Wednesday, September 28, 2011

MERCHANDISE INSPECTION-PLEASE DON’T BE OFFENDED!

By Sharon Wolff
Original post 9/28/11. Revised 1/12,  2/6/12, 9/10/12, 1/27/13
Wolff's Flea Market is vigilant about inspecting merchandise at every booth, every week. If we talked to you last week or 2 weeks ago, we may talk to you again this week about the same or different items you are selling.  Please realize we mean no disrespect to you, nor are we singling you out from other vendors. It is our job to ensure that the merchandise offered at Wolff's Flea Market is in accordance to our rules, Rosemont/Palatine rules, and state and federal laws. So please, if you see a staff person lingering over an item on your table, or if you are questioned about your merchandise, do not take offense. We try to speak respectfully to you, and hope you can return the favor. When in doubt, we may ask you to remove a certain type of merchandise, or even request receipts from you.

While we are not perfect and cannot claim to know every detail about every type of item-we are open to engaging in productive, educational conversation, especially on the subject of possible counterfeit merchandise. We are lucky to have professional sources at our disposal and have also amassed a small number of people who can unofficially answer our questions about certain types of products. We may ask that you remove an item until we can verify more information at a future date. If we cannot verify more information, then it will need to be permanently removed.

We are aware that counterfeit merchandise exists world-wide, costing legitimate manufacturers millions of dollars of revenue each year, as well as funding illicit trade and deplorable working conditions. The fight against counterfeiting is ongoing and a seemingly endless list of products is affected. Unfortunately, flea markets across the country have received negative press for raids and arrests related to counterfeit merchandise.

Maybe you didn't know that what you are selling is counterfeit (or another type of item that is not allowed-CLICK HERE). While we would love to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, at the same time, it's important for any questionable or banned items to be removed immediately and permanently from public availability.

INTERNET WHOLESALERS
It's outlandish how accessible counterfeit merchandise is over the internet from so-called “wholesalers”. Just google the topic and you will find numerous websites offering high end designer and other licensed goods. 80% of counterfeit goods are manufactured in China.  We find it appalling that overseas countries offer fake designer goods on the premise that they are quality and legal.  Read their descriptions; they actually seem to be bragging about replica and fake products. Even if they don’t indicate that it is fake-the awful grammar and spelling is a tell-tale (and humorous) clue that what you are buying is not real. Federal and international agencies work to shut down these websites but it is an ongoing process, and you, as a buyer and reseller-MUST BEWARE! Always keep in mind that if a bulk deal on any type of licensed, trademarked, designer, etc. goods seems too good to be true-it is! Just don’t get yourself fooled into thinking that what you order online is legal or real. Chances are, the website has not yet been caught and shut down. We don’t know how this part of the process works, but please for your own good, just stay away from such deals.

BRICK AND MORTAR WHOLESALE STORES
Sorry, but the same rules apply to your purchases of licensed or designer items from a wholesaler, even if it appears to be a legitimate brick-and-mortar store. We have seen questionable merchandise that has come from such stores in the city. At this point we do not offer a list of acceptable stores.

LEGIT WHOLESALE MERCHANDISE
Sellers can purchase wholesale merchandise from the Midwest Merchandiser catalogue on display at Palatine and Rosemont.
"The Merchandiser Group magazines bring you coast-to-coast coverage of the Flea Market and Swap Meet industry. Each monthly issue is packed with sources of wholesale merchandise as well as articles bringing you the inside scoop on how to prosper in the fascinating world of flea markets and swap meets." Source: Sumner Communications, Inc.

RESALE SHOPS
Used and pre-owned counterfeit items cycle their way into garage sales, resale store and thrift shops. Private individuals and both for profit and non-for profit shops have not been targeted by officials, probably because of the small number of used items that trickle in. Official investigations seem to focus on new items, sellers, wholesalers and the manufacturers. However, keep in mind, that although you may think you are getting a great deal on a used designer bag, chances are that it is fake. Even if it is used, or if you have only one item, it is not allowed to be sold at the market.

QUESTIONS
1. Is is ok to sell a fake item if the seller tells the buyer that it is fake? 
   No! It is illegal to sell counterfeit products.

2. Is it ok to sell my own real purse?
No. There is no way to determine authenticity of many types of items unless a representative of that particular company is present to do so. In some instances, we may accept a receipt that matches the item(s), but some brands are never allowed at the market because we just can't tell for sure that they are real. For us, it is sometimes easier to tell if an item is fake, but not tell if it is real. Some brands that are never allowed: MAC Cosmetics, Dr. Dre headphones or earbuds, Coach, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci.

3.  Why can't I sell a purse whose logo is similar to the real thing, but is slightly different?
 This is called "Trademark Dilution" and essentially tricks a buyer into thinking they may be buying a designer item. Owners of the trademark believe that dilution diminishes the value of their brand with inferior representation.


EXAMPLE
For this article, I am using the Louis Vuitton brand as an example for counterfeit and dilution.  The same concept applies to other trademarked brands. I include the logo for educational purposes only and understand that it is owned and copyrighted by Louis Vuitton. 

A genuine Louis Vuitton handbag may cost $1,970 from the official, authorized Louis Vuitton store or website. This price exceeds the budget of most of us regular folk. If you can knowingly or unknowingly buy a fake bag for $35 or even $60, would you? What is wrong with someone wanting to have the "designer look" but not pay the designer price? First of all besides the legal ramifications, the fake bag is of poor quality and will likely begin to quickly degrade-seams will tear, zippers will break. The loss of even $35 is a waste of your hard-earned money. Why not buy a nice no-name leather bag that will look better and last longer? We applaud the vendors who offer these acceptable attractive & quality items.  And what about the naive buyer who actually thinks they are getting a good deal and have been tricked? That's just wrong.


There seems to be a fine line between "designer inspired" and "Trademark Dilution".  Our research continues. Below is an example of trademark dilution.



Think you're looking at a genuine Louis Vuitton item?
 Look again and you will see that the logo
 is actually "LX" and the quatrefoil
 monograms are incorrect.
This is called "Trademark Dilution", and it's illegal.
Confusion-dilution-illegal
This is the Louis Vuitton monogram logo.
Even if you don't care about prancing around using a "disposable" purse, the real crux of the matter includes the economic and legal ramifications of buying and selling counterfeit merchandise. I will conclude this article with brief information on these 2 areas and include links for further reading.

Economic: The industries and owners of the trademarked items lose millions of dollars in sales and profit to counterfeiters. Governments lose money enforcing laws related to intellectual property rights.

Legal: Louis Vuitton is actively committed to fighting counterfeit trade. As a result, over 13,000 proceedings and 6000 raids have been launched resulting in the arrest almost 1000 counterfeiters. (Source HERE) This is just one company's process, and many other companies have joined in the fight.

Google the following terms to read more examples and cases related to the legal ramifications of counterfeits: designer handbags, fake purse, counterfeit raid, flea market raid, wholesale designer sunglasses. Please be informed and protect yourselves and your families!

REVISION January 2012: A federal jury has awarded Louis Vuitton has been $3.6 million in a settlement for trademark infringement against a San Antonio flea market for allowing counterfeit items to be sold at their establishment. This landmark case shows that not only are individual sellers liable for counterfeit goods, but also the flea market owners who rent space to them.

The math: 9 infringed trademarks x $4 million per mark = $3.6 million

Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2006

No parts of this article may be copied or distributed without permission from Wolff's Flea Market.Trademarks shown are for educational purposes only and belong to Louis Vuitton. Seriously how else can we educate?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Newsletter September 21, 2011

Wolff's Flea Market
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011

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OUTDOOR MARKET
Allstate Arena
6920 N. Mannheim
Rosemont, IL 60018
Open 6am-3pm
every Sunday through October 30

INDOOR MARKET
1775 N. Rand rd.
Palatine 60074
Open every
Sat/Sun 8am-4pm


Happy Fall! Our Rosemont vendors have a bounty of autumn merchandise including produce, corn, mums, Halloween decorations, warm clothing, school supplies & more! Our Palatine vendors are stocking up and currently offering the holiday fare you need for Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas and gift-giving.

The last day for Rosemont will be Sunday, October 30. But, luckily, you won't need to miss a week of Wolff's, since we have lots of plans for the fall/winter season in Palatine! 

Read on...
 Special Palatine Dates to Remember: 

Friday October 14-Look for the decorated Wolffy Mobile at Kinsch's Florist Trunk or Treat. Read More Here

Saturday October 29-Kids in Costume get in FREE & can trick
-or-treat all day. Costume judging, prizes & carving of a GIANT pumpkin. Read More Here

Saturday October 29-Community Flu Shot Clinic-1pm-3pm. We are teaming up with CVS Pharmacy, Palatine.  Read More Here

November 6- GRAND RE-OPENING of indoor market in Palatine  Prizes, raffles, "New Faces, Familiar Spaces", food, music, fun! Read More Here

Vendors! This is the time to start thinking about the indoor season in Palatine. Spaces are available for reservation and we may be offering perks for first time indoor sellers. Call 847-524-9590 to see if you qualify. 

Think November 6 and our GRAND RE-OPENING!

SEE YOU AT THE FLEA!

Sharon Wolff
Wolff's Flea Market
SEASON PASSES ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT ROSEMONT ON SUNDAYS AT THE INFORMATION BOOTH AFTER 9AM. EXPIRED PUNCHCARDS WILL BE HONORED NEXT YEAR, OR USE THEM IN PALATINE FOR A 2-FOR-1 ADMISSION. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Newsletter September 14

WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET
September 14, 2011
PALATINE: OPEN SAT/SUN 8AM-4PM
ROSEMONT: OPEN FULL DAY EVERY SUNDAY 6AM-3PM
LAST DAY IN ROSEMONT IS OCTOBER 30

September 17-18-Palatine
Live demos & handcrafted artwork for sale

September 18-Rosemont-10am
Click here: TIE-DYE EVENT

LIFESOURCE BLOOD DRIVE

OODLES of ONIONS
candy onions For recipes highlighting the fresh and bountiful  produce from Wolff's Flea Market...

CLICK HERE:   Oodles of Onions


*Do you have any favorite creations using fruit, vegetables or spices from Wolff's? Send them in! Please include your name & phone number. Email to wolffsflea@aol.com

We will create a special Wolff's Community Cookbook and distribute it before the holidays. This idea is in the early stages of development. Any suggestions?

Also see:
Fall is in the air! The last day for the Rosemont market is Sunday October 30. Our vendors will be migrating inwards to Palatine. Please be sure to follow us to our indoor market. Totally worth the drive and new deals & vendors arrive weekly! It's not as far away as you think. Map & directions HERE

SEE YOU AT THE FLEA! (tm)
Wolff's Flea Market

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October 29: 
Halloween Happenings
Trick or Treat, Costume Parade & prizes for kids under 12. Palatine market. More details soon.
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Discount passes are still available for sale at Rosemont. We will honor expired ones next year.
-$15 for adult 10-pass punchcard
 -$7.50 for senior & child 10-pass punchcard.

Purchase at the Allstate Arena Info Booth in the building after 9am (ish) on Sundays. 
Wow! Our facebook page increased by over 100 last week! Everyone who signed up to "like" us received a coupon for free admission to the Rosemont Market. This week, a free coupon is also being offered for the Palatine Market.
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1775 N. Rand Rd., Palatine, IL 60007
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Offer Expires: September 18, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Oodles of Onions

Candy Onions
Yep-he did it again-brought home fresh produce in mass from the flea market. This time, it was 2 large bags of onions  However, these were no ordinary onions. They are called "Candy Onions" and it was proclaimed that they would be the best tasting onions in the world. Since they were grown at Twin Gardens Farms, (who bring us the incredible Mirai Sweetcorn), I was in on this food prep project without hesitation. I was ready to rock! It's getting easier each week to enjoy the bounty of fresh produce at Wolff's.





Sweet & Delicious!

DAY 1
David just ate them plain--sauteed in olive oil!







DAY 2
CHICKEN SOUP
Directions:
Chicken Soup
Combine in large stockpot: water, 4 chicken thighs, 4 chicken breasts, (skin on), celery, onion, carrots, parsley. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low until chicken falls off the bone. This takes a few hours, so just go about your business and keep checking on the soup every now and then. When chicken is tender, remove from pot, separate meat from the bones and cut into bite-size pieces. Strain the broth and keep whatever vegetables you would like to put back in your soup.

The Fixins:
Separately cook the egg noodles of your choice, cubed potatoes, rice and matzoh balls. I always cheat and make the Matzoh Ball soup from the Manishewitz mix (available in the Kosher food section at most grocery stores).

Lay it all out in separate dishes and everyone can assemble their own individual bowl of chicken soup according to their tastes. I have not added salt to this recipe so add your own to taste.

DAY 3
CHICKEN-ONION-ZUCCHINI-NOODLE PLATE
Chicken & Noodles
I grew my first zucchini ever, and it seemed right to add it to this dish. Using left over chicken from the soup, onions and broad egg noodles, this was a very easy recipe.
Ingredients:
Cooked broad egg noodles
onion
cubed cooked chicken
zucchini
mozzarella cheese (optional)
fresh parsley, chives and basil

Directions:
Sauté onion & zucchini in olive oil. Combine with chicken and noodles. Sprinkle with cheese and herbs.


DAY 4
ZUCCHINI-ONION FRITTATA
Frittata
My zucchini was really big, and there was plenty available for the frittata. After studying and combining a few recipes, I decided upon this creation. Great for brunch and leftovers reheat well.

Ingredients:
1 onion
Turkey or Veggie Bacon
2 cups sliced zucchini
1/2 C  shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 C  parmesan cheese
fresh chives-chopped
6 eggs
Optional add-ins: green pepper, tomatoes, a spoon of salsa or Greek yogurt, veggie or turkey sausage, your imagination!

Directions:
Chop onions & sauté in olive oil until browned. Place in Pam-sprayed round casserole dish and allow to cool. Chop and brown turkey or veggie bacon (we like Morningstar). Add to casserole dish and allow to cool. When onions and bacon have cooled, add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Bake in 400 degree oven until eggs have set and top is browned. Slice with pizza cutter and serve.

DAY 5
FRENCH ONION SOUP
French Onion Soup
I never thought I could make French Onion Soup. It always looks so perfect and roasty-toasty when served at restaurants. I was surprised at how easy it is because who would have known that it's mostly just onions and beef broth!

Ingredients:
1 large onion
2 14-oz containers beef broth. I used Emeril's brand, since it seemed the healthiest. For a vegetarian option, use vegetable broth.
1 T sugar
1T flour
French Bread- we like Jewel European French Bread
Sliced baby swiss cheese

Ok-how easy is this-
Sautee onions in olive oil until beginning to brown. Add sugar and flour and mix well. I never added sugar or flour to onions before and it seemed to caramelize the concoction.

Pour in beef broth. Bring to a boil, then cover and cook on low until onions are tender.

Meanwhile, slice and toast bread so that you will have 2 slices per bowl
When onions are tender, ladle into an over-save bowl. Place 2 pieces of bread and cover with 2 slices of cheese. Bake at 400 on a cookie sheet (for melt-off) until cheese is browned.


Below are the brand names used for these recipes.
 

 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Newsletter 9/1/2011

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September 1, 2011  
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Rosemont: Sunday 9/4 6am-1:30pm (Closed Monday, Labor Day)
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Dear Penny,
I subscribe to your emails & really enjoy reading them, but am just not into facebook. What's all the fuss about "liking" or "following" everyone? Why should I? Won't everyone be spying on me? What's in it for me?
Signed,
Maya Statiss

Dear Maya,
True, the blue facebook icon is everywhere. But did you know that 750 million people & businesses use facebook worldwide?

Facebook began as a social platform for friends & family to connect, and now businesses use it to promote their brand, offer special deals and communicate with their public.

Wolff's Flea Market utilizes many types of online social media (more about this in a future issue). Facebook is our fun, friendly, interactive and informative dialogue between vendors, customers and staff.

Sellers advertise their products for FREE on our page. In turn, customers looking for a specific item might ask who is selling it.

Last minute weather-related/schedule info has proven especially helpful to vendors and customers on rainy Rosemont Sundays. Look at our older facebook posts to see how efficiently we kept everyone informed on July 24! 

Facebook is also fun! We love to share! You'll find hundreds of interesting and unique photos in our albums. Followers can post their favorite flea market finds. But you can't do this if you don't join!

*Best of all...we occasionally offer FREE ADMISSION coupons exclusively for our facebook followers.

When you sign up for facebook, you will be given the option to keep your account private. If you become a Wolff's Flea Market follower, people will see only your name, comments to us and profile photo. That's all. If you have attended to your privacy settings, they will not be able to gain access to your phone number, favorite color, shoe size, personal photos, address, email, birthday, last night's dessert choice, what time you woke up, place of employment, etc. Read more HERE

So hop on board! Click on any of the Like us on Facebook buttons in this Newsletter to join or follow us! 

* Look on facebook next week for FREE admission coupons (Rosemont & Palatine) for the weekend of September 10 & 11.

Love,
Penny

NEXT issue: 
*Super-Couponing Highlights
*Former Legends of the Negro League 
*Social Media: Trip Advisor & Yelp
*Oodles of Onions & Recipes