Tuesday, May 22, 2012

WATCH YOUR WEIGHTS

C - Canopy Weights
A - Are
N - Not
O - Optional
P - Please
Y - You need to be safe!
Vendors, this post is for you. With hot weather upon us, many of you will choose to bring a canopy to shield you and your merchandise from the sun. It is very important that when setting up your booth for the day that the first tasks you attend to are your CANOPY & UMBRELLA WEIGHTS. We understand you are eager to unpack your merchandise, but if you are using a canopy, the first priority is safety. Do not leave your weights in your vehicle "to set up later". You may get busy and forget. Wind and wind gusts are an inherent part of of being outside and can occur at any time. Early in the day, the air may seem calm, but being in a wide open space, wind gusts can occur. As the day progresses, air currents from overhead planes and other weather conditions can also cause windy conditions.

We like the EZ Up brand because, although more expensive, it is sturdier than cheaper brands and seems to stand up well in windy conditions. Inexpensive canopies can break in strong winds and will need to be replaced.

IT IS REQUIRED THAT YOU WEIGH DOWN ALL FOUR LEGS OF YOUR CANOPIES IMMEDIATELY UPON SET UP.  Over the years, we have learned that 40 pounds of weight ON EACH FRONT LEG are what it takes to keep your canopy stable. You do not want a wind gust to pick it up and send it flying into and damaging merchandise, vehicles, or worse-people. Our staff walks and drives around to ensure that you have the proper weights, and will require you to either rent our weights & straps for a nominal fee or take down your canopy. We charge $2 per weight and include a strap. There is a $20 deposit refundable upon return of the weights.

GUIDELINES: It is acceptable for each of the front 2 legs of your canopy (or center post of umbrella) to be securely attached to 40 pound weights (not 20 + 20). The back 2 legs may be tied to your vehicle with rope, bungee cord, etc. A 5-gallon water container ties to each front leg is also acceptable. You can empty the water into the gully near the highway (not in the parkig lot), as it will run into other vendor booths.
CANOPIES CANNOT BE SECURED TO YOUR TABLES OR MERCHANDISE! These items are not heavy enough and table weight will lessen as you sell more merchandise!
The following images are examples of acceptable and safe weights.






Wolff's weights-rent by the day




Thursday, May 10, 2012

Season Passes

SEASON PASSES

Discounted season passes are available for Rosemont at the Information Booth on Sundays.
The booth is located just inside the Allstate Arena and is open most Sundays 9:30am-1:30pm.

ADULT: $15 for a 10 pass punch card ($5 savings over regular admission)
SENIORS & CHILDREN AGED 6-12: $7.50 for a 10 pass punch card ($2.50 savings over regular admission)

Mother's Day Gift Suggestions


REMEMBER MOM at  WOLFF’S FLEA MARKET
GIFT BASKET GIVEAWAY IN PALATINE ON MAY 12

FIND THESE ITEMS & MORE  IN PALATINE & ROSEMONT!

*  CANDLES  * AVON  * JEWELRY  * SCARVES  *

*  NICK-NACKS  * BOOKS  * ANTIQUES  *

*  PRECIOUS MOMENTS  * SUNGLASSES

* PLANTS * FLOWERS  * ART  *  COLLECTIBLES  *

*  DISHES  * PURSES  * GARDEN DÉCOR  *

* BIRDHOUSES * WALLETS  * T-SHIRTS  * 

*  BAMBOO  *  MAKE-UP  * TOTE BAG  *  

* HAIR ACCESSORIES  * FURNITURE  * COOKBOOKS  * 

*  NOVELS  * MAGAZINES  *WATCHES  *

 * PLANTERS  * BOWLS  * VINTAGE HANDKERCHIEF  * 

* CAMERAS  * CROCKPOT * SPA GIFTS  * PICTURE FRAMES  *

STUFF! KITCHEN SINKS! WHAT DID YOU FIND?


 



Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Shout Out to Our Vendors

Just want to send a special shout out to the wonderful loyal vendors of Wolff's Flea Market!

To our Rosemont vendors: Thank you for bearing with our varied schedule as we start the 2012 outdoor season at the Allstate Arena. We have had a few early closings and you have been stellar in packing up and vacating the lot on time. Wish we had a time-lapse camera to see how a full lot progresses to an empty lot. Many of you have been loyal participants for up to 21 years! You schlepp your products back and forth every week, load and unload, and much of this happens before the crack of dawn! It's great to see your familiar faces return season after season! Have a great summer!

To our Palatine vendors: We get to have a different sort of relationship with you! Due to size and permanence, the indoor market breeds a special family-like, friendly, intimate atmosphere. Smaller than Rosemont, we are able to communicate each other on a personal basis.. We have the ability to make announcements for customers searching for certain items, and you are there right away with your offerings.

To all of our vendors: We recognize the hard work put into procuring and creating your merchandise displays. Many of you work all week at one or more other jobs, and then for an additional 1 or 2 more days on the weekends. When do you sleep? We respect your business entrepreneurial efforts and the variety of ever-changing items you offer. The face of the typical flea market vendor is diverse and ever-changing. Old-time hawkers, service providers, pickers, discounters, salvage dealers, ethnic merchandise sellers, crafters.

Beyond the known concepts of, "Recycle, Reuse, Resale, Re-buy, Repurpose, etc.", a flea market offers a very important service to its customers by matching them up with products they cannot find on their own. You help the public "Re-find" collectibles, bargains, home furnishings and more.

Of course, our market is supported by the thousands of loyal customers- regular and new- and a very strong and dedicated staff.

So, next time you visit us in Palatine or Rosemont, pause for a moment, and look around for the familiar faces of vendors, customers and staff and think about how we are all intertwined in the beautiful system of the oldest shopping concept in history.