Chicago estates are the primary source for vintage merchandise in Chicago. Whether you like to hit the thrift or the weekend flea market, chances are that merchandise came from one of many Chicago estates.
When liquidating an estate, one of the first steps heirs often take is the boxing and bagging of items for donation. With charities willing to send a truck to any estate in Chicago or using a local drop box, it’s an easy first move. Some people are just trying to move on and have no concern of the possible re-sale value in vintage items. This is one way good things get to the thrift.
If you are going to the flea market for vintage, you’re buying from people who either beat you to it at the thrift store or were at the estate sale. Either way, someone has added their cost to your item.
Buying from estate sales (the source) is your best value. Buying from the estate is also like buying from a cohesive collection. Chicago estate sales are year round but, much more plentiful during the summer months.
There are many reputable estate sale companies in the Chicago area. Many develop a loyal following.
EstateSales is a great tool for tracking Chicago estate sales. It shows sales in your area and allows a peek at items available at the estate sale.
The 2017 Vintage Garage Flea Market schedule 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
The Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show is February 24, 3pm-10pm and February 25, 10am-5pm, 2017. CVCJ will be at St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church at 5649 N. Sheridan, Chicago, IL 60660. The official website is www.vintageclothingandjewelry.com.