FIRST TIME VENDORS AT WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET - PLEASE READ

WELCOME TO WOLFF’S FLEA MARKET 2024!

FIRST TIME & NEW VENDORS!  PLEASE READ!

Created 8/7/17 - Updated 3/10/19, 4/19/19, 6/21/19, 2/19/2020, 3/3/2021,
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Yup, looks like another long read by Wolff's Flea Market...👀. Still have that coffee?
Thanks for considering selling at one of Chicagoland’s best flea markets! Whether you are decluttering or starting a small business, we are here to support your endeavors!

It's easy to get your seller space, and you will need to set your alarms! No reservations required. Drive to west side of building around 4am* stay in your car and staff will direct you to a space. You will park across the back of the space. 

*NOTE: WE EXPERIENCED LARGE VENDOR CROWDS IN 2023. TO OBTAIN A FIRST-COME-FIRST SERVE SPACE WE RECOMMEND VENDORS ARRIVE EARLIER THAN 4AM ON GOOD WEATHER DAYS. That's just how it evolved over the years. And yes, shoppers are there early as well!

Watch this video to see how it looks as you drive in.  




SUCCESS!
We want your Wolff’s Flea Market experience to be pleasant and successful.
To encourage this success and maintain our reputation as a legitimate, family-friendly shopping venue, we incorporate stringent merchandise rules. 

Please carefully read the captivating information included in these links:

FIRST:
What are you selling?
We recognize that vendors obtain merchandise from a variety of sources. While most sources may be legitimate, a few are on our radar as suspect for counterfeit merchandise. Did you know that counterfeiting is a major issue in all online forums? Social media and other online marketplaces abound with a mixture of legitimate and counterfeit products. Please research your sources. We may ask you about your source, too!

We also expect you to educate yourselves on the type of products that are allowed and why certain items are banned. 

SECOND:
So - we inspect your merchandise. 
Our specially trained team inspects everyone’s merchandise. 
All day. 
More than once. 
It's what we do. 
It's what we love. 
Call us weird. 
Wolff's Walkers?
Call us Counterfighters.

Some vendors (usually new or first time sellers) may be unaware of our rules (which follow actual LAWS). We don't make this stuff up! Sellers may unfortunately be asked to remove a chunk of their merchandise investment, or worse, have little left to sell and therefore need to leave our market. We may welcome you back next time with different legit stock. Remember you can always call us with questions.

But the ultimate worst is the vendor who takes it out again 🙀 and experiences the escorted Drive of Shame, straight out the exit...never to be seen again. 😩 We celebrate the 99% of vendors who are open to learning and improving their stock. We are an open book and ready to discuss and educate to the best of our ability.

Item restrictions that new sellers may not be aware of:
Counterfeit Dolce & Gabbana purse
See the removable clip-on tag? 
  • Baby furniture: high chairs, strollers, cribs, car seats, formula etc. We do not allow because of safety and recalls. Even new items are included in this rule.
  • Counterfeit wholesale electronics: Online, social media for-sale, marketplace groups and even local brick and mortar wholesalers are examples of well known avenues for selling counterfeit phone accessories - chargers, cables, headphones, earpods. Be aware of look alike boxes and items. Apple branded items may require retail store receipts.
  • Counterfeit sports jerseys: Garage sale/thrift shop/a guy/other sources might even tell you the jersey is real. It might appear to be crisp and clean with tags. Items are faked in varying quality. Please know your product before investing and bringing it out to sell. (Hint: Look for misspellings and bad stitching on fakes). 
  • Crafted items: Infringing logos applied to items like T-shirts, tumblers, cricut creations, stickers, etc. Read more HERE
  • Trending items: Often counterfeited, especially when authentic versions are scarce or expensive. Example: Shoe charms, tumblers, character keychains, plush toys or bags.
  • Counterfeit designer purses: Sorry it is very unlikely the (insert brand name) purse you found for $3 at a garage sale is real!
  • And even if you are "sure" that your Coach, Gucci, Chanel or Louis Vuitton bag is real - you still cannot sell it. And other stuff, too, so let's just all read and re-read the rules and spread the love.
  • Oh-and even if you think it is ok to sell a fake as long as you tell your customer - nope, still not cool. #afakeisafake
  • #nowyouknow
  • #stopthereps
THIRD:
We like to teach you to buy safely and sell safely
While we aim (actually love) (in reality - we are completely obsessed) to educate vendors, those who don’t get with the program may end up being permanently ejected. 

Our goals: 
Prevention
Intervention
Education
It’s a piece of PIE!

And as always, please call or text us with questions. We are not lawyers, nor do we represent any of the hundreds of brand names and designers we have made it our business to research and protect. We are a small family-owned business that aims to do the right thing for our small business vendors and customers. We are always learning about new products, trending merchandise and counterfeits. We love sharing our experience with the world! 

GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND
Please "google" many of your questions regarding counterfeits.
Read this enchanting article about how to avoid buying counterfeits 
Or text/call us 847-524-9590

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