The first weekend of every month is flea market weekend in Kane County, Illinois and I try to never miss it! Hundreds of vendors are spread across the local fairgrounds and it takes a few hours just to walk past them all. Known as the best in the Midwest, the Kane County Flea Market never disappoints. Some of your favorite bloggers have booths at this flea market held in St. Charles … Jennifer Rizzo, Rosemary of Villabarnes, and Urban Farmgirl just to name a few.
Country Living magazine used to have a section from time to time where they’d feature a flea market and what editors would find on their junking trip … complete with price. I thought it’d be fun to do the same. So each month I’ll show my flea market finds along with what I paid. I’m sure there will be times I over pay, and some times when I find a bargain.
First up is this white vintage mirror that I scored for $30. It’s very heavy with pretty scroll work on top. It has a few age spots, which I love. I always look at the back of the mirror when making a purchase. If it’s wood and solid, I’ll buy it if the price is right.
If you read my blog regularly, you know I’m always on the hunt for white ironstone. I’ve found some gorgeous pieces in the past but passed them up when the price tag is too steep. So when I saw the pitcher on the left for just $12 I was pretty excited. Since it was toward the end of the day and I knew the vendors were anxious to sell, I offered $10 and the guy agreed.
The stack of white ironstone bowls are probably the item I was most excited about. The booth where I found these had lots of goodies right up my alley but these bowls just kept pulling my eye over to them. I wandered over to casually check them out. I don’t like the vendors to know when my heart has skipped a few beats and my palms are sweating as I pick up an item to see the price. I don’t want them thinking they’ve got a live one that will pay top dollar.
Much to my dismay, the heavy little bowls weren’t tagged. It’s been my experience that when an item isn’t priced, it’s usually too expensive. As nonchalantly as I could muster a disinterested voice I asked how much they were. “Three dollars each,” she said. Did I hear that right? The lady behind me perked up as soon as she heard the clerk reveal the price. I quickly snatched up all 5 bowls before the other lady could reach in and grab them.
It was a good day at the flea market for all things white! I couldn’t believe the luck I was having so far. I found this next little pitcher at Jennifer Rizzo‘s booth for just $3. It was so adorable I couldn’t go home without it. I chatted with Jennifer for a bit but the flea market was really busy and you had to keep moving. Her booth is always crowded with people snatching up her beautiful creations.
I always keep an eye out for vintage mirrors at the flea market and scored this one for just $15. It wasn’t as heavy as the first one so I know it wasn’t that old. But it was white and pretty and the price was right. Initially marked at $19, I was able to get the vendor to knock the price down a bit more.
Don’t ever be afraid to offer a lower price at flea markets. The vendors expect it and if they don’t like your offer, they can always say no. I’ve only known a couple vendors who won’t negotiate on price. I have to admit, I don’t always offer a lower price. If I think it’s priced right to begin with, I’ll pay what the vendor is asking. After all, they need to make a profit and feed their families.
In less than 3 hours at the Kane County Flea Market I found 2 vintage mirrors and several pieces of ironstone for just $83 total. A pretty good haul for one day. I would’ve shopped longer but hubby was reaching his flea market threshold.
At least he’s learned to stop asking why I’m hoarding all this ironstone. I have a plan in mind to showcase all this white beauty in the kitchen. I’m anxious for all of it to come together … at this rate … it won’t be long before I have all the necessary items.