About Vintage Garage Chicago
What is it?
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.
Vintage Garage is held the third Sunday of the month, April through October, from 10 am to 5 pm. We may add on a Holiday Market or something. You can see on our events schedule.
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.
The Garage is located on the east side of Broadway between Foster & Argyle at 5051 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640.
There is a $5 admission fee.
Who can come?
Anyone who loves vintage! This event is family friendly. Sometimes kids like it, sometimes they hate it. But they are welcome and kids under 16 are free. Dogs on a leash that can handle crowds of people and many people who want to pet him/her. If your dog doesn’t like it (like mine) keep him home.
What’s for sale?
Mainly vintage and antiques. All categories are represented: vintage clothing, art, jewelry, vintage furniture, decor, Midcentury modern, 1980’s, industrial decor, music 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.
Do you do Appraisals?
From 12pm to 4pm April through October we do verbal evaluations on vintage items. Click to find out more about our appraisals here.
Who shops at the Garage?
Over 70% of our audience are women, mostly in the 24 to 44 age group. Men make up 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 northside 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.
Every month has a theme. It’s just a great bonus. All categories are always represented. 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. It means they will save their vinyl for these shows. A theme is just an added bonus.
Our season begins in April and has become our largest show. Depending on weather, smalls are very popular and as the season progresses, items get larger. The end of the season (September and October) also gets busy and dealers have been hunting for vintage all summer long, so the goods get even better.
Apartment sized pieces are big sellers, as is Midcentury, all season long. During the Record Ramp in June and October, we find music related items to be in demand. vinyl records, instruments, CDs, etc. The July show is Rockabilly Tiki so there’s always extra vintage dresses and vintage clothing.
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.
Who can sell at the Garage?
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, 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.
How do vendors do?
Vendors who bring a good variety of reasonably priced items will do the best. Someone who 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. 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.
We have vendors who specialize in “guy stuff” who are successful. Many who sell clothing and accessories are very happy. 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. If you bring fresh to the market merchandise, and price it right, it’s gonna go.
How much does it cost to sell?
The fee is $160 for a full space. This is discounted if paid by Thursday 12pm before the show to $150. 1/2 space is $105 and $95 if paid the Thursday ahead. You can find out more on our sell vintage page.
How do I apply?
Fill out a Vendor Application to sell at Vintage Garage. Fill it out and pay. 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?
What happens day of show?
For vendors, all 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 10am and sell until 5pm. 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.
Who are we?
Melissa and Jim Sands, we run this joint, find out more about us.
Mailing Address: Vintage Promotions LLC PO Box 263 Highwood, IL 60040
The 2017 Vintage Garage dates are April 23, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, and October 15. There will be 100 vendors offering cool vintage and antique pieces every 3rd Sunday, April to October. Vintage Garage is located at 5051 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640. Hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with a $5 admission. Official website is www.vintagegaragechicago.com.