Wednesday, August 8, 2018


By Sharon Wolff



Created 8/7/17 - Updated 3/10/19, 4/19/19, 6/21/19

Thank you for considering selling at one of Chicagoland’s best flea markets! Whether you are decluttering or starting a new small business, we are here to support you in your endeavors!

We want your experience at Wolff’s Flea Market to be pleasant and successful! 

In order to encourage your success and maintain our reputation as a legitimate, family-friendly shopping venue, we incorporate stringent merchandise rules.

Please carefully read the information included in these links:

What are you selling?
We recognize that vendors obtain merchandise from a variety of sources. While most sources may be legitimate, a few are on our radar as suspect for counterfeit merchandise. Did you know that counterfeiting is a major issue in all online forums? Social media for sale groups and marketplaces abound with a mixture of legitimate and counterfeit products. Please always research your sources. We may ask you about your source, too!

We also expect you to educate yourselves on the type of products that are allowed and why certain items are banned. Read more below.

So, therefore - we inspect your merchandise. 
We inspect everyone’s merchandise. 
All day. 
More than once. 
It's what we do. 
It's what we love. 
Call us weird. 
Call us Counterfighters.

Some vendors (usually new or first time sellers) are unaware of our rules (which follow actual LAWS) and need to either remove a big chunk of the merchandise they invested in, or even worse, have little left to sell and therefore need to leave our market. But the ultimate worst  is the vendor who takes it out again and experiences the escorted Drive of Shame, straight out the exit...never to be seen again.

Common items that first time sellers might bring:
Counterfeit Dolce & Gabbana purse
See the removable clip-on tag? 
  • Baby furniture: high chairs, strollers, cribs, car seats, formula etc. We do not allow because of safety and recalls. Even new items are included in this rule.
  • Counterfeit wholesale electronics: Online (Amazon, eBay, marketplaces, local for-sale groups, etc.) and local brick and mortar wholesalers are well known for selling counterfeit phone accessories - chargers, cables, headphones - BEWARE! 
  • Counterfeit sports jerseys: Garage sale/thrift shop/a guy/other sources might even tell you the jersey is real. It might appear to be crisp and clean with tags. Items are faked in varying quality. Please know your product before investing and bringing it out to sell. (Hint: Look for misspellings and bad stitching on fakes). 
  • Counterfeit or high end designer purses: Sorry it is very unlikely the (insert brand name) purse you found for $3 at a garage sale is real!
  • And even if you are "sure" that your Coach or Louis Vuitton bag is real - you still cannot sell it. And other stuff, too, so let's just all read and re-read the rules and spread the love.
We like to teach you to buy safely and sell safely
While we aim to educate new vendors, those who don’t get with the program may end up being permanently ejected. 

Our goals: 
It’s a piece of PIE!

And as always, please call or text us with questions. We are not lawyers, nor do we represent any of the hundreds of brand names and designers we have made it our business to protect. We are a small family-owned business that aims to do the right thing by keeping our clientele safe! We are always learning about new products and counterfeits. We love sharing our merchandise experience with the world! 

Google is your friend: Please "google" many of your questions regarding counterfeits.
Read this enchanting article about how to avoid buying counterfeits 
Or text/call us 847-524-9590


Friday, July 6, 2018

Wolff's Flea Market Vendor of the Week: JimBob's Instruments

By Guest Blogger Bianca Saputra

Vendor of the Week: JimBob's Instruments

This week, we are featuring JimBob's Instruments as our vendor of the week. Jim sells a variety of hand-refurbished dulcimer instruments. The hammered dulcimer is a percussion-stringed instrument, with strings stretched over a trapezoidal wooden frame. The strings are hit with a mallet or hammer to produce a sound similar to a harp. The dulcimer is not only a staple in American folk music, but is  also integral to folk music in parts of Asia, Central Europe, and the UK. 

Aside from the hammered dulcimer, Jim also sells santurs, the Indo-Persian version of the hammered dulcimer. The main difference from the traditional hammered dulcimer is that the santur is wider, more rectangular and has more strings. Both instruments are unique and extremely fun to listen to. 

Watching and listening to Jim intricately play the dulcimer was both interesting and enjoyable. Check him out yourself at Wolff's Flea Market in Rosemont and listen to a video clip of Jim's playing on our Facebook page!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Longtime Wolff's Flea Market Vendor the Week

By Guest Blogger Bianca Saputra

Vendors of the Week: Mr. Bausch & Mr. Hein

For Leroy Hein, selling at the flea is personal. Hein started selling at the flea just recently, but his uncle, Wally Bausch has been a vendor with Wolff's flea for nearly 2 decades. 

Bausch became a vendor to stay active after his retirement. His favorite part of being at the flea is meeting all the vendors and customers around him. Making new friends is what draws Bausch to the market week after week, year after year. 

Wally Bausch sells a variety of miscellanea, but his favorite thing to talk about are the Ferrari, Porsche, and Volkswagen Burago collectible cars. Each die-cast model is painted with a special oven-bake paint and all products made from 1976 to 2005 where produced in Burago di Molgora, Italy.

While Bausch sells a variety of goods, his nephew, Leroy Hein specializes in collectible coins. Among them include war-era pennies, memorial coins, and mint sets. A particularly touching moment happened as Hein was explaining the significance of some coins to me. A young boy, a budding coin collector, came up to the booth to look at some of the coins. After seeing his interest, Hein gave the boy a 2005 U.S. Mint Silver Proof set free of charge to jumpstart his collection. He later explained to me that he was a big coin enthusiast and wanted to share his interest in collectible coins to preserve the rich history behind the coins. 

Both of these men shared their love for the flea and of each other as I talked to both of them. Come check out their booths at space H4 and H5!