It's not everyday you're invited to a party held in a three-floor, 10,000 sq. foot antique mall.
It's not everyday you get to wander such a mega-mall, beer/cider in hand after enjoying some stellar local bites, rocking a super-fun scavenger hunt for gift certificates and other prizes.
It's not everyday that you get to bid on really, really nice vintage/antique items and have 100% of the proceeds go to local charities.
But if you're Yelp MKE elite (or lucky enough to be in solid w/ one of 'em!) then sometimes, you get to do these things.
It all started with a scavenger hunt: folks wandered the impressive expanse that is this killer antique mall searching for the answers to clues… and for why? For gift certificates, of course! (Antiques on Second gave away over $300 worth of gift certificates to winners.)
Zak's Café brought generous samples of their signature dishes: crab cakes (ohmygah!), meatloaf, and scalloped potatoes. Nom! Clock Shadow Creamery brought some fresh made cheese curds (getouttahere!) along with different flavors of quark – a spreadable cheese somewhere between cream cheese and ricotta in interesting flavors. Cripsin was there with an array of amazing ciders, we had New Belgium suds, and other swill from PBR tallboys and… need we go on?
Oh. But we will.
The charity auction? So so so much fun. Everything from old cameras to stained glass windows, mid-century modern and hand-crafted furniture, vintage luggage and purses, comic books… and *all* donated by Antiques on Second and their dealers, and *all* proceeds going to St. Ben's and the Hunger Task Force. In sum, 75 Yelpers raised over $1000 for these great organizations… not too shabby, Milwaukee!
This one was definitely one of my favorite events we've done here in the four-one-four. Local restaurants, local charities, and shopping locally has never been this fun… or this cool! (Oh… and check the rest of the pics here and the reviews here.)
Remember: shopping locally is a great way to support local businesses and the local economy, y'all!
Until next time, SYOY…
Rachel F – Yelp MKE Community Manager