Of course, this is a very unwise approach when it comes to vintage markets. You’ll hardly ever find more than one of anything, so it’s best to snap it up before someone else does. So it was with great regret that I had to put off my trip to Modern Vintage Chicago this weekend until the last hour of the last day.
And the wonderful and unexpected thing was, it didn’t matter. Each rack and table was outfitted with at least three things I would have gladly given a home and was very sorry to leave behind.
This year, the table that arrested my interest the most was a sterling silver vendor that specialized in gritty, oversized jewelry not unlike what I see all the time on 5 inch and up‘s Sandra Hagelstam, who has long been a fashion blog muse of mine. Even though it was clearly a few decades old, the jewelry had such a modern feel.
I was also blown away by the hats, which seem to be making an even bigger comeback as we enter into the colder months. Jenny Pfanenstiel of Formé Millinery makes absolutely gorgeous vintage-inspired items, and it took a lot of energy to walk away. Please, someone I know, get married so I can buy one of these. Either that, or invite me to the Melbourne Cup. I’m not picky.
All in all, it was a cramped, overwhelming hour. Torn between taking photos and trying on dozens of rings, I definitely overexerted myself and stumbled out into the street like at last spring’s sale, when I had a marathon shopping session of five hours. By the time I made it home I was so exhausted that I crawled into bed and promptly fell asleep, dreaming of pillbox hats and sterling silver baubles.