Last night, I drove straight from work to Andersonville as the entire neighborhood was hosting a late night sale. Most businesses stayed open until 10pm and offered various discounts.
I first popped into the Andersonville Galleria where I made sure my new booth was organized and ready for the sale!
My new booth is just slightly to the left entrance to the second floor. It is stocked full of my recycled totes and vintage goodness. Those Retro Yellow pillows sold before the sale even started! I chatted with other vendors until the boys arrived.
My jimmyredhed was smokin' hot because he had just come from an interview! We met at Charlie's Ale House where I enjoyed a fantastic spicy rice and bean burger which is inconspicuously listed simply as the "veggie burger". We found the service less than mediocre, but the food was delicious.
Up and down Clark St. stand stores I've been meaning to visit for months. The Monkey Gallery featured an overzealous sales assistant, but we were left to peruse a fantastically overstuffed Brownstone Antiques. Many of their items were very reasonably priced though I fell in love with a set of lawyer bookcases that had already been sold. I'd been recommended to this place before and will pass along the favor.
Our next stop, Urban Nest, blew me out of the water. Anything but quaint, it's located precisely in the center of Andersonville and is filled with the most beautiful furniture and homewares. I honestly wanted everything in the store. Their mirrors, dressers, buffets, bed frames, lamps, lampshades . . . everything was incredible! The buzz I've heard around the neighborhood is that the owner of Urban Nest actually owns three factories in China that produce his wares. His inventory moves quickly and he has his hands in every step of the production. We ended up getting a set of curtains for our dining room that were priced at $99.99, but marked 50% off!
We stopped in to Foursided at the corner of Clark and Carmen.
I plan on framing these flashcards and hanging them in our dining room with our new curtains!
We popped in to Green Genes, an eco-friendly kids' store and then Brimfield which has lovely tartan blankets and coffee sack tote bags (like mine).
The night ended at the beginning, back to the Galleria.
It was a great opportunity to get to know my favorite neighborhood better. Although transformed by gentrification, I feel that the neighborhood maintains the integrity of the artist and promotes a unified community that has really strong ethical, environmental, a human-rights centered values. The businesses are classy, well-maintained and most importantly . . . independently owned. I love that the owners of these stores are onsite and available for a chat. There is a strong DIY, handmade, progressive spirit through Andersonville which I adore and admire. There are many other businesses that I also frequent that I didn't visit last night . . . Hamburger Mary's, the Brown Elephant, Women and Children First book store, Thybony paint.
These are the places I want to support with my money and time.