Fox River Flea Market Opens in Heart of McHenry
The Fox River Flea Market opened on November 5 in McHenry, Illinois, in an old Jeep dealership. Running on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 to 5, the market was launched to give vendors who go to outdoor markets during the summer an indoor alternative that will operate year-round.
Expanding Indoors and Outdoors
The merchandise at the flea market ranges from jewelry to antiques and collectibles to glass blowing. Larry Ekeroth, owner of 24-7 Wireless and a vendor who handles IT and advertising for the market, notes there is currently room for 50 vendors, with another 75 spaces opening before Christmas. Currently, all 50 spots are full, and there are another 100 vendors on the waiting list, so the extra space will still not completely satisfy demand. “We have clearance in the summer to open into the parking lot for outdoor vending,” he adds. “When that happens, there will be at least a couple hundred vendor spaces available.”
“Our goal is to be totally loaded with 125 vendors, be successful, open up the outside and to provide the local community with a great alternative shopping experience,” Ekeroth says. “Due to the economy, we’re trying to keep pricing down. People are tired of paying retail prices at the mall when they can come here and get a good bang for their buck.”
Located on Route 120, a four-lane highway right in the city of McHenry, the Fox River Flea Market offers daily rates of $15 and up and weekend rates for $35 and up, with corner spots and electric hookups extra. In addition, vendors can keep all of their merchandise locked up for a monthly fee of $40. For more information, call (847) 722-3384.