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"Vintage Tech Hunters" visit Grayslake Vintage Market

Zurko Promotion's Grayslake Antique & Vintage Market, which takes place once a month at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake, Ill. welcomed the crew of the Discovery Channel's new show "Vintage Tech Hunters" recently.

GRAYSLAKE, Ill. — After 48 years in the antique promotion business; Zurko's Midwest Promotions was honored recently, to host a segment of the Discovery Channel's newest international program “Vintage Tech Hunters" television series. The show is currently in production.

Vintage Tech Hunters Scour Grayslake Market for Treasures

Zap-Props display

Bill Rawski of "ZAP-PROPS;" restaurant decor solutions, displays an eclectic art deco kitchen roaster during Zurko Promotions Grayslake Vintage Market. (All photos by Tim Zurko)

The show’s focus is on the collectibles of vintage technology. The filming took place at the Lake County Fairgrounds during Zurko's, monthly Antique & Vintage Market at Zurko Promotions in Grayslake, Illinois (a Chicago Suburb). The “Vintage Tech Hunters” focused their hunt on early televisions, movie cameras and projectors, antique and vintage telephones, wooden table-top pin ball machines, early neon, mechanical toys, radios, and kitchen gadgets, among others.

Among the other highlights of this popular show includes Bill Rawski proprietor of “Zap Props” offering an eclectic mix of early tech stuff including old table-top mechanical pinball machines, collectible neon signs, a 1960’s pedal motorcycle, awesome table-top electric fans, mechanical banks, and wind-up vintage toys.

Bill who has been regular shopper and dealer for many years at Zurko’s Markets stated “This has always been a great place to find treasures & hunt for great decorator items & things to add to your collection. Founder Bob Zurko stated that, “Bill is a pioneer in the antique business”, and it is always a pleasure to have him at our shows.

"Vintage Tech Hunters" On the Road

According to a Production Now Underway for Discovery’s Newest Original Canadian Series, VINTAGE TECH HUNTERS

">press release issued on May 16, 2018, the Canadian program is co-commissioned by Discovery and Boat Rocker Studios, and distributed internationally by Boat Rocker Rights. The 14-part television series is produced by Crooked Horse Productions. Each 30-minute episode in the series features stops in cities across North America, including Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara, Ont., Los Angeles, Dallas, and Chicago area — which is where the show's hosts Shaun Hatton and Bohus Blahut and crew met with treasure-hunting galore at Zurko Promotion's Grayslake Antique & Vintage Market. 

Calling Up Retro Technology

Tom and Nancy Actipes of IAANA, Inc. had a variety of telephones priced at $15 to $200. Their selection of old cameras and projectors was second to none. The old Polaroid cameras ranged in price from $25 to $125. One of the highlights of their awesome collection was a ‘VICEVERSH”-Art Deco Toaster, reasonably priced at $75 in mint condition.

The epitome of vintage technology was Dave Kuffel’s, 1941 “Woodie-Wagon” with original wood completely, restored with 80,000 original miles for sale for $79,500.00. A Rare treasure indeed!

Not to be outdone, astute dealer of rare & collectible Transportation toys, James Zemanek offered a great variety of collectible toys, in awesome condition; like Tootsie Toys, Renwal, Hubley, Kiddie-Toy plastic, Buddy-L, Keystone & much more! Jim will continue to offer a great selection of quality toys for the toy collectors buying pleasure! “Mancave Accessories” offered a 1989 Seeburg MP3 files, laser music Jukebox in excellent condition and other coin -op collectibles!

Tapping Into Variety

Aside from Vintage Tech; Carla Elmore had a tremendous variety of garden collectibles, flowers,

Decorator haul

A happy decorator carts out her haul of treasures and soon returns for more during the Zurko Grayslake Vintage Market.

plants & primitives for Mother’s Day Collectors and decorators! Collectors were amazed at the large variety of great treasures thru-out the show; from antiques, collectibles, primitives, advertising, estate jewelry, movie memorabilia, garden collectibles, civil war items, art & oil paintings, old metal signs, and much more on over 1000 tables, plus dealers in tents and open-air.

The Grayslake Antique & Vintage Market takes place once a month at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake, Ill. Market dates for the balance of the summer include: July 7-8, Aug. 11-12, and Sept. 8-9. Show hours are Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is $7 at the gate and free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. Parking is free.

For a complete schedule of Zurko Promotion events and market, visit or call 715-526-9769.