Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Vintage Video Clips of the 1960s - 1970s

It's time to sit back and relax as you watch a collection of some favorite musical clips and comedy sketches of the 60s and 70s.

New clips frequently added, so check back often and follow Wolff's Flea Market on Pinterest

Links Include:
I Love Lucy
Andy Griffith
The Odd Couple
The Partridge Family
Frosty the Snowman
Hardrock, Coco and Joe
Many more!







Friday, December 7, 2012

10 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Sharon Wolff

OUR HOLIDAY MOVIES 2012:
12 Days of Flea Market Bliss
8 Days of Flea Market Hanukkah
You've Got 10 Gifts $10 and Under

Over the next few months you will be spending extra money on gifts, food, decorations, seasonal clothing and more. Here a few ways to save a little as you go. Wouldn't it be interesting to keep a tally of how much money you save? Photos depict items that have been for sale at Wolff's Flea Market, They may no longer be available. But you will surely find something!

1. New Seasonal Decorations: if you didn't purchase clearance priced holiday decorations at the end of last season, don't despair! You can easily find new packaged holiday decor - lights, lawn decorations, trees -  at flea markets at less than current retail prices.



2. Used Seasonal Decorations: Recycle, reuse, repurpose! Items are destined to have a second or third life after the original buyer no longer wants them. They often end up at a resale venue like a garage sale, thrift shop or flea market. You can easily find gently used items in excellent condition an all of these places. Often seasonal items have been used only a few times and are in ready condition for their next home.



3.  Table Accessories: Have fun dressing your table for less! Candy dishes, linens, serving bowls, crystal, depression glass, platters, vases, candle holders and other knick knacks add a special touch to your holiday themed "tablescape". You can find funky accessories to fit your budget.

4.  Creativity: Display your flea market finds in unique and unusual ways. Mix and match seasonal colors and textures and the amazing eclectic result will impress your guests!

5. Gifts: Buy new, used, handcrafted, vintage and antique items at flea markets. You'll find better than retail prices and have fun hunting for additions to your loved one's quirks or collections.



6. DIY: Is a piece of furniture a little too scratched up for your preference? Missing a knob or two? Use your "future vision" and imagine what you can do to repurpose the item into a custom designed piece.



7. Stock up: See something you like? Is it a product you use regularly? Think ahead and buy in quantity. A vendor may even give you a bulk discount. Examples: food, paper products, toothbrushes, cleaning supplies, buckets of laundry soap.

8. Winter accessories:  Gloves, socks, hats, scarves make practical gifts and are useful for yourself.  At a flea market you can often purchase attractive items for men, women and children for $5 to $10.



9. Furniture: Sometimes it's better to buy a good solid piece of second-hand wooden furniture because in the long run it is higher quality than the same, more expensively priced pressed wood furniture.

10. Off brand items: The "generic" or unknown brands of products you see at a flea market may have come from a wholesaler and are offered to you at discounted prices. The quality, warmth and style can be just a good as a well-known brand, only cheaper in price! Don't be "married" to the brand; give the generic a chance!

So what are you waiting for? See how much money you can save while enjoying a flea market experience! Grab a friend and try a flea market!



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

EGGPLANT EXTRAVAGANZA


Mystery boxes appear at Wolff's Flea Market
I really did it this time. Perhaps I was sentimental, as it was October 28, the last day of the outdoor season. Perhaps I was jealous of the overflowing shopping carts being pushed and pulled by customers while I walked around taking notes on my clipboard.

So when I happened upon an unassuming young man seated and partially hidden by a wall of closed boxes, I was intrigued. How could someone just sit there with sealed boxes of merchandise? I took the bait. "What's in here?" I asked. "Eggplants", replied the polite gentleman. "$4 a box." He proceeded to tell me how he came to possess this extraordinary amount of eggplants. For those of you in the flea market business, surplus items are acquired in many ways. These eggplants came by this vendor legitimately, and because they were perishable, they needed to be sold asap or they would need to be disposed of.

I thought to myself that if I was able to take, tackle and transform a riduculous amount of carrots, pineapples, onions and potatoes into several tasty creations, then maybe I could do the same with this extraordinary amount of eggplant. One problem, my eggplant has its own eccentricities. All I could think of was my first attempts at entertaining with eggplant. Three Thanksgivings ago, my idea of a healthy alternative to salad was roasted vegetables. Sounds good, but the eggplant effort ended with a tough skin and overly mushy pulp. My guests politely declined the atrocious aubergine.

Only last month, I attempted eggplant parmesan. I make a pretty good lasagna, so what could be so hard about applying the same principles to eggplant? As the tray of eggplant baked, it looked and smelled delicious. Unfortunately the cheese/sauce element was the only edible portion. The sliced eggplant remained, in my own words, "As tough as the rubber soles on your sneakers". My son Ben was quite supportive and insisted that it was good. He even made it look like he enjoyed it. That is one reason that I love him. I gave up and just picked the melted cheese. I vowed to never make eggplant again.

So, why when faced with a box of 1 dozen ripe for today eggplants would I possibly entertain the thought that I could make, not 1 but 12 eggplant recipes? Why? Because I work at a flea market, and in the flea market world, it's possible to do anything with a find.

Below are photos of my savory creations.
Click the link below each photo to be directed to recipes on the Hungry as a Wolff Cookbook Blog


12 EGGPLANTS

BREADED BAKED EGGPLANT SLICES

EGGPLANT PARMESAN

BABA GANOUSH


SAUTEED EGGPLANT TOFU AND PASTA

EGGPLANT STUFFED WITH CURRIED GROUND BEEF AND BROWN RICE


Monday, October 22, 2012

Variety at Wolff's Flea Market - #1 BOOKS!

This post is first in a series of articles depicting the diverse vendors and customers who attend our markets. Since I love books and am never without a current read plus several others lined up for the next read, I decided to start with our own celebrity author, Jeannie Brown.

Jeannie Brown is a Palatine resident and long-time customer at Wolff's.  She is a lovely gal with a positive outlook and friendly personality.

Jeannie has written two books, and I have thoroughly enjoyed both volumes from start to finish!

Time Release: a "Conspiracy/Romance/Thriller"- the first in the Sara Parkins/Jason Forest Series

The Catwalk  second book in the series 

Jeannie is currently working on her third book

Need a good read? Books are available in paperback and kindle versions on amazon.com
If you would like to meet Jeannie or have her autograph your copy of her book, she is a frequent visitor at our Palatine market and usually carries a few copies with her. Stop by and say hello!











Saturday, September 29, 2012

Oops!

By Sharon Wolff
Updated April 2015


Please STOP what you are doing to remove item(s) from your table and place out of sight in your vehicle.        
DO NOT SELL THESE ITEMS



WHY? The easiest way to explain it is that there are "2 types of counterfeits". Both are illegal and therefore banned at our market. Refer to the examples below. It is very difficult to explain the concept of dilution. Here is another try!

1. Counterfeit logo- claims to be the brand but isn't.
    If it talked: I am a Coach purse (Example 1 below)
2. Diluted logo-looks too much like the real thing and the confusion is considered a type  of counterfeit. If it talked:  Am I a Coach purse? (Example 2)

QUESTIONS & COMMENTS:

  1. I didn't know: Well now you do, so don't do it again
  2. It's real: Sorry no Coach, Louis Vuitton (+) allowed. Only they can decide if their       products are real. We will not authenticate.
  3. It's just one item: It's illegal to sell counterfeits in any quantity- 1 or 100
  4. It's used: It's illegal to sell used or new counterfeits.
  5. What if I tell customer's it's fake? Nope, it's illegal to sell counterfeits.
  6. That guy has it. Please point him out and we'll talk to him too.
  7. But the customer wants it: Nope, sorry it is illegal to sell counterfeits.
  8. The guy who sold it to me said it was real: Um, you shouldn't be trusting "guys"
  9. Other places don't bother me: Thank you, we take that as a compliment.


THE LAW

Lanham (Trademark) Act 1946 is the federal US law prohibiting trademark infringement and dilution.  Read more HERE

GRR...


  1. Please don't argue. It's the law. Your cooperation helps fight this worldwide problem. We continue our research, but are not lawyers and cannot claim to know everything. We will try our best to answer your questions!  THANKS!
  2. Arrests of counterfeiters happen at flea markets, private homes, independently owned stores, kiosks and more. 
  3. Read our articles "There's a Bust For That" HERE & HERE


 July 7, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -A vendor at X market was arrested for trying to sell hundreds of fake designer handbags and sunglasses. Undercover officers spotted the display of purses at the flea market and arrested the vendor, a woman from Cicero. She will face felony charges for unlawful use of trademarks.

Copyright ©2012 WLS-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved http://abclocal.go.com/wls/storysection=news/local&id=8728556


EXAMPLE 1 REAL COACH PURSE 
Note the symmetrical C signature. Authentic Coach purses are available from authorized retailers, department stores and Coach outlet stores. It's possible you have an authentic purse that was your own, or a relative's, or you believe that one you have acquired is the real thing. Unfortunately, due to varying characteristics of counterfeit Coach purses, we believe that only a Coach representative can verify authenticity of their product.
 So, please do not bring real/authentic Coach items to sell at our market.
Photo Source: coach.com


                             
             EXAMPLE 2 COUNTERFEIT COACH PURSE
 Quick tell: Cs are not symmetrical. Unfortunately, you may find outright counterfeit purses for sale at resale shops, thrift stores, garage sales, purse parties and/or online and brick and mortar wholesalers. It doesn't make it any more legal. Please do not bring them to resell at the market.
Source:  http://www.bagbliss.com/counterfeits/coach/ 













EXAMPLE 3 DILUTED COACH PATTERN G? O? 
Unfortunately, you may also find these types of purses for sale at resale shops, thrift stores, garage sales and/or online and brick and mortar wholesalers. It doesn't make it any more acceptable to our guidelines.
Please do not bring them to resell at the market.
We consider this purse counterfeit and will not allow it to be sold.

PHOTOS FOR DISCUSSION AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY
TRADEMARKS BELONG TO INDIVIDUAL COMPANIES
This article is part of our ongoing research on counterfeit products. While we are not experts, we try to understand and educate ourselves.
QUESTIONS? Call 847-524-9590 or visit wolffs.com
Copyright 2012 Wolff's Flea Market Yellow 9/2012, 10/2012


Monday, September 24, 2012

SPECIAL EVENTS 2012: WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET


WOLFF’S FLEA MARKET SPECIAL EVENTS 2012

ROSEMONT
SEPTEMBER 30 - OPEN 6am-3pm
OCTOBER 7 - OPEN 6am-3pm FORMER LEGENDS NEGRO BASEBALL LEAGUE at 10am
OCTOBER 14 - OPEN 6am-11:30am
OCTOBER 21 - OPEN 6am-3pm – ELECTRONICS RECYCLING
OCTOBER 28 - LAST DAY ROSEMONT, CLOSE AT 12:30pm




PALATINE - OPEN EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY 8am-4pm
OCTOBER 27 - HALLOWEEN Trick or Treat, Giant Pumpkin, ZUMBA, COSTUME PARADE, CRAFT
NOVEMBER 4 - GRAND REOPENING PALATINE – SPECIALS, RAFFLES, FREE ADMISSION WITH FOOD
                          DONATION TO PALATINE PANTRY AND ELECTRONICS RECYCLING
NOVEMBER 10-25- FREE ADMISSION with nonperishable donation to the Palatine Food Pantry
NOVEMBER 24-SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
DECEMBER 16 (tentative) - PICTURES WITH SANTA, BRING YOUR CAMERA, HOLIDAY CRAFT

CALL 847-524-9590 or visit wolffs.com for event specifics as we get closer to dates





Wednesday, August 29, 2012

How to Build a Recycled Pallet Shelf

Sharon Wolff

Two pallets were used for this project. I used the existing frame of a smaller HT (heat treated) pallet and added extra slats from a larger HT pallet for two extra shelves and the backing.

Pallet measures approximately 21.5" x 31.5"
 I removed a center slat from the front to open up the
shelf and attached to the back.

Slats removed from a larger HT pallet. Use a mallet to gently loosen boards,
and a hammer to pry out the twisty screws. It's not that hard to remove the slats,
just be patient and they will eventually loosen.


Cut slats to size for shelves and back. I used a hacksaw. A Sawzall is definitely on my birthday list.

Rough design before assembly. I added two shelves.
The lower one is permanently screwed in and the upper one (on an angle) is removable.


After sanding out the slivers and spots.
I used my Mouse electric sander with 60 grit paper.

Close-up of permanent shelf with support block

This idea evolved. I had a nice piece of wood that was too short to reach across to be used as a
permanent shelf.  Decided to make it removable to display taller items if needed.
Photo is a close-up of the shelf  resting on support screws in the front and back of frame.  



Front-after sanding and assembly.
Added slats to the bottom shelf and on top to cover the
cut out pallet handles that were part of the frame.

Back-before sanding

After sanding and one coat of  stain. Decided not to varnish.
Flea market insulators have a new home









Monday, August 27, 2012

Recycled Pallet Furniture Part 2 - Bench

Really, what legitimate flea market gardener doesn't possess 1 or more of the following assortment of  items in their yard:

cinder blocks - check
pallets - check
railroad ties - I can only hope
old tires - check
old bowling balls - check
lots of rocks - check
garbage picked furniture - check
over-grown patches of pure gardening joy - check
lots of ideas - check

David was on guard when I came home with more pallets. Joseph told me "ok, that's enough" as we loaded two small pallets into the trunk from behind a manufacturing plant (Always ask first before taking). I find that if you just tell the guys at the dock that you need a couple of pallets they are happy to offer them to a middle-aged mom accompanied by her robust son.

After the easy assembly of my first pallet project, the coffee table, it was time to make its companion, and I chose to create a pallet bench.

Please know that while many wonderful items can be made from recycled pallets, there is an amount of caution and controversy on this subject. In my short pallet experience, I have found two types of pallets- the very heavy blue Chep pallets that contain chemically treated wood that should not be brought into the home. I have used these only for yard projects (coffee table and bench). The other type of pallet is a lighter weight natural wood pallet that is marked "HT" for Heat Treated, which means it was place in a kiln with no chemicals. A future project will utilize the HT pallet for an indoor shelf.

Also, I recommend fresher, newer looking pallets as opposed to ones with known possible bacteria attracting products (food for example). However, since a pallet leads a rambling lifestyle, you may not know its checkered past.  It is possible to clean a soiled pallet with a bleach solution, but wood is porous. So if it looks really icky, be patient and find a nicer one. I am comfortable with the pallets in my possession and before I bring the HT project into the house, it will be wiped down, sanded and sealed.

Yada, Yada, Yada, let's get on with the project already!

Don't have all the "before" photos, but you can see what the pallet looked like. Literally sawed it in half and reconnected and reinforced it with scrap wood. Added scrap 4 x 4s leftover from the old swing set to raise the height.
The backside looks a little rough and I am looking for a few more pieces of scrap wood to trim it. There is a nice compartment it the back for storage or to place our favorite LED light & glass insulator combos.
Color it up: I used a variety of paints and stains leftover in the garage.
They have all withstood several rain showers.

Wheels: This is a heavy bench, so wheels were in order.
Yes, these are a bit ugly, but were cheap and sturdy from the
flea market and just right for a rustic outdoor project.


Dress it up: Clearance cushions from Garden Ridge - the perfect fit.


Gracie approved




Friday, August 24, 2012

FLEA MARKET GARDENING: RECYCLED TIRE PLANTER Part 2

Sharon Wolff

In order to create an inverted tire planter, it is necessary to obtain a soft, pliable tire. Found these two old cart tires at the flea market last week for $6 and couldn't wait to get to work.

STEP 1:   2 worn, soft tires. About 14" diameter
STEP 2:  Outline the petals with chalk or contrasting marker

STEP 3: Use a utility knife or box cutter and follow along the outlines.
This tire was so soft, it took only 10 minutes to do the cutting.

STEP 4: Turn tire inside out. Not too hard, since tire was soft and pliable.


When inverted, the rim becomes a pedestal!

STEP 5: Spray paint top portion. Be sure to paint inside the
petals as they will be visible. Priming is not necessary and you can
use any type of outdoor spray paint.

STEP 6: Spray paint bottom portion and rim

The center of the rim has a hole for built-in drainage. I recommend lining tire with garden cloth.
Can't wait to fill it!

*Please note that tire planters are for decorative use only and you should not be used for vegetables, herbs, fruits or any edible plant because of chemicals in the rubber and paint.



Tire planter posing with a recycled pallet bench. More about the bench soon!