McHenry’s only year-round flea market is ready for the holidays

November 23, 2011 by  

Eckel’s McHenry Flea Market just opened on October 29 and has proven to be very popular. It is the only indoor year-round flea market in McHenry and features 15,000 square feet of old and new merchandise. Admission is $1, or a donation of canned food, for the McHenry FISH Food Pantry or pet food to Pets in Need. The flea market is open on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am-5 pm; it will make an exception and open on Black Friday this week.

Up until Thanksgiving this year, a free turkey was given away every weekend. For Christmas children will be able to get their picture taken with Santa Claus. Vendors pay fees starting at $10 per table and only one brand vendor, such as Avon, is allowed. The flea market is a good place to start your Christmas shopping; you can find that perfect gift without breaking the bank. It is also a good place to remember your history. For example, most flea markets have at least one vendor selling paper products such as stationery, photographs and postcards. Stationery printers in McHenry might be interested is checking out how their product has changed throughout the years.

The McHenry FISH Food Pantry hopes to gain from the flea market. They are currently raising money to purchase 250 holiday meal boxes for needy families in McHenry; each box costs $15 and contains all the fixings for a Christmas dinner for eight. So, you might be able to find that perfect gift for mom and help to make a stranger’s Christmas special.