Thursday, June 23, 2016

MEET OUR STAFF: The People of Wolff's Flea Market

By Guest Blogger Candice Lee Conner
All Photos by Candice Lee Conner
Thank you Candice for introducing the friendly faces of Wolff's Flea Market!


It takes a lot to run a flea market with over 700 vendors almost every Sunday. Wolff's Flea Market has been running their market smoothly for 25 years, because of the folks behind the scenes. This past Sunday, I talked to Wolff's cashiers. 

Meet the Cashiers!

Mary Ellen, Supervisor
Makes sure vendors pay up
Saves the day when cashiers need a break
Been at Wolff's for 12 years


Darlene, Cashier Supervisor
16th year at Wolff's
When not at Wolff's she's working O'Hare Airport
Rollerskating, playing volleyball on Mondays with seniors
Working events at the Allstate Arena
And she was looking at a unicycle - to buy - whilst we were talking!
Joanie, Cashier
Daughter is getting married very soon
During the week, Joanie is a full time Substitute Teacher
Been at Wolff's for 6 years

Hilda, Cashier
Been at Wolff's for 16 years!
During the week, Hilda is making folks days and working at a local gas station


Rocio, Cashier, ParkerBeen at Wolff's for 6 years
During the week Rocio is a supervisor for the City of Chicago

Sharon, Cashier, Parker
Been at Wolff's for 3 years
Sees a lot of parking craziness
During the week, Sharon is doing whatever she wants. She retired in March!

Karen, Cashier
Been at Wolff's for 5 years
During the week, Karen helps out her dad


Donna, Cashier
This is Donna's first year at Wolff's!
During the week she is either St. Alexius Hospital, nannying, or playing with her two cats. 

Guest Blogger: Creative Uses for Flea Market Finds

Today's guest blogger is Betsy Fons

Thank you for sharing your projects and ideas!

The first item I ever bought at a flea market was a 5 by 7 carved wooden box. I was 8 years old and we were on our way back home from visiting my grandmother. My dad took the family to a flea market and gave $10.00 to each of his 6 kids to spend. I loved that box and it held many of my childhood “treasures” for many years.

Now, working at a flea market, one of the things I like best is to see customers thrilled about the unique items they buy. I can completely understand their excitement at finding something they have special plans for in their home.

I have grown from buying carved wooden boxes to items I can repurpose in creative ways.  The pictures below are of a few of my finds. I bought an old gardeners tool box, painted it, and put it in my bathroom to hold toiletries. The other picture is of an old church music hymn board that I use to hold family pictures. It’s easy to find creative ways to repurpose flea market finds…if you’re just willing to think outside the box!

Toiletry Caddy
(PHOTO: Betsy Fons)

Hymn board turned photo display
(PHOTO: Betsy Fons)


FUTURE PROJECTS:




Thursday, June 9, 2016

MEET OUR VENDORS! The People of Wolff's Flea Market


By Guest Blogger Candice Lee Conner

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, you can find anything at Wolff's Flea Market. From Love - which we talked about earlier - to antiques. 

And yes folks, even your fresh produce. An epic place to get those strawberries, mangos, and veggies is Dave's Farm Stand. If you've been to Wolff's Flea Market in the past 17 years - you've seen their rather large stand in front of the Allstate Arena. I interviewed Ruben, Dave's son last Sunday while he was tending to his many hungry patrons. 

"I grew up in this place!" said Ruben. He's been working at the market since he was a kid, when his dad ran the stand. Dave and his family joined Wolff's Flea Market 17 years and Wolff's is happy they stayed with them!

The customers love Dave' Farm Stand too. As I was interviewing Ruben, a customer named Lisa yelled out that his "stuff tastes good and that everyone should buy here all the time." 

Ruben sells all kinds of fruits and veggies and products vary depending on the time of year. His key to being successful is to make sure to stay in season. This means buying fresh and local and never buying frozen. 

Said Ruben, "If it's not something I'll put on my table, I don't bring it."

So, there you have it folks. One epic food stand run by an epic person. Dave's Farm Stand is located in the front of the Allstate Arena every Sunday at Rosemont and every Saturday and Sunday at Palatine. 

"If it's not something I'll put on my table, I don't bring it"
Fresh mangos, red peppers and cucumbers
(PHOTO: Candice Lee Conner)