield, Vintage | by Michael Williams

A few friends and I are up in Brimfield, Mass. this week for the massive antique / flea market and the potential purchases are everywhere. I was amazed at all of the industrial salvage everywhere. That sort of interior aesthetic is going at full speed. Below are some of the things I saw on our relatively short first day. Americana overload — great stuff.

Sweet Smell of Success Revisted

May 10th, 2010 | Categories: Movies | by Michael Williams

Soon after getting hired by J. Press to do their public relations in 2005, I went by the store on 44th Street to introduce myself to the manager and the salesmen there. I got a chance to meet some of the old timers and so began the relationship with one of my most memorable clients. One particularly entertaining salesman — a gent named David Wilder, (who actually still works in the New York store) — was always amusing. When I introduced myself to David as the new PR guy he says to me: “Just like Sidney Falco” and I couldn’t help but to laugh. Only at J. Press would someone make that connection. Over the two and a half years I worked with J. Press David also famously (in my mind) said that “21 Club is the J. Press of restaurants” and that “Mad Men was the J. Press of TV shows.”

ACL Kodachromes Part IV

May 5th, 2010 | Categories: ACL KODACHROME | by Michael Williams

Revisiting The Elephant’s Trunk Flea

May 4th, 2010 | Categories: Americana, Vintage | by Michael Williams

To get up to New Milford, Connecticut early enough from NYC I have to get up around 5am. I actually think the Elephant’s Trunk Flea opens at 5 or 5:30am for the super hardcore folks. That’s some real flea market shit right there. By the time I get to Westchester to scoop up my sister, get coffee and drive out there it will be 8/8:30am. That’s pretty much the earliest we can make it. For a little perspective I think the Brooklyn flea opens at 10am — but the Brooklyn flea is a different beast than the Elephant’s Trunk. Go to both of them and you will see what I mean. The Trunk is more work if you live in NYC, but the prices are better and you find different stuff. I have been going for at least the last six years (I moved to NYC in 2001). I took some photos this past weekend and thought it would be fun to share them with you here. I hear rumors that the land where the Elephant’s Trunk is located has been sold and the flea’s days could be numbered. I hope those are just rumors. I suppose only time will tell.

Flea Market Transportation Optimization

May 2nd, 2010 | Categories: Americana, Automobiles | by Michael Williams

Not sure who this fine piece of American metal belongs to, but I sure was jealous when I saw it in the flea market parking lot in Connecticut this weekend. The pride of Toledo, that is one good looking Willys Overland in the most vintage of colors. I bet Martha Stewart would have cut a check for it on the spot. Well, If I had the kind of dough she does I would have.