Wednesday, March 28, 2012

life (layhf) | randolph street market

Last Saturday my friend Rachel and I officially started the search for a dresser to put in the nursery.  The good thing about having a vision is that it streamlines what you're looking for, the bad part?  Having to find the exact replica of what you have in your mind in the budget you want it to be.  To kick off the search we headed to the Randolph Street Market.  In all honesty, finding the dresser was the perfect excuse I needed to amazing jewelry find and decorative pieces for the room too.

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If you've never been to the market, you're in for a treat.  It's my go to place to find one of a kind jewels, stacks of vintage bracelets, eclectic decor and well kept housewares.  It's a mixture of local designers and vintage sellers.  The market is typically known for being an indoor/outdoor 1 weekend per month event throughout the summer, but this year they expanded their frequency and started hosting indoor only events this past February.  The best part is that you get amazing stuff that you would find at any flea market in the burbs, but it's right in the comfort of the city so you don't have to travel far to get the goods.

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Walking around there were so many items and fantastic sellers from wall to wall.  However, my eye was on the prize - a dresser that I could paint a fun color.  When I finally found it (pictured below) I was little bit taken back with the price cause I didn't want to pay that much knowing that I could paint something on my own.  I will fully admit though this dresser is beautiful and perfect for the nursery, but just couldn't make the impulsive purchase.  I'm not an reactive shopper, I'm an emotional shopper which means that if I can find it cheaper somewhere else I'll sit and think about it until my mind is made up.  Sadly, when it comes to vintage, thrift, antique or flea market shopping you have to be more reactive since those are one of a kind pieces.  If you don't buy it then, there's a chance that it won't be there if you think about it and go back.  I'm glad I stood my ground though and worse case scenario I have the seller's business card if I get desperate. ;)

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Although I didn't walk a way with the dresser I did find some great necklaces and a perfect set of antlers (the real deal below) to hang in baby's room.  The theme for the room is very un-baby like and I have yet to sell my husband on the vision for this room I'm calling, "The Lodge retreat in the City", but soon enough he'll see my way...as all husbands should do.  

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Randolph Street Market is hosting their next event the weekend of April 21st.  If you're around definitely check it out, you're guaranteed to leave with something great and at least get good inspiration for future DIY or room change ideas.  Just remember to get there early, bring cash (although most vendors take cards) and strong will power to stop you from purchases you might regret later...because there's no returning items here.

|Do you have any great flea markets in your city?  Have you had any luck with markets?|

8 comments:

Stéphanie said...

Veautiful pictures !

briannelee said...

I see some necklaces that I want!

Sabrina said...

I absolutely love your theme for the nursery.

Laura Go said...

I have yet to go to a flea market... I wish I knew people who would want to go with me! LOVE those antlers you got. i think your theme is fantastic!

♥ laura
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DiamondsandTulle said...

I LOVE strolling the aisles of flea/vintage markets. Rose Bowl is always packed and over-priced, but the best for people watching and finding unique items.
There's a local antique market that I try to hit up once in awhile. Great stuff - I got a pair of antlers too (but they're not mounted - just sheds). I'm loving all your inspiration on Pinterest! :)

xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

Johanna said...

This is a really darling dresser. But, you have a good eye so I am excited to see the final outcome!!

April said...

I so need to check this out! I love going and looking at flea markets!

MizzJ said...

haha with those antlers, your baby is sure to grow up a bad ass!