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Junk in the Trunk flea market coming to Utica

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published June 10, 2019


UTICA — Looking to find that awesome bargain or new treasure? Get ready for a communitywide garage sale right in downtown Utica this weekend.

Woman’s Life Chapter No. 911 Macomb Angels is bringing the city together to hold the first Junk in the Trunk community flea market.

The huge sale will take place at Jimmy John’s Field, 7171 Auburn Road, parking lot A, in downtown Utica, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15, rain or shine.

There will be all sorts of interesting finds for sale from local residents, vendors, businesses and more.

Woman’s Life Chapter No. 911 Macomb Angels is a group of volunteers who do service projects and fundraisers for individuals and nonprofits in Macomb County.

Lynn Karnes, president of Woman’s Life Chapter No. 911 Macomb Angels, said that the chapter has already received a lot of interest from sellers of all kinds.

“We have had an amazing response from a wide variety of vendors, crafters, antiquers, small businesses, garage sellers and more to participate in the first annual community flea market/Junk in the Trunk fundraiser,” she said in an email.

The chapter asks that attendees bring canned food or donations for entry.

“We are now looking forward to the community to come out to shop with the variety of different things available. As our community service project, we are asking for the public to bring three canned goods or nonperishable items or make a monetary donation at the Universal Ambulance to donate to Trinity Lutheran Church in Utica. Our goal is to collect 911 items total,” Karnes said.

Each seller will be in a parking space or two with their “junk” for attendees to browse and buy.

There will be a variety of items to browse, from jewelry to crafting supplies.

Jackie Rottman, of Sterling Heights, a Woman’s Life Chapter No. 911 member, said she is very excited to host the event and hopes to find treasures of her own.

“I’ve done treasure markets in the past, and they get a great turnout and there is always a diverse assortment of treasures to find. I hope to get a chance to find some myself. If we get big enough with a large following, we could even expand through downtown. OK, maybe I’m getting ahead of myself ... but it’s good to think big,” Rottman said in an email.

The group is not accepting any more vendors for the sale at this time; however, everyone is welcome to check out the items at the sale.

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