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Designer’s Choice for Charity at The Randolph Street Market

I was honored this weekend to be contacted and asked to be  a judge at the Designer’s Choice for Charity at the Randolph street market in Downtown Chicago.  Even though it was  a little wet,  my cousin, Sandy, and I took and early ride to Chicago. It was very cool to be able to go and participate. I was able to choose 5 items that I thought were amazing, award them with a ribbon,  and a portion of the proceeds went to my favorite charity. Mine was for Feed My Starving Children. It’s a charity that we pack meals at through our church.  It’s been a great experience for our family and I enjoyed using my design skills for a good cause.
Jennifer Rizzo at the Designers choice for charity at The Randolph Street Market

While I walked around, there were also lots of vintage goodies to look at and try not to buy. It was amazing how the vendors had such amazing finds and beautiful displays.
I loved these business cards. I thought they were so clever that they looked just like vintage library cards, which I have a special place for in my heart.
Jennifer Rizzo and Jason Loper
 I got to meet Jason Loper from Apartment Therapy. He was so nice and we had a great time chatting. I love his design eye.


Jennifer Rizzo and two women interior designers
 And these too gorgeous ladies, Lisa and Caren, from SimoneDreary Design group. we agreed it was dangerous to be there, we wanted to buy everything.
Vintage market at the Randolph street market
 The ballroom was huge and full of stuff that was so much fun to look through!
Vintage theatre seats
 I tagged these awesome 1920 theatre chairs as one of my deisgner choices. How great would these be in a mudroom or entryway?
Vintage standing chalkboard
 and I couldn’t pass up a vintage chalkboard. That sold right away. It was gone by the time I did my second loop. It was a pretty amazing vintage find.
Antique metal fans
 Loved the copper on these fans they would make amazing repurposed lighting.
Buffet painted white and gray with aging
 I tagged this  really cool painted buffet piece. If I had brought my check book it would’ve come home with me.
Upholsterered chairs
 This vendor has a gorgeous booth with all of her upholstered pieces. I really loved the chairs and the choice of fabrics.
Vintage silverware
 I drooled over all of this vintage silver. So many gorgeous serving pieces!
Vintage wood shop stool
 But I had to tag this vintage tractor seat. How perfect for under a island or desk and the wood was beautiful!
Vintage metal stool
 I must’ve had a stool thing, because I tagged this one as well. I loved the patina. This was already sold too on the second pass.
Vintage metal drawers

I loved the green patina on these old metal drawers. I imagine all of the things I could keep inside of them! The pulls on them are pretty amazing as well.


Vintage olive buckets

I am seeing vintage olive buckets all over the place. They make great planters, pretty waste baskets and more.

Wood dough bowls

I also love the look and feel of these vintage wood dough bowls. You can see one styled with faux orchids here.

Wood dough bowls on a metal rack
It was so fun to see all of the vintage items and to imagine what kind of possibility they could have.
Industrial goods at the Randolph street market.
This vendor had some great industrial pieces as well. It was really, really  good I didn’t have my checkbook. There were so many great things to buy, I did buy a vintage locker basket and some vintage jewelry pieces. It was an honor to be a designer in their Designer’s Choice for Charity and to spend the day at the Randolph Street Market.  I am looking forward to doing some more flea market shopping next week at the Kane Country Flea Market and then the next week is the Nada Sale!
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  1. Gorgeous post Jennifer! Thanks so much for your support of the Market! We were honored to have you participate in this event!

  2. how fun. definitely some great stuff there. i will have to go sometime. too bad when you tagged it you didn’t get to just take it home.

  3. Jennifer, we loved having you and what a great blogger you are too!! You brought sunshine on our rainy day and it was for a great cause. Your picks all sold, you chose well 🙂

  4. I love going downtown to stroll through Randolph Street…such great stuff!

    And too funny…I have the very same chalkboard! Lately I have been toying with painting over the green with black chalkboard paint…but I hate to ruin the originality of it all.

    Oh, and those metal drawers would have found their way into my car for sure! So cool! ;o)


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