I had heard about the Randolph Street Market before and had it on my ‘things I want to do list’ but had just never gotten around to it. When Meredith told me that she was thinking of going on Sunday, I figured I might as well go too!
The market is advertised as a few different things…a vintage market, antique market and indie designer market. It is once a month (I think) and is both indoors and outdoors. I wasn’t sure what to expect because I read really mixed reviews on yelp…some people seemed to love it and find great stuff and others thought it was really overpriced.
Mer and I took two buses to get there because I also read on yelp that parking was nonexistent or really expensive. The second bus that we got on had about 4 guys singing gospel–and loudly. At first I thought ‘oh whatever, it is kinda cool’ and definitely not something that you hear everyday. But, 1. they weren’t very good at all and after a few minutes of the really loud singing, I got kind of annoyed, because really how is that different than someone coming on and playing music really loudly? I think it is more just the principal that on a super packed bus most people keep to themselves and mind their own business instead of making a ton of noise and attracting attention to themselves. It’s not like you can really ask them to stop because as Mer and I talked about after, what kind of person is going to ask someone to stop singing about Jesus? We sure weren’t. I made a SIASC (smoothie in a solo cup) for the road, so at least that kept me occupied. It contained frozen berries, frozen 2/3 of a banana, xantham gum, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 scoop protein powder and cereal mixed in.
After our religious bus ride, we just had to walk a few blocks to the entrance. Strike 1 against the market is that it costs 10 dollars to get in. I can see why they charge because they need to make some money, but 10 is pretty steep, I think 5 would be more reasonable. But I sucked it up and paid while cursing myself for losing my (expired) student ID–I think it is a lot cheaper with one.
Right when we walked in, I realized it was going to take us awhile to get through everything–no problem there! There was a center aisle with food and music with 2 rows on one side and 3 on the other. Each ‘row’ had booths on both sides and this was just outside. Mer and I worked out which way we wanted to go and started off. It looked to me like everything was pretty much jumbled together–clothes, jewelry, antiques, house stuff, etc. We saw a lot of cool stuff and I especially loved a ton of random decor items but a lot of it was way overpriced. Here are some highlights:
Wouldn’t those be fun bar glasses? It was a full set numbered 1-24, but I couldn’t really justify spending almost 80 bucks on them–especially because I had already made a few other purchases. I really love them though!
I thought this giant W would be a cool thing for my parents to own, but then I checked the price..$200. Darn.
Some great shoe storage! Would be cool in a front hall way.
Loved these guys! But the set was 100 and the seller wasn’t budging on price . I also thought they would be funny to own since I’m terrified of birds in real life (minus the really tiny harmless ones).
The above booth was cool because they used potato sacks (or that material at least) for signs, pillows, etc. I actually saw this at a bunch of booths so I am guessing it is pretty popular right now. I saw some chair cushions upholstered in that way too. Most of these particular booths said no pics but I didn’t realize at the time mwahahhaa. They would probably be super simple (and cheap!) to diy.
It took us a few hours to get through everything, but it was well worth it.
Now, for the most important part…what I bought!
I got 3 purses for a grand total of 30 dollars!
The first one was 20 bucks and the other two were actually 2.50 each! Not too bad…I plan on fixing up the last one a bit. I saw another purse I wanted towards the end but I had to restrain myself as I couldn’t really justify buying 4 purses in the span of an hour. I also saw a really cool polka dot dress with matching coat that was straight out of Mad Men but it was selling for 150 so I had to let it go (after staring longingly at it for a solid 10 minutes).
Last but not least is….
One of the turquoise tables! Now my new nightstand. I needed a new table anyways because mine was water stained and I loved the color of this one. Plus at only 35 bucks, it seemed like a great deal! It looks good with the black/white color scheme in my room…I can’t show you a pic of the whole room because it is too messy right now.
All in all, I loved the market. Yes, a lot of stuff was definitely overpriced but I left with a lot of great purchases and didn’t feel like I had spent an obscene amount of money for the amount of stuff that I got. Plus it was something fun and different to do on a Sunday (it is also open on Saturday). I will most definitely be back and if you are in the Chicago area, I highly recommend giving the market a try! You never know what you might find.
Are you a fan of vintage/antique shopping? I have nightmares of my parents making me go to antique store after antique store as a child. Ugh it was horrible. But now I can see why they wanted to go because I love it!