Modern Vintage Chicago Market

I had such a busy weekend (with work) I wasn’t able to sew one stitch.  :|   

Luckily, I had just one magical excuse to leave my cluster analysis work: the Modern Vintage Chicago event hosted by Chicago’s Randolph Street Antique Market in Plumber’s Hall.  Thanks to Tasha of By Gum, By Golly for getting me out of the house because I found I had won her giveaway for 2 tickets to the event last Monday.  I don’t think I would normally have gone (just because I had to pay), but I’m glad I went. 

I convinced my mom to come to the city to come with me, and it was pretty easy to convince her.  We had a pretty fun time browsing all of the clothes, accessories, and what-have-you.  We just strolled around, noses deep in clothing racks and tables covered in brooches, gossiping and trying on hats.  I wish I had brought my camera to the event to take some photos, but I wanted to keep my hands as free as possible for hunting, so much so that I brought my smallest purse to be extra-hands free.

Image from Chicago Now

This is an image of the upper floor, where they had a lot of clothes.  There was another floor, just below this one too that was filled to the brim; and all of the hallways were filled with vintage lovelies too. 

I was hoping to find more sewing supplies but I did find one booth that had a whole box of buttons and trims.  It was a bit too expensive for my taste, but I couldn’t resist these two button sets:

My mom and I spent a great deal of time searching through one particular booth’s collection of broaches and I fell in love with these owlies and pin set:

This pin set is really neat.  It is actually one large pin that separates to form two smaller ones.  I’ve been looking for one for quite a while now and I fell in love with these since I think this one is very versatile. 

And here’s a view of the back so you can see how it separates out:

And last but not least, I found some lovely fabric:

My mom said she didn’t think this was very vintage (ie from the 50’s), but it did have that vintage smell and well as having aged-looking selvages.  I wasn’t so convinced, but fell in love nevertheless.  You can see it has a really nice sheen to it; my mom thought it was a cotton chintz.  It’s 4 full yards of yellow-rose goodness, so I can definitely get a pretty dress out of this.  hip hip

All in all I had a nice time, but I thought the prices weren’t any better than if you went to an antique shop in the city.  But the main benefit for me was that they all came together in one large show.  Seeing all of these vintage wares has really got me itching to go out to the flea markets again with my mom.  I can’t wait till the weather gets nice again here and for my work eases up so that I can venture out, stress-free.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend, too!  And thanks again Tasha!

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