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More than 70 vendors piled into the Maple Avenue parking garage Sunday, May 22, to sell vintage toys, cashmere sweaters, mid-century furniture, retro lighters and everything in between. 

Sarah V. and Anthony Skaug display items for their shop, Bangers and Bombshells. Credit: Adina Keeling

The vendors are a part of a Chicago-based flea market called Vintage Garage. The market first moved to Evanston last year when its previous location was sold. 

The Evanston location brings a new crowd because it attracts shoppers from the North Shore in addition to those from Chicago, organizer Melissa Sands previously told the RoundTable. 

Maggie Roche, one of the vendors, said she loves to sell at these flea markets, and Sands does a great job of promoting and supporting vendors.

Roche owns an art gallery and boutique in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood called the Edge Art Gallery. Roche said her shop is known for her $20 cashmere sweaters, but as an art teacher, she is also always on the lookout for art, much of which she buys in other countries.

“I’ve traveled to Guatemala, Mexico, Haiti,” said Roche. “And I walk the streets and I find stuff I think is cool.”

Roche said she is a big fan of recycled art, such as a Mexican series of painted flowers made from recycled bottles.

Pat O’Neal, another vendor, said she started selling at Vintage Garage after she retired about 25 years ago.

O’Neal said she’s an outlier among the vendors because she does not buy items to resell them at markets. Instead, her items are all things she has collected over the years and is now trying to sell. 

Unlike many of the other vendors, Pat O’Neal only sells items that have been in her belonging for a long time. Credit: Adina Keeling

Before she retired, O’Neal said she made lamp shades, so she has collected lamp bases. She also purchased a tea set from the Evanston Historical Society many years ago that she displayed at Sunday’s market. 

“It is fun to see what people do buy,” said O’Neal. “That makes me feel good, even though I don’t make much money.” 

Colorful vintage clothing on display at the Vintage Garage market. Credit: Adina Keeling

O’Neal said she is a bit of a fashionista and always wears vintage clothes, much of which she now sells. 

Shoppers who missed last weekend’s market can return from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to the July 17, Sept. 18 and Oct. 16 events at the Maple Avenue parking garage. Tickets and vendor information are available on the Vintage Garage website.

Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...

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