One of my absolute favourite things in Chicago is the Randolph Street Market. Held between April and November on the second to last weekend of the month Randolph is a huge draw for anyone in the design field, anyone looking for some great antiques, vintage fashion, Bakelite (trust me, the place is lousy with the stuff) or just looking to spend a fun afternoon browsing the isles of hidden treasures.
I try to go as often as possible and have found many great items for clients and myself. I know that many Interior Designers and shop owners get the Market as early as possible (8am in some cases) to pick through the very best items. Not being a morning person, in the slightest, I have yet to partake in one of these "Running of the Designers" as I like to call it. Perhaps one day...perhaps.
My wife and I were at the Market over the weekend and I just so happened to have my camera with me, it was in my tote and I hadn't even realized it was there when we left, a happy coincidence indeed. So I decided to take a few images to share with everyone some of the great and interesting items one can find there. This is just a brief sampling though mind you.
Why do I always see this duck head bookend only as a single?
Ladies and gentlemen, like in every flea/antiques market on the planet..I give you, big letters.
(I don't really have a comment for everything)
How could you not love this charming chair?
Or these charming pillows? Chair and pillows by Brimfield, one of my favourite stores.
(FYI - I'll be doing a special post about them in a few weeks)
How great is this, a giant hand carved display with a giant carved wood tooth? A molar I believe.
I just love a collection.
I keep telling my wife that I will leave here one day with one of the vintage bikes that are always here, a vintage Raleigh to be specific.
Another purchase I keep threatening to make. What? Fencing is cool.
And there you have it, happy hunting.