Apple Queen For a Day at County Line Orchard

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 […]

The Last Outdoor Randolph Street Market for the Season

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 […]

Apartment 528 Finds a Home in Humboldt Park

Apartment 528 initially started as a blog documenting India Shannon’s D.I.Y. projects and home decorating adventures as a 20-something living in Boston. Now it’s a tightly edited yet inviting shop in the heart of the thriving “West of Western” district in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. India, with the help of her husband Jerome, transformed a former tattoo parlor into a light-filled space featuring a mix of artisan-made decor, lighting and furniture alongside colorful vintage artwork, blankets, kitchenware and books. While it took them less than a month to prepare the storefront, the pair had been working towards the […]

Found Photo Friday: Everyday Surrealism

Last night the Art Institute of Chicago offered free admission to its Magritte exhibition in exchange for an everyday object of surrealism. The paintings of Magritte along with his contemporaries like Salvador Dali, often featured familiar, even mundane, subject matter including bowler hats, apples, clocks and bells. What makes their pieces striking, however, was the way they twisted our perception of these objects and created environments that could not exist within the physical bounds of our world. The dreamlike, sometimes nightmarish qualities of their paintings can be explained by their affinity for Freud and the psychoanalysis approach to psychology. Found […]

Found Photo Friday: The Rockaways

Since the industrialization of America in the 19th century, generations of city dwellers have escaped the heat by heading to idyllic towns dotting the coasts. Initially only the wealthy classes could afford to own lakeside or oceanfront homes but by the turn of the century improved travel meant that the beach, the boardwalk and fresh air were only a short train ride away. On the East Coast, New Yorkers found refuge in the The Rockaways, a popular resort area located within the borough of Queens. Both inexpensive beachside bungalows and luxury hotels flourished in neighborhood such as Arverne until the […]

The Found Photo Alliance

Other people’s memories can be purchased for as little as a quarter at antique shops, flea markets, and estate sales across the United States. I’ve been collecting “found photographs” for almost ten years, mainly in the form of vintage snapshots that date to the 1920s through the 1970s. Generally the photographs are shot by everyday people with amateur equipment with an eye for recording an event, moment, or object rather than an artistic composition. When digging through shoeboxes full of snapshots I look for certain subject matter including cats, examples of fashion/style/outfits, Chicago architecture and landmarks, photo booth photos, and […]

Buzzing About Bee Hive Chicago

Robyn Witt and Joe Moore of Take 2 Vintage know how tough it can be to manage a vintage business from home, that’s why they recently launched Bee Hive Chicago, a collective space in Chicago that houses nine vendors under one roof. After selling at local flea markets like The Vintage Bazaar and Vintage Garage Chicago and hosting sales at a studio space, the pair chose a light-filled industrial space in the Garfield Park neighborhood as the site for the Bee Hive. They currently host monthly “Open House” shopping events that lets the public peruse the wares of the Hive’s […]

A New Way to Buy Vintage: Taste Setters Flash Sales

Facebook is no longer just for hunting down old high school classmates, savvy entrepreneurs are using the social platform to reach international audiences hungry for classic, well designed vintage pieces to adorn their homes and offices. Launching tonight at 7PM Pacific Standard Time, Taste Setters will offer iconic designs every week through themed “flash sales”. Read on to see how the six founders of Taste Setters met, what they collect and what we can expect to see posted during their weekly sales. A special thank you to Scott Lindberg for answering the following Q & A: Why did you and […]

Autumn Traditions: Apple Picking at County Line Orchard

When the temperatures start to dip and the leaves turn, it’s time for a trek down to County Line Orchard in Indiana, my favorite autumn tradition. I’ve blogged about my field trips back in 2011 and 2012, this year I had the pleasure of going with a large group of friends including Sarah and Kyla of Lost Girls Vintage and Jessie of Mini Penny. Located only an hour outside the city, the orchard provided us with a rural oasis of pumpkin patches, a corn maze and of course, rows and rows of apple trees. The best part? The fresh apple […]

Your Vintage Weekend : Events & Markets in Chicago

Welcome to Your Vintage Weekend, a guide to what flea markets, classic film screenings and other events are happening this weekend in the city of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. I’m vigilant about checking events listings and the local papers every week to see what would be of interest to a vintage lifestyle enthusiast and I hope to pass on this information to you, The Thriftaholic reader. Please send me tips via thriftaholic (at) for upcoming events. Check back soon for a $50 giveaway from the Savers thrift store chain! Cat’s Pajamas, a vintage clothing, jewelry and and textile […]