Tuesday, February 2, 2021


By Sharon Wolff

Due to COVID-19 procedural changes, this information may change as new information becomes available. Please refer to wolffs.com for updates.

Created 8/7/17 - Updated 3/10/19, 4/19/19, 6/21/19, 2/19/2020, 3/3/2021

Yup, looks like another long read by Wolff's Flea Market...👀
Thank you 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! No reservations required. Drive to west side of building around 5am, stay in your car and staff will screen you and direct you to a space.

We want your experience at Wolff’s Flea Market to be pleasant and successful.
To encourage success and maintain our reputation as a legitimate, family-friendly shopping venue, we incorporate stringent merchandise rules. And now, also strict COVID-19 protocol.

Please carefully read the captivating information included in these links:

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 sale groups 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. 

So - we inspect your merchandise. 
We inspect everyone’s merchandise. 
All day. 
More than once. 
It's what we do. 
It's what we love. 
Call us weird. 
Call us Counterfighters.

Some vendors (usually new or first time sellers) are unaware of our rules (which follow actual LAWS) and need to either remove a chunk of the merchandise they invested in, or even worse, have little left to sell and therefore need to leave our market. 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. 😩

Common items that first time sellers might bring:
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 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!
  • 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). 
  • Counterfeit or high end 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 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
We like to teach you to buy safely and sell safely
While we aim to educate new vendors, those who don’t get with the program may end up being permanently ejected. 

Our goals: 
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 protect. We are a small family-owned business that aims to do the right thing by keeping our clientele safe! We are always learning about new products and counterfeits. We love sharing our merchandise 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