Treasure: Enjoy autumn shows before winter arrives
Summer has turned to fall yet again. And while it’s easy to lament the passing of the season’s warm weather and long days, autumn brings its share of pleasures: crimson leaves, apple cider, fall antiques shows where you can enjoy the sweater (but not parka!) weather and leave the sunscreen behind.
Dealers across the state have been busy picking all summer and are ready to offer a fresh bounty of tempting treasures to lure fall shoppers. Many Michigan antique shows are celebrating anniversaries this year; Don’t miss out on these upcoming outdoor (and a few indoor) events.
Sept. 21-22: Farmgirl Flea, Hudsonville. Ready for a road trip? Featuring both vintage treasures and handmade goods, this event, now in its seventh year, is one of the newer fall options. It was voted one of the top flea markets in America by Flea Market Style magazine. More than 150 dealers of vintage treasures and handmade goods will gather at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds between Grand Rapids and Holland. For information, visit farmgirlflea.com. Look too for a Christmas event in November in time to do your holiday decorating.
Sept. 22: Chic and Unique Vintage Market, Brownstown: Billed as "a vintage, repurposed and handmade market,” this one-day event is held from 11 to 4, costs $5 and promises a wide range of offerings, from rustic, chippy, shabby, estate, barnwood, salvage and more. For information, chicanduniquemi.com
September 22-23: Michigan Antique Festivals, Midland. Michigan's largest antiques and collectibles festival, spread out over 80 acres, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. Join in the fun by shopping for treasures or joining in one of the many extra activities such as a car show, auto parts swap meet, taste of Michigan and more. Held at the Midland County Fairgrounds; admission is $6; early bird admission on Friday and weekend pass available. For more information, visit miantiquefestival.com.
Sept. 30: Allegan Antiques Market. According to their website, Allegan opened in 1978 with almost 200 exhibitors; 40 years later, they’ve grown to more than 400. The original show promoters, Larry and Lori Wood, have added their children to the family business of working with dealers and promoting the show. Held at the Allegan County Fairgrounds in Allegan, just $4 gets you access to one of the state’s largest indoor/outdoor shows, held in season the last Sunday of the month at the Allegan County Fairgrounds. September is the last show until next year. Alleganantiques.com.,
Oct. 5-6: Flea Market and Antique Show, Jackson. Approximately 100 dealers and some 3,000 collectors of all types meet up at the Jackson Fairgrounds for two days of history-rich hunting and gathering. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; admission is $3. For more information, call 517-524-8899.
Oct. 6-7: Michigan Antique Festivals, Davisburg. Artist Larry Zdeb, who incorporates vintage and found items in his work, is one of the many fan of this show, which bills itself as “Michigan’s Largest Treasure Hunt. Springfield Oaks County Park is taken over by this huge show featuring everything shabby, salvage, repurposed and reclaimed. “I always find unusual items there,” Zdeb says. Get there early or be prepared for a long walk.” Besides vintage and old-fashioned goodies, there’s a classic car show, Taste of Michigan and a Michigan Craft Beer Garden when you need to take a shopping break. Regular admission is $6; early bird Friday. For information, visit miantiquefestival.com.
Oct. 14: Antique & Vintage Flea Market, Centreville. The St. Joseph County-Grange Fairgrounds is the site of this popular event, now in its 13th year. October is the last of four 2018 dates. Regular admission on Sunday is $4 when the show opens at 8 a.m. but if you can’t wait you can enjoy the “early buyer” option on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for $10. For information, visit zurkopromotions.com.
Oct. 20-21: Ann Arbor Antiques Market, Ann Arbor. Started in 1968 by Margaret Brusher, this long-respected show celebrates its 50th anniversary this year at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. Offerings range from jewelry, paintings, mid-century, industrial design, folk art, re-purposed and more inside a mix of indoor buildings and outdoor tents. Admission is $6. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. annarborantiquesmarket.com
Oct. 21: Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show, Lansing. Book lovers gather at the new location, the Causeway Bay Hotel, where more than a million vintage books, maps, magazines, post cards, photos, cookbooks, sheet music and other paper treasures will fill almost 200 tables. Now in its 68th year, the show runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a $5 admission. For information, visit curiousbooks.com.
Nov. 3, 4: 46th Annual Glass Show, Dearborn. Passionate about Pyrex? Some 15,000 square feet of shopping at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center will include more than 20 top dealers with glassware from the 19th century through the 1960s. Depression glass, Cambridge, Fenton, Fostoria Heisey, Imperial, Pyrex and more ... it’s all here. $5 donation. Sponsored by the Michigan Depression Glass Society. Michigandepressionglass.com.
Nov. 11, Dec. 2: Saline Antiques & Vintage Market. Now in its 8th year, this one-day show is not to be confused with the older Ann Arbor Antiques Market, but it’s held at the same location. They specialize in “something for everyone at reasonable prices,” according to their website. Admission is just $5 and hours are Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit salineantiquesmarket.com.
Do you have an object you would like to know more about? Send a photo and description that includes how you acquired the object to: The Detroit News, Trash or Treasure?, 160 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI 48226. Include your name and daytime telephone number. You may also send your photo and description to firstname.lastname@example.org. If chosen you’ll need to bring the items to an appraisal session. Letters are edited for style and clarity. Photos cannot be returned.