Hot Corner — Independence Vintage in Chicago, Illinois

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This antique folk art bird feeder was handcrafted in Adirondack style. Photo: Krrb.com/independencevintage?auto=format?auto=format

This antique folk art bird feeder was handcrafted in Adirondack style. Photo: Krrb.com/independencevintage?auto=format?auto=format

As part of a series called The Hot Corner, we’re featuring Krrb corners that catch our eye with their well-curated inventory. Whether it’s upcycled, secondhand, vintage or handmade, be sure to see for yourself why we think these Krrbsters have it going on.

Based in Chicago’s historical neighborhood of Independence Park, husband and wife team Eric Murken and Kathy Bauer launched Independence Vintage to manage the overflow of their personal collections. Recently, they increased their listings to focus on larger furniture that’s ideal for local pick-up. Lucky for them, their Krrb corner is really heating up with both local buyers and those a little farther away. Read on to learn more about Eric and Kathy’s hot corner.

Built between 1914 and the early 1920s, this sturdy banker’s chair is made from oak. Photo: Krrb.com/independencevintage?auto=format?auto=format

Built between 1914 and the early 1920s, this sturdy banker’s chair is made from oak. Photo: Krrb.com/independencevintage?auto=format?auto=format

These self-proclaimed “vintage nerds” get a special thrill from researching the history behind each vintage object. Most recently, Eric discovered that a 100-year-old chair he just refinished was made a couple blocks from his sister’s house in Wisconsin. Spending very early mornings at estates sales and the like, Kathy and Eric find their objects everywhere and anywhere. They focus on pieces with good bones and made with quality materials. Beautiful but practical items, like chairs, often go quickly.

This pair of mid-century art glass lamps is handcrafted from smoke glass. Photo: Krrb.com/IndependenceVintage?auto=format

This pair of mid-century art glass lamps is handcrafted from smoke glass. Photo: Krrb.com/IndependenceVintage?auto=format

You don’t have to head to the Windy City to get one of the great finds from Independence Vintage. This duo is also up for shipping across the country and oversees. Keep an eye on their up and coming inventory at Independence Vintage’s Krrb corner.