Vintage Bazaar: Autumn 2011

I’ve been looking forward going to the September 2011 Vintage Bazaar every since the last one took place back in May in Pilsen!  This urban flea market never fails to please!  All of the vendors are lovely, friendly people which makes it all the better.  It’s like all of the etsy shops and the brick and mortar shops from Chicago converge together to sell their wares and discounted prices, no less.

This is the view right when you walk into the Congress Theater:

This was prime ‘real estate’ since nearly everyone who entered the theater would run into these awesome booths.

Walking through the hallway to the main floor you come across TONS of vendors:

This is only half of vendors that were in the main floor area, inside the Theater.

In the past, I’ve been more into the shopping than documenting the actual event.  But I thought it would be refreshing to bring my camera and take some photos for you all of the Bazaar and some of the booths.  That’s not to say I wasn’t into shopping…. heh

This is a shot of the main floor of several booths:

You can see there’s a great array of items being sold: furniture, clothes, housewares, kitchenware, etc.

This one booth had amazing danish furniture for sale:

On the main floor was Jet Set Vintage:

She has lots of lovely housewares as well as some clothes and other odds and ends.

Her booth is always a treat for the eyes!

I love ogling the pink and teal kitchenware.

I feel like at each new location, there are more and more vendors.  The booths spilled out from Congress Theater, outside into the street and also into the adjoining vacant parking lot, in a true flea market style.

This is Rockwell Street, just northwest of Congress Theater (yellow brick building to the right):

More vendors in the adjoining parking lot:

I was scoping out the little aqua footstool seen in the lower right (image above), but it was a bit pricey.  Very cute though, and it looked like it still had the original upholstery.

More vintage wares:

This was another eye-candy booth, set up by some folks of Hubris Productions:

Check out the salon hair-drier:  (And yes, I did rifle through the box of vintage patterns to the left of the chair, on the ground.)

I found this gem of a pattern from them in that box:

The little navy polka dot scarf came from elsewhere, unfortunately I can’t remember which booth.

Felix has lots more images of the event, plus he has some videos up on his site too.  Be sure to check it out if you’d like to read more about the event and the stuff that he spotted.

As you all know, I’m all about vintage patterns so I always keep an eye out for them when I’m shopping around.  I found these two 40’s patterns, I couldn’t say ‘no’ to:

I adore the McCalls 6592 bow blouse that I got from Modern Times Vintage.  I wish I could add it to my Queue for the fall, but I’m already making too much as it is, so this one will have to wait.  And what can I say about Simplicity 1971?!  Tell me this isn’t something that you could see Katharine Hepburn wearing in any of her 40’s films…  I don’t think this would be something I’d be attractive in, but I had to have it for $2.  Once I’m done cherishing it, this one will most likely find it’s way into a giveaway for you all since it deserves a home where it will be used.

I also bought these cute early 60’s patterns from Old Flames Vintage:

I’m not normally into this era, but I couldn’t pass up on these for $2.  Plus, my weakness for bows may have had something to do with it…

Also from Old Flames Vintage, two vintage hats and 2 glass buttons:

People, this is my first, ever hat purchase!  I was looking for some navy hats to go with my color palette for this fall, but I couldn’t resist these two.  So despite their non-navy-ness, they’ll probably make their way into some photos.  :)


Funny as it is, I happened to buy from a lot of the same vendors as I did at the last Vintage Bazaar, by happenstance.  I guess I’m going to need to check in regularly with these gals since they always seem to have what I like.  What’s even more amazing is that they all recognized me too; it make for a lovely shopping experience.


And lastly, the coolest sewing purchase I made the whole day from Junk in da Trunk Girls:

A Singer automatic buttonhole machine:

I already tested it out on my machine to see if it fit, and it kinda does.  The buttonholer fits, but the feed-dog cover doesn’t quite fit on my Vintage JC Penny machine.  I can use it if I have it on an angle but I’m not sure if that will harm my machine or not.  I may have to swing my my sewing repair shop to check about this guy and see if I can order just the feed-dog cover for my machine so I can use the buttonholer properly.

I couldn’t believe I found this at the Bazaar, and it was only $12, complete with directions and all!  I’m so excited to make buttonholes, which is a first for me.  heh

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and be sure to check out the next pop-up Vintage Bazaar if you’re able.  And be sure to check out Felix’s site if you want to see all 93 photos/videos of the event.  (That’s his reduced down version, too!)

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Comments (8)

  1. Tasha September 19, 2011 — 9:59 AM

    Again we did not meet, dag nabbit. :P Although once we arrived I wasn’t that surprised because it was so packed!

    I love your finds! I’m so impressed you found that buttonholer! And the patterns. I didn’t see any sewing (or knitting) things at all. But there were some booths I couldn’t even get into because it was so crowded. I wish I could have shopped it in the middle of the night when no one was there. :) Mel and I did still each pick up a few things, all clothing though!

    1. Liz September 19, 2011 — 3:32 PM

      It got really crowded, and I had to leave after a few hours since it became a bit overwhelming. I found the buttonholer outside in the parking lot, and there were 2 to choose from, if you can believe it! I didn’t see anything knitting related, but I do usually find some sewing patterns hidden in the crevices of people’s booths. Felix is always on the lookout for me too, so it helps to have the extra pair of eyes.
      I was actually shopping more for clothing this time around; I found a gorgeous beaded cardigan but didn’t want to pay the $45 for it. What clothing finds did you get? I saw a bunch of the vintage leather purses like you have, and thought of you. Did you happen to see them?

      I can’t wait to try and style my hair up so I can wear my hats for the first time. Any good tutorials you’d recommend for a newbie like me who doesn’t even own a comb? :)

  2. Donna September 19, 2011 — 11:39 AM

    That looks like a great bazaar. I’m so envious as there’s nothing like this where I love – or not regularly, anyway. You got some great patterns and swoon! at the buttonhole maker. I’ve enjoyed browsing your blog :)

  3. weriem September 19, 2011 — 1:36 PM

    Lucky girl!! Where was I? It’s like I always miss good places to go! Well, I was in Wisconsin, visiting some antiques shop and I found some vintage patterns and laces… not so bad!
    If you need some company around Chicago to go to flea markets, I’ll be very glad to join you!

  4. Hi, it was a pleasure meeting you in ‘real life’ at the Bazaar! We should meet up with Tasha some time soon to go vintage shopping. I enjoyed looking at both yours and Felix’s photos of the event, I’ll be posting my photos on my blog tonight. Also congrats on your first hat purchase, I wear them fairly regularly and they can be an addicting collection. :) Can’t wait to see how you style yours.

  5. Bex September 20, 2011 — 10:27 PM

    Oh wow! We’re coming to Chicago next year in April, i’ll cross my fingers that the next one is on during our stay!

  6. Jade September 21, 2011 — 8:59 AM

    You are the cutest! Thanks so much for talking about the buttonholer, I hope that the sewing repair guy can get it working for you. You’ll have to send me a picture of what you make with it, I’m so curious(: Best of luck and it was great meeting you!

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