Brimfield, Chicago

brimfieldAfter meeting Julie Fernstrom at the Chicago Antique Market earlier this summer, I couldn’t wait to visit her brick and mortar store, Brimfield, on my next trip to Chicago.
I can imagine hanging this in my bathroom, the bathroom of my bomb shelter. A curated set of blue botbins. Stewart Tartan Upholstery. Vintage Scotch Tape. Vampire Weekend, gave us Yacht Rock. Brimfield brings Yacht Bone China.

Talk about all plaidout. If you find yourself in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, stop by Brimfield, say “hi” to Julie for me, and get inspired.

5219 N Clark St
Chicago, IL
(773) 271-3501

*For more of my visit to Brimfield, visit Flickr.
**While you’re in the neighborhood, try America’s best pizza, Great Lake.


  1. erin
    October 17, 2009

    There was just a feature on vintage shops in Andersonville in last week’s issue of Time Out Chicago. The story included some similar photos of the plaid gear (including that thermos which instantly reminds me of my grandfather) and I couldn’t help but think of you. Glad you were able to check it out while in town. Need to make my way up there!

  2. Memphis88
    October 17, 2009

    Beautiful blue botbins.

  3. karen
    October 18, 2009

    i just read about this store and initially thought it may have been named after the flea market in brimfield, mass….but apparently its the name of their favorite tartan!

    looks like a cool store.

  4. M. Wastler
    October 18, 2009

    Karen, actually, it’s both.

    October 20, 2009

    Ooh! I like stores like this that pre-curate the offerings so you don’t have to dig through Cabbage Patch Kids drinking glasses and other cheaper, less heritage-d gems.

    Color me lazy, but my eyes and brain just get exhausted otherwise.

  6. ex-Andersonvillan
    November 2, 2009

    Skip pizza at Great Lake and drop into the Hop Leaf instead. Shorter wait, guaranteed food, outstanding jazz.

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  8. austin
    March 24, 2010

    This store is UNREAL. I happened upon it with some friends and our jaws dropped when we saw the window displays. I could spend hours in this store, and I’m sure they get new stuff all the time.

  9. megan
    December 28, 2011

    Brimfield… What a joke. I have been there a couple of times and every time my experience got worse and worse. The first time that I was in there I experienced Julie and her husband arguing loudly through out the store which led to me leaving. Next, I was in there and when I asked for assistance, I was informed “we will be right with you.” A half hour later I was never helped yet the store was dead. My LAST, experience in there (which resulted in me concluding I would never return), I had come into the store, at the counter Julie and another employee were emptying out thrift store bags while laughing about how much they charge. I saw them pull out .50 glasses and mark them for $10 a piece. I believe the company is a joke, the owners are jokes, and the merchandise prices are an even bigger joke. If I were you… I would not go there!

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