Vintage Garage Chicago is produced by Vintage Promotions, LLC
The Vintage Garage is a vintage market in Chicago. With space for at least 100 dealers, Vintage Garage Chicago is the city’s only all vintage market venue for buying and selling vintage and antique merchandise. 2015 is our 4th season in the Uptown neighborhood. Located at 5051 N. Broadway between Foster and Argyle in Uptown, the event is in easy reach of bus (#36) and transit (Red Line stop at Argyle). The hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is $5.
What is the Vintage Garage Chicago?
The Garage is literally a parking garage in Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. We use the first two floors and ramps to fill up the place with antiques and vintage goods. It’s covered, so vendors don’t need tents and customers won’t get rained on. 75 to 100 vendors sell vintage and antique goods each month. You’d be surprised at how awesome a parking garage filled with vintage can look.
When is it?
Third Sunday of the month, April through October 10am to 5pm. We also hold pop up events during the year and have the Grand Rapids Antiques Market in GR once a year.
The 2015 dates are April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18th and a special Holiday Market November 15. Check the 2015 event schedule HERE.
Where is it?
5051 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
The Garage is on the east side of Broadway between Foster & Argyle.
What is sold at Vintage Garage?
Mainly vintage and antiques. All categories are represented, vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, decor, mid century modern and so much more! Most of the items you will find are at least 25 years old. If a vendor has a new product that seems like it would fit our crowd, with approval ahead, we will allow 20% of a booth be new or handmade items.
Where do I apply to be a vendor?
Click HERE to go right to the vendor application page.
What does it cost to get in?
Who can sell items at the Garage?
Anyone with vintage items to sell including estate liquidation. You don’t have to be an “official” business to sell your vintage at the Garage. If you have acquired an estate and need to liquidate it, the Vintage Garage is a great place to do it. If you are new and have never sold before we are happy to answer any questions you may have and to help you get started. All vendors are required to collect and pay sales tax.
What sort of customer is shopping at the Garage?
Over 60 percent of our audience are women and the most popular age group is 24 to 44. Men make up over 30% of the Garage customer and the majority are from the 24 to 44 age group. 75 percent of our customers live on the North end of Chicago within a 10 mile radius or along the CTA Red Line which stops less than a block from us at Argyle. 25 percent travel in from other areas.
What’s with your themes every month?
Every month at the Garage you will find ALL categories of vintage merchandise. Each month also has a theme, it does not mean that’s the only type of merchandise being sold. Themes are in addition to the great variety vintage vendors are already bringing. If you pick up records periodically, bring them in addition to your regular merchandise in June and October. If you don’t have any, don’t worry about it. Some of the themes include music that fits the theme. It doesn’t mean you have to specialize in one of the themed areas. Or even bring anything. It’s just fun. Dress the part if you want. If you are coming to shop, just because it’s Record Ramp doesn’t mean your vendors with clothing and jewelry or other items won’t be there. A theme is just an added bonus.
What are customers buying ?
We have found that when the season starts in April, “smalls” are very popular and as the season progresses, items get larger. Apartment sized pieces are popular as is Mid Century all season long. During the Record Ramp themed events we find music related items, vinyl records, vintage dresses, instruments, CDs and that type of item is popular. It can take a bit to carve out your niche and build a customer base at the Garage. As more and more people find out about us what customers will buy will evolved and change.
What sort of items do vendors that are successful at the market sell?
Vendors who bring a good variety of reasonably priced items will do the best. Someone who carries all price ranges. We have vendors who specialize in “guy stuff” who are extremely successful and those who sell clothing and kitsch do very well also. Unique items to decorate the home do great. Furniture, especially mid century or painted pieces. Vendors who come monthly and have built a customer base do the best because they’ve taken the time to really understand the customer base and cater to what they are looking for.
How much does it cost to sell?
$160.00 per show. $150 is the price if paid by the Friday noon 12pm deadline.
How do I apply?
Apply at this link – http://www.vintagegaragechicago.com/sellvintage/ we will review and send back instructions or questions we may have. If you haven’t heard anything, please email apply (AT) vintagegaragechicago.com and confirm that we have received.
What if I’ve never sold vintage or antiques before but really want to?
You can! It’s easy! Drop us an email at melissa (AT) vintagepromotionsllc.com. Being a vendor for 15 years, we know the business and we can discuss if this is a good way for you to get started. I’m happy to help!
What happens on the day of the show?
All vendor spaces are pre-assigned so on the day of the show vendors line up at the entrance at 6:30 am. We lead you to your space where you can pull your vehicle in and start setting up immediately. We open the doors at 10 a.m. We sell from 10am to 5pm. At 5pm you pack your vehicle with what’s left, wait your turn to pull out, go home and count your profits! We try to make things extremely easy for a fun and productive day. You can see more on this subject on our Dealer Load in page.
Mailing Address: Vintage Promotions LLC PO Box 263 Highwood, IL 60040
Our website is www.vintagegaragechicago.com