The Rebuilding Exchange is hosting their annual fundraiser, the Salvager’s Ball, on March 22! Come join RX for an evening filled with music, drinks, appetizers and dessert, and sustainable surprises and games from 6-9:30pm at the beautiful and historic Thalia Hall in Pilsen. The Breath Mints (Leroy Bach and special guests) will be performing soulful jams amongst our locally crafted and salvaged goods. Guests will also have the opportunity to see their future with tarot card readings, participate in a creative design contest, play bean bag toss, make memories at the RX photo booth, and win unique raffle prizes from RX’s salvaged collection, RX Made’s home custom products, and others. The event is 21+ and each ticket includes 2 free drinks (beer and wine) as well as appetizers from Dusek’ and desserts from Whole Foods. General admission tickets are $85 and VIP tickets are $125. VIP tickets additionally include access to the balcony with a private bar, as well as a special beverage and appetizer from Dusek’s. Get your tickets HERE!
On April 19, Chicagoans can peruse 100 of the best vintage dealers in the Midwest with everything from antiques to Mid Century, vintage furniture, industrial, art, vinyl, vintage clothing, jewelry and anything in between.
Going into it’s 4th season, the Vintage Garage is the city’s only all vintage monthly market and draws vintage lovers from all over Chicago and beyond.
“The North side has quickly become the best vintage shopping in Chicago. Within a 1 mile radius of the Garage I count at least 30 vintage/antique or thrift shops. This is going to be the summer of vintage Uptown. ” says Melissa Sands, owner of the Vintage Garage.
New to The Vintage Garage this year, FLATS Chicago – Chicago’s community-focused real estate group that has a mission to bring big style to smart spaces – will be supporting the growth of The Vintage Garage Chicago by utilizing local partnerships and encouraging small businesses to exclusively partner with Vintage Garage. “We understand the importance of community and excited to shine a light and showcase vintage and art on the northside at the Vintage Garage,” says FLATS Chicago co-founder, Jay Michael.
Randolph Street Market Spring Fling
Saturday, March 28 – 10:00am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 29 –10:00am to 5:00 pm
Beaux Arts Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W. Washington Street, Chicago FREE PARKING in huge onsite parking lot only steps away from entrance!
PRICE: Discounted $8 tickets are available in advance (click here); general admission $10, students with ID $3 or $5 at the gate. Children 12 and under free.
Randolph Street Market is back for their upcoming March Market, “Spring Fling” is March 28-29! The Market is OVER Winter and thinking SPRING! To prove it, we are offering free entrance to customers wearing Easter bonnets. :) We’ll have an Easter Egg hunt going on all weekend long with special treats and deals included in every one!
Come for the amazing shopping but stay for the experience. Over 90+ vendors, live music all weekend long, great food/drink from local vendors, and more. Check out new vendors Lost Era’s and American Honey Repurposed Furniture who will be bringing antiques, furniture, vintage clothing, costumes, and props. This Market is sure to make you feel warm and cozy during the cold Winter Wonderland that lies in Chicago.
I’m not an animal person. However there is a small portion of me that looks at little puppies and my anti-animal, Grinch themed heart melts. No matter what though, I thoroughly enjoy watching dog owners go crazy as if their dog is their next of kin. Seriously though, it’s hilarious how intense they get. So to celebrate crazy dog owners, I found a few products that I know they won’t be resist.
In fact, I can see many screaming internally and slightly jumping up and down out of pure enjoyment of getting something more for their dog.
For the beauty people there is Birchbox and for drinkers Julibox. But for your dog, there is Barkbox. Every month you can get four or more products for your little one. From toys, bones, treats that all natural, and even gadgets. Another plus is the fact that portions of the profits help dogs in need.
So you are always able to have you dog close to your heart…or at least an obvious place where you can brag about him or her. Although there are a variety of options (just type dog necklace in Etsy), you can get your dog’s name printed on everything from a tag to bone.
This should be a standard item for dog owners to buy. I mean, what dog doesn’t look adorable in a little hoodie? And you have to keep your pup warm. When it comes to dressing your dog, you might as well do it in style. Plus it even has the pocket and variety of colors – you can’t say no to it.
To be honest, I barely want to cook let alone make treats for a living creature who can’t even speak English. I see how it could be fun, making something, decorating a treat, just for your one and only little pup. Just don’t get it mixed up with your waffle maker.
A LED light up ball? Handy and cool. It’s perfect for those who like to play with their dog when it’s a little darker out, or for those who just want something a little more entertaining than your typical tennis ball. Not to mention if you are at the dog park, the two of you will really be able to put on a show.
This is by far the cutest but craziest one of them all. In case you need a custom stuffed dog so then yhttps://poorgirlsguidechicago.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit.phpou can always have your dog around, Shelter Pups is the place to go. It bases off pictures you send in, using Merino Wool and handmade in the USA. Although it comes with a hefty $150 price tag, it has a two week turnaround and proceeds go to shelters and rescues. Not to mention, it looks exactly like a mini version of a dog.
Crazy dog lovers, you can rejoice. I have supplied plenty of entertainment for you until you teach your dog how to finally roll over. Just don’t go crazy over excitement whenever you receive the latest Barkbox for finally get to cuddle with your dog and the stuff version.
Accessories mean everything to me. Shoes, jewelry, and bags are my favorite thing to shop for but I’m always appalled by the price…well, probably more so the small paycheck that doesn’t work with the price. No matter what though, I’ve learned to sling an adorable and stylish bag on my arm and continue on my day as if I make triple digits. Once you learn the basics, it’s actually pretty easy. I can walk through a H&M, Forever 21, even a Target and walk out with a handbag that makes everyone’s eyes pop. But don’t worry, I’ll share my insider knowledge on how to wow everyone without you having to spend an entire paycheck.
Go Faux, Not Fake
It is possible to purchase a good quality fake leather bag. The thing is, you want simulated leather, not fabric that has been printed to look like leather. The same goes for hardware and, if you feel the need, fur. First things first, if it feels cheap it looks cheap. If that isn’t enough evidence, just take a look at the details. Shiny metals look terrible, fabric that has had the leather look emboss on the front, or tacky little details like cheap fur or too many decorations on the front. Your first instinct will tell you if it’s trashy or classy; go with your instincts.
The easiest way to make a bag look expensive is having a structure bag. Good quality leather and canvas bag have a natural stiffness to them. When I’m searching for a bag, I try to mimic the structural effect with lower price bags. If they can stand up easily on their own, usually they look a lot more expensive than they really are, especially compared to slouchy inexpensive bags. Another plus: they hold more, easier to get items out of it, and look incredible on your arm.
Avoid Shabby Stores
Think first about the location you are about to go to. Zara, Forever 21, T J Maxx focuses on current trends. Fashion stores that push a lot of marketing into their fashion sales and focus on trying to showcase the latest trends will try to have a few pieces that are worth your time. There are some places that you should know aren’t worth it – let’s just toss Wal-Mart out there as an example. If the store doesn’t seem to have any focus on the current trends, it’s doubtful you will be able to pick up a bag off the shelf that is stylish and cute.
Wait it Out
I always end up getting the itch…I feel like every bag I own is worthless and suddenly I become desperate for a new one. This clearly is the worst time to shop. If you are trying to find the perfect bag, you need to make sure to do it with the perfect balance of when you want it and when you need it. This way you will avoid scavenging around and picking up the first bag that resembles the idea of a good buy.
No, I’m not kidding. Even if you plan on spending less than forty dollars, a true fashionista prepares for the challenge ahead. Look at the trends or current styles to see exactly what you want. After this, it’s time to online window shop. Search around, check out a few sites, and see if there is anything that catches your eye. This way, whenever you actually go shopping for the bag, you have an idea of what you want (just don’t get stuck on a bag you see online)!
Don’t Counterfeit It
I know, we all want to buy Louis Vuitton and Prada bags on a daily basis, but unfortunately that can’t always happen. No matter how much you want the trendiest designer bag, never purchase a counterfeit. Not only is horrible for the fashion industry and involves a lot of unethical labor, it also is just plain tacky. If you can’t afford the label, don’t try pulling off the look.
Shun Online Shopping
When you are trying to shop cheap but look for something nice, viewing a 2×3 picture online is not the right way to execute it. You need to be able to see the bag’s construction, fabric, and overall look. That can only be accomplished in person. For everyone that’s addicted to online shopping, time to head out the door and join the real world. It’s the only way to execute the job and bag the prize (I know, so witty!)
Remember to Splurge
It is always worth saving up to splurge on something you will use all the time. After all, if you use that leather studded bag on a daily basis, shouldn’t you invest in a bag that will last? I wait it out until I find a great sale – Kate Spade has amazing sales on their bags and Nordstrom Rack sometimes features designer bags that are definitely cheaper than if you bought it from the brand. Find your favorite designer brand and stalk them. Sign up for their emails in case they have sales, see which websites they are featured on in case they go on sale there (Hautelook, Gilt, Outnet) and hope that one day that amazing bag appears with a beautiful 50% tag with it.
For those addicted to bags, there’s always a solution. Patience and the desire always leads to owning the best looking purses. Add the tips and tidbits I mentioned and finding the perfect bag will be easier than ever. After all, don’t we all deserve to look a little more fabulous without breaking the bank?