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What happens when the Randolph Street Market gets some of Chicago's best editors and interior designers together for a good cause? Some guided shopping and fun times!

The September 2011 installment of the Randolph Street Market made way for the first annual Editor's and Designer's Choice for Charity. Editors from premier print and online media scoured the market alongside some of Chicago's finest interior designers to discover the best of what the market had to offer. Editors were given the task to find their favorite items, while designers had to search for the best booth setup. The incentive? Well, for the editors, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their items goes to the charity of their choice. For designers, the selection of best booth setup meant that the chosen vendor would receive free booth rent for an upcoming show. Plus, complimentary 2012 season passes would be given to the designer's charity.

We all know there is a plethora of great finds at the Randolph Street Market!  Editors were given 5 blue ribbons to designate their favorite items, while designers were to only use 4 for their favorite items and save 1 for their favorite booth setup. With clipboards and a limited amount of blue ribbons, it proved to be a somewhat difficult task narrowing down their top picks. A few lively conversations and several Twitpics later, the selections were made and it was obvious that our editors and designers knew exactly what would be the favorites amongst the shoppers.

As the market got underway, we noticed that not only did the blue ribbons serve as  the perfect bullseye on the editor and designer choices, but they also made market-goers stop and take notice of things they may have normally overlooked. Score!

There were some vendors that could've walked away with an award for the most popular choice, with all of the ribbons that were strewn throughout their booth. We may need to consider that for the next go 'round!

Check out some of the Editor's and Designer's Choice for Charity highlights.

Cameo Designs

Cameo Estates is a best booth with blue ribbons from James Barra of Interiors Magazine & Designer Grace Sieleff.

Mr. Modern

"Very cool pieces"
-Michael Anthony (1 Design Group)

The cork lamps have a "great, super current style" - Janel Laban (Apartment Therapy)

"Love the built-in magazine holder in linen" on the Mr. Modern end table. -Jenny Polachek (CS)

She Comes in Colors

"I love the mix of costume jewelry, furs and one-of-a-kind pieces"
-Ramsey Prince (RJP)

"We featured a belt just like this one in Time Out Chicago's Fall Fashion Issue!" -Kevin Aeh (Time Out Chicago)

The travel bags are "great for short overnight stays" -Nicole Briese (Chicago Collection)

Exploding Library

"Such a creative way to display books."
-Jessica Herman (Time Out Chicago)

Sculptures by Joyce Schwartz

"These remind me of Degas' studies. Rough and beautiful at the same time."
-Cassandra Gaddo (TCW)


Greg Johnson's serving dish is "perfect to glam up a holiday table."
-Lisa Skolnik

"60s are in. Cocktails are in". They are "not making olive spoons with top sets today." -James Barra (Interiors)

"Great burlap coffee sack. Awesome graphics"
- Alison Sherman (Blue Cardinal Antiques)

Pure Vintage's Castlecliff Necklace is "an architectural gem!"
-Ari Nardo (Interiors)

Susie's horsehead purse is "an incredible and unique 50s purse." -Tasha Moss (bygumbygolly)

Estate Chicago's green feather hat is "chic and unique." -Nikia Jefferson (

Sumaya Seccurro folding table: "one word...ORANGE!"
-Jason Loper (Apartment Therapy)

The Bird House Antiques theatre seats are "great vintage pieces for mudroom/entry." -Jenneifer Rizzo

Industrial Evolution Pine Table: "I would die happy if I knew that table lived in my kitchen." -Tate Gunnerson (Strange Closets)

The following indoor and outdoor booths won the most ribbons and accolades
by the Editor's and Designer's:

Indoors Best Booth Winners:
  • Mr. Modern/Don Coclough & Lisa Polito
  • She Comes In Colors/Leslie Kane
Outdoors Best Booth Winners:
  • Cameo Estates/Stephanie Fenza
  • Marco Martinez
To view the complete list of Editor's Choice Picks, click HERE.
To view the complete list of Designer's Choice Picks, click HERE.
To view the complete list of Editor's Charity Choice Picks, click HERE.

Click HERE to check out all of photos (a great mixture of our own with a few from our tech-savvy participants)! According to our participants and vendors, the first annual Editor's and Designer's Choice for Charity was a huge success!! With nearly every item sold and $3150 raised, we are extremely glad to be cutting a nice check to each of the great causes our participants selected. Did you scoop up any of the Editor's and Designer's choices? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.
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