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Vintage Shop ‘Swantiques’ Opening Andersonville Pop-Up Offering Furniture, Art And Clothes

The Skokie-based vintage and antiques dealer is taking over the former Akira shop through Nov. 6.

Lora Swanson's business, Swantiques, is opening a pop-up in Andersonville.
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ANDERSONVILLE — A local vintage dealer is returning to Andersonville with another pop-up shop offering furniture, decor and clothing.

Swantiques will debut its pop-up shop with an opening party 6-9 p.m. Friday at 5228 N. Clark St. The shop will be open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday starting Saturday and running through Nov. 6, owner Lora Swanson said.

The opening night party will include a wine tasting, snacks and music. Swantiques is operating out of the 6,000-square-foot former Akira clothing store space, which has hosted pop-up businesses.

Swanson founded Swantiques in 2008, selling antique through post-modern pieces from a warehouse and showroom in suburban Skokie. The business hosts two pop-ups a year, generally on the North Side and nearby suburbs.

This season’s pop-up marks a return to Andersonville. In 2018, Swantiques came to the now-home of Raygun at 5207 N. Clark St. Since then, the dealer has held pop-ups in Edgewater and Evanston.

“Andersonville was a great location last time I was here, but it was hard to find a good space,” Swanson said. “This huge store was available. It’s just a beautiful space.”

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On top of vintage furniture and decor, Swantiques will also sell clothes and records.

The pop-up includes vintage furniture, art, rugs, lighting and home decor sourced by Swanson. Other vendors will also have a presence in the store, including RareJule Vintage clothing, Nick Dvyne Records, Luna Delgado Botanicals, Ixia Flowers and Bond Artisan Foods.

Swantiques is coming to a stretch of Andersonville that has many antique and furniture dealers. That is part of the attraction of coming back to Andersonville, Swanson said.

“I love to be by other vintage shops,” she said. “People like to take the trip and visit all the places. Everyone has different things because their all unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.”

For more information on Swanqitues and its pop-up, click here.

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