Participants line a parking lot in downtown Utica June 15 to sell their “junk” at the first Junk in the Trunk sale hosted by the Woman’s Life Chapter No. 911 Macomb Angels.

Participants line a parking lot in downtown Utica June 15 to sell their “junk” at the first Junk in the Trunk sale hosted by the Woman’s Life Chapter No. 911 Macomb Angels.

Photo provided by Lynn Karnes

More flea market dates set for downtown Utica

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 19, 2019


UTICA — After a successful Junk in the Trunk flea market in June, another two rounds of flea markets will be returning to downtown Utica.

Woman’s Life Chapter No. 911 Macomb Angels, which hosted the previous Junk in the Trunk event in Utica, will be hosting more of its flea market events before the end of summer.

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, and the group has chosen Utica to make a difference.

The flea market was such a success in June that the group decided to continue raising money while providing the community with something fun.

“Our June flea market went so well, we decided to do it again in August and September,” Lynn Karnes, the president of Woman’s Life Chapter No. 911 Macomb Angels, said in an email.

“We must have had over 250 people come through, and everyone wants us to do it monthly,” she said.

The group went to the Utica City Council and requested to have an additional two  dates.

The big sales 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. Aug. 24 and Sept. 28, rain or shine.

In June, the group had a goal to  collect at least 911 donated food items. It greatly surpassed the goal. They also were able to raise more money than they expected for Trinity Lutheran Church in Utica.

“As people entered, a lot of people said they read it in the C & G. We were able to raise just over $1,400 and supply Trinity Lutheran Church in Utica (with) an ambulance full of canned goods and nonperishable food items. We surpassed our goal of 911 items,” Karnes said.

The group is looking for vendors who may be interested in selling their items at the events. Besides garage sale items, they are looking for crafters, local businesses, people who sell antiques and more.

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

One space costs $30, or two for $50. There is a discount for those who wish to sell at both dates. Each seller will be in a parking space or two with their “junk” for attendees to browse and buy. Registration is on first-come, first-served basis. To get a vendor contract, email WL

The chapter asks that attendees bring school supplies or donations for entry to the flea market.

“We are collecting school supplies or monetary donations as admission for Conner Creek Academy in Roseville,” said Karnes.

Proceeds from the event will benefit individuals and families in the community who have experienced an unexpected financial hardship.

Christine Verschatse Fuller is the chairperson of the school supply drive and a teacher at Conner Creek Academy.

“The school supply collection for teachers is important to me because ... the teachers in my school care so much about our students. We do not only teach them, but we focus on helping the whole child (i.e., food, clothing, adult to count on, and caring). This fundraiser is helping us to offer more to our students. We will be able to get items for our class that we may not have been able to afford otherwise. I don’t know many professions that have to spend so much to perform our job efficiently,” she said in an email.

The group plans to have a few more fun events in the near future.

For more information, visit