Spring Vintage Shop Hop

It's becoming a tradition - with the new year comes planning for Vintage Shop Hop! I'm especially excited because for the very first time, we will be hosting our pop-up sale in a completely remodeled space, tailored for events. In late 2019 I had the breezeway totally remodeled, it was in need of a facelift after 18 years. The sisal floor was removed and a colorful cement tile floor installed in shades of aqua, turquoise, black and gold. I found the tile doing an online search and it is the perfect transition from my dining room but also allowed me to continue to use my vintage display cabinets which are black with gold painted accents. The grasscloth Roman shades have been replaced with motorized fabric shades which have a wild swirling pattern in shades of white, gold and grey. The walls were painted bright white and the ceiling a dramatic black to match the cabinets. I had my dining room fixture moved to the breezeway which is a modern take on a Sputnik but with the spikes adorned with either large round or clusters of smaller round crystals. Electrical outlets were installed in the floor under each cabinet and now all I need to do is flip the switch and the lights turn on and off. A second set of controls was installed closer to the door leading to the garage so on a daily basis we are no longer trying to get through the room in the dark. We can turn the lights on, walk through the room and then turn them off on the other side. I'm so pleased with the way the room turned out!

The final step is to receive the furniture for the room which is currently being reupholstered. I'm waiting for my 1950s square work table to be delivered, it's going to have an aqua color vinyl on top and studded with nailheads in a Greek key pattern which is original to the table. The two chairs will be done in a modern fabric with balls and lines in black over a white background. On the other side of the room, there will be the 1950s desk I had redone from the original blonde finish to a dramatic black with the hardware refinished to silver and the matching chair will have the same fabric as the other chairs on its seat. Along with the pair of awesome turquoise dressers with Greek key pulls painted silver and the display cabinets, it will be a wonderful place to meet with customers and merchandise providers by appointment. I will share photos when it is all set up!

Now back to Vintage Shop Hop - for those of you who are not familiar, the Vintage Shop Hop event has been going on for about 7 years, once a year in early March. It started as a way for local vintage shops, boutiques and pop-up shops to give a shot in the arm to their businesses at a time of year where things are traditionally slow. It is held on Friday and Saturday of that weekend and is strictly advertised via social media. It has grown to the point where over 500 shops participate all over northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Shoppers can choose where they would like to "hop" and plan up to two fun days of searching for treasures. We are at the very south end of the #14 route - US Hwy 14 Strip & NW Suburbs. We are only three blocks away from Northwest Highway. There is a website / blog with all the particulars: https://vintageshophop.blogspot.com/. While the official event dates are March 6-7, we follow our estate sale schedule and will be open March 5-8.

The event has become so popular that last year it was expanded to a Fall Vintage Shop in October 2019. I had been testing various dates / times of year for our pop-up sales but being a part of Vintage Shop Hop has taken the guesswork out of it! Now I'm happy to say we will hold our pop-up sales the first weekend of March and the first weekend of October every year, with the possibility of a third sale closer to the holidays or whenever the mood strikes! Here in Mount Prospect we are allowed three sales per year.

The preparation for the next Vintage Shop Hop is in its beginning stages now but we will keep you updated as things progress!