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 classic and antique merchandise. Located at 5051 N. Broadway between Foster and Argyle in Uptown, the event is in easy reach of bus (#36) and train (Red Line stop at Argyle). The hours are 10 am until 5 pm. Admission is $5.
What is the Vintage Garage Chicago?
The Garage is literally a parking garage in Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Each month welcomes 75 to 100 vendors selling vintage and antique goods on the first two levels, and ramps, of the structure. It’s covered, so vendors don’t need tents and customers won’t get rained on. You’d be surprised by how awesome a parking garage filled with vintage can look.
When is it?
Vintage Garage is held the third Sunday of the month, April through October, from 10 am to 5 pm. We also hold pop up events throughout the year and host the annual Grand Rapids Antiques Market.
The 2016 Vintage Garage dates are April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, and October 16. Stay current with the 2016 event schedule.
Where is it?
The Garage is located on the east side of Broadway between Foster & Argyle at 5051 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640.
What is sold at Vintage Garage?
Mainly vintage and antiques. All categories are represented: vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, decor, Midcentury 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, pending approval, we will allow 20% of a booth to include new or handmade items.
What does it cost to get in?
There is a $5 admission fee.
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, mostly in the 24 to 44 age group. Men make up over 30 percent of the Garage customer, with the majority being in the 24 to 44 age group. Of our customers, 75 percent 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. The remaining 25 percent travel in from other areas.
What’s with your themes every month?
Every month has a theme, but that doesn’t mean that’s the only type of merchandise being sold. Themes are in addition to the great variety vintage vendors are already bringing. It’s just fun. Dress the part if you want. If you are coming to shop, just because it’s Record Ramp, that doesn’t mean 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 big sellers, as is Midcentury, all season long. During the Record Ramp themed events, we find music related items to be in demand: vinyl records, vintage dresses, instruments, CDs, etc. It can take a bit for vendors to carve out their niche and build a customer base at the Garage, but it’s important to keep in mind that as more and more people find out about us, the customers’ needs and wants will 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, as are those who sell clothing and kitsch. Unique items to decorate the home also do great, especially Midcentury or painted furniture pieces. Vendors who come monthly and have built a customer base are the most successful 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?
The fee is $150 if paid by the Friday noon deadline. Otherwise, the cost is $160 per show.
How do I apply?
Fill out a Vintage Garage Vendor Application. We will review and send back instructions or questions we may have. If you haven’t heard anything, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and confirm that we have received your application.
What if I’ve never sold vintage or antiques before but really want to?
You can! It’s easy! Drop us an email at email@example.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 for vendors on the day of the show?
All vendor spaces are pre-assigned. Vendors line up at the entrance at 6:30 a.m. on the day of the show. We lead you to your space where you can pull your vehicle in and start setting up immediately. We open the doors at 10 am and sell until 5 pm. Once the show is over, 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