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Flea Market Find – Retro Vase

We went to Wolff’s Flea Market which has moved indoors for the winter months. It’s located inside an old Menard’s store in Palatine.  It costs a dollar to get in. Here’s a tip if you go, don’t fight all those crazy people for a spot in front. Follow the parking signs that lead to the side of the building. You can park in what I assume used to be the garden center.

I’ve been to Wolff’s Flea Market when it is held at the All State Arena parking lot in the warmer months. It is hit or miss, kind of like most thrift stores, estate sales, and garage sales. Sometimes you find a great deal and other times you leave empty-handed. I also like the people watching. It’s fascinating to see what other people buy. To me, the Pyrex loaf pan I bought for a $1 last summer was a terrific deal. However, I’m sure other people walked by and said who’d pay a dollar for that old pan.

Rob was the one to actually spot this vase.  Thanks Rob! The vendor wanted $15 but she ended up selling it to us for $10. But you have to figure in the cost of admission so the actual cost was $12. I don’t think this vase is particularly vintage but it has a 70’s feel to me. $12 is a bit more spendy than my usual finds. However, I’ve been on the lookout for vintage and retro styled vases. On our fireplace mantel, I have an assortment of vases I’ve collected and received over the years. All of them are in various heights, colors, and styles. However, I might be tempted to put this vase in the guest room. I have some other 70’s stuff displayed in the guest bedroom right now. Also, I saw something I’ve never seen before at this same vendor’s table. An Asian styled Occupied Japan ashtray. No, I don’t smoke or collect ashtrays, but I’ve never seen one like that before. I’ve actually collected Asian Occupied Japan figurines for years. I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned that on my blog before.

We had a nice time at the flea market. I also saw some nifty vintage Christmas items but they just weren’t my style. This was the only thing we ended up buying. We even ran into someone we knew at the flea market. My former co-worker’s wife has a cell phone and accessories booth right by the front entrance.


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  • Sharon February 26, 2010, 6:50 am

    Hi Vegan Diva! I just found this great post by you. Can I add it as a link on our Wolff’s Flea Market FACEBOOK page? Thanks!