A five-year-old non-profit flea market is opening for the season on June 12 at the Straight Farmhouse, a reportedly haunted museum in Garden City, Mich. New this summer, the Maplewood Community Center Flea Market is offering indoor spaces in the museum itself for craft vendors, with another 35 or so outside spaces available as well. The organizers are hoping that simultaneous museum tours will boost attendance.
“We opened the Farmhouse inside for the crafters; we didn’t do that last year,” says flea market coordinator Diane Thurner. “And also the museum is available for tours while you’re there.”
During the summer season, the market is held at the museum, and during the winter season the market moves two blocks to completely indoor space in the Garden City’s Maplewood Community Center. Both locations can support about 50 vendors. The market devotes all its profits to a good cause: “All our money goes to the senior center in Garden City,” says Thurner.
According to Thurner, inside spaces with a table cost $15 per day, while outside spaces with no table provided are $10. Inside spaces can be reserved; outside spaces are first-come, first served on the day of the market.
According to a local news report, the market is held on the second and third Saturdays of the month, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The summer season runs June through September, and the winter season runs November through April. For more information, contact the Maplewood Community Center at (734) 793-1850.