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Marketplace sales at LeslieHindman Auctioneers
122 N. Aberdeen St.; 312-280-1212
SAVE This local auction house is well known for crème de la crème antiques and newer programming like its twice-yearly collector-quality vintage couture show. But its marketplace sales—a sporadic catchall event for selling off pieces that didn’t quite fit into previous auctions—are an excellent source for good furniture if you’re willing to settle for, say, just one Georgian-style upholstered armchair rather than a pair (one sold last year for $84). Other steals that have come and gone included a Chippendale-style wingback armchair and ottoman for $60; a fruitwood drop-leaf table for $270; an Edwardian pedestal desk for $90; and a stunning mahogany library table for $360. The next sale will be held soon, on August 15th and 16th.
63 Village Place, Hinsdale; 630-323-1135
SPLURGE In an out-of-the-way spot on the back side of a building in Hinsdale’s swank downtown retail district, this tiny consignment store is a hidden gem that stocks only the best pieces among the gently used castoffs of west suburban redecorating and empty-nest downsizing. On a recent visit, we saw an oak grandmother clock ($506), an Italian fruitwood writing desk ($495), and a lovely pair of pink Queen Anne wing chairs ($191), all in pristine condition. The Courtyard, which is an extension of the Wellness House, a nonprofit benefiting cancer patients, is also known for carrying complete sets of things, such as an Empire-style round table with six chairs for $697 and a set of 12 crystal goblets with 12 matching wineglasses for $295.