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How does weather affect the flea market?

We extend an ongoing thank you to vendors and customers who venture out on rainy Chicago Sundays. Weather presents challenges and disappointments to outdoor businesses. During the 2018 season we have experienced our coldest, hottest and wettest

days. Valuable and fragile merchandise can be damaged by rain, even with

the best of measures to cover up.


On these days, we make every attempt to update our facebook page with timely weather conditions and vendor count. However, there is no guarantee by the time a customer arrives at the market that the weather conditions have not changed and some vendors have understandably chosen to pack up and leave. We respect these decisions.

All outdoor flea markets experience this same challenge, and 2018 summer weather has affected outdoor flea market season around the country. Our number of vendors will naturally be at its highest on sunny days (600-700), but realize that weather conditions potentially shave off these numbers. With this in mind, vendors who choose to tough it out tell us they have higher sales volume as adaptable customers continue to shop on poor weather days.

There is always something to be found at the flea!


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