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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sales and Events

Posted By on 05.26.11 at 12:22 PM

The Randolph Street Market kicks off its eighth season this weekend.
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  • The Randolph Street Market kicks off its eighth season this weekend.
Last month, Stephanie Sack, owner of Bucktown plus-size boutique Vive la Femme, and shoe designer Kathryn Kerrigan amicably ended their business partnership, and Sack has opened a shoe boutique called Violette in the space that formerly housed Kerrigan's shop. Located at 2031 N. Damen, Violette features "cheap and cheerful" shoes priced between $29 and $99 in sizes 7 through 12. Sack handpicks the styles herself and specifically looks for designs that are "classy and comfortable, but with a twist." Brands include Gomax, Envy, and a sandals line called Dezario, which Sack loves for their "timeless style—they're very 'foxy lady at the pool in Florida.'" When we spoke, Sack was just about to start working on a window installation featuring purple footwear, which will presumably be on display for the opening party tonight from 6 to 10 PM. Until 8 PM, guests can vote on the big question of "Heels vs. Flats," with the winning styles on sale for the rest of the month.

For more shoes, head over to City Soles, 2001 W. North, today for their big one-day spring sale, featuring raffles for 20 pairs of free shoes and gift cards from area businesses. They're also offering a sale online for the first time—use the code SPRING20, good till midnight tonight.

The holiday weekend features holiday sales: Sofia Vintage, 72 E. Oak, is offering 30 to 60 percent off items through Sunday, while Eskell, 1509 N. Milwaukee, is discounting selected merchandise 25 percent off, and offering an additional 25 percent off sale items. Plus, everything online is on sale for—you guessed it—25 percent off; use the code Memorial25.

The Randolph Street Market returns Saturday and Sunday for the eighth year. The sprawling sale includes everything from vintage clothes to flowers. New this year: a lower admission price ($8 in advance, $10 at the gate; $3/$5 for students); $5 shopping vouchers, and a "Retro Re-Vamp" corner where you can customize your purchases on the spot. It's Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM; enter at the 1300 block of W. Randolph or at 1340 W. Washington.

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