The One Minute Diva – Chicago Antiques Market and Kane County Flea Market Alert!

oving Reporter La Reine is at it again, asking me to remind all you Chicago Chickies (or simply the Chicago bound) to mark your calendars for Oct 27 – 28, 2007 for the last Chicago Antiques Market of the season! Operating the last Sunday of the month from May – Oct, the CAM is an utterly diva-worthy attraction! Their motto, “New York has Chelsea, London has and Paris has Clingnancourt, finally Chicago has The Chicago Antiques Market”, has The Antiques Diva ™ considering hopping the next flight to O’hare simply so I can see in person how the CAM compares with these other “Big Boys of the Flea Marketing World”! I want to see why Travel and Leisure magazine calls The Chicago Antiques Market, “one of the top 3 urban flea markets in America.”

If you’re still in the mood for flea-marketing after going to the CAM, then consider the Kane County Flea Market in St. Charles, Illinois on Nov 3-4 or Dec 1-2 for some serious bargains. Should you enjoy your visit, then you’re in luck because this flea market is open year-round on the first weekend of the month. “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat” will cause Kane County Flea Market to cancel a sale, for just like the US Postal Service, they promise to always deliver! Over 1000 vendors sell genuine antiques, cool vintage stuff and just plain junk!

While La Reine did hit the September CAM, she didn’t make the October dates at Kane County as she was in Palm Beach with Floridian things on her mind. But rumor has it that her mom, The Queen Mum, went to KC so perhaps she’ll regale my readers with a quick update of her purchases!

Until next time,
The Antiques Diva ™
Roving Reporter La Reine

(Seen here antique shopping together last winter in Amsterdam)
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  • Big Swap Bonanza – COME OUT & SELL YOUR STUFF MAY2!

    Soldier Field – Event takes place in the South Parking Lot

    HGTV's hot star from "Design on a Dime" Frank Fontana will host a Funky to Fabulous design contest at the Big Swap Bonanza! Come out and have some fun!!!

    A contender for the Messiest Room!

    NEW EVENT from the folks who bring you the Randolph Street
    Market Festival, home of the world renowned Chicago Antique Market and
    Indie Designer Market!

    Dump the stationary bike that doubles as a clothing valet, get rid of those piles of Barney videos, recycle all your Jenna Bush memorabilia and for goodness sake sell your golf clubs to someone who actually likes to play golf!

    The day-long sellathon will feature food, entertainment and music for a neighborhood festival atmosphere

    Saturday May 2, 2009, your junk, clutter and crap can be turned into cold hard cash and goes home with someone else.

    Spring is traditionally the time for household cleanings, and this year some of that extra stuff and clutter can be turned into cash in, in this economy, who can't use a little extra dough? Or, save money on finding needed things at a bargain price!!!

    HGTV's Frank Fontana, host of the wildly popular series, "Design on a Dime" will host a "Funky to Fabulous" contest where three contestants chosen at random will design a space of their own using items from the Big Swap Bonanza. Contestants will be given 30 minutes and $100 to shop for items they will use to design their area. Fontana will choose the winning design based the criteria of function and fashion. The contestant with the best design will win the furnishings they have chosen for their design along with a season pass to the Randolph Street Market Festival featuring the Chicago Antique Market and Indie Designer Market opening Memorial Day weekend.


    At the new Big Swap Bonanza, to be held Saturday May 2 at Soldier Field, outdoors in the South parking lot, Tailgate spaces can now be reserved for $50, and include room for a display and a regular vehicle. Linebacker spaces are available for $75 which are bigger and also come with a parking space.

    If you round up 3 friends then your space if FREE! Register together you can either divvy up the fee of all 3 spaces and have the 4th free or have a $50 or $75 saving for yourself! You can create a festival foursome to help sell your stuff, earn some cash and have some fun!

    Click here for the 2009 Big Swap Bonanza Contract.


    Gates open for sales display set up at 5:00 a.m, and shoppers can arrive as early as 7:00 am, rain or shine.

    Admission is $3 per person, kids under 12 free with parent.
    Customer parking is reduced rate of $10 per car. The event runs until 3:00 p.m. and seller tear- down should be complete by 6:00 p.m.


    There is a "Messy Room Contest" for swappers and shoppers to submit the messiest environment in their own home, or the messy rooms of friends and family.

    Winner receives a free 17 feet by 8 feet space to park and unpack their unwanted clutter and present it to bargain-hunting crowds of buyers. Nominees for the "Messy Room Contest" may submit their photos by email to with a brief description or story, and their contact information.

    Selected "Messy Rooms" will be posted on the Big Swap Bonanza blog at


    Please visit us at Big Swap Bonanza were you can also get an application (the link is also above) or register online at the same address contacting swap meet organizers at or 312-666-1200. And feel free to visit us at Randolph Street Market to get information about our other events.

  • I rediscovered one of my NYC favorite antiques haunts at the Chicago Antiques Market: Olde Good Things. ( Who knew they had a location in my new home town, Chicago! Just browsing there gets my adrenaline pumping (but yes, I’ve purchased, bien sur!). And I discovered that the CAM is a great location for discovering new designers and craftsmen, my new fave is Orien by Cindy Chan ( Her use of fabrics is outstanding, check out Marilyn and Hepburn pleated dresses from the Holiday 2007 collection.
    – La Reine