Flea’s a Crowd

Sure, Cinderella ended up happy.

But the journey was no picnic. (When you’re friends with mice, you have some issues.)

For a surefire fairytale ending, you need a fairy godmother who will take control of your destiny (and keep rodents at bay).

Beth Brace will grant all your wishes. The owner of Bucktown’s favorite shabby chic shop, The Painted Lady, keeps a customer wish list in her pocket while hunting for fabulous wares at flea markets.

Just tell her what you want and — poof! — she’ll find it, from French provincial dining tables and apothecary jars to vintage chandeliers and antique armoires (and if you’re lucky: glass slippers). The crafty fairy can also repaint, refurbish, and weather any piece to your liking.

Stop by the Lady’s shop to make your wish.

Go get ’em, pumpkin.

The Painted Lady, 2128 North Damen Avenue, between Charleston Street and Shakespeare Avenue (773-489-9145 or thepaintedladychicago.com).

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2128 N Damen Ave
bt Charleston St & Shakespeare Ave
Chicago, IL 60647