The crowds at The Aragon Ballroom were abuzzing at Chicago’s Vintage Bazaar this past weekend, and for good reason, considering their curated booths of vintage and handmade vendors. We asked well-versed market scavenger, Meg Goldberg to step up as Krrb’s on-the-scene liaison to grab us shots and to be downright neighborly. And neighborly she was. Shopping doesn’t quite count as a competitive sport, but Meg reports on which independent sellers were on the top of their game. Thanks Meg, you’re the best!
With experience at The Vintage Bazaar as both a spectator and vendor, the market definitely ranks at the top of my list for quality goods, organized charm, awesome clientele and curated unique finds. In true Olympic spirit, the cream of the crop were again on display. But who stood out for bronze, silver and gold? Here’s a sneak peak at just a few of my favorites.
Bronze and copper artifacts were plentiful as I surveyed the scene on Sunday. The bronze slipper chair from First Born Vintage was a must have (especially at only $65!) and the antique wicker wingchair was another great find from the show. A vintage glass set is the perfect functional display accessory for your bar cart or kitchen. And every man must own a custom made, amazing tie clip and set of cuff links from Jojo & Sofia. And talk about service – a personal tailor was also on hand to have your new vintage digs fitting like a glove. If you weren’t already feeling eco-chic, the sewing machine ran solely on energy generated from a bronzed beauty stationary bike. Custom tailoring from a sustainable seamstress for only $5 – does it get any better?
Silver was also well represented at The Vintage Bazaar. Zip Dang – The Handmade Menagerie had an amazing selection of industrial artifacts, vintage office supplies and unique home accessories. Any paper would be proud to be stored in their quality filing cabinets or metal storage bins. Their unique groupings of antique frames were also a favorite for buyers. Apartment 528’s collection of vintage projectors and cameras make the perfect accessories for a book shelf or as the decorative cherry on top of a pile of coffee table books. Vintage Neiman hat boxes from Bombshell Shocked would look dapper on display in any closet and distinctive metal toolboxes are a perfect focal point (and unique storage) for any distinguished bachelor’s living space.
Shoppers were surrounded by gold-winning goods from numerous vendors, such as Broad Street and Jojo & Sofia, offering one-of-a-kind bangles, bracelets, tie-clips, necklaces and accessories – almost all under $100. For homegoods, The Savoy Flea was proudly representing Chicago by offering numerous refined oddments such as their gold stallion and vintage dictionary prints (only $8 each!).
With something for everyone and so many great finds, The Vintage Bazaar games closed yesterday with shoppers proudly displaying their new metallic medallions, one-of-a-kind goods, Krrb swag bags and an inspired hunt for their next sustainable find.