Saline’s Rentschler Farm Museum is definitely a hot spot on the trail of Michigan’s longest garage sale.
The museum, owned by the City of Saline and operated by the Saline Area Historical Society, is located at 1265 E. Michigan Ave. On Friday morning, the opening day of the Rentschler Farm sale, customers lined up waiting for the sale to begin.
“We had more than 300 people in the first hour. It’s a very popular stop on the trail,” said Jim Peters, president of the Saline Area Historical Society.
The US 12 Heritage Trail Garage Sale encompasses yard sales and garage sales along the US-12 corridor, from Detroit to New Buffalo. It’s a three-day sale – but only a two-day sale at Saline’s Rentschler Farm.
The Saline sale has a little bit of everything. There’s vintage furniture, old farm tools and model train gear. You’ll also find the kind of straight-from-the-storage-room stuff you’d find at your standard garage sale – dishes, computer monitors, baskets. John and Kathy Bauman, who tend to the farm’s beautiful garden, sold organic produce fresh from the garden.
One of the big draws is the Pineapple House tent. Joy Ely owns the boutique at the corner of Michigan and Ann Arbor Street. Ely used to have sidewalk sales downtown. But there wasn’t much room. It was loud. And it was hot. She decided to do her sale at the Rentschler Farm.
“It’s a great location. We get a great crowd and we have a lot of room,” Ely said.
Ely uses the sale to sell surplus goods and clean out her inventory.
“This year, people are really interested in our Halloween items,” Ely said.
Another plus is that the event benefits the Saline Area Historical Society – an organization that Ely supports.
The event is the historical society’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The society operates the Rentschler Farm Museum and Depot Museum. It also offers free monthly education programs.
For more information about the US-12 Heritage Trail Garage Sale, click here. For more information about the Rentschler Farm Museum and the Saline Area Historical Society, click here.