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Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
More than 20,000 people are expecting at the Vintage Market May 21 in Trenton.

Love shabby chic and vintage? Visit the Vintage Market

When Rina Belanger and her future mother-in-law Angela Guzzardo couldn’t find local events that showcased businesses like theirs – they both like antiques and restoring vintage items – they decided to take matters into their own hands. Together, they created the Vintage Market. Now in its third year, the Vintage Market, held in Trenton, brings together a variety of vendors selling vintage pieces, furniture, accents and more. “We wanted to create an event where small businesses could showcase their talents. We wanted it to be different than your average art fair or street festival,” says Belanger in an email. This year’s market, which starts at 10 a.m. May 21, will be held in a new location, Trenton’s Elizabeth Park, because it’s gotten so popular. Roughly 20,000 people are expected with 210 vendors, selling furniture, home decor, kitchenware, garden decor, candles and accessories. Belanger says the market appeals to a range of styles: “We focus on shabby chic, vintage, antiques, farmhouse finds, bohemian goods, gypsy couture, barn salvage ... and so much more.” The next Vintage Market will be held Sept. 19. Go to

Nicole Curtis’s first book, “Better than New,” hits book shelves Oct. 18.

‘Rehab Addict’ pens memoir, self-help book

DIY star Nicole Curtis is trying her hand at a different medium – writing. The Lake Orion native and star of “Rehab Addict” has written a book called “Better than New: Lessons I’ve Learned from Saving Old Homes (and How They Saved Me)” (Artisan Books, $27.95) that hits book stores Oct. 18. The 224-page book, which Curtis says is available for pre-order now, will chronicle her journey from single mom cleaning toilets to TV star. Described as part memoir, part self-help book, it’s “stories behind the houses and how I made it through,” wrote Curtis on her Facebook page on May 5. “I’ve renovated so many old houses that after a while, the lessons piled up and started to seem like a guidebook to a well-lived life,” said Curtis in a press release. “I realized that every new one was another page in the road map out of troubled times — not just for me, but for anyone. ‘Better Than New’ is my way of passing on what I’ve learned.” The book will include 75 color photos from Curtis’ personal collection, including family photos and before-and-after shots.

Dillman & Upton’s last On Deck Saturday will offer tips and advice for deck projects.

Rochester hardware store deck workshop includes free take-home boards

It’s one thing to talk about giving your deck a touch-up, it’s another to check out deck displays and even take deck samples home. At Dillman & Upton’s On Deck free workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, they’ll be giving away deck sample boards from its Deck Center. “Customers like taking home the free deck sample boards,” says Department Manager Jeff Frye in a press release. “New colors this year from Timbertech and Azek, cable railings and decorative aluminum railings offer homeowners a lot of exciting new options.” Dillman & Upton also has an extensive line of deck stains and accessories to refurbish existing decks. Dillman & Upton is at 607 Woodward St. in downtown Rochester. Call (248) 651-9411 or visit

Detroit Farm and Garden will hold a free workshop 1-3 p.m. Sunday about raised garden beds and container gardening as part of its Straw Bale Educational Series.

Detroit garden store offers straw bale gardening workshop

Raised garden beds are all the rage. Accessible and easy to maintain, they let you control drainage and protect plants from pests and weeds. There’s also straw bale gardening, in which plants are planted in a straw bale. Detroit Farm and Garden will offer a free workshop from 1-3 p.m. Sunday on raised garden beds and container gardening as part of its Straw Bale Educational Series. Detroit Farm and Garden is at 1759 21st St. Call (313) 655-2344.

The Friends of the Dearborn Symphony Home Tour is May 21.

Dearborn home tour visits historic Morley neighborhood

And so it begins: Metro Detroit’s 2016 home tour season unofficially kicks off May 21 with the 35th annual Friends of the Dearborn Symphony Home Tour. Always scheduled in a different area of Dearborn, this year’s tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., focuses on the city’s historic Morley neighborhood and includes six homes and one church. The Commandants Quarters, built in 1833, will serve as the tour’s headquarters. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour. Proceeds go toward concerts, scholarships, and symphony-related programs. Call (313) 565-2424 or go to