DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, IL
August 20, 2005
Story and Photos by Chris Rhoads (dustrho)

 

FINDING THE BEST DEALS
Flea markets are great places to find hidden gems, but the All Night Flea Market in Wheaton, IL, is usually the place to walk away with some really great items. Last year I walked away with a vintage AT-AT, missing its side and chin guns and the side door panel, but overall it was in great condition. The best part of that AT-AT was the fact that it only cost me six dollars! That was one of the best finds I’ve ever come across at any flea market.

Unfortunately this year wasn’t as good as it was last year, but I still walked away with a few decent items. For thirty dollars I picked up the following: 12” Sandtrooper, Action Fleet Y-Wing, three vintage styled Star Wars posters, and a book titled “The Art of Dave Dorman.” We all know that anything relating to Sandtroopers is a great piece to add to one’s collection, but I was really excited to have gotten that book for only twelve dollars as I’ve had my eye on that one for a while now.

The reason why the show wasn’t so good this year was because there were much fewer dealers present. Last year almost the entire fairgrounds property had dealers selling miscellaneous items, but this year there were many open dealer lots. It was quite depressing walking around seeing so many open spots, but that didn’t stop me from checking out what the entire flea market had to offer.

Sadly, there were a few dealers who were doing nothing less than scalping Star Wars toys. One dealer had the Target Clone Trooper for sixty dollars, another had the POTF2 12” Biker Scout with Speeder Bike for two hundred dollars, and all of them had current ROTS figures for fifteen dollars and more. I even saw one dealer who had a green Clone Commander for thirty dollars! It was funny when one dealer asked me if I needed any assistance, and I just laughed at him and I said that I don’t shop from scalpers. Of course I had my Sandtroopers.com t-shirt on, so hopefully he will check us out sometime and learn that we absolutely hate scalpers!

All-in-all, it was a good time at the flea market, even though there was quite a lower turnout of dealers, but I walked away with just enough to satisfy my Star Wars appetite.

PHOTO GALLERY
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