FAQs

Shopper Info

What kind of stuff will I find at the Bazaar?

At our flea markets and pop-up boutiques, you'll find a mix of vintage items -- from clothing and accessories to large furniture pieces and home decor. Some vintage and some antiques. All of it from a variety of eras. Prices range from a couple of dollars to the hundreds - just like the mall.

Is there an age restriction?

No -- people of all ages, including children, are welcome!

Are there ATMs?

There is no ATM inside the DANK building, but there are ATMs across the street at Walgreens and at nearby banks.

Can I pay with a credit or debit card?

While some of our vendors accept mobile payments via Paypal or Square, not all vendors are able to accept credit or debit transactions. We encourage shoppers to bring cash with them to the event.

Can I bring my dog?

We love animals, but the DANK Haus doesn't allow pets. Well behaved pets are welcome at all outdoor events.

Vendor Application Info

How do I apply to be a vendor?

Applications are accepted through our online form. Click here.

I applied to be a vendor. When do I find out if I'm accepted?

We'll try our best to let you know if you've been accepted with as much lead time as possible.

If you do not hear from us within a reasonable amount of time after applying, please contact us at submissions@thevintagebazaar.com to check in. We receive a lot of applications and can't always respond to everyone right away.

Can my friend and I split a booth?

Yes, you can certainly split a booth with a friend. However, you must apply as a unit, i.e. both vendors' information must submitted in one application. All fees must be paid in full by one individual, not separately.

I don't have an online shop or an online photo album to submit with my application. What do I do?

If you do not have an online shop or photo album, please attach to the application at least 3 photos that best represent what you plan to sell at The Vintage Bazaar. If you have trouble attaching them to the application, please send your photos to submissions@thevintagebazaar.com and make sure to put your shop's name in the subject line so we can easily connect your application and the photos.

Are there any local hotel options for out-of-town vendors?

A majority of the hotels in Chicago are located downtown, in the Loop, and near the city's airports. However, there are some hotels and bed and breakfasts in the city's neighborhoods. Need specific assistance? Just email Libby -- libby@thevintagebazaar.com.

What is your vendor criteria?

We are looking for vendors with big stuff, little stuff, and unique stuff -- but we want to produce a vintage-focused market. We especially like vendors who have a strong brand, a keen aesthetic, and an independent following both online and in real life.

We are currently accepting about 60% home decor, housewares and furniture vendors, 30% clothing and jewelry vendors, and 10% other, meaning vendors who specialize in specific vintage merchandise like books, artwork, sunglasses or vinyl records.

Upcycled items are accepted and refer to any constructed object made from parts or pieces of vintage objects, where the original object is no longer used for its intended purpose. Refinished or reupholstered vintage objects are allowed and not considered upcycled. Such items can not comprise 100% of your inventory. Please email for specifics. No handmade items are allowed at TVB without prior written consent. Consent will only be considered if the handmade items are 20 years or older in order to be considered vintage.

TVB does not condone the sale of counterfeit merchandise and is not responsible for any merchandise sold. No counterfeit or look-alike merchandise or any other merchandise prohibited by federal, state and/or local laws shall be sold or solicited at TVB.

*Upcycled includes things like dramatically refinished furniture, reworked/handmade jewelry and vintage clothing (outside of regular fixes like sewing hems, replacing buttons, etc.).

Do I need a tax ID number or resale number?

In order to sell and collect tax on items in the state of Illinois, you should register your business with your state's Department of Revenue and get a Tax ID. It's pretty easy to do this, and if you're collecting under $500 per year in taxes, the state should require that you remit only once a year.

In order to get your Chicago Itinerant Merchant License through the Bazaar organizers (as included in your application fee), you'll need to provide us with your Tax ID or your personal social security number.

More information about registering your business is available on the Illinois Department of Revenue website.

Since you're curating a vintage market at Renegade can I bring some crafts?

This is a really special opportunity as Renegade does not accept vintage vendors regularly. It is important that we keep things super vintage so we set our pop-up apart from the rest of the show and respect the craft vendors handpicked by Renegade.

Our rule is 80% true vintage and 20% repurposed/upcycled/rehabbed. Sound good?

Where can we park our trucks, vans, clown cars?

Dedicated vendor parking is not available. Street parking is available near the venue, but please mind posted signs and regulations.

When is load-in? How does it work?

Load-in details will be sent to you after you application has been accepted and payment received.

How much are booth spaces?

Prices vary by event and are noted on the application page.

All booth fees include your $25 Itinerant Merchant License fee when necessary.

Can I get two booths?

We have a limited number of booths at the TVB pop-up at Renegade Craft Fair, so double booths are only offered to vendor teams that wish to booth it out together to create a cohesive offering.