About Vintage Garage Chicago
We're back in Evanston for our 11th (2023) season!
May 14, July 16, September 17 and October 15
1800 Maple 5th Floor (Self-Park Garage), Evanston, IL 60201 - Park free in the same structure and take the elevator to the 5th floor.
Who should come?
Anybody who loves vintage! If you wear it, use it, decorate with it, collect it or live it -- you'll love Vintage Garage Chicago. Kids (and friendly, people- and pet-tolerant leashed dogs) attend all events at the Garage for free! (Dogs are not permitted at indoor pop-up events.)
What's for sale?
Vintage and antiques.
Unless it's a specialty show like the Holiday Market or Nashville Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show, all categories are represented: vintage clothing, art, jewelry, furniture, home decor, lighting, industrial decor, vinyl, and so much more, including nostalgia from every decade - Mid-Century Modern through the 1990s! Most items are at least 25 years old and many are highly desired by collectors or those introducing a little vintage into their modern-day lives.
Do you do appraisals?
If you need help determining values, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We're happy to help.
Mid-Century, vintage furniture, vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories are HUGE. We have quite a vintage apparel and vintage fashion audience. So big in fact that we have a pop-up show every year devoted only to clothing, jewelry and accessories, .
Vintage Holiday merchandise is always HOT. Our holiday markets have been legendary.
Consistency is the key to vendor success. When you carve out your niche and build a customer base you will always sell more.
Most of our customers are serious about vintage, but we love new shoppers who are experimenting with adding a little vintage to their modern-day lives! As our market evolves, so will the needs and desires of our customers.
Who can sell at VGC?
Anyone with vintage items to sell, including estate liquidation. You don’t have to be an “official” business to sell at Vintage Garage. If you have acquired an estate and need to liquidate it, selling with us is a great opportunity. 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 and follow the laws of the State of Illinois. Find out more about selling.
How do vendors do?
Vendors who bring a good variety of reasonably priced items AND are consistently there will do best. Success carries all price ranges and varieties. We have vendors who specialize in “guy stuff” who are extremely successful, as are those who sell clothing and kitsch; lighting, vinyl. Unique home decor always sells, especially Mid-Century or smaller painted furniture.
Vendors who come monthly and have built a customer base are the most successful because they've taken the time to really understand their customer and what they are looking for.
How do I apply?
Fill out a Vendor Application to sell and pay for your spot. If we have a question about your application, you will hear from us. Otherwise, welcome aboard!
What if I’ve never sold vintage or antiques before but really want to?
You can! It's easy! I've written a few posts on selling. Start by reading about selling vintage here and another about the first show I ever sold vintage at here.
How much does it cost to sell?
The fee is $195 for a full space and $125 for a 1/2 space. You can find out more on our sell vintage page.
What happens day of show?
Vendor spaces are pre-assigned. Vendors line up at the entrance at their designated time and are led to their spaces where they can pull their vehicle in and start unloading immediately. We open the doors at 10am. At 4pm, you can begin packing and wait your turn to pull out, go home and count your profits! We aim to make everything smooth and easy for a fun and productive day. You can read more about this on our Dealer Load-In page. (Load in details for pop up events will be specific to the date and location.)
Who are we?
Melissa and Jim Sands, we run this joint. Find out more about us and we look forward to seeing you in person at an upcoming market!