About Vintage Garage Chicago

 For 2021 we are back in Evanston for our 9th season!

When:  July 18, August 15 and September 19



1800 Maple, Evanston, IL 60201 5th Floor take the elevators or stairs and park in the same structure

Who can come?

Anyone who loves vintage!  If you wear it, use it, decorate with it, collect or live it, you'll love it.  This event is family friendly.  Sometimes kids like it, sometimes they hate it.  But welcome anytime! Kids are free. Dogs on a leash that can handle crowds of people. Many people will want to pet him/her.  If your dog doesn't like it (like mine) keep him home and don't take the chance of bringing.

If we have a pop up event indoors, sorry the doggies must stay home!

What's for sale?

Vintage and antiques.

Unless it's a specialty show like the Holiday Market or Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show, all categories are represented: vintage clothing, art, jewelry, vintage furniture, home decor, Midcentury modern, lots of 1940's through 1980's, vintage lighting, industrial decor, vintage music, vinyl records, nostalgia and so much more!

Most items you find are at least 25-years-old and are desired by collectors or users of vintage in their daily lives. I do give a little leeway for handmade goods if they are vintage related and really cool.

Do you do Appraisals?

If you need help determining values, send an email to appraisals@vintagegaragechicago.com and I'm happy to help.

What's selling?

Midcentury, vintage furniture, vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories are HUGE. We have quite a vintage apparel and vintage fashion audience.  That is why we have 2 clothing related pop up shows next year, Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry at St. Andrews at Hollywood and N. Sheridan in Edgewater.

Vintage Holiday merchandise is HOT too.  Our holiday markets have been legendary in the past don't miss it, Vintage Garage Holiday Market.

Consistency is the key to vendor success. When you carve out your niche and build a customer base you will always sell more.

Our customers are serious about vintage. It's important to keep in mind that as more and more people find out about us, the customers' needs and wants will change and that can change what's selling.

Who can sell?

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 items to decorate the home do great, especially Midcentury or smaller 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 do I apply?

Fill out a  Vendor Application to sell. 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?

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 $175  for a full space and $125 for a 1/2 space.  You can find out more on our sell vintage pageThe Holiday Market application is separate click here for it.

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.  Load in for pop up events will be listed separately for the place and date.

Who are we?

Melissa and Jim Sands, we run this joint, find out more about us and we'll see you in Evanston!

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