Chicago Botanic Garden holds its annual bulb sale Sept. 29th and 30th. Find 200 varieties suitable for Midwestern gardens, including specialties like hyacinth and autumn crocus. Preview the catalog starting Sept. 1st at Admission is free; parking is $15. 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe; 847-835-5440

David Yurman, known for its trademark cable bracelets, men’s timepieces, and inventive designs using semiprecious stones, opens a Chicago boutique this month. 40 E. Oak St.;

Fox’s discounts its selection of designer merchandise from 40 to 70 percent off for one day, Sept. 15th. 2150 N. Halsted St.; 773-281-0700

P. 45 hosts a trunk show on Sept. 7th and 8th, featuring classic knitwear from Uluru, designed by Caroline Priebe. 1643 N. Damen Ave.; 773-862-4523

Pivot, a West Loop boutique stocked with eco-friendly apparel and accessories, opens this month. Find Linda Loudermilk (whose nature-inspired designs are created from sustainable fabrics), Ciel, and Undesigned by Carol Young. 1101 W. Fulton Market;

The Renegade Craft Fair features the work of more than 200 crafters on Sept. 15th and 16th. Visit for more details. Division Street between Damen Avenue and Wood Street

Shecky’s Girls Night Out, a New York–based shopping event, returns Sept. 19th and 20th. Enjoy cocktails, beauty treatments, and up to 75 percent off designer apparel. General admission is $10; goodie bag admission is $30. Purchase tickets at Great Hall at Union Station, 210 S. Canal St.

Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade shop, holds its annual Oriental Rug Event from Sept. 7th to 15th, featuring more than 300 rugs from Pakistan. 719 Main St., Evanston; 847-733-8258

Todd & Holland Tea Merchants marks down teas and accessories by 50 percent off from Sept. 8th through 15th. 7311 W. Madison St., Forest Park; 708-488-1162

Seal doctor’s bag, $350, at

The Buzz Bin

Brigid Murphy made her first strike as a designer when she refurbished her father-in-law’s Sears, Roebuck bowling bag. Since then, she’s been rescuing vintage cases—of late, her favorite shape comes from doctor kits circa the 1950s. She meticulously restores each find and hand-stitches new linings; her results are Prada-esque. “You will never run into someone carrying your bag,” says Murphy, a performance artist and musician who starred for 17 years in Chicago’s vaudeville-inspired Milly’s Orchid Show.
-Barri Leiner

Boutique News 

Tabula Tua, the tableware and accessories store, is doubling in size and adding fine china by Anna Weatherley, Varga Crystal, Missoni, and Pickard. Look, too, for a new wedding studio where brides-to-be can experiment with table arrangements. 1015 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-525-3500


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