Granted, we’re suckers for vintage china and cloth napkins, generally, so it’s no surprise that one of our favorite new places to eat is Antique Taco in Wicker Park. The food is sublime and the decor is about the cutest thing we’ve ever seen—an artful mix of reclaimed-wood tables and antique kitchen tools and tableware, some of which is for sale. It reminds us that we haven’t been to a country auction in a while, and now our juices are flowing. If you’ve never been to one, you should try it. It’s not a quick way to shop but you can get great buys on furniture, dishes, tablecloths, all sorts of stuff, and it makes for a nice outing on a summer weekend. If you’re oriented toward the northwest exurbs, a good place to find out about upcoming auctions is the Classifieds section of the Northwest Herald; another is the listings at Stade Auction, a firm that handles many of the sales out that way. This week, both places mention an auction happening Friday that’s described as “extremely clean” and will include cake plates, ice tongs, and a “kraut kutter,” among many other items, belonging to one Ruth Schwartz. This is mighty tempting.
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