Local shops to participate in event at Na-Da Farm flea market

By Katie Finlon

Vintage goods, music, fun on the farm and a bite to eat—who could ask for anything more?

Na-Da Farm will be hosting its October event from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at 2423 S. Woodlawn Road in Esmond, Ill., roughly 20 minutes west of DeKalb.

DeKalb businesses Cracker Jax, 118 N. Third St., and Carter’s Cottage Interiors, 209 E. Lincoln Highway, will both be selling their merchandise at the event.

This is Cracker Jax’s first time selling their items, said Cracker Jax owner Lauren Woods. Carter’s Cottage has been participating since last October, said Carter’s Cottage owner Christie Carter.

Cracker Jax is a beautiful mix of new and vintage products, Woods said, and Carter’s Cottage specializes in interior design, whether the style is country or chic.

Cracker Jax will be selling the vintage jewelry it’s known for, and Carter’s Cottage will sell its homemade goat milk soap and furniture-safe chalk paint.

“We support local artisans and people in the community,” Carter said.

The event has an entrance fee of $5, and part of the proceeds go to a local charity, according to Na-Da Farm’s website.

According to the website, over 24 dealers are scheduled to sell their merchandise at Na-Da Farm.

“It’ll be interesting to see the diverse, eclectic new stores that’ll be attending this year,” Carter said.

Na-Da Farm was named one of the best vintage flea markets from coast to coast by Flea Market Style Magazine in its spring/summer 2012 issue, according to the website.

Guitarist Greg Wheaton will be playing at the event, and his CDs will also be on sale.

One thing is promised for Na-Da Farm, according to its website: “Eat, shop, relax, mingle, listen.”