Don’t miss autumn antique festivals in Midland, Davisburg

Written by on September 16, 2016 in Antique Dealers with 0 Comments

Crisp fall temperatures and colorful autumn leaves provide a picturesque backdrop for the vintage treasures at the Michigan Antique Festivals.

Held in Midland Sept. 24-25 and Davisburg Oct. 1-2, the events are well known for their high quality collectibles, sought after shabby chic décor and top notch antiques. The array of items offered for sale range from retro jewelry, art deco pieces and classic signs to refinished antique furniture, old primitives and industrial items.

“It’s impossible to describe everything that you’ll see at these shows,” said Michigan Antique Festival Owner Lori Oberlin. “We set out to make the festivals a fun experience for visitors. Today we are the largest antique and vintage market in Michigan.”

The Midland Antique Festival, named one of the Top 3 summer flea market festivals and events in the nation by Kovels, has been a staple at the Midland County Fairgrounds for 48 years. It covers an impressive 80 acres and eight barns.

The Davisburg Antique Festival, located at Springfield Oaks County Park, has experienced rapid growth in the last year.

“We have grown so fast in Davisburg that we are acquiring new parking locations to accommodate the number of shoppers we had in the spring,” she said. “Dealers from across the country have been calling almost nonstop asking if we have space for them.”

The Davisburg Festival features a barn sale in the historic Ellis Barn, five indoor buildings and countless tents. Hundreds of dealers, many specializing in shabby chic and upcycled treasures, will share their passion for antiques at the Shabby Experience and Industrial Way areas.

“The charming country setting in northern Oakland County is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing day of shopping,” said Oberlin.

In addition to the plentiful supply of antiques, visitors won’t want to miss the Classic Car Show with a live DJ and the Michigan Craft Beer Garden serving Michigan made brews and highlighting local entertainment.

Both festivals were recently honored by state officials for their tourism efforts and economic impact on local communities. With more than 75,000 visitors attending each year and hundreds of vendors traveling across the country to participate, more than $2 million is generated at restaurants, hotels and other businesses during the shows.

Michigan Antique Festivals supports community organizations that will assist in a variety of capacities in order to raise funds and awareness for their causes as well.

Don’t miss the after-hours party hosted for the Troops Need Love Too, charity focused on sending care packages to active duty military overseas.

Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays for both festivals. Admission is $6 and children 11 and under are admitted free. Parking is also free. Activities take place rain or shine

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