Chicago outdoor antiques market sees 40,000 shoppers in 2011

CHICAGO – Five summer shows at the Randolph Street Market Festival attracted nearly 40,000 antique-seeking Chicagoans and visitors this season. Even with some rain on two of the weekends, promoter Sally Schwartz says the numbers of collectors coming for vintage finds is up over 2010.

“We couldn’t be more pleased by the quality of the merchandise and strength of the dealers at the Randolph Street Market Festival this summer,” says Schwartz. “That is reflected in the gate numbers, which continue to increase.”

Chicago antiques, vintage Chicago, where to buy antiques in ChicagoSome of the summer highlights included a flash mob dancing to the tune of “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire, and in that month the first-ever Editor’s Choice Awards and an exhibit of photographs by the recently discovered Vivian Meier.

“These highlights demonstrate that we go the extra mile to make the Randolph Street Market Festival fun, profitable and memorable,” Schwartz says. “We were particularly fortunate that editors from Apartment Therapy, Time Out Chicago, Michigan Avenue Magazine and others were on make the show awash in blue ribbons indicating their favorite product picks.

“We’re attracting a dealers with a keen eye who come knowing with some certainty what customers are seeking,” General Manager Sarah Jones said. “Dealers at the Randolph Street Market this year did an exceptional job of matching supply with demand.”
Also new to the market this year were free furniture delivery in downtown Chicago (with a minimum purchase), plus a fancy food market featuring chocolates, cakes, breads, spices, olive oils and salsa and a global goods bazaar delighting Chicagoans with crafts and artisan goods representative of Chicago’s ethnic neighborhoods.

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