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Mokena church offers ‘golden’ flea market

MOKENA – A Mokena church’s flea market promises to be golden this year. 

The 50th annual flea market – headed by Marley Community Church in Mokena – will bring more than 90 dealers to sell everything from vintage jewelry to old vinyl records. Visitors who come by can shop for antiques or vintage items and other products while enjoying homemade food available for sale during the event, which gets bigger every year.

The flea market is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21 at the park next to the Marley Community Church.

Barb Curtiss, member of the church’s historical committee, said many people come to the flea market because of the antique flair of the items sold and the white elephant items, or items people no longer need. 

“I think consistency is maybe what they come for because they know exactly what they’re going to get when they come,” she said. 

Curtiss has helped put the flea market together for about six years and this year the organizers are trying to emphasize that it’s the 50th annual year by advertising the event more. The flea market began when several church members decided to use the park space next door to hold a yard sale and soon they were leasing spots to outside vendors, she said. 

“It went beyond the people in the church,” she said. 

The flea market is held rain or shine. Janet Balhan, another historical committee member, said she remembers in the 1960s the event being held even when a tornado threatened to disrupt it. 

She said the flea market always has quality products for sale, such as jewelry and photographs. Also sold are 8-track tapes, VCRs, VHS tapes, linens, toys, Christmas decorations and furniture. 

“I think this year I’m just going to go around and take pictures,” she said. 

All the food offered at the flea market is homemade. Curtiss said church members make dozens of their famous pies that come in a variety of flavors. Other food offered include hot dogs, bratwursts, barbecues and brownies. 

What: 50th Annual Flea Market at Marley Community Church
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21
Where: Park next to the Marley Community Church
Know more: For information on the flea market, call 815-485-8587 or visit

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