Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Balancing the safety of your Business and the Demand for Trendy Goods: Flea Market Zone

This article by Meaghan Brophy was published in Flea Market Zone on March 21, 2016.  

Balancing the Safety of your Business and the Demand for Trendy Goods

March 21, 2016 by mbrophy      Filed under Flea Market & Swap Meet News

By Meaghan Brophy
As a vendor, staying on top of the trends and providing in-demand products for your customers is the name of your game. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that just because an item is popular, does not mean it is safe. There have been rising reports of hoverboards catching fire and exploding. There have also been recent reports of United States Customs and Border Protection seizing entire shipments and warehouses full of hoverboards because of their fake trademarks and unauthorized batteries. In addition to larger retailers such as Amazon and Target pulling hoverboards from their shelves and sites, markets such as Wolff’s Flea Markets have also banned the devices. Wolff’s recently issued a press release stating, “At this time, there are no safe or legitimate hoverboards.
Hoverboards are not the only item prohibited from Wolff’s Flea Markets due to safety and trademark concerns. All counterfeit goods and parody merchandise are prohibited from the market. “We want our vendors to sell as much as possible, while keeping everyone safe,” says Sharon Wolff, Creative Media and Merchandise Consultant to Wolff’s Flea Markets. To reinforce this rule, all booths at Wolff’s Flea are regularly inspected for knowingly and unknowingly counterfeit merchandise. In addition to the government cracking down on counterfeit and unauthorized products, brands that are being imitated are also filing lawsuits against both individual vendors and markets.
Over the past several years, Coach®, in particular has won or settled several cases, winning millions of dollars with each settlement. In today’s world where trends rise and fall seemingly overnight, safety and trademark regulations are hard pressed to keep up. As a vendor, you are in a position to make judgment calls when selecting which goods to sell. Wolff’s recommends all vendors practice caution when purchasing products, and have released the following guideline to assist vendors in making sound business decisions:
• Price: Be suspicious if the offered price it is too good to be true.
• Packaging: Is it cheap, blank or different from the authentic version?
• Spelling: Misspellings on packaging and tags are a giveaway that the item is a fake.
• Quality: Poor quality on a supposed high-end item indicates that it is fake-bad stitching, broken seams, etc.
• Quantity: Be suspicious of a high quantity of a current, popular name brand item.
• Source: A “guy” or an anonymous Internet wholesaler could be suspicious.
• Comparison to real item: Visit retail stores to study authentic products.
• Realistic Availability: Is it realistic for your source to legitimately offer this brand, type or quantity of item to you?
• Existence factor: The fact that the item exists in a nontraditional or unauthorized location.

Wolffs Flea MarketsTel. 847-524-9590
Website: www.wolffs.com
Rosemont Market:
6920 North Mannheim Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Palatine Market:
1775 N. Rand Road
Palatine, IL 60074

Friday, March 11, 2016


Opening Sunday April 3 - Outdoors at the
ALLSTATE ARENA-25th Anniversary!
 6920 N. Mannheim, Rosemont, IL 
Between Higgins & Touhy

Please note that early close days are highly trafficked and busy! Much attendance occurs before noon! Occasionally an event may be added by the Allstate Arena that will cause the flea market to close for the day, or to close earlier in the day than normal. We will always post updates at our markets, twitter, Facebook, and wolffs.com. Subscribe to emails at wolffs.com for immediate, frequent updates and news.


Wolff’s Flea Market Palatine – 1775 N. Rand Rd remains open year-round. This market contains 350 indoor spaces and is open both Saturdays and Sundays 8am to 4pm. To visit Palatine for FREE with paid admission at our Allstate Arena Market, just get your hand stamped at any Rosemont Admission booth. Please see the other side of this flyer for more Palatine information.

A. HOURS:  6am to 3pm (Open for vendors at 3am)
B. VENDING SPACE FEE:  $40; Corner Spaces $50
C. YEARLY RESERVATION:  $150; The Reservation fee is a yearly one-time fee which holds a specific space if the vendor arrives prior to 6:15am. Reserved vendors still need to pay daily rental fees. Reservations are not required for daily vendors.
D. TABLES:  $7/day per 6’ table
E. Reserved spaces are held until 6:15am
F. Spaces measure 25’ X 18’ (25’ front; 3 parking spaces)
G.  Plenty of spaces also available on a first come first serve basis for daily vendors. In 25 years, we have turned vendors away only a couple of times. Oversized vehicles may require a 2nd space. Please refer to Vendor & Merchandise rules at wolffs.com (e.g. no counterfeits, etc.)
H. CUSTOMER ADMISSION:   $2 Adults, $1 Senior Citizens (62+) & children 6-12, children under 6 are free, $4 Early Admission fee prior to 6am
Discounted multi-visit passes available at our Information Booth 9am-1:30pm during market hours.


Wolff’s Flea Market has renewed its lease at the Palatine location through March 2017.  We are located on Rand Rd., just north of Dundee, only minutes off of Route 53.  This intersection is one of the busiest in the northwest suburbs, and only about 20 minutes northwest of our outdoor location at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. This market has been open for 6 1/2 years and has been steadily growing in popularity and visibility in the area.

Both reserved and walk in spaces are available. Please refer to vendor rules at wolffs.com (e.g. no counterfeits, etc.). If you are interested in a reserved space, it is important that this is accomplished early in the summer as we quickly fill up once we get to late summer/early fall!

We will also have outdoor spaces available if interested.

1.     HOURS:  Saturdays and Sundays, 8am-4pm (open for vendors 6am October thru April)
                                                                               (open for vendors 7am May- September)

2.     Summer Pricing (May-September)

a)     Reservation/Storage: (non-refundable) $55 per month for the first space, $45 for the second space, $40 for the 3rd and additional spaces
b)    Daily Fee:   1st Space  - Saturday - $20, Sunday - $25              
                                2nd Space - Saturday - $18, Sunday - $22
                                3rd Space (+ additional spaces) - Saturday - $16, Sunday - $19
                                Corners and Walls are an additional $5 per day

3.     Fall/Winter Pricing (October-April)

a)     Reservation/Storage: (non-refundable) $70 per month for the first space, $60 for the second space, $55
              for the 3rd space.

b)    Daily Fee:  Regular Space - Saturday $22, Sunday $28
                                Corner/Wall-Saturday $27, Sunday $33
4.     Additional Fees
a)     Electricity:  $2 per day
b)    Table Rental:  $6 per day, $10 per weekend (6’ tables)
c)     Saturday overnight storage for non-reserved vendors:  $4
d)    Customer Admission: $1 for adults, .50 for seniors and children 6-12, under 6 free.

5.     Every weekend, non-reserved daily/weekend spaces will also be available on a first come first serve basis.

6.     Spaces measure 12’ X 8’ (12’ front)

7.     Vendors storing merchandise are required to pay their daily rental fee whether they present or not

8.     The Village of Palatine requires that all vendors supply us with their name and address, which will also be given to Palatine. Packaged food vendors must call Wolff’s in advance to determine if a food license is required from the Village of Palatine.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Vinyl Spectacular 4  
Sunday April 17, 2016

On Sunday, April 17, one day after 2016’s official Record Store Day, record.guide and Wolff’s Flea Market host its 4th Vinyl Spectacular. Twice a year, record collectors gather to hunt, dig, and spin their way through over 75 dealer tables full of vinyl records and other music and memorabilia.

April 17 marks the first time that Vinyl Spectacular will showcase its Record Sideshow with live music, door prizes, giveaways, food and character costumes (dress up as your favorite star for free gate admission).  Additionally, an informational series on record collecting entitled Collectapædia will debut studies in record cleaning, grading, hardware setup and more.

Hours for shoppers are from 8am to 4pm, but if you don’t mind bumping elbows, early-bird hours begin at 7am for a $5 entrance. Otherwise it’s a buck ($1) to have the experience you won’t forget.

Our dealers will include Chicagoland record shops who, along with other collectors, will bring RSD 2016 swag and releases for any who happened to miss out on something the day earlier.

We can still cram in some tables, so call 312-554-5515 or email chris@wolffs.com for further vendor information. We welcome those selling instruments and musical gear to inquire into availability, as well.

Again, dress up as your most favorite star to receive free shopper’s admission and check the day schedule, past photos, and future updates at http://record.guide

1775 N. Rand Rd.
Palatine, IL 60074