BRIMFIELD - In the shade of an umbrella at the food court, Kenny Dennis tests out the new, or rather old, harmonica he bought on opening day at the Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Shows on Tuesday.

Mr. Dennis grabbed a deal on a few harmonicas, and the Oakham resident might be playing one at an upcoming concert with The Otters.

The first day of the second installment of the thrice-annual shows is generally quiet. July heat brings fewer shoppers, and many walking the fields Tuesday were local, mostly from less than 25 or 30 miles away.

“It’s been pretty good so far. The weather’s great. It’s not as hot as usual,” said Eunice Marcelina of Springfield. The May show is usually the best for her, but July can provide more time to watch for celebrities. She was sure Lara Spencer from the HGTV show "Flea Market Flip" was on the fields Tuesday.

Since making old things new again is a trend right now, there are many dealers who offer re-purposed antiques. Steve Foote of Gloucester is one with an unusual idea that saves old books from the recycle bin.

“I make hollow books, so you can hide anything you need to hide in them,” he explained.

He uses mostly vintage books and cuts through the pages to create a compartment. The pages are sealed together and the cover closes with a hidden magnet.

“I started making them for myself, and naturally you tell a friend you have one, and they want one, and it snowballed from there,” he said. “Seven years later it’s turned into a business for me.”

The shows offer just about everything from vintage marbles to cowboy boots. There are singing bowls, antique dolls, military items and plenty of ephemera.

The July show is generally slower paced and a great opportunity for first-timers to shop Brimfield without the challenges the May crowd brings. It also offers a chance to get, perhaps, a better deal, since sellers also aren’t as busy as they are in May and September.

If you go: Bring sunscreen, bottled water and maybe a small cooler, unless you’re up for sampling fresh lemonade, fountain drinks and wine slushies. There are plenty of options at the food court and along Route 20, where the shows span nearly a mile.