Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Randolph Street Market

At 1001 West Washington, Wishbone Restaurant served up a delicious Chicken Andouille Hash with egg and corn muffin. It was right on track for my early morning fuel to get me though all the vendors at the Randolph Street Market…and there were plenty.

Melissa Sands of Pure Vintage Chicago put me on her guest list. I was going to breeze through the market and go on to cover other events that day but rushing through was not a thing you wanted to do at this market.

OK – I read all the reviews. There were the few who called this market overpriced. Yikes – were they at the same place I was?

At $8 in advance and $10 at the gate, I found my first bargain within 10 minutes. On the quality of merchandise alone, this market gets my vote as the best antique market in Chicago.

All of the vendors here have a passion for what they sell and each one of them could talk your ear off on why they collect. I was also amazed that for the most part, items were priced to sell. This past weekend, photos by my favorite artist Vivian Maier were also at the market along with a compilation of every collectable imaginable.

The last weekend in September, October and November will get you anything your little heart desires – and while you’re at it, can you find me a pair of vintage cowboy boots in size 8?

Bon Appetit!