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July 25, 2014

Treasure market to shine in Dodge Park

By Eric Czarnik
C & G Staff Writer

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Treasure market to shine in Dodge Park
Marlene Cook looks at jewelry during the 2013 Treasure Hunters Market, which was held at Dodge Park in Sterling Heights.

STERLING HEIGHTS — They may have had to wait longer this year, but Sterling Heights residents will get their chance to go digging for treasure in August.

The Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department will host the 2014 Treasure Hunters Market Aug. 9 in Dodge Park.

The event is designed to give people a chance to part with their unwanted belongings and make some cash on the side.

Parks and Recreation Department Manager Kyle Langlois said a crowd ranging from 2,500 to 3,000 people walked through last year’s market to search for items, and more than 100 vendors participated.

Langlois explained that people at the event have sold everything from baby items and housewares to clothes and crafts.

“We’re also going to try to take advantage of a time when there are not so many yard sales going on,” he said. “College kids are looking for things, going back to school. I know the young parent market is always looking for good resale items as well.”

According to Parks and Recreation Department Supervisor Troy Nowotny, this year’s event is being scheduled later than in other years. For instance, the 2013 market was held in May.

Nowotny attributed this year’s timing to the unusual weather, and he believes the change to August will persuade more vendors to participate.

“We thought that, in the month of May, it would be a lot colder out. People were transitioning to spring,” he said. “We figured, in August … kids are getting ready to go back into school.”

Nowotny said the city does not prohibit people from holding their own garage sales, but this event gives people a chance to reach a broader audience. People have used the event to sell everything from antiques to old furniture, he said.

“We only rent out the spaces, and everything else is on them,” he said.

According to the parks department, residents may go to the Recreation Center, fill out a form and pay a $23 fee to rent a vendor space, while space is available. Non-residents may sign up for $35. Registration ends one week before the event, or until space is full.

“We do have some spots open. They’re going pretty fast,” Nowotny said.

The 2014 Treasure Hunters Market will take place 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 9 at Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road, in Sterling Heights. Find out more details by visiting www.myshpr.net or by calling (586) 446-2700.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Eric Czarnik at eczarnik@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1058.