TVB: No Resolutions


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I spy a good find.

TVB is happening this Sunday from 11am-5pm at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western. The intimate market will be filled to the brim with amazing vintage for your home and you. Plus, we’ll be dancing to tunes by Chances Dances DJs Nina Ramone and Swaguerrilla!

photo by Molly Hayes

Stick around for funky ’70s craft stations, tarot readings by Laughing Eye Weeping Eye, and top notch cocktails from the bar. Come day drink and treat yourself. FREE admission! RSVP on Facebook here.

Love and other indoor sports.*

Recap: Erica’s First TVB


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**This is a guest post by Erica, a new contributor to the blog. She wrote about her first visit to TVB.**

Trophies, glassware, and clothing! Oh my! You could say there’s no place like The Vintage Bazaar. With one of the coziest gatherings yet, collectors beat the cold and met under one roof to admire and shop an intimate selection of of vintage vendors selling furniture, décor, clothing, and accessories. The kickoff party even had free Big Star tacos and Scofflaw cocktails while you shopped — where else would you want to spend your Friday night?!

A beautiful display from NOV


Featuring 25 vendors the hunt was on for the ultimate treasure. I was pleasantly surprised to come across such reasonably priced items and it just made me want to keep buying! Some of the quirkiest goods included Hot House Market’s retro hair salon dryer seat and Morning Glory Collectible’s floral decorated lava lamp, which does in fact work!


Linda Renehan’s Morning Glory Collectibles caught my eye right off the bat. Linda has been selling for over 20 years and described her booth as “Mid-century Kitsch,” focusing on items from the ’40s all the way into the ’70s. As the daughter of a garbage truck driver, Linda learned at a young age the importance of recycling, because a large portion of her toys and furniture were garbage picked. You can expect to find funky, unusual items such as vintage poodles, quirky cats, and mid-century glassware in Linda’s booth. She’s “always kitschy, always retro, and always fun!”


Another mid-century modern vendor was Century Chicago. The husband and wife duo, Robert Smith and Robin Broman, were at DANK Haus this weekend celebrating their 15th show! The two met at a vintage clothing store (how adorable!) and about 15 months ago started selling mid-century modern furniture and housewares together, in fact their first show was actually at last year’s TVB at DANK Haus. The two have been collecting for a long time, and have had a “crazy-successful” first year of selling. Robert filled me in on some great finds he was excited to showcase like the Verner Panton cone chair he had reupholstered to look almost identical to the piece’s original red fabric.

He also shared one of his favorite pieces with me, a 1933 desk with a built in bookshelf attached, mixed with a 1960s Danish chair, upholstered in an elegant dark leather. A peek of this can be seen in one of the sneak peek posts. I was also lucky enough to snatch up a set of four mid-century glasses that have made a beautiful addition to my kitchen and they were only $10! What a steal! For more on Century Chicago, check out their blog or visit their booth at the Broadway Antique Market.


I also spoke to Maranda Powers from Persnickety Vintage, a shop she started in 2009. She even shared a little secret with me: She started selling because she, like the rest of us, couldn’t stop shopping! She found herself drawn to all sorts of styles and eras and knew there was a home for each and every find. Maranda focuses on women’s vintage clothing and jewelry, pulled from several different time periods.

Although her Etsy shop is mainly clothing, she mentioned that it’s her vintage jewelry that customers swoon over at markets. She recently collaborated with her husband, Jon Chambers, and together they started a vintage men’s clothing shop, The Vintage Alchemist, which focuses on men’s jackets and ties.

Overall, TVB’s first show of 2013 was a space to get happily lost in. DANK Haus was lit beautifully, emphasizing the captivating displays in each booth. What a wonderful experience it was to hear the crinkling of stuffed shopping bags and watch my fellow flea marketers laugh with vendors then haul super unique finds to their cars at the end of the night.

Did you attend the event? Leave a comment and let us know what finds you went home with!

TVB Finds: MidNorth Mercantile, Hidden Folk, Dethrose Vintage & Strangelovely


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Thanks to all the vendors and shoppers that came out to DANK Haus Friday and Saturday. Good times. I fell in love with Big Star‘s taco de papas con rajas, the Scofflaw punch, the chocolate pretzel Puff(s of Doom)… and the following lovelies I brought home with me.

MidNorth Mercantile boots

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Hidden Folk arrangement

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Dethrose Vintage dress

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Strangelovely pillow

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What did you find?

TVB Shopper Guide


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Happy Valentine’s Day all! Super jazzed about this weekend’s TVB. Can’t wait to shop vintage, eat good food, and listen to great tunes while sipping on coffee/beer/cocktails this Friday and Saturday.


Brass tacks:

Friday we’re throwing a ticketed night market and party. Each guest will get first dibs on the vintage goodness, plus tickets for one free Big Star taco and one complimentary Scofflaw cocktail. Bonus warm fuzzy feeling that your ticket purchase goes towards supporting local artists through Chances/Dances’ Critical Fierceness Grant. Pre-sale ends at 11 pm today. $25 tickets at the door if space permits.

Puffs of Doom will be on hand serving up their sweet puffs and coffee. Big Star and Scofflaw fare will be available for purchase all night while supplies last. Food menu here. Finally, make sure to capture your vintage finds and special moments in the Smilebooth.


Saturday the market is free all day from 10am-5pm. DANK will be serving beer in the bar and Big Star and Puffs of Doom will be back again serving up delicious treats to fuel your shopping spree. Toast & Jam will be your DJs for the day. Check out some vendor sneak peeks here and on our Facebook page. Links to the vintage vendor shops right here.


Click through for the nitty gritty details on parking, ATMs, etc.

Vendor Sneak Peek: Big Star & Puffs of Doom


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Fat Tuesday seems like the best day to give you all a peek at the food menus for this weekend’s TVB.

Bonus tip: on Friday during the night market & party — get your tickets here — shoppers will enjoy one free taco (and a free Scofflaw cocktail) with their party ticket + Big Star will be serving up tacos all night, so make sure you come back for more.

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Big Star‘s Friday and Saturday Menu:

Taco Al Pastor — $3
marinated, spit roasted pork shoulder, grilled pineapple, grilled onion, cilantro
Taco De Papas con Rajas — $3
potatoes, rajas chipotle, queso cotija, onion & cilantro

Taco De Pollo — $3
roasted chicken thigh, salsa negra, black bean cream, cotija cheese, onion, cilantro

Horchata – $3
cinnamon and almond flavored rice drink

Mexican Hot Chocolate – $3
hot chocolate with a touch of cinnamon

Big Star Salsa, Adobo Hot Sauce, and T-shirts will also be for sale. And guess what? Big Star recently rolled out awesome catering services so you can live the dream and have their yummy tacos while you party at your house.

Our friends Puffs of Doom will be serving up sweet puffs both days of the market, too. They’ll have hot coffee and drool…the following treats: Caramel Chocolate Stout, Maple Vanilla Bacon, Banana Coconut Nutella, Cranberry Oatmeal, PB Chocolate Covered Pretzel (OMG), and Vanilla Eclairs.


Vendor Sneak Peek: Century Chicago


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This peek at Robert and Robin’s Century Chicago goods for TVB is extra special because Robert sent over some info on each of the items. Take a gander and make sure to come out and shop TVB at DANK Haus next weekend.


Robert: “A stunningly restored “century of progress” desk from 1933 with a gracious curved front & bookshelf leg. In the style of Gilbert Rohde with all orginal hardware and great contrasting dark inside finish. The desk is paired with a 1960s Arm Chair by Erik Buch for O.D. Mobler with beautiful original brown leather upholstery.”


R: “Desk accessories include: a totally madmen brass desk lamp possibly lightolier in perfect condition with great little dot pattern across the back when lit, a glass globe ’60s light with org green pottery base “holding it up”, another great light in green pottery abstracted shaped and vintage green fiberglass shade, a huge California Pottery orange ashtray with faux wood finish, and finally the best for last—a brass & pottery sculpture from C Jere.”


R: “Great Danish-style 1960s Tallboy Lounge Chair in luscious brand-new black square-hatched upholstery. Matching Danish tea/bar cart that folds up for easy storage—great patina on this one. Danish cutting boards & the real deal Dansk Ice Bucket— made in Denmark not Thailand— with original orange liner.”


R: “Killer wood here! Alvar Aalto Child Stool redone in chocolate faux snake skin fabric. Made in Denmark Stacking/Nesting Cubes—they combine to form a cube or separate for three tables in solid teak-y goodness. Italian Pitchers, A lucite & wood magazine rack from the 60s, an Elgin Sunburst Danish Wall Clock in teak & brass, and not to be missed, a super-cool wooden bunny rabbit.”


R: “Coffee Table by Lane styling by the Danish—minty fresh. Mini Table sized Arco Lamp with real marble & heavy chrome features, a super cool—James Bondsian Eyeball desk lamp by Hamilton Lamp Company & pottery from Haeger, and a 1960s Vintage Western Stoneware Mojave Coffee Carafe with original lid.”

Let’s take a closer look at that Alvar Aalto stool, yes? Click through for a close-up.

Vendor Sneak Peek: Manly Vintage


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If you’re looking to furnish a sweet living room or add some art to your home, you must shop the Manly Vintage booth at the next TVB.

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You can also buy Morgan’s goods during the Scowters flash sales on Thursday nights.

Vendor Sneak Peek: Modern Cooperative


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Super jazzed to have Modern Cooperative at the February TVB for the first time! The shop earned the Timeout Chicago Best New Home Shop award in 2012 and if you take a gander at the below sneak peek photos you’ll know why. Meet Tiffany and shop her booth February 15 and 16.

photos by Mike Biersma

photos by Mike Biersma



The carless and out-of-towners will be happy because they do offer delivery and shipping. Owner, Tiffany Paige says, “Basically, if the piece fits in the back of my truck we deliver for free in Chicago only. Otherwise, we have a guy in the neighborhood who delivers large pieces for a small fee. We also ship anywhere in the US.”

Like this couch is a new addition to the shop and they’ll totally deliver it to your house and make you the happiest person alive.


Vendor Sneak Peek: The Savoy Flea


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TVB’s Love Hangover at DANK Haus is so close. I have been poring over each shop and planning my hunt. I need/want new dining chairs, fall shoes, aaaannd… some boar taxidermy mounts from The Savoy Flea? Yep. Crossing my fingers that Marianne has at least one in her booth.


This chair!




That tapestry!


TVB at DANK Haus Night Market & Party


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The Vintage Bazaar kicks off an intimate vintage event at DANK Haus in Lincoln Square (5th Floor, 4740 N. Western) with a party and night market from 7-10pm on Friday, February 15.

Tickets are now available! Click here to buy yours today. Limited number of $20 pre-sale tickets available until February 14. Get ‘em here.


Your TVB Love Hangover Night Market + Party ticket includes:

First dibs on rad vintage furniture, decor, clothing & accessories. Chances Dances DJs spinning tunes all night. And taa daa! Each ticket holder will receive one FREE taco from Big Star and one complimentary Scofflaw cocktail!

German beer by DANK & more cocktails by Scofflaw at the cash bar to keep the party going, plus eat more Big Star tacos & load up on Puffs of Doom for dessert then hop in the free photo booth by Smilebooth with your vintage finds.


A portion of ticket sales will benefit Chances Dances Critical Fierceness Grant.

$25 tickets at the door if space permits. Free shopping from 10am-5pm on Saturday, February 16 if you can’t make the party Friday!