Treasure hunters unite for a good cause during annual sale

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published March 28, 2017

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CLAWSON — Spring has sprung, and for many, that portends one thing — garage sales.

The weather may not be quite warm enough for the neighborhood sales to begin, but the Hunter Community Center will be welcoming eager shoppers this Saturday.

“We see it as a kind of kick-off to garage sale season, which so many people enjoy,” said Clawson Director of Recreation and Senior Services Kathy Leenhouts.

The annual Tables of Treasure event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1 in the Hunter Community Center, 509 Fisher Court. The happening is a fundraiser for the Clawson Senior Center and the programs it supports. Along with the table rental fees, proceeds from the bake sale and lunch items will go to the Clawson Senior Center.

“I love the indoor garage sale,” said Mayor Penny Luebs. “It is aptly named because I can find treasures there.”

Treasure-buying and treasure-selling makes the event popular in the community because it is the one spot where attendees may celebrate that great find at an even better price.

Leenhouts said that although organizers don’t take an official attendance count, she estimates the sale usually attracts about 200 people throughout the morning and afternoon.

“We will have 58 tables this year and actually had a waiting list for more who wanted to participate,” Leenhouts said.

Crafts, jewelry and, of course,  household items will be for sale.

Resident Sandy LaCross participates every year and is once again signed up for Saturday.

She usually sells her handmade crochet and fleece blankets along with some unneeded household items.

LaCross said that in addition to helping out the Senior Center, she uses the event to do some spring cleaning of her own. However, she said, sometimes she ends up coming home with some of the other participants’ treasures.

“I think the best part of the event is just the variety of items available,” Leenhouts said.

Admission to Tables of Treasure is free, and the event is open to the public.

For more information, call (248) 583-6700.