Jewelry, records, clothing, oh my!

Chris Azzopardi
By | 2018-01-16T03:50:29-04:00 June 22nd, 2006|Entertainment|

ROYAL OAK – It’s one thing to have a sale in a garage; it’s another to hold it in a parking structure. But for 30 years, local antique and knick-knack collectors have sold handmade and vintage jewelry, records, baseball cards, handmade pillows, clothing, old furniture and hardware supplies at Royal Oak’s Antique and Garage Sale.
“I usually peg it as the, ‘Everything under the sun … and stuff from other planets,'” said Shelley Kemp, director of events for the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce.
A driveway couldn’t hold over 250 vendors’ merchandise and around 25,000 shoppers. But size wasn’t the reason the Chamber decided to change the venue for this year’s sale.
“We were just honestly looking for something that represented Royal Oak a little better, the feel Royal Oak has got now as opposed to 31 years ago,” Kemp said. Because of weather conditions in the previous structure, the Antique and Garage Sale will take place at the Lafayette Structure, which is only three years old.
Most of the items are fairly priced, and sometimes dirt-cheap. “It really depends on what you’re buying,” Kemp said. “Some of the handmade items are one of a kind, so they are a bit more expensive. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen anything that I thought was really out of control, and the vendors will listen to offers – not that they will always take it…”
The Chamber of Commerce, as they sought after fun events for Royal Oak, started the sale 31 years ago. “It started with regular retailers down here, actual business owners,” she said. “They started it as a summertime fun type of thing, it was very small and just sort of grew and grew and grew.”
Admission is $1 for adults and children 12 and over. Children under 12 are free. “The sale is the Chamber’s largest annual fundraiser,” Kemp said. “The money raised goes toward paying for the operations of the Chamber.”

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Chris Azzopardi
As editor of Q Syndicate, the international LGBTQ wire service, Chris Azzopardi has interviewed a multitude of superstars, including Cher, Meryl Streep, Mariah Carey and Beyoncé. His work has also appeared in GQ, Vanity Fair and Billboard. Reach him via Twitter @chrisazzopardi.