I have not done this in a while. It's a great place to walk and talk and hunt for treasures! Anyone who knows me, knows I'm the biggest thrift store/flea market shopper.
If we work up an appetite, we can check out the Wisconsin Cheese Curds food truck on site for piping hot, lightly battered, cheesy bite-size snacks. Brats and pizza are also for sale on the fairgrounds, but for something more substantial, we can head to Preservation Bread & Wine (513 S Third St) in nearby Geneva to rejuvenate with modern American fare such as a wild mushroom tart or smoked trout rillette. There is a great pizza place close by if that's more to our liking.
Why go/what you'll see: The market’s well known for affordable vintage furniture, from atomic '50s dinettes to sophisticated '60s Danish modern dressers or credenzas. Also on offer are collectible barware, artwork, jewelry, and clothing, plus the occasional upcycled creation and other surprises.
Don’t forget: Wear comfy shoes and don’t leave behind your sunscreen, bottled water, a sturdy canvas tote and—to bolster your bargaining position—cash money. The market is not easily accessible via public transit. But if you score big, I have a Chevy Blazer you can use to lug home your find.
How to get there: Driving, take I-90 West, exiting at Randall Road. The fairgrounds will be on your right. Parking is free. The market opens at 7AM and closes at 4PM and costs $5.00 per person. We can either car pool or meet at one of two front gates. My #[masked] if you get there really early or later in the afternoon.
Kane County Flea Market
Located at the Kane County Fairgrounds
525 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174