With today's economy, visiting flea markets and garage sales has
become a great way to find deals. For some good old-fashioned
bargain hunting, head out to the Kane County Fairgrounds in St.
Charles-you'll find a treasure-hunting paradise that will appeal to
kids and adults alike.
The Kane County Flea Market, held the first Saturday and Sunday
of each month, features more than 1,000 dealers of new and antique
items. You can even bring your flashlights for an overnighter flea
market Sept. 26 from 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Each month, visitors can find an interesting selection of
vintage jewelry, home décor and furniture, collectibles, yard
ornaments and books. Kids will delight in the wide array of both
new and old toys and board games and kid collectibles, including
Smurfs, vintage robots, comic books and Matchbox cars.
A flea market is the perfect opportunity to teach your kids the
fine art of bargaining. Most vendors expect to engage in some price
negotiations, so this is an opportunity to show children how to use
their powers of persuasion to secure a great deal.
The Kane County Flea Market is also a good place for children to
start a collection that they can build on for years.
After taking a walk through the flea market, talk to your
children about what items interested them. Help them start their
own collectible collection by giving them some spending money-$5 is
a sufficient amount-and let them try to bargain with dealers.
When it's time to eat, you'll find a selection of fair-style
food such as corn on the cob and ice cream.
When preparing for your day at the flea market, remember to pack
plenty of water or drinks for hot days. There's little relief from
the sun at the fairgrounds. The grounds are usually navigable with
a stroller, although rainy days mean trying to push a stroller
through mud so you may want to take a pass if the weather's
• Kane Country Fairgrounds at Route 64 and Randall
• Admission: $5 each day, children under 12 free. Parking is
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