MERCHANDISE RULES

Updated 9/22/19

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BANNED BRANDS:

Because we will not authenticate, certain "vulnerable" brands are NOT allowed to be sold at Wolff's (new/used/real/fake). Banned: Coach, Louis Vuitton, MAC Cosmetics, OtterBox, Lifeproof, Dr. Dre Monster Beats, Chanel, Gucci, Kat Von D, Kylie and other brands at our discretion. No Adidas Yeezy Boosts, no TV streaming boxes. These brands are highly vulnerable to counterfeiting. Flea markets have also been sued by certain manufacturers for contributory liability for allowing fakes of their brand. Please call or text 847-524-9590 if you have questions regarding a product you see. We will address your concerns. 

Read more here: COACH LAWSUIT, LOUIS VUITTON LAWSUIT

*If examined product/packaging/quantity/etc. looks wonky to us - we may have you remove!

Baby Stuff

Due to safety and recalls, we do not allow the sale of NEW or USED infant/child car & booster seats, cribs, crib mattresses, portable cribs, sleep positioning devices, bassinets, playpens, folding playpens, strollers, jogging strollers, highchairs, walkers, baby seats, bouncy seats, clip/strap on table booster seats, baby swings, baby formula, ETC.​ Read about a recent recall HERE

Quick look: (Thanks for reading!)

Remember we love you and want our market to offer the best!

We are a family, and want your family to enjoy our market!

  • NO CBD, ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE OR VAPING PRODUCTS

  • NO BABY FURNITURE (cribs, high chairs, car seats, strollers, ETC).

  • NO ILLEGAL OR COUNTERFEIT MERCHANDISE. KEEP READING FOR COMPLETE MERCHANDISE POLICY.

Please check back as we update our policies due to ongoing research. We are not doctors, lawyers, engineers, astronauts, or  manufacturers, nor do we represent any brands. We are teachers and strive to educate our clientele on safe buying and selling practices. 

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WHILE WE WILL TRY TO ANSWER YOUR MERCHANDISE RELATED QUESTIONS, OUR INFORMATION IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED LEGAL ADVICE. OUR RESEARCH IS ONGOING AND OUR DECISIONS WILL BE UPDATED AS NEW INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE. OUR GOALS: PREVENTION-INTERVENTION-EDUCATION (PIE). #welovetotalk

We wrote this: AN ARTICLE FOR SELLERS: BUY SAFELY, SELL SAFELY

If you want to read even more, we wrote a lot of other stuff on WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET BLOG 

Counterfeit FAQ

 

By selling at our markets you agree to follow our rules. Failure to cooperate may result in permanent ejection from Wolff’s. WFM follows local, state and federal laws to maintain a safe, family friendly environment. Please read vendor rules on seller's permit AND this entire section to familiarize yourself with our merchandise policies. 

BANNED ITEMS

Alcohol (even old products in collectible bottles; empty bottles allowed), tobacco (even old products in collectible containers), vaping/e-cigarette products, fireworks, ammunition, weapons and parts of weapons, tires, pocket knives over 3", swords, real, decorative or collectible + ETC. No illegal knives (switch blades, throwing stars, brass knuckles, etc.), no items requiring a FOID card, guns, BB/air guns, pellet guns, pellets. No crossbows, arrows, bows, ETC. All toys guns new/used/collectible must have a permanently fastened orange tip which indicates that they are toys. No animal sales, ads for selling animals, confederate, offensive, racist/prejudicial literature or items. New and historical WW2 Nazi items are banned. READ MORE HERE. No tarot card reading, gift cards, CBD products (edible or topical), (HERE'S WHY) drug paraphernalia (including but not limited to wood/glass/small pipes, bongs, rolling paper), hookahs, pepper spray/mace, stun guns, tasers, used mattresses, X-rated, pornographic material including but not limited to magazines and movies, items requiring prescriptions or controlled substances (e.g. pseudoephedrine), unauthorized/expired pharma, expired over the counter medication, used/open make-up, (read more about makeup HERE & HERE), contact lenses (prescription AND/OR cosmetic), novelty lighters (lighters that look like toys - banned in Illinois). No loaded/streaming devices that allow for free access to paid services.

* Always something new: No "free" DNA testing. Read more HERE.

Other items & brands may be banned at our discretion.

PARODY / MASH UP MERCHANDISE

Please note our "sports parody" merchandise policy. A variety of designs exist in kiosks, street stands and local stores that alter, refer to, and copy (in whole or in part) licensed sports teams and their logos. We have suspended the sales of all sports parody/altered merchandise at Wolff's Flea Markets because of confusingly similar designs and trademark infringement issues. Ongoing research, news and lawsuits back up our decision. 

  1. June 2015: Chicago area bust for counterfeit Blackhawks merchandise (not at our market). These parodied designs were seized and considered counterfeit. This has been confirmed by reliable sources and is an example of our ongoing research and how we work to enact our goals of Prevention, Intervention & Education (PIE). Read the article here: FED SEIZE $180,000 FAKE BLACKHAWKS GEAR 

  2. June 2016: Bust and resulting arrest occured for similar types of infringing merchandise. The items were again seized as counterfeit. This occurence reinforces our proactive decision to ban these items. Read the article here: OFFICIALS CONFISCATE COUNTERFEIT APPAREL 

  3. September 2016: Lawsuit filed by Chicago Cubs agains several sellers of parody and altered design merchandise. Read Crain's article with link to the full text of the lawsuit here: MLB, Cubs sue apparel vendors for trademark violation

ANIMALS

Service animals are allowed. Per federal law, staff may ask individuals with service dogs 2 specific questions regarding the status of their animal. No pets allowed. No sales of animals/pets are allowed. The posting of ads for animal sales is not allowed. Flyers will be destroyed. Please keep your pets at home and do not leave them in your parked car. As the weather warms/cools, temperatures in your car can reach dangerous levels for your pet. Pavement is also hot! Vendors, sorry, but you cannot have your pets on the premises, even if in your vehicle or crated.

WHAT CAN I SELL? We welcome the amazing

diversity of merchandise offered by the thousands

of vendors who have sold at our markets since 1991.

Antiques, art, collectibles, books, comics, new merchandise, your stuff, picked stuff, garage sale items, stamps, coins, baseball cards, kitchen items, crafts, record albums, lawnmowers, furniture, clothing, home & garden decor, overstock, store returns, plants, toys, soaps, sporting goods, knick-knacks, office supplies, jewelry, vinyl, accessories, generic/non designer purses, linens, tools, video games, CDs, DVDs, electronics, crafts, fresh produce and MUCH, MUCH MORE! 

 

COLLECTORS: If you are looking for a particular item, we just might have it! Feel free to post what you are looking for on our facebook page. We have matched up a few customers and vendors!

 

SOCIAL MEDIA: Likewise, vendors are welcome and encouraged to post information and photos of their upcoming sales on craigslist or our  facebook page.  Click HERE to join our Buy, Sell Trade facebook group. It's FREE to post and an excellent way to spread the good word! 

 

SMALL BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURS: Enjoy a low rent, well-trafficked location to introduce their new product or service to the marketplace. We've seen a variety of inventions & creations: magic tricks, repurposed creations, recycled pallet decor, handmade soaps, original art, candles, shoe inserts, local honey, recycled wool mittens, salsa, olive oil, cookies, roasted peppers, hot sauce, barbecue sauce, the Mycromat, handmade pottery, personalized books, origami, exercise DVDs, art, wood-carving, phone holders, crafts, bottle trees, flower arrangements, hand-made jewelry. Authors, artists and musicians gain experience and attract followers by showing off their talents and wares at Wolff's Flea Market. Got an idea? Try it out at Wolff's! We're happy to encourage your endeavors! Several vendors have even gone on to open their own retail stores after getting their start at Wolff's! 

COUNTERFEIT

Counterfeits are rampant online and from overseas sources. We take classes and self-educate in order to know as much as we can to prevent counterfeits from appearing at our market. Our learning never ends (nor should yours). No counterfeit trademark, copyright, diluting (i.e. confusingly similar to actual logos) merchandise (NEW or USED). READ: TWO KINDS OF COUNTERFEIT. We do not tolerate counterfeits at Wolff's Flea Market and aim to educate vendors and staff on this never-ending global issue (PIE: Prevention-Intervention-Education). We conduct ongoing research. A specially trained team patrols our aisles in the effort to maintain our market as a venue for small business entrepreneurs to offer great deals on great new and resale merchandise. We appreciate your cooperation and attention as we share our knowledge and rules. Vendors are responsible for choosing appropriate merchandise. Be mindful of your sources! A "guy", online, social media source or wholesaler selling deeply discounted items that seem "too good to be true" may not be reliable or legitimate. We are not lawyers and our information is not to be taken as legal advice.  In the  mood  for a pleasant 900 page long read? Go to www.forfeiture.gov and see a daily public update of items seized at ports of entry. Scroll down to Chicago....What do you think now?

 

And, hey, we aren't making this stuff up! 

It's the LAW. We appreciate our amazing vendors who embrace the "Anti-counterfeit Culture" we aim to promote.

Counterfeits in the real news:

Food

Whole, uncut produce, pre-packaged and non-perishable items are allowed. Sampling and baby formula not allowed. Homemade food is NOT allowed (baked goods, home-canned foods, etc.).

Only CONTRACTED, PRE-APPROVED FOOD CONCESSIONS (prepared foods) ARE ALLOWED. Due to exclusive contractual agreements and local health regulations, the sale of food/concessions for consumption at the market, including, but not limited to water, chilled/hot beverages, hot food, cooked food, perishable food, sandwiches, etc. must be pre-approved, licensed and contracted by Wolff's Flea Market management and Village of Rosemont. Proof of insurance, health permit, contract and specific equipment is required. Please call Wolff's at 847-524-9590 for information to see if you qualify.

CLICK FOR SPECIFIC VILLAGE OF ROSEMONT FOOD GUIDELINES

CLICK HERE FOR SPANISH VERSION FOOD GUIDELINES

MERCHANDISE REMOVAL 

Vendors will be directed to immediately and permanently remove restricted items. This means putting it AWAY, out of sight and access to the public. In other words, inside your closed vehicle or trunk. We will explain why the item is banned and wait while you complete this task.... Your information will be recorded and an informational warning slip issued. We strongly believe in educating our vendors, and thank you in advance for your cooperation. A small percentage may choose not to follow guidelines. Vendors not adhering to our directive run the risk of ejection. We appreciate your self-monitoring of merchandise. If in doubt, we may ask you to put item away until further information has been processed. Sometimes we will photograph or borrow a sample of your product for our Research Zone.  This is how we learn!  At times items that are approved may be banned following further ongoing research. Management will have the final decision regarding an item in question. 

Ejections in 2019: 1

Merchandise Inspection & Education

In an effort that involves ongoing research &

education, Wolff's Flea Market strictly regulates

the type of merchandise being sold. Throughout the day, designated trained staff walk the market looking for counterfeit and other banned merchandise. Several rounds of patrol occur as new items may be unpacked. If you sell with us, we reserve the right to inspect and photograph merchandise for our research, deem it as inappropriate and disallow. In certain instances, a manager may require legitimate receipts for your product. We may not accept receipts from wholesalers, online marketplaces or overseas sellers. If unsure, we may not allow you to sell item(s). We hold a special place in our heart for people who bring out banned merchandise AFTER we have inspected their booth. That place is not at Wolff's Flea Market... Please also instruct "walk-in" family members or friends to wait at the admission booth for management to inspect merchandise before entry. You may experience staff conducting repeat inspections of your booth. No vendor is singled out. Please don't be offended, as this is part of the process.

Certain CATEGORIES of new and/or branded merchandise require routine inspection:

Phone Accessories, Purses, CDs/DVDs, Clothing, Perfume, Cosmetics, Jewelry/Sunglasses, Toys, Licensed Sports Merchandise - and all the other ongoing stuff we learn from Google AlertsLEARN MORE ABOUT COUNTERFEITS ON OUR BLOG

BROCHURES, SERVICES, OUT-OF BOOTH SALES* 

No sale of catalog items, gift cards or intangible services that involve the exchange of money or collection of credit card information without the exchange of actual goods unless you have received pre-approval from Wolff's. We will require presentation of your service related business license or certification. No distribution or posting of advertising, cards or informational flyers on vehicles or in the parking lot/aisles. No distribution of flyers or solicitation by individuals who are not paid vendors of Wolff's. No prejudicial, hateful or discriminatory flyers allowed. Distribution and sales must be contained within your paid selling space. No walking sales or hawking in aisles. No parking lot sales. Raffles and tarot card readings are not allowed. You may hand out business related brochures at your booth and collect emails or phone numbers from customers if they choose to share with you. 

HOVERBOARDS

Sales of hoverboards are banned in many locations (airplanes, malls, public transportation, colleges, Walmart, Target, Amazon, Overstock) because of counterfeit and/or lithium-ion battery fire hazards and fake Samsung, LG and UL markings. We are also not allowing this product. Seizures by Customs have been reported in Chicago, New York, Minnesota, Virginia, Houston, Florida, UK. At this time there is no acceptable brand of hoverboard.

Example: 

Infringing & banned shirt.

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NON-PROFIT GROUPS 

If you are a registered non-for profit organization/charity 501(c)(3) and wish to set up a stand at the market for fundraising or awareness, please call us at 847-524-9590. Documentation is required, and your space may be free. All rules and restrictions apply. Examples of previous groups: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Rotary Club, VFW, AIDS Foundation, school fundraisers, Breast Cancer Walk, LifeSource Blood Drive, Special Olympics, Little Mexico, Young Marines, pet rescues, Salvation Army, community dance troupe, Relay for Life.

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