Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Chicago's Randolph Street Market - Editor's Choice Event

Last Friday I was busy handing out blue ribbons at my favorite Randolph Street Market - Chicago's amazing monthly vintage and antique flea market.

I was thrilled to be chosen to participate along with 20 other designers, bloggers, and editors in the Editor's Choice for Charity Event.  We were each given 5 blue ribbons to award to our favorite pieces at the show, and if the item sold a portion of the proceeds would be donated to the charity of our choice. I was excited for the opportunity to earn some money for my charity, the Greater Chicago Food Depository - Chicago's Food Bank!

Here's a little overview of my five favorite pieces. I tried to choose a selection of items and price points, and above all focused on those things that I would love to take home with me!

This mobile from Industrial Evolution caught my eye the second I walked into the market. It turns out the vendor made it himself by repurposing old croquet and cue balls. How cool is that? This would make an amazing, sophisticated piece for a child's room (and look just as great in an adult space). Priced at $400, it was the most expensive of the pieces I chose, but it was so unique I couldn't pass it up. The best part, IT SOLD and a portion of the money will be going to the Chicago Food Bank! 

I thought this little wire bird cage from vendor Megillicutti was so quirky and by far the most ornate bird cage I'd ever seen. Old bird cages can make for cool accent pieces in your home, (as long as they're clean!), especially one as pretty as this. One lucky bird used to live here.

These retro kitchen canisters from Alphabet Soup Antiques were so fun and unique, I thought they were worthy of a blue ribbon. I guess someone else did too, because another designer participating in the Editor's Choice event bought them before the night was over. Hurray - another sale for my charity!

I also put a ribbon on this bamboo bar cart from vendor 29 Palms. I think it would look particularly cool spray painted a bold color:

As the sun was setting, I awarded my final ribbon to this table with unique twisted metal legs. The vendor thought it came from an ice cream parlor. I think it would make a great entry or plant table.

It was a gorgeous night in Chicago. A big thanks to the folks at Randolph Street Market for inviting me to participate! 

I've written about my past adventures shopping at the market. If you are interested in seeing more, check out my posts from the market this past May and July.

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