CVCJ Vendor Profile

Viva La Vintage at the Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show

Amy Ernst Mayberry

Business Name:
Viva Vintage Clothing

How long?:
20 years, in March 2019

How'd you move into vintage fashion?
I was a long-time employee at another Chicago-area vintage shop (Fabola, in Evanston) before opening my first store in 1998. You could call it a vintage apprenticeship!

Are you a collector?

What do you collect?
I collect sweetheart jewelry of the 1940s, vintage hats (mainly from the 1930s to the 1950s), and I also love vintage cashmere sweaters--especially since I am allergic to wool.

What's a favorite piece you can't sell?
My mother’s “sorority suit", circa late 1960s. It is blue, which I never wear, and it is wool, which I can’t wear--but I can’t part with it either.

What's your favorite thing to sell?
Vintage hats, jewelry, and handbags, because I believe that anyone can wear/carry them, if they find the style that works for them!

What sells fastest?
1950s cotton dresses and menswear older than 1950s.

Where are you from?
I grew up in Ft. Wayne, IN and St. Louis, MO, but I’ve been in Chicago since 1990.

Do you have a shop online?

Are you bringing anything extra special to the show?
I am planning on bringing some special jewelry pieces that have never been listed on my website, and also some designer vintage pieces that I have stashed in storage!

See Amy March 2/3 at the Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show click for Visitor Info! 

The Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show will take place March 1, 3pm to 8pm, March 2, 2019. 10am to 5pm at 5649 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660. St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church at the corner of Hollywood and N. Sheridan Road. The official website is

The 2018 Vintage Garage dates are April 22, May 20, June 17 , July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 21. There will be 100 vendors offering cool vintage and antique pieces every 3rd Sunday, April to October. Vintage Garage is located at 5051 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640. Hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with a $5 admission. Official website is

Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show, 5649 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, Illinois 60660, United States (US) - Phone: 312-505-6373 Email: URL: