TVB Blog: Seller Profiles

Vendor Sneak Peek: Big Star & Puffs of Doom


Seller Profiles, Shop Profile, Weekend Guides

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


Seller Profiles, Shop Profile

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


Seller Profiles, Shop Profile

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


Seller Profiles, Shop Profile

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!


Vendor Sneak Peek: Dethrose Vintage & ShopNOV


Seller Profiles, Shop Profile

Picking just a few photos from the Dethrose Vintage and ShopNOV shops was a challenge because everything was catching my eye and pulling at my wallet. Can’t wait to shop these two booths for beautiful, classic vintage clothing and accessories at TVB’s upcoming market at DANK Haus.

Feast your eyes…





Dethrose Vintage




Vendor Sneak Peeks: Men’s Vintage at TVB


Seller Profiles, Shop Profile

Quality men’s vintage clothing and accessories can be tough to find, which is why I am super excited that the upcoming TVB will have three vendors slinging solid dandy, manly fashions. Let’s take a peek at some sweet photos from MidNorth Mercantile, Richard’s Fabulous Finds, and The Vintage Alchemist.

MidNorth Mercantile

photo by eliesa johnson

photo by eliesa johnson

photo by eliesa johnson

photo by eliesa johnson

photo by eliesa johnson

photo by eliesa johnson

More in the MidNorth Mercantile lookbook.

The Vintage Alchemist




View more on Etsy.

Richard’s Fabulous Finds



More on Etsy.

Home Tour: A Rose Vintage Shopping Soiree


Home Tour, Inspiration Folder, Seller Profiles, Shop Profile

Hi TVBers! My name is Brandy and I’m the new video editor for The Vintage Bazaar markets and blog! I’ll be doing event videos, home tours, interviews, shop-alongs, and anything else I can think of to bring you a behind-the-scenes look at our vintage sellers. 

Samantha Balk of Rose Vintage

Samantha Balk of Rose Vintage

My first project came just in time for the holidays, Samantha Balk of Rose Vintage was hosting a holiday shopping soiree in her new Chicago apartment and invited me over to check it out. Guests sipped on punch and ate incredibly delicious snacks (just try to watch the clip of her spread without your mouth watering) while shopping her winter line. The best part, besides her adorable sheepdog Otis mingling happily, was seeing all the guests have fun trying on the goods! What a great party. 

Enjoy a glimpse into the beautiful world of Samantha Balk’s Rose Vintage. Click through for the video or watch on Vimeo here.

Have an idea of what you’d like to see? Are you a TVB vendor who’d like to be featured? Don’t be shy. You can reach Brandy at

Vendor Sneak Peeks: Barry Vintage and Dial M Vintage


News & Events, Seller Profiles, Shop Profile

Very excited to share some photos from new-to-TVB vendors Barry Vintage and Dial M Vintage. You can meet the shopkeeps and peruse their booths at the upcoming TVB at DANK Haus during our party and night market on February 15 (tickets for sale soon) and Saturday from 10am-5pm for FREE.

Barry Vintage sells vintage home goods and decor treasures like…

Task Lighting


Pretty Dishes


and Neat-o Lunar Globes


Check out their Etsy shop for more.

Dial M Vintage sells affordable MCM, retro, and industrial/office furniture, such as…

Heywood Wakefield


American of Martinsville


& Chromcraft


Take a gander at their Tumblr for more.

TVB at Renegade: Popped It Like It’s Hot, Naturally


News & Events, Picker Diary, Seller Profiles, Shopper Guides

TVB popped up at the Renegade Craft Festival this past weekend and it rocked more than the 1st Annual Cat Video Festival (something that totally exists). TVB shoppers happily scoured 50 booths and racks like a cat on a roomba. Smiling faces, friendly vendors and great vintage finds were all around! I got to chat with some of the vendors and got the scoop on their shops, style, and snazzy goods.

I first stopped by the B.F.F. duo of Strangelovely and The Savoy Flea, A.K.A. Kim and Marianne. Their shops were so intertwined, that I thought they were one sweet combo, but they informed me that they’re “good friends” and like to be all cozy at TVB. Strangelovely’s style is “eclectic,” mid-century modern and full of things she’d put in her own home. I was particularly drawn to the colorful croquet mallets, which I quickly swooped up! Right now, they’re looking pretty nice and preppy next to my fireplace. Kim also had some log cabin-esque blankets and a sweet typewriter.

Colorful croquet & a typewriter from Strangelovely

As I stepped on over to The Savoy Flea, I instantly felt like I had walked into a Parisian vintage shop. Marianne is really drawn to refined French pieces, old literature and the “elegant yet odd.” Her displays are what caught my eye – old pages ripped out of novels lined her tent and were also hanging from above in the form of literary mobiles. I was really into the small doll heads in the bell jars. How could you not dig that?

Literary decor & doll heads galore at The Savoy Flea

More after the jump!