The Vintage Bazaar was created by Katherine Raz and Libby Alexander in 2009. The debut market took place at the DANK Haus in Chicago's Lincoln Square in February of 2010. TVB hosted events over the next several years at other legendary venues and spaces like Congress Theater, Aragon Ballroom, a converted factory space in Pilsen, several vacant storefronts, and in tandem with Renegade Craft Fair's summer flagship in the Wicker Park neighborhood.
Katherine and Libby are super proud that the market supported so many small businesses over the years. Here are a few that have grown and changed along with us: Modern Cooperative, Dethrose Vintage/Market Supply, Lost Girls Vintage, Hot House Market, Vintage Pop, smalls, Tusk, Beehive Chicago, Antique Taco, Apartment 528, Richard's Fabulous Finds, and An Orange Moon.
For now we're going on hiatus like the band Sleater-Kinney did a few years back. Maybe we'll be back in market-form or maybe we won't. But, we'll definitely come visit your beautiful brick-and-mortar shops and check out your events. Plus, we'll keep on shopping local and small.
Curious what the gals are up to and their favorite TVB memory?
Katherine Raz started a small digital marketing consultancy called Small Craft Advisory, where she helps small business owners with online marketing. Her favorite memory of running the Vintage Bazaar was finding a swimming pool full of bricks in the basement of the DANK Haus with the owners of STUDY Vintage, and organizing the little pop-ups in vacant storefronts.
Libby Alexander is writing a novel and short stories that she's trying to get published. She also works with the elderly, spending her days booking bands for senior living facilities and hosting activities. Her favorite TVB memory is when she defied the sound guy at Congress and plugged a few extension cords into a power system that he said was off limits. According to her memory the lights didn't flicker the rest of the day.