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Kane County Flea Market

I met up with a friend yesterday and we took Calvin with us to the Kane County Flea Market. It was kind of a bust shopping-wise, but the company was great, and there were plenty of cute things that I snapped photos of to share!

Hello, adorable old radios.

Vintage Radios at the Kane County Flea Market

I liked the leather tufting on these, but not the arms and legs. Too simple.

Vintage Chairs at the Kane County Flea Market

Darling old sink, though I think the flowers had a lot to do with its charm (if not its practicality). Also, a papier-mâché lady! I liked her.

Fun Finds at the Kane County Flea Market

These always look so amazing when grouped together, but when you only take one home, it’s a disappointment.

Vintage Thermos at the Kane County Flea Market

I do kind of wish I’d picked up this set of dinnerware. I could have added it to the kids’ play kitchen and replaced the mish-mash they have going on now, but that’s me imposing my taste on them. They’re perfectly happy with their assortment.

Retro Dinnerware at the Kane County Flea Market

Doing my thing. “Baby in one hand, camera in the other.”

Vintage Lockers at the Kane County Flea Market

Diminutive camping furniture. I have no use for it, but I liked it.

Camp Furniture at the Kane County Flea Market

I think I’m over mid-century dressers. Antique dressers have more interesting details and shapes.

Antique Dressers at the Kane County Flea Market

This whole work table was nice, but the best part of it was the clamp. And aren’t those old circus drums fantastic? They looked more suited to display than play though.

Industrial Meets Circus at the Kane County Flea Market

Baskets, basket, baskets.

Baskets at the Kane County Flea Market

I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, and I didn’t find anything there that I absolutely had to have. Still a good way to spend the day though!

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  • Corrin
    July 6, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Oh my gosh, I haven’t thought of that place in years. I remember going a few times with my grandpa, who was a first class junk collector.

  • Alyssa
    July 6, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I love places like this! I hardly ever buy anything but I always have a blast looking around!

  • Maria
    July 6, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    By the way, the papier mache lady is a traditional Mexican doll.

  • Alana
    July 6, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    What a gorgeous day, too. Lots of fun eye candy!

  • Laura
    July 6, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    I find mid-century boring, yes.

  • Amy
    July 7, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Love love love this post!! Absolutely love every single photo.

    I don’t live near any cool flea markets and it kills me.


  • Norma
    July 7, 2015 at 7:14 am

    The yellow lockers!

  • Laura @ RatherSquare.com
    July 7, 2015 at 9:02 am

    We went during opening weekend back in the spring. Didn’t find much (and no outside vendors) but I think that’s because it was late in the day and some sellers were already packing up. Definitely planning on going again before summer is over – looks like you saw a lot of fun pieces!

  • kate
    July 7, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Wow! That is an amazing market. The ones around me are hit and miss with perhaps one gem among a lot of crap. haha. I love the items you chose to showcase.

  • Kait
    July 7, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I looooove those radios! I totally have a picnic set like that one too. Great finds!

  • Laura
    July 7, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I love the Kane County Flea Market! I went with a friend as a Mother’s Day treat and picked up two mirrors (which are exceptionally heavy to carry back to the car), but both were $10 and one was perfect for the spot we wanted: http://bit.ly/parlormirror

    Going on Sunday will always lend you to more deals than on Saturday, in my experience.

  • Melissa (Lumber Loves Lace)
    July 7, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Kane County is one of my favorite flea markets in the area :)

  • julia-tagandtibby
    July 7, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    those lockers! and leather chairs! I miss vintage in the midwest. thanks for the inspiration!

  • haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine
    July 8, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Found your blog through the Lively Show! Absolutely love it!

  • Katy
    July 8, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I love buying second hand things- I get amazing deals that way. Plus most furniture now is just not build like it used to be. Amen to antique dressers- I just bought an antique table and I’m trying to decide if I dare paint the wood.


  • mindi
    July 13, 2015 at 12:17 am

    I have been so bummed by the Kane County Flea the past few years- what happened to picking through boxes of unwrapped glasses to find that perfect funky juice glass? Or the guy who would shout, “Everything’s a buck, and it’s all JUNK!” The last three times I’ve gone (I know. Three. Shame on me, right?) it’s been mostly “shabby chic” stuff and knock-off Louis Vuittons. Le sigh.

    That said, I am a little inspired by your recent visit and may have to go in August!

  • Amanda
    July 22, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    OMG!!! I love your blog! I found it due to a link in the comments on Emily Henderson’s blog! Fantastic content, Nicole!!! I just so happen to be a vendor at the Kane County flea market. I’m the headband lady in the Dairy barn. Come by and say hellO! Now I will be on the lookout for you! I’m an everyday reader now, thanks!!! ;)