Suburban Chicagoland vintage stores and flea markets

Get in the car and head to the 'burbs for a chance at better deals at outlets that are lower on the vintage food chain.

Photograph: Steven Koress

A-1 Antiques of Naperville
(133 S Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540, 630-420-7424,
General antique shop sells a range of old and antique home furnishings, collectibles, jewelry, vintage clothing and paper collectibles. Check Facebook for new inventory.

Affordable Antiques & More
(1508 N. Naper Blvd, Naperville, IL 60563, 630-505-1463)
Mon–Fri 10:30am–6pm, Sat 9:30am–6pm, Sun 11:30am–5pm

The All Night Flea Market
(2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton, IL, I-88 west to Naperville Road, N to Rte 38, W to County Farm Road, N to Manchester Rd,
Saturday, August 21, 2010, 5pm–4am
One of America’s highest-rated flea markets takes place only once a year. You can dig through the stalls all night at this slumber party–turned–shopper’s paradise; just make sure to get caffeinated beforehand.

Anna’s Mostly Mahagony
(531 Bank Lane, Highwood, IL 60040-1303, 847-432-9151,
Specializing in vintage mahogany and reproductions, Anna’s carries 18th-century designs that have character even if they aren’t technically antiques.

Bob's Newsstand
(4906 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60077, 847-677-9444,
Mon–Fri 9am–6pm; Sat, Sun 9am–3pm
The website speaks for itself. “Hi, I’m Bob Katzman, and I carry 100,000 periodicals back to 1681. I carry original Life, Ebony, Look, Post, Time, Newsweek, Colliers, Vogue, Esquire, Cosmo, Bazaar, Fortune, Playboy, McCall’s, Rolling Stone, Lady’s Home Journal, Better Homes, Sports Illustrated, Motor Trend, Mad, Jazz, military, film, theater and train magazines, as well as 20,000 posters.”

The Brown Elephant Resale Shop
(217 Harrison St, Oak Park, IL 60304,
Daily 10am–6pm
The beloved Brown Elephant left Wicker Park, but health organization Howard Brown still maintains three stores—and the Oak Park one tends to be well stocked.

Carousel Resale Shop
(23 Calendar Ave, between United States Highway 45 & Arcade Pl, La Grange, IL 60525, 708-354-3803,
You’ll find brand name clothes and home goods at this upscale resale store in La Grange.

Clothes Mentor
(1402 N Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60195, 847-781-0600,
Clothes Mentor’s "about us" page on its website is lengthy. It retells the story of the store’s founding. While the story is interesting and fact filled, all you to know from the site is this: low prices on used fashions.

Economy Shop
(103 S Grove Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302, 708-383-2449,
Three floors full of stuff; shop or donate and you benefit six local charities. After the June 12 sale, it closes until September for donations.

Elkhorn Antique Flea Market
(Highway 11 Elkhorn, WI, nine miles NW of Lake Geneva)Opens at 7am
June 27, August 8, September 26
Admission: $5, free parking
More than 500 dealers sell at this market, which began in 1982.

Fashions Anew Inc
(183 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302, 708-848-0120,
This women’s boutique buys only and therefore sells only “classic” or current fashions with little wear and tear.

Hadassah House Resale Shop
(5020 Dempster St, Skokie, IL 60077, 847-677-6365)

Hand-Me Downs Inc
(614 Dempster, Evanston, IL 60201, 847-475-0803,
Parents, your kids will grow up. And when they do, you will have a boatload of outgrown articles of clothing. Alternatively, you have a kid on the way and a low budget. Then what? Head on over to Evanston’s Hand-Me Downs Inc.; the resale/consignment takes various child-rearing equipment, toys and clothes from infants to preteens.

Heritage Trail Mall
(410 Ridge Road, Wilmette, IL 60091-2471, 847-256-6208,
Various fine antiques of the classy and quaint variety surface at this multi-dealer spot in tony Wilmette.

Hope Chest
(215 E New York St, Aurora, IL 60505, 630-892-4239,
Purchases and donations help provide services for the homeless and needy in the Greater Fox Valley Area of IL through Wayside Cross ministries.

Kane County Flea Market
(525 S Randall Rd, St Charles, IL 60174,
June 5–6, July 3–4, July 31–August 1, September 4–5
Saturday Noon–5pm, Sunday 7am–4pm
Admission $5 each day (Children under 12 free)
Free parking
They never cancel this monthly flea market in St. Charles—which we’re told is always worth the trip.

The Sandwich Antiques Market
(1401 Suydam Rd, Sandwich, IL 60548,
8am–4pm, Sunday admission: $5, Free parking
One day each month April through October, the Sandwich Antiques Market has two shows on one fairgrounds—one is a catchall for dealers and family garage sales; the other is for vintage goods with “artistic or monetary value.” This year's dates are June 20, July 25, August 22, September 26 and October 24.

Sparrows Nest Thrift Store
(275 E Northwest Hwy at Lynn Dr, Palatine, IL 60067, 847-705-6852,
Mon–Sat 10am–5pm
At first glance, the Web address is misleading. Is this some nonprofit benefiting “street” workers? No, H-o-s stands for Home of the Sparrow, the Internet home to Palatine’s Sparrow’s Nests Thrift Store. The store sends 100 percent of proceeds to Home of the Sparrow's Transitional Housing Programs, which help women and children experiencing homelessness.

Swap-O-Rama Flea Market
(4350 W 129th St, Alsip, IL 60803, 708-344-7300)
It might be two bucks to get in, but this enormous flea market has everything from kids' bikes to gray-market DVDs—all absurdly cheap. There’s loads of new stuff, but some old—er, vintage goods, too.

Village Discount Outlet(240 W Lake St, Addison, IL 60101, Mon–Fri 9am–9pm, Sat 9am–8pm, Sun 10am–6pm,
One online reviewer calls Village Discount Outlet, “flannel shirt heaven!” So, if you are ready to get your lumberjack on or protest Urban Outfitters’ outrageously priced flannels, it sounds as if Addison’s Village Discount Outlet is the place to go.

WINGS Resale Shop(8349 W Golf Rd, Niles, IL 60714, 847-410-0194, Mon–Fri 10am–6pm, Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 11am–5pm
Don’t let the name fool you. Paul McCartney is no way involved with the WINGS resale shop. Still, WINGS does good deeds. Money spent at this store goes to deal with domestic abuse and homelessness.

Wolff's Flea Market
(6am–3pm Sundays through Oct 31 (closed Aug 1). Allstate Arena parking lot, 6920 Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL 60018, 847-524-9590,
$2 admission
Junk and gems are waiting to be harvested at Allstate Arena under the roar of O’Hare airborne traffic. If you can look past the tables brimming with socks, hacksaws, potato chips and other oddities, you’ll find a treasure trove of vintage items, including jewelry, furniture and kitchenware, at about half the price of similar stuff at city stores. In fact, this is where many vintage-shop owners buy their inventory. On June 13, Wolffs hops over to Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Rd.