Vintage Treasures Aren’t the Only Thing of Value at Randolph Market – the Vendors are too!

What better way to spend this dreary day in March…than at the Randolph Market, of course!

Randolph Street Market

Yup, my favorite time of the month rolled around once again; but this time, I took much more than a few vintage pieces away from my trip to the market!

I’ve started to establish relationships with some of the vendors that I come back to visit every month. They know what I like, they know what I’m looking for, and they’re willing to bring me what I want – what more could you ask for?!? Space is limited inside Plumbers Hall so obviously vendors only bring a small selection of what’s in their collection. I’ve recently started on a new project (yes, another project, that yes, I’m going to keep a secret for now :)), so I spoke with some of the merchants last month to see if they could help me find what I’m searching for. Not only did they bring me pieces that were perfect this month, they’re bringing more next month, and also offered up other insider connections as well! One very generous vendor, from whom I’ve bought several pieces from in the past, gave me one of her VIP Access Passes to the International Antiques Fair happening later this month! An invite to the opening night party + access to special events (like a tour of the jewelry at the fair led by vintage jewelry expert Ellie Thompson) + 3-day admission passes for the fair featuring over 100 of the world’s best dealers, filling the Merchandise Mart with an array of art, antiques & jewelry = of course I’ll be there!

But that’s not all! At last month’s market I was debating over which Bakelite ring I wanted to buy. Yellow rose?

My Vintage Finds - Randolph Street Market - Bakelite Ring

Or, green rose?

My Vintage Finds - Randolph Street Market - Bakelite Ring

Yellow rose…green rose…tough choice, I know ;) (Hey, after a long day of looking at a lot of stuff, you’d have a hard time deciding too!) Regardless, when the dealer accidentally dropped the gold floral ring on the ground, breaking it into pieces, my mind was ultimately made up…I’d be going with the green (but yes, yellow was my 1st choice). After finding all the scattered, shattered pieces, she so kindly offered to glue the ring back together and give it to me for free this month if she was able to fix it. She did – and because of the ring’s detailed carving you can’t even tell it was once ruined! It was so nice of her to do so; so now, I guess my debate continues on a daily basis – yellow rose…green rose…or, both? :/

My Vintage Finds - Randolph Street Market - Bakelite Ring

Here are some of the snapshots from my day at the market…

Randolph Street Market - Vintage FindsI was trippin’ out over all the cool stuff I saw, including this standout ‘shroom necklace!

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds An old-school paint-by-numbers = so cool!

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds Sterling silver rings…I will never have enough!!!

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds Hand-woven rug circa 1890’s

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds   Randolph Street Market - Hand-made Cowhide Rug (3)

Randolph Street Market - Hand-made Cowhide Rug (4)Said to have been made of cattle from the psychedelic 60’s (ok, not really) this colorful custom-made cowhide area rug was hand-stitched in Brazil and has a price tag of $700.

Randolph Street Market - Hand-made Cowhide Rug (1)

Randolph Street Market - Hand-made Cowhide Rug (2)If you’re not into the bright…then go with the white for half the price ($450)

So, what did I go home with (and pay for) this month? Well…

My Vintage Finds - Randolph Street Market (3)A namesake “E” ring for my last initial!

My Vintage Finds - Randolph Street Market (4)A intricate hand-woven embroidered tapestry from the 1950’s

My Vintage Finds - Randolph Street Market (2)Another Native American accessory

…and a unique gift for my sister, who’s birthday was earlier this month!

What has to wait til next month?

Randolph Street Market - Vintage FindsThis amazing hand-woven embroidered chenille tapestry – delightful vintage floral motif, super soft with a slight sheen, impeccable quality with an intricate design. One day…someday…soon I hope…

Hope you all had a lovely Sunday like I did!

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