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Friday, December 12, 2014

FLEA MARKET GIFTS ARE THE TRUE DEALS OF THE SEASON!


THESE GIFTS ARE THE 
TRUE DEALS OF THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
By Sharon Wolff
Wolff's Flea Market

Too many choices in the mall can lead to an empty wallet, frustration or hasty decisions. 
Why not find your gifts at the flea market this year? 
Great deals on antiques, new merchandise, handmade and bulk items that no one else will have. 
Be the star of your holiday gift-giving scene and shop small at your local flea market!

$5 HANDMADE BRACELETS

BOOKS!

MAN CAVE BEER CLOCKS

ANTIQUE DRAWERS

COLORFUL GLASSWARE

VINTAGE PORCELAIN FOR DOG LOVERS

TOYS YOU HAD AS A KID

VINTAGE TRUNK

EVERYONE COULD USE MORE SOCKS!

VINTAGE TURNTABLE



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

COUNTERFEIT EDUCATION: COMPARE REAL & FAKE HELLO KITTY MERCHANDISE by Wolff's Flea Market

Sharon Wolff
Wolff's Flea Market
Creative Media and Merchandise Consultant
wolffsflea@aol.com
Copyright 2014
May be used with permission and credit to this source

In our ongoing quest to educate staff, vendors and customers, we keep presenting these informative photo collages. We just can't help it.

Over the years, we have created enough collages to fill a book that includes information on many vulnerable brands and products. We show it off at the market as we make our rounds. This method of education proves to be very useful for all learning styles and abilities.

Below are a few quick ways to distinguish between real and fake Hello Kitty products. Images and names used for purposes of education and discussion. Trademarks belong to the individual licensees. Information and conclusions presented here are based on our own experiences. We are not lawyers or trademark experts and research is ongoing.

Counterfeit merchandise is not allowed at Wolff's Flea Market. However, these types of products are unfortunately and perhaps tragically readily available through brick and mortar and online wholesalers. Resellers must remain aware of this never-ending worldwide issue. We hate it when our hardworking vendors lose money and potential income when they are scammed into purchasing inferior and illegal products from unscrupulous sources.

Visit our Haul of Shame Counterfeit Museum at Wolff's Flea market Palatine!
More info at wolffs.com
Or call 847-524-9590



Sunday, November 30, 2014

ALL ABOUT THAT PLACE (FLEA MARKET) PARODY

YES, WE MADE A FUN PARODY OF
 MEGHAN TRAINOR'S "ALL ABOUT THAT BASS"
INSTRUMENTAL BY FRESH KARAOKE



LYRICS
Because you know I’m all about that price
Bout that price, no retail
I'm all about this place
Bout this place, no big mall
I'm all about the flea, bout the flea...flea market
I'm all about this place, bout this place

It's pretty clear
We ain't no big box store
But you can find it here
And so much more
We got cool cool stuff
The collectors chase
And all the right junk in all the right places

I shop for this and that
To fill my shopping cart
I like collectibles
C'mon now find a ring
To save your money-money
Just come on in
Cuz every part of a flea market is adventure to the max

Mama she told me the flea market's very fine
(ooh-shop-shop)
You'll find antiques and new stuff and treasures here all the time
(buy it, buy it)
Don't shop boring stores
Celebrate flea market finds
(ooh-shop-shop)
Remember repurposing leads to the best home designs
(buy it, but it)

We're bringing vinyl back
Go ahead and tell your friends to buy a snack
We really think we're fab
We're here to tell you
Every inch of this is perfect from the bottom to the top

 Using copyrighted content in parody
Essay written by Borgus.com
"Parodies are comedic imitations of someone else's work, usually paying respect to them.  According to law.com parody is "the humorous use of an existing song, play, or writing which changes the words to give farcical and ironic meaning." Law.com says that court decisions have favored parodies and that "there is a free speech issue involved in these decisions since parodies traditionally have social and political significance."
Parody has long been a viable part of entertainment. It allows for comment, criticism, and humor of an existing work.  Comedy sketches poking fun at an existing TV show or a popular song have proved to be important forms of art.  Special laws have been upheld to allow artists to freely perform parody to it’s fullest to avoid copyright issues." http://borgus.com/legal.htm

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

10 SMALL (BUSINESS) REASONS TO SHOP AT A FLEA MARKET

Old advertising letters
By Sharon Wolff

People regard Small Business Saturday as a day to honor small and family-owned businesses after mall and big store shopping on Black Friday. But we here at Wolff's Flea Market celebrate small businesses each and every day that we are open, as do other markets worldwide.



WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET CHICAGO AREA
FLEA MARKETS AND SWAP MEETS ARE
COMPRISED OF HUNDREDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES
1970's LOVE Chair

What types of sellers might be found at a flea market? Families, individuals, start-up companies, small business entrepreneurs, non-profit groups, inventors, crafters, designers, junkers, senior citizens, charities, veterans, collectors, hoarders, garage salers, downsizers, empty-nesters, students, hobbyists, service providers, business owners. There are surely even more!

In no particular order, here are 
10 SMALL (BUSINESS) REASONS TO SHOP AT A FLEA MARKET


Repurposed window art
  1. Personalized attention as vendors engage their customers in conversation and camaraderie. 
  2. Support of small and growing start-up ventures
  3. Handmade crafts like soap and holiday decorations
  4.  Last year's new merchandise finds a home after big box stores sell their surplus to auction houses for resellers. Consumers save big bucks on new items like clothing, shoes and accessories.
  5. Store returns in mint or slightly banged up condition (often fixable) find a home as big box stores minimize their losses by selling these items by the pallet to resellers. Toys, small appliances and household goods abound in this category.
  6. The concepts of Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle come alive for used merchandise as one man's trash is another's treasure
  7. As the Duggar's say, " Buy used and save the difference". Save money on used items that are perfectly usable.
  8. One stop shopping. Flea markets offer just about every category of merchandise from furniture to books, clothing, jewelry, art, home decor, kitchen goods, gifts, antiques, sports memorabilia, movies, music and more. Very convenient!
  9. Unique and one of a kind items like vintage estate jewelry, collectible toys or retro signs are hard to find and dealers are able to deliver to their customers.
  10. The element of surprise! Who knows what you will find?

Vintage tin garage
What will you find at the flea?
Shop small at your local flea market!

Nice Banana Crate







Thursday, October 16, 2014

HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT EVENT AT WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET


Saturday October 25

Join us for our Annual Halloween Trick or Treat Event!
FUN HALLOWEEN CRAFT, MINI HAUNTED HOUSE,
GAMES
Kids in costume admitted free and can trick or treat all day

SCHEDULE
8am GIANT PUMPKIN CARVING by STEVE DAHLKE
See video of Steve's previous pumpkin here:
More on Steve here: Steve's Pumpkin Art.

1pm ZUMBATOMIC - ZUMBA with Jenn Voss! This is an awesome dance activity for all ages!
Plus 2 secret special guests!
Immediately followed by a Costume Parade around the market. Prizes for best costumes!
ALL DAY Trick or Treat, Shop, All 4 The Love of Cats Fundraiser & Games

In between the fun, you can buy lunch at the Sock Hop Cafe, and shop over 300 individual sellers with antiques, books, toys, clothing, jewelry, video games, music, movies, new items, resale, discounts, food and more!

More info: Call 847-524-9590 http://wolffs.com/