WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Bid, Buy, Bargain, or Sell may well be the largest antique fair in the country. Held three times a year in the towns along Route 20 just west of Sturbridge, it draws over 5,000 dealers and a quarter of a million attendees. If you've never been, consider going at least once. But be forewarned: it tends to be pricey. On the other hand, simply strolling Brimfield's numberless rows, asking questions and haggling over an item or two is an education in itself. And therein lies a bit of wisdom: one can never know too much. A Brave New World Wish to explore further in this brave new world? Museums throughout New England possess wonderful collections of decorative arts and material culture. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, for instance, features a new American wing resplendent with period examples of furniture and interior furnishings of superb quality. Spending time in a favorite gallery or passing an evening among the art shelves of your town library can be a revelation. And local colleges and universities offer history or art courses that can transform a casual interest into true connoisseurship. But there are other ways just as rewarding to gather the knowledge you'll need to more fully appreciate the world of the past. Maine Antique Digest, a newspaper published for dealers and serious collectors, covers an auction scene so filled with variety and geographic diversity as to exhaust the most intrepid antiquarian. New England Antiques Journal is a quality publication with a distinctly regional flavor that also merits your attention, as does www.antiquing.com/ ma.htm, where you can find local auction news and dealer locations. We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 A substantial set of classic export china always finds eager bidders 104

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