Friday, February 24, 2017

Flea Market Find: The Ice Saw

We usually don't know what happens to the unique and amazing collectibles purchased at Wolff's Flea Market.

But, thanks to customer Joe V., we have the full picture of the special home of The Ice Saw.

"My thanks to Don at Wolff's Flea Market to help me purchase an Ice Saw for the Barrington History Museum. The Ice Saw will be added to future displays of farm tools and the early tool exhibit currently planned for 2018. 

The saw will also be included in the ice harvesting exhibit loaned to the American Water Works Association museum exhibit at their WaterCon conference in Springfield, IL.

The Barrington History Museum, a not-for-profit, is located at 212 & 218 W. Main in Barrington. It currently is open by request and will reopen with new exhibits on Saturday afternoons starting April 8th, 2017."

Joe V.

Photos Betsy F

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wolff's Flea Market Rosemont 2017 Schedule

6920 N Mannheim Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018

Open Sundays beginning April 2, 2017 

4/2 - 6am-12:30pm (vendors vacate by 1:45pm)-Wolves Game
4/9 - 6am-12:30pm (vendors vacate by 1:45pm)-Wolves game
4/16 - 6am-3pm
4/23 - 6am-3pm
4/30 - 6am-3pm

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1775 N Rand Rd.

Palatine, IL 60074

Monday, January 30, 2017

Wolff's Flea Market: Elemental Fusions- A Vendor Success Story!

By Sharon Wolff

Have you met Tom and Casey of Elemental Fusions in Palatine? 

We congratulate them on their vision and attention to quality, detail and reasonably priced offerings. This successful husband and wife start-up business recently celebrated its one year milestone anniversary!

Homemade soaps, Valentines gifts, lotions, bath products, candles, uplifting home fragrances and special rocks.

Read more HERE

Visit Elemental Fusions Saturdays & Sundays at 
Wolff's Flea Market Palatine
1775 N. Rand Rd.
Palatine, IL 60074

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

It's a box! I think? Wait. What is this?

By Guest Blogger Candice lee Conner

Last week, my friend sent me this photo of a very interesting box that had bellows on the side, asking me what in the world this thing was. Surely it's some type of accordion, I thought. But where are the keys to play the music? And why are there a bunch of circles? I consulted the most knowledgeable data base I have in my arsenal - my musical Facebook friends with You Tube as confirmation. 

This, my friends, is Shruti box. The Shruti box's creation was based off the Harmonium, a keyboard instrument in which the sound is produced through reeds and bellows. The more humble shruti box is keyless and was invented so that one could create a perfect droning sound. Pitch controls are on the top or on side.

Today shrutiboxes, or shruti petti, are electronic and have recently been making a come back throughout the world.

There's even an app for that

If you are looking for that unusual gift for a musician friend, the boxes are affordable. You can find older ones on Ebay for $50-$300. Electronic boxes go for $30-$200. 
This one in particular was made by Music International

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hen on a Nest: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

Why did the chicken cross the road? 
To look pretty sitting on a nest!

By Guest Blogger Candice Lee Conner

If you have ever attended a venue that involves the sale of second hand goods, you've probably see a "Hen on a Nest" covered dish. Prices range from a buck to hundreds of dollars, depending on which piece you find. 

And these chickens come in every shape, size, color, and theme. You can get one that matches your table, your carnival glass collection, your kitchen, your...mood. The chickens are everywhere! 

Hen on a nest covered dishes came about as cheaper alternatives to the glass menageries that were being made in China, and later by Staffordshire and Dresden in Europe. The original maker could have been the Westmoreland Glass Company as early as the 1860s. They were often made from a more fragile milk glass than the more common thicker milk glass we see today. 

From there, the chicken craze flew the coop! During the late 1800s, several makers made these collectibles. Known names included Atterbury, Challinor, Sandwich, Central and McKee. Eventually Fenton and Anchor Hocking joined the party. And thus the reason why you can buy a hen on nest for $400 or $5. 

Feel like the hen on a nest covered dish is an item you want to collect? Watch out for replicas and married pieces. And make sure to collect the pieces you like. This is true for all antiques, but because of the sheer volume of chickens, there will always be opportunity to add another one to your collection. 

Marks: A good bit of hens aren't marked, but those that are will probably have one of the markings you will see on the links below. Look for these indicators to make sure your hen on a nest is the real thing. 

Glass Bottle Marks:

Also visit The National Milk Glass Collector's Society: 
Two chickens at Wolff's Flea Market. White one is Westmoreland.
(PHOTO: Candice Lee Conner)