For the few not introduced to my malleable mug the other night on twitter, let's get acquainted. I'm Merl. Yes that's also your Grandpa's name. I wear some of his donated clothing so we are basically the same person, hip problems and all. I have 3 cats and surprisingly am not single. To support the aforementioned walking hairball's wet food habit, I hand make an eco friendly jewelry line, help people build greener wardrobes, and take photos of other creatives. Last but certainly not least, as I mentioned earlier, I'm flinging open the doors to Market Supply Co at 6 pm [pssst Chicago catz: we are sneakily opening at 4 pm before the official 2nd Friday start time] this evening! Well, considering how accident prone I am, I'm going to let any vigorous movements be done by Karyn or Mike, my co-conspirators at 1747 S Halsted. Karyn will have her impeccable women's vintage clothing and accessories available to paw through, Mike is hawking his incredible men's vintage garb while also giving the cool kids old school barber haircuts and I'll be testing out my best Chicago car salesmen accent on the poor souls lucky enough to look at my jewelry for more than 2 seconds. I'm also more than happy to help you figure out how to work that vintage piece into your au courant wardrobe. Spoiler alert: it's much easier than you might believe. See that rad handbag I'm carrying above? And those killer high waisted army pants? AND those sick wooden platform kicks? Basically Ralph Lauren, Prabal Gurung and Prada jacked my look for their fall lines. I will give them major kudos on the premonition skills for reading my mind though.. Regardless, practically anything we are offering up in exchange for your hard earned monies can be made current while still remaining uniquely YOU. WITCHCRAFT. Just kidding, it's magic. Ok ok, it's just getting creative while earning an air five from mama N. Winning. [can we bring that phrase back? Crazy Sheen is much more enjoyable than crazy Miley..]
So we'll see you tonight? Don't worry, I'll bring the awesome merchandise ......and whiskey. Maybe even some cat hair on my clothes if you're lucky.
**all photos by Rachel Winslow