It wasn’t a love of collecting cool, vintage threads that inspired Lana McAllister to open this shop. Although she’s always been a fan of old-school, quirky clothes, she initially started selling her collections to take her mind off of her love life. “Three years ago I got dumped, and I needed something to do,” McAllister says. She was living in a storefront at North and Ashland Avenues, so on the weekends, she and Michelle DeLeon, her business partner, opened McAllister’s apartment to the public and held low-key yard sales under the name Pistol Bazaar. Three years and two apartments later, the grassroots sales have been such a success that they decided to open a legit boutique in West Town. In addition to eclectic clothes from the 1950s through the 1980s, the shop also stocks records and goods from local artists, including Loaded Blanks greeting cards ($3), Sarah Homans’ jewelry constructed from salvaged metal ($25–$50), McAllister’s homemade knitwear and earrings ($15–$75) and even a photobooth where shoppers can pose for photos ($3). Who says a little retail therapy can’t cure a broken heart?
|Venue name:||Pistol Bazaar (CLOSED)||Contact:|
1717 W Chicago Ave
|Cross street:||between Paulina St and Hermitage Ave|
|Transport:||Bus: 9, 66.|
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