MINI PENNY: Randolph Street Market Choice for Charity

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Randolph Street Market Choice for Charity

It's time for the 2015 Randolph Street Market Choice for Charity! Every year, I'm honored to be selected as a guest judge for the show. I give out ribbons for my favorite items and booths, and when those items sell, money is donated to a charity of my choice. Again, I've chosen Rape Victim Advocates (RVA). RVA is a non-profit in Chicago that helps rape victims at advocacy, counseling, and education. They do really fantastic work, and if you're so inclined, you can make a donation or attend volunteer training.

I selected five of my favorite pieces from the show. If you're in Chicago, be sure to check out the Randolph Street Market this weekend. Read more to see my selections.

It was great running into Aramide (The Sassy Peach) and meeting Tamika (Standout Style). The perfect way to start judging is with mimosas, of course!

My first pick was a furry leopard print coat that I was absolutely lusting after. Someone about this style reminds me of being a tween/young teen. I loved Scary Spice and really wanted a coat like this! $395 at Cori Zukerman Style Concepts.

There were so many amazing fringe jackets at the market, but this one won my heart. I was tempted to buy it! It's a light grey suede Berman's Leather cropped jacket. It's a steal at $85! It fit me great — but I needed up leaving with a fringed black vest instead (yay!).

Pharaoh's Horses, as I've mentioned before, is one of my favorite paintings. When I was in Philly, I bought an amazing carved box. I saw this large painting and totally loved it. It's a steal at $25.

It was hard for me not to ribbon every single great chair. There is always a lot of great mid-century style furniture. I noticed this Herman Miller grid wire roller under a desk. It needed a little TLC (some cleaning, maybe refinishing), but the wheels were in great condition. At only $100, it would make a great statement chair. Imagine it with a faux fur throw over the back! From Delve Chicago.

And finally (!) this adorable pig from South Loop Loft. It's a heavy brass bank that is a great size. She also had a smaller version. The big guy is $125 and the smaller one was around $85.

And my favorite booth was Canary Lane. She had tons of amazing rugs, furniture, and plants (see the image all the way at the top of this post). Congrats!

Find out more about how you can help Rape Victim Advocates at If you need help, call the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline at 1-800-293-2080. If you're outside of Chicago, the RAINN Hotline will connect you with the nearest rape crisis center near you. RAINN: 1-800-656-HOPE 

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