Vintage, flea and antique markets: my new obsession and there are plenty right here!

Quite a few years ago I shopped at a store that carried quite a bit of vintage merchandise. I found myself drawn to it as I am a lover of all things unusual. Not necessarily old, just unusual.

I discovered that buying a lot of these types of things are much more expensive in a retail storefront. I would never have thought to shop at a "flea" market as I assumed that it meant it was all junk. I'd been to flea markets in other areas and found them to be mostly just that. So, when someone recommended I try the flea market in Grayslake I was shocked at what I found. And since then I have been hooked.

Last year when we moved into our new home I needed a lot of furniture to fill it up. Since I hate paying retail for anything I decided to try some vintage markets. I am now hooked and for anyone interested in buying amazing things for your home on a shoestring budget, look no further than the following list of Markets.

Randolph Street Market: www.randolphstreetmarket.com - held monthly at Plumbers Hall, 1340 W Randolph Street, Chicago. The best of the best!

Vintage Garage Chicago: www.vintagegaragechicago.com - next market is June 16, 5051 N. Broadway, Chicago.

Kane County Flea Market: www.kanecountyfleamarket.com - first weekend of the month. Located at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 South Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174

Grayslake Flea Market - www.zurkopromotions.com/grayslakefleamarket - Second weekend of the month. Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030.

North Shore Flea: www.northshoreflea.com - Highwood Rec Center, 428 Green Bay Rd , Highwood, IL 60040

Wolff's Flea Market - Allstate Arena - Every Sunday through October 6AM-3pm 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont, IL

These will keep you busy every weekend! If there are others, please add them in the comments!

And now, here are some pictures of why I am obsessed.

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