Treasure: Spring ushers in new antiques hunting season
Crocuses, forsythia and longer days signal spring in the Detroit area. So too do a new crop of antique shows and flea markets, which help collectors and other enthusiasts throw off the dark days of winter and gear up for a new season of indoor and outdoor treasure-hunting. Ready? We’ve rounded up a list of upcoming shows within about a three-hour drive sure to get your credit cards humming and keep you busy until autumn. Check out the listed websites or Facebook pages for addresses, hours and more information.
April 7-8: Antiques in April, Monroe Community College. The Welch Health Education Building shifts its focus to antiques for this two-day event. Admission is a bargain $3; hours are 9-5 Sat. and 10-4 Sun. monroeccc.edu
April 14-15: Blue Water Antiques and Vintage Market Spring Antique Show. A new location at the Shelby Gardens Event & Banquet Center will host this seasonal show. For $10, you can get in early at 9 a.m. and beat the crowds. bwadantiques.com.
April 21-22: Great Lakes Depression Glass Show and Sale, Madison Place, Madison Heights. Madison Place in Madison Heights is overrun with glass aficionados during this two-day event which brings together Great Lakes area collectors and fans to show and sell. depressionglassclub.com.
April 21-22: Ann Arbor Antiques Market, Ann Arbor. Kicking off the season at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds on Ann Arbor Saline Road, this market offers a wide variety of vintage and retro from all eras. annarborantiquesmarket.com
April 29, May 27, June 24, July 29, Aug. 26, Sept. 30: Allegan Antique Market. Mark Miller of Grand Rapids, one of 400 vendors at this market, is partial to Allegan, both as a customer and a dealer. “The selection is good, from farm fresh to high-end Herman Miller,” he says. alleganantiques.com.
May 5-6, Oct. 6-7: Michigan Antique Festivals, Davisburg. Springfield Oaks County Park is the location of this event, put on by the same folks who organize the Midland show. Special events — from a “Shabby Experience,” and “Industrial Way,” to a car show and Michigan food fest — make it extra fun. Miantiquefestival.com
May 12-13, July 14-15, Sept. 8-9: Utica Antiques Market. Colorful tents take over the grounds and overflow with guests and goodies during this open-air show that features “pieces from all periods for the serious collector or novice,” according to the website. uticaantiques.com.
May 13, July 8, Aug. 12, Oct. 14: Centreville Antique & Vintage Flea Market. St. Joseph County Grange Fairgrounds offers indoor and outdoor booths sure to tempt. Now in its 13th year, you can always beat the crowds and pay $10 to get in early. Zurkopromotions.com
June 2-3, July 21-22, Sept. 22-23: Michigan Antique Festivals, Midland. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, this event started in Saginaw and has grown to include shows in both Midland and Davison. Midland boasts 800-1,000 dealers spread out over 80 acres, according to the website. Miantiquefestival.com.
June 10, July 8, Aug. 12: Shed 5 Flea: Urban antiquers convene at this newer event, which takes over Shed 5 (hence the name) in Detroit’s Eastern Market. “Don’t miss the chance to have a great breakfast after,” says flea fan Rene Meeker of Grosse Pointe Park. merchantilefairs.com
June 17, July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Nov. 11 and Dec. 2: Saline Antiques & Vintage Market. I never fail to see old things in a new light after a visit to the booth run by Lynn Worden and Worden Select Objects. This is the only Michigan show the dealer exhibits at; most of the time she’s traveling or selling out of her new store in Sturgis, near her home. Salineantiquesmarket.com
June 3: Greenmead Historial Park Flea Market: Antiquer John Monaghan, who both shops and sells at this site, says “I always find something really great ... historic buildings like very mini Greenfield Village. Best find was a pair of crazy shaded mid-century lamps. Sold one and essentially got the other for free.”
Attention Show Planners: Did I forget your show? Please let me know if other upcoming shows so I can try to stay current and include as many as possible in our ongoing coverage. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any shows or antiques-related news that may be useful to our readers.