Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The Visit To Broadway Antique Market In Chicago Yielded So Many Pics That I Thought I'd Split The Lot Up Into A Couple Of Postings. Here's The Smalls. Status: So Much Good Stuff!
I still find it amazing that there are "antique" malls in Chicago that deal almost exclusively in vintage modern. I wonder if they curate their vendors in a way to ensure this great selection. In any event, the selection is absolutely amazing. But this serious Mass and Quality of selection comes at a price. Although I was able to pick up a couple nice bargains here, most of these vendors know Exactly what they have and have it priced accordingly!
But that a good thing. You see, here at an antique market such as this, you have an opportunity
to handle and inspect an object for anything that might put you off it. Also, and better still, you
can make an offer if the asking price isn't to your liking! I've always felt (and still do) weird
about asking for a discount at an antique mall, but making an offer is different. I've only just
realized the power of making an offer since opening my own booth at the Green Shag Market
here in St. Louis. I get calls from the staff a couple times a month asking if I'll accept an offer
on this or that. It feels perfectly natural.
There was SO much good stuff in here. I honestly could have shot four or five times the
number of photographs you see here but I had to ration my batteries since I had to use a flash
to get these indoor shots. Every turn revealed another lust worthy booth full of vintage modern,
car filling, wallet emptying goodness. And I have a hard time shopping AND shooting at the
same time. When I found anything I liked I had to switch modes and put the camera down,
make the decision and then take the winning items to the front counter. It's exhausting!
::Sigh::, I so almost bought those Nine Ben Seibel Harvest Time dinner plates. They were just
$60 but I couldn't pull the trigger. I much prefer to find these things serendipitously. It just
doesn't feel as special somehow to just buy a collection all at once. I'm a hunter / gatherer!
Oh, funny statement overheard while looking around: a lady called this place a "thrift store"!
THIS is what she considers a thrift store? Yikes!