Good Questions: Flea markets and vintage shops that deliver?

Good Questions: Flea markets and vintage shops that deliver?

Janel Laban
Feb 2, 2007

We heard from Laura: "So far my furniture is stuck in the worlds of mid-century classics along with pieces everyone has seen in the window of CB2 or Ikea. I'd like to get some more unique items but my obstacle is that I don't have a car- it seems like if I were to go to the flea market and find some beautiful chair I'd have no way of getting it home. Do you know of shops where I could can dig for low-cost vintage/used pieces that also deliver?
Thanks! Laura

We also live a car-free life so we know the challenges of shopping for larger items well. Thrift or antique shop vintage shopping might be a good time to consider trying a car-sharing service for a few hours, like zipcar or i-go, both feature some larger vehicles perfect for hauling goodies home. Rates start at around $8. an hour, gas and insurance included.

If you don't want to be behind the wheel at all, the Chicago Antique Market offers a Home Delivery Service on items purchased at the big seasonal market for an additional fee. The market features over 150 dealers and is the last Sunday of the month (May - October) on Randolph Street. Access for non-drivers is easy - there are even free trolleys shuttling shoppers from Michigan Ave. to the market and back.

Any other suggestions for Laura? Let her (and us) know in the comments below...

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