The overnight flea market was a success. For the mosquitoes and the humidity. (Did you know those obnoxious bloodsuckers are all female?) I would advise anyone the following:
- Go when it opens and it is still light out or see #2.
- Bring a kit: flashlight, measuring tape, glove in case you like old tools (they are very rusty and get a tetanus shot while you’re at it), lots of wet-naps or baby wipes, and plenty of water.
- BUG SPRAY (although thankfully I am immune due to ongoing allergy shots)
- Ladies wear a loose-fitting, comfy skirt if you are a natural sweater cause you’re gonna get soaked.
- Everybody wear a tank top (with LOTS of deodorant, please).
- You will find mostly antiques and vintage goods.
- I have no idea what goes on inside the pavilion because I was too busy getting an amazing deal on a Lot of vintage jewelry from a couple who bought their own Lot of goods from a hoarder. It’s unbelievable what these people stock up on underneath all that garbage. Wowza.
- Most vendors are ready to bargain. Anyone who has already priced every single thing on their table is lazy and watching you like a hawk. Go for the people with tons of unpriced stuff and don’t be afraid to make a deal. They are plenty used to it and you might think because you see something you’ve never seen before that it’s rare but I assure you, most of those things will also be at other tables or cheaper on Etsy.
- Bring your own bags. Most vendors do not have them. I brought a reusable bag, the kind you’d bring to the grocery store. If you like to shop, bring a couple of those or a duffel that’s easy to carry. You can carry your Flea Market Kit inside!
- In general, be careful. When you’re rummaging through things, you never know if there’s a rusty nail or a safety-pin or something that can puncture your skin. You do not want that.
This particular market charged me $7 to get in (adult rate). Kids are welcome and there is plenty of parking, although as you can imagine it can get a little crazy. Not bad, though.
I leave you with my wonderful tin of jewelry, purchased from a couple who gave me a lot of advice for my business. They operate regularly around Chicago (especially at Wolff’s in the parking lot of the Allstate Arena) so I look forward to seeing what they have next time!