FLINT, MI – After a successful first round of showcase the tri-county area’s antique shops, the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau will kick off its second semi-annual Antique Treasure Hunt starting Friday, Oct. 18,
and running through Sunday, Oct. 20.
Over the course of the three-day event, 20 different antique shops – stretching from Flint to Linden, from Holly to Millington, and many cities in between – will be featured.
Brian Blain, the marketing and promotions director for the Antique Treasure Hunt, said that the idea is to market the area’s antique shops through a collaborative process and this one varies from the previous treasure hunt in a few ways.
“We did one in June and it was highly successful so we decided to come back with this one for our fall treasure hunt. It has a little different twist to it because they go around to different locations to Holly to Lapeer to Fenton and the Flint area and each store has an individual, unique clue,” Blain said.
“The clues will lead them to a treasure and that treasure is 10 different prizes that will have from $25-$150 value that they can go back to the stores and spend that money.”
This weekend’s treasure hunt follows an antiquing event, What’s This Worth, on Oct. 12-13 at Perani Arena.
Blain said that the antiquing platform promotes the hidden treasures that are very prevalent in the tri-county region across Mid-Michigan.
“We’ve got more antique shops than most people realize in this area. If you go out there and really start digging, in a 30-minute radius there’s a lot of very successful stores,” he said.
“I think it’s a good hobby because everybody has something that their parent or grandparent left them and all of a sudden they start to like the style that
it creates in their house and then they like to go out and rummage for those things, too.”
The event times will vary depending on the individual stores, but people can see a list of participating antique shops at the Vintage Collectable Appraisal Fair's Facebook
“It’s a whole vintage thing – vintage toys, vintage furniture – and people like to go back and look at the past. And when they’re out looking for things,
they find things that they wouldn’t have otherwise about our area. That’s why it’s popular all over and shows like American Picker and things like that are popular,” Blain said.
“Antiquing tends to be skewed a little higher age-wise – 35 and above is sort of the age group for the true antiquers. But some of the younger people are starting to get involved with it, too.”