Hundreds of vendors sell at Michigan Antique Festival in

For people looking for bargains and collectibles this weekend, vendors at the Michigan Antique Festival were ready to oblige.

On Saturday and Sunday, the festival returned for its first of two planned events in Midland this year. Hundreds of vendors were spread across 80 acres at the Midland County Fairgrounds with a variety of offerings.

Festival promoter Matthew Edens said some popular items for shoppers this year were collectible coins, vintage jewelry, reclaimed barn wood, upcycled goods, and furniture.

The festival also hosted one of the largest car shows in its history, with over 300 cars showing up for the competition, Edens said.

One vendor was Saginaw resident Linda Uloth, who runs Urban Farmhouse. She buys old furniture and upcycles it for resale. With many furniture items on backlog due to shortages, she said interest in and sales for her business have been higher in recent months.

However, this has also caused an increase in price for the furniture she buys for her business, she said. For instance, a piece that sold for $5 in auctions three years ago now goes for $25-30.

“More people are looking to the older pieces and redoing them because a couch or chair might be eight months out to order a new one,” Uloth said.

However, she still makes a profit from her furniture because more people are interested in older pieces because of having fewer options.

Another vendor that has benefited from the furniture shortage is Two Old Models, run by Karen and Marty Fuhrmann. The Hartland residents said they restore old furniture, with live edge furniture (furniture with the original tree shape on the edges) being particularly popular. Karen Fuhrmann said their business has had more sales recently due to a furniture shortage.

Marty Fuhrmann also sells vintage, pre-1970s toys, signs and other antiques through the business. He said the more unusual the toy, the more collectable it is.

Another vendor, Trader Ed, run by Mesick resident Norman Woodreng, also deals with collectibles and other odd assortments. Woodreng said he has been coming to the festival for 10 years and keeps his booth stocked with a variety of goods to capture a wide interest of shoppers.

“You ask a person what they are looking for, they say, ‘I know it when I see it,’” Woodreng said. “I try to have a variety, and that is how I manage to stay in business.”

The second and final antique festival of the year in Midland will be Sept. 24-25.

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