The Midwest Chicagoland Vintage Clothing, Jewelry & Textile Show and Sale in Elgin, IL this weekend is delightful, and a treasure trove of hats.
The seller, Diane Landry was a pleasure to work with, and she participates in many other shows as well. How could one not be impressed, her business card is ideal. She is in booth 12, but the event ends Sat. One could also check out the event in June and Oct. at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. Next year it is back at the Hemmens Cultural Center Feb. 24-25. Mark your calendar now.
This hat is from The Chic Chicagoan shop, wherever it may have been. The workmanship is superb, and it has held up well, probably since the 40’s.
Finding those illusive Chicago shops was the goal of this excursion. Three other hats were major temptations as well. One black from the Tailored Hat, one green straw from Sally Greenbaum with a feather from the seller Wehaddit of Eagan, MN in booth 81 upstairs (see picture below), and a black and white silk by Ubaldo Gowns from a booth downstairs, but at $235 that number, and not the number of the booth remains.
But there is always a fish story; the one that got away. More precisely, the one I sadly got away from. Rainbow Vintage from Toledo, OH had a wonderful Bes Ben of navy and white beading. Can’t stop thinking about it.
Happy 58th day of 2011!