Sunday, December 28, 2014

ACCEPTABLE DISPLAY CASES FOR E-CIGARETTES

As of January 2015, all electronic cigarettes and accessories must be displayed in a closed case.
Here are a few examples of acceptable cases.





Printable E-Cigarette Sign

(PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO PRINT)

SB 1756, PA 98-0350, ilga.org. 
As of January 2014, sales of electronic cigarettes to minors is banned in the state of Illinois. This ban prohibits a person under the age of 18 years of age from buying, possessing, being sold, bought for, distributed samples of, or furnished an electronic cigarette.

VENDORS SELLING E-CIGARETTES & ACCESSORIES AT WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET ARE REQUIRED TO CARD CUSTOMERS & ENSURE THAT ALL INDIVIDUALS ARE OVER THE AGE OF 18

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



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/

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MERCHANDISE RULES WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET: PINK SLIP UPDATE MARCH 2015


THIS IS THE UPDATED VERSION OF THE "PINK SLIP" THAT IS GIVEN TO VENDORS WHO HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING MERCHANDISE. OUR AIM IS TO EDUCATE. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

MERCHANDISE RULES

Friday, August 8, 2014

WANTED POSTER: FAKE SAMSUNG PHONE ACCESSORIES

Because of the popularity of Samsung products and the seemingly quick counterfeit evolution and mutation of packaging, we have now banned many Samsung related products from our market. Yup, Samsung has been added to the growing list of our banned brands (Coach, Louis Vuitton, Dr. Dre Beats, Chanel Perfumes, MAC cosmetics, OtterBox, LifeProof). 

We will not attempt to authenticate such items.

While wholesalers offer useful deals on many "generic"or "compatible" accessories for your smart phone (e.g. Samsung, Apple), the ones pictured below do not adhere to those concepts!

These products are considered trademark infringement and therefore counterfeit.

How do we know?
Some of the parameters we look at include:
  1. Confusingly similar packaging
  2. Confusingly similar product design
  3. Unauthorized use of trademarks and/or brand names
  4. Prices that are too good to be true 
  5. Unrealistic availability and more...
Images used for purposes of discussion and education. Counterfeit merchandise not allowed at Wolff's Flea Market. Trademarks belong to individual licensees. We are not lawyers or trademark experts and conduct ongoing research. 




PITFALLS OF WHOLESALE MERCHANDISE

SOME OF THE ACCESSORIES IN THIS WHOLESALE DISPLAY CASE ARE CONSIDERED TO BE COUNTERFEIT BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN APPLE AND/OR SAMSUNG TRADEMARKS. 

WE ARE NOT LAWYERS OR TRADEMARK EXPERTS. WE CONDUCT ONGOING RESEARCH ON MANY PRODUCTS TO MAKE DECISIONS ON ALLOWABLE MERCHANDISE.

COUNTERFEIT SALES ARE NOT ALLOWED AT WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET.

IMAGES SHOWN FOR PURPOSES OF DISCUSSION AND EDUCATION AND TRADEMARKS BELONG TO THE INDIVIDUAL LICENSEES.

COPYRIGHT WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET 2014



Friday, August 1, 2014

WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET EDUCATION: CELL (SELL) PHONE ACCESSORIES

By Sharon Wolff

As part of Wolff's program of Prevention, Intervention, Education (PIE), I have compiled 3 slides to increase your understanding on how to identify appropriate cell phone accessories to sell at our markets.

We are not lawyers or trademark experts. The information contained in this blog post is meant to be educational and should not be taken as legal advice. Conclusions based on our opinions, observation and research.  It is not all inclusive, and is only a sampling of what we do in our Research Zone. We conduct ongoing extensive research regarding counterfeit issues for a variety of at-risk brands and merchandise categories. Images used for purposes of education and discussion. Trademarks belong to individual licensees and companies. Information subject to change based on new information (lawsuits, arrests, updated merchandise, evolving levels of counterfeits, etc.)

Vendors are ultimately responsible for their own merchandise. 
Please call 847-524-9590 with questions

INTRODUCTION

TIP 1

TIP 2