This weekend, I packed my (rental) car to the brim and headed south to Chicago for my first (and certainly not last) vintage market at Vintage Garage Chicago! After months of sketching and painting retail tags; buying supplies like red hangers; and marketing the crap out of it, the day had finally arrived.
After a wild Saturday night filled with ramen, a B-list celeb sighting (sorry, Brian Geraghty) and an eventful Cubs game, my best friend Kit made the journey with me at 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning to Uptown. The first thing I saw as we pulled in was a convertible packed to the brim with Cubs jackets, Bears jerseys, White Sox hats and just about any vintage Chicago sports paraphernalia and I knew I was in the right place.
Kit is a master at aesthetics and immediately got to work making the booth look rad. I had bargained for a collection of vintage beer cans months ago thinking I would use them for something and voila! Kit added a couple of flowers and they served as the main decor.
Alright, enough about the set-up, let’s talk about the day.
- A visit from Big Red herself!
I could not be more excited to see the fabulous namesake herself, Big Red, at my booth. Not only did she try to hustle people into buying a vintage Sherlock Holmes hat, but she provided some pretty rad pieces like a vintage tiger necklace and matching clip-on earrings (YASS).
- Meeting other vendors!
I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous about how the other vendors would welcome a newbie, but they could not have been nicer! I loved chatting about where we find our items, what other events they participate in and of course, the social channels they use to get the word out.
- Selling! (duh)
Etsy has been such a fun experience, but there is nothing better than meeting customers in person and talking about the items, origins and how to wear it. I had so much fun seeing what people were into.
Overall, it was such a fun experience and I cannot thank my family and friends enough for their support before, during and after. I love having supportive people in my #squad and I cannot wait to do it all over again.
In the meantime, I’ll be listing more items on the shop from the comfort of my bed, snuggled up in one of three (yes, three) shearling coats I came home with.
Take a look at the shop here!