The Vintage Bazaar: Lincoln Square, Chicago
The event was somewhat short, and scheduled for 12 – 5PM. Given the afternoon start time, I expected there to be an incredible line greeting us when we arrived. We showed up maybe 20 minutes early, and were actually among the first non-vendors there.
Main signage at the entrance.
Even the email list signup had a nice vintage feel to it…
Right near the entrance, there was a side room with several tables and chairs. It was actually a pretty fantastic little bar area, where they were serving tamales, cupcakes, coffee and beer.
Main floor, looking in from the entrance.
Looking out towards the space. Though it was only one room, there were tons of vendors packed in to this area. This was taken shortly after the event started, and it’s still relatively small in terms of the crowd.
Liz, finding a dish she likes. The stuff we ended up buying came from this place (Pretty. Quirky.), which was in its own little room right by the entrance. Given the traffic that flooded here after the crowds arrived, I’m betting that location was both a gift and a curse.
The space, with all the details along the doors, walls and ceiling, was pretty spectacular.
As I was standing around watching the flow of people coming in, I noticed a small group walk through pointing at the ceiling and talking about the “reception area.” It seemed they were planning to hold a wedding reception here, which I could totally see.
Seeing an old Nintendo for sale, with a laptop not too far away. Felt a little old.
Not sure what this is for, but it looked gorgeous.
Chandelier and some details from the ceiling.
This was taken at the other end of the room. There was a small stage area, and I hopped up for a better view.
I remember having several of these, as a kid…
At a nearby booth (Schmoo1515), I spotted some old mini alcohol bottles from the 1960’s.
Also nearby, a small button maker and supplies.
Looking at these, I was reminded of Christen and the awesomeness that is Busy Beaver Button Company.
Back near the entrance. At this time, the event really started to pick up, and it looked like folks were just filing in. As I was waiting around for Liz, I decided to shoot about 6 minutes of just crowd shots, of people walking in and walking by.
A final view of the booths. I like how striking the woman in blue is, compared to everyone else around her. Total accident.
As we were getting some items wrapped up and boxed for us, Liz and I settled in the bar area for a bit of a rest. Tipsy Cake had a lot of great looking stuff on display.
The cupcakes were very tiny, but also very delicious.
As we were sitting, I spotted a few of the event organizers walking around to and fro. One or two of them were celebrating quietly, sipping on a beer. But I also spotted some exchanges between the organizers – a bit of an eyebrow raise here and there. I think they were all expecting a big crowd, but perhaps not quite expecting things to get as crazy as they did.
I’m really glad we showed up early, and I’ll be curious to hear about how the remainder of the afternoon went. By the time it was 1PM, it seemed like the room was pretty jam packed, and I can only imagine it got busier as the day went on.
As a first time event, The Vintage Bazaar seemed to go off really well. Given the crowds and the interest, I’m expecting there will be a second one sometime really soon.
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