The first day of the Rentschler Farm Museum garage sale was a big hit.
More than 730 people turned out to the farm by 2 p.m., taking advantage of the pleasant weather and the cluster of 21 vendors – all of whom were participating in the US 12 Garage Sale, which stretches from Detroit to Berrien County. For a US 12 Heritage Trail Map of Sales, go to www.US12heritagetrail.org two or three days before to the sale. The sale at the farm continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday.
Shoppers searched for gems in the booths and tables set up at Saline’s historic farms. Vendors offered collectibles, old cameras, film projectors, tools, and more.
Joy Ely, owner of Pineapple House in downtown Saline, has the biggest exhibit at farm. She’s selling a lot of the surplus items she used to sell at sidewalk sales downtown. She’s found that the Rentschler Farm sale is better for her business.
“When he had the sidewalk sales, things like candles would sit out in the sun and melt. Having the big tent gives me more space. And it’s a good crowd, too,” Ely said.
One of the reasons why it’s a good crowd is because of the state-wide US 12 sale. But Ely also drives traffic to the sale by emailing the 2,000 customers on her list.
“It’s win-win,” Ely said.
One of the winners is the Saline Area Historical Society, which manages the Rentschler Farm Museum and the Depot Museum, both owned by the City of Saline.
Agnes Dikeman said the event is one of the Rentschler Farms biggest fundraisers. The society makes money on the booth space and also sells items in the salvage barn and gift shop. The gift shop offers many items detailing Saline’s history.
The Rentschler Farm Museum is located at 1265 E. Michigan Ave., between Faurecia and the Sauk Trail Shopping Center.