They?re the kinds of quirky things you never knew you needed but suddenly find yourself toting home after an afternoon of browsing a treasure trove: a leaf-green gardener?s potting caddy, a nubby jute runner for your hallway or an interesting low candleholder for your next dinner party.
Rita T?s Elements for Living, a recently opened warehouse market in the West Loop, is the kind of place where you find such things. Think of it as a more refined version of that old standby World Market. The 1,200-square-foot space, curated by owner Rita Thacker, is filled with home accessories, antiques and rehabbed midcentury furniture; Thacker also offers design services.
This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rita T?s (usually open by appointment only) is inviting a select group of vendors from across the country to participate in the store?s first pop-up market. Admission is $10, which gains browsers access to products like pretty kitchen towels from Etsy shop Klosti, custom cowboy boots from Lugus Mercury, vintage-inspired boom boxes from ArtPentry and more.
Shopping never fails to work up our appetite, so we?re glad to hear there will be Sobieski Vodka martinis and gourmet pancakes from Leah Wilcox?s Baby Cakes.
Rita T?s Elements for Living, 333 N. Oakley Blvd. #104; ritatselementsforliving.com