August 27, 2010

The Vintage Bazaar - Treasure Hunting in Hot Darkness

This past weekend, I attended the Vintage Bazaar. I was looking forward to it since I missed the inaugural event earlier this year. Held, this time, at the Congress Theater, I was also curious as to how they would organize the 65+ vendors for the event. As it turns out, they removed all of the lower level seating to create one large open space.

Upon entering the theater, there were two things that I, as well as my vintage shopping buddy Annette, noticed immediately - 1) The lighting was dim and 2) it was extremely PACKED! That didn't stop us from finding some great treasures, though. From belts and baubles to fur jackets and vintage eyeglasses, there was so much under one roof!

I was glad to finally meet some local vintage shop owners like Jillian of Joules Jewels (my "twitter-only" bff until then) and Coyote from Labrabbit Optics (EVERYONE wanted a pair of his frames). Although I spent majority of my time AND money with those two guys, every vendor had at least one item I wanted to take home.

Jillian (with beau, Elvis)

Coyote and his fabulous wares

My purchases:
Frames from Labrabbit Optics
Brooch from Joules Jewels
Leather Bracelets by a 12 year old named Celina (yeah. amazing!)

There were some complaints about the heat and lack of ventilation. I must admit, it did feel like being in a sauna. Additionally, the dim light made it difficult to really see the details on some of the items (which could turn out to be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it). I'm sure the organizers behind Vintage Bazaar, Katherine Raz and Libby Alexander, will work out those kinks for the next time. And you can count on yours truly being there to enjoy more of the great vintage this city has to offer.

Did you make it to the Vintage Bazaar? If so, did you find any goodies?

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Anonymous Chandra said...

No, I didn't get to make it (!!), but by the looks of it I must make a trip to Chicago--pronto!!

August 28, 2010 at 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

I would have loved to have checked this out. Do they have a mailing list?

August 31, 2010 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger ChiTown Fashionista said...

@Chandra, YES! You must!

@Jessica, they do not have a mailing list but they are on Twitter (@vintagebazaar). You will definitely stay informed if you follow them there.

September 1, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

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