Freshly Picked

Earlier this month, Danielle Colby—whom you may have caught on the History Channel’s antiquing reality show, American Pickers—swung open the doors to her new Bucktown boutique, 4 Miles 2 Memphis (1734 W. North Ave., A warrior for the handmade movement, Colby stocks many upcycled creations of her own design, sewn from vintage and recycled materials like silk, satin, taffeta, and lace. Situated next door to Broken Cherry (1736 W. North Ave.), 4 Miles to Memphis emits a similar rock ‘n’ roll vibe with army jackets (normally $70, currently on sale for $56) and girl-power tees (normally $25, now $20) hanging on the racks alongside unique gift items like handmade earrings created from actual pennies (normally $18, now $14.40). Get a taste of the goods on the store’s website: Now through February 15, you’ll save 20 percent off your purchase online.


Top Sales This Week

The winter sale at Sarca (710 N. Wabash Ave., 312-255-0900, has just gone from good to great. Prices for select apparel, shoes, and jewelry by brands like Penelope and Coco, Allison Parris, and Nieves Lavi have dipped from 40 percent off down to 75 percent off.

Consignment boutique My Best Friend’s Closet (1780 Green Bay Rd., Highland Park, 847-681-0002,—the North Shore’s source for gently used Chanel, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton—is celebrating its third anniversary with food, drinks, raffles, and special discounts on Friday at 6 p.m.


The Best of the Rest

  • Previously just for the gents, Chicago label Domestic Workwear ( now makes pants for ladies, too. Designer Daniel Evans will be at Dovetail (1452 W. Chicago Ave., 312-508-3398, on Friday, from 7 to 10 p.m., to size both men and women for a pair of perfectly fitted, made-to-order pants.
  • Handle with Care (1706 N. Wells St., 312-751-2929, is betting that old rascal Punxsutawney Phil won’t be seeing his shadow this weekend. Select sweaters, denim, hats, and gloves will be 20% off on Saturday, in honor of Groundhog’s Day.
  • Unconventional brides can meet more than 100 like-minded vendors at Indie Wed (, a bridal expo happening Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Ravenswood Event Center (4043 N. Ravenswood Ave.). Purchase tickets online for $15 (before noon on Friday) or at the door for $20 (cash only).
  • Randolph Street Market (1340 W. Washington St.,, an indoor vintage swap meet, returns to the West Loop, running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $8 online or $10 at the door.
  • Randoons (962½ Green Bay Rd., Winnetka, 847-784-1890, is cleaning house to make room for new spring items. Now through February 23, select women’s apparel, handbags, and accessories are marked 30 to 60 percent off; shoes and boots are 30 to 70 percent off; and candles and gifts are 40 percent off.
  • You say it, they’ll engrave it. Eskell (1509 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-486-0830, is holding a jewelry engraving event to help you personalize the perfect Valentine’s Day gift on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.