Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Apple Queen For a Day at County Line Orchard

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After a spate of warmer days, it finally looks and feels like autumn in Chicago. With the brisker temperatures and shorter days comes annual seasonal traditions, like apple picking at the County Line Orchard in Hobart, Indiana. The past three years I've made the 40-minute trek out to the orchard to traipse through rows of apple trees, meander through the corn maze, pick pumpkins and indulge in fresh apple cider and pumpkin donuts.

Usually I wear a vintage square dancing dress to go apple picking but this year I found the perfect dress, a 1950s Swirl brand dress with a novelty print of red apples and the Farmers Almanac, at the Randolph Street Market. The text from the almanac is even legible. I complimented the dress with a 1930s celluloid leaf necklace also found at the Randolph Street Market, a late 1950s cropped cardigan from the Edgewater Antique Mall, a 1960s corn cob brooch from the Nashville Flea Market, a 1930s brass apple charm bracelet from a Suburban Secrets (a now-closed vintage shop), a thrifted wool beret and cowboy boots.

Thank you to my roommate, Christine Chong, for taking the photos of me. If anyone is curious about my past excursions to the orchard you can visit the posts from 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

The Last Outdoor Randolph Street Market for the Season

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Autumn in Chicago means saying goodbye to the outdoor flea markets for the season, last weekend I bid adieu to summer and sunny strolling through market stalls at The Randolph Street Market in the Fulton District. Held at the historic Plumbers Hall, Randolph is the longest running market in the city and features traditional antiques, vintage furniture and home decor, jewelry, clothing and handmade goods like soap and artisanal food items. Below you'll find a glimpse of what I saw at the market, it only represents a small portion of the vendors set up outside in the parking lot (there were also more booths set up in the Art Deco-era Hall).

Don't worry if you missed The Randolph Street Market last weekend, there's still three more indoor markets to round out the year along with other area vintage shopping events:

The Randolph Street Market, 1340 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, 60607
October 18th & 19th, November 22nd & 23rd and December 13th & 14th

Vintage Garage Chicago Flea Market, 5051 N Broadway, Chicago, 60640
October 19th, Featuring a collaboration with Chirp Radio and a record fair

American Vintage Market, 136 E 3rd St, Davenport, Iowa 52801.
October 25th and 26th, a new market in partnership with American Pickers' Danielle Colby. It will be held the same weekend as Colby's Iowa Burlesque Festival at the Adler Theatre.

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