Come flea with me
We're baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaccccccccccck! And in our typical fashion, we had some good times, some really good times, some not good times, and some really not good times. LOL
But maybe you want to come along to my most favorite flea market? Actually, of all the flea markets I have been to (and that's a lot), this might be my favorite flea of all time. Every year it is excellent.
No, it is not the Kane County Flea Market , which was really horrible this year.
Welcome to Wolff's Flea Market at the Allstate Arena. This thing is huge. It takes me a good 2 hours to walk it once, and in general I shop the flea market pretty fast.
It is right on top of O'Hare Airport, so the planes feel like they might land on you at any moment. And it's noisy. And still I love it. Why?
This flea has everything under the sun, in every price range imaginable. Need a sweet old desk?
A trunk full of linens? All the tablecloths were $5 or less in her booth.
A table full of loads of pretty things, but with pretty price tags. Tablecloths here were $15+. She had the most gorgeous vintage yardage, a 3 yard piece, but it was $40.
Have a tiny bathroom and need a sweet old corner sink?
Maybe you need an, umm, weird art mannequin thingy? LOL Sorry, I could not resist taking that picture.
The folks are friendly too. (He wanted to know if he would end up a MySpace page, which got us talking about the blog here. You wouldn't think people would think taking pictures at the flea is weird, but some do.)
I totally filled up the old flea market cart and then some for less than $100 here. As soon as everything is unpacked I will share the actual treasures!
If you go:
* I don't know about Saturdays, but Sundays are excellent.
* Wear comfortable shoes and if you can, make the kids ride in a wagon or stroller. It's really a lot for a small kid. And warn them ahead of time that the air traffic is NOISY.
* Bring a cart! You are going to buy more than you can hold.
* We always arrive close to 8, when you can still easily park the car.
* It is not an antique market. There will be plenty of actual junk: old clothes, trucks full of bags of potato chips, and other stuff you are not the least bit interested in. Do not let that fool you. There are treasures here, just ignore the stuff that doesn't interest you. (Although, we buy plenty of more practical stuff here too. I always buy new sewing scissors from Tommy, and there are Thomas trains for Jack, and cheap used DVDs, etc.)
* Since there is something for everyone, you don't have to hurry. There are enough varieties of buyers that what you are looking for will still be out there somewhere.
* Enjoy it! If we lived closer I would be in serious trouble out there. :-)