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Vintage Finds from Randolph Street Market

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The weather was perfect in Chicago this past weekend, so I took my best gal with me over to the Randolph Street Market. We stopped off at Dunkin’ Donuts first before seeking our flea market treasures — coffee for me, frozen hot chocolate and a donut for her.

Stopping at Dunkin' Donuts First

Energized and ready, we continued on our way. The Market is held throughout the year indoors, but my favorite time to go is when they have the outdoor portion open too. There’s a booth that’s always there with vintage anatomical models and posters, and every time, I’m tempted to bring a couple home.

Vintage Anatomical Models

Bats! Cats! I wanted both of these too, but I restrained myself.

Bats and Cats

These gauges and nautical blue pointy things (technical term) were perfectly weathered. What would I use them for? No idea, but aren’t they pretty?


Giant mirror photo opp! Hello.

Nicole and Eleanor Balch

Vintage globes. One is cool, but a collection of them is always so much better.

Vintage Globes

I was into these old puppets.

Quirky Vintage Puppets

Eleanor brought a toy butterfly with her to the Market, and we left with a collection of real specimens.

Real Butterfly, Toy Butterfly

We are now the proud owners of a zillion old butterflies and moths! Such a good score. Some are more interesting and in better shape than others, but we’re both pretty excited about either framing them or coming up with some sort of display under a glass cloche. I’ll be sure to share it here when we do.

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  • Mary Beth
    September 29, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Eleanor is lovely. Daughters are so much fun to hang out with and I remember with great fondness how much I enjoyed my daughter during her ‘growing up’ years. Happily, I continue to enjoy her when I visit her in NYC and she shares the city she loves with me!

  • Kayla aka I Am Kilo Bravo
    September 29, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Eleanor is getting so big! I know you’ve purposely shied away from posting photos of the older kids – but it’s nice to get a glimpse of how they are growing up every now and then for us long-time readers :-)

  • doodletllc
    September 29, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Those anatomical models are the best…and a couple…I don’t think I could have passed them up. I love your quirky style…that was meant it a good way. :)

  • chris
    September 29, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    How much were they selling the anatomical models for? I teach anthropology and think one of those would be an awesome addition to my office. Or just my living room. :)

  • judy
    September 29, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Oh! The two of you are so darling. And what a fascinating thing to go and experience,kids today really have so much to take in and figure out. My life was sitting on the floor in front of a huge tube radio listening to the Shadow knows…scared the @#$% out of me but a whole lot easier to deal with since it was so limited. I think you should discuss with Eleanor how marvelous are our various systems and they are alive and vital within us,cleaning our blood,processing nourishment and excreting the waste etc. The innards on those models were kinda dead and spooky looking? Maybe I’m just very very old. Love you and your lovely family. You are a wonderful Mom and a genius designer.

  • Wanderluster
    September 29, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I actually really like that bat print!

  • Erika Gimbel
    September 29, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I love the cat painting! You don’t happen to remember the seller do you?

  • Emily
    October 1, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Love your cross body bag!

  • modernplum
    October 19, 2016 at 8:41 am

    The Randolph Street Market is such a gem in Chicago. Thanks for reminding me about it. Great photos too!