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August 13, 2014

Bargain Hunter’s Paradise returns to recreation center

By Kevin Bunch
C & G Staff Writer

ROSEVILLE — An Eastpointe staple is coming back to the recreation center in Roseville for the second year in a row Aug. 16.

The Bargain Hunter’s Paradise garage sale was a regular event in Eastpointe for years, but following the merger of the Roseville and Eastpointe recreation departments, it has shuffled north a couple miles and found its way to the recreation center, Recreation Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe Senior Director Mary Grant said.

“This is the second time it’s been put on by the recreation authority, but ... I’ve had 20, 25 of them in my career,” Grant said. “I had done them in Eastpointe all the time.”

The sale was held twice a year — once in the summer, and once in the winter — for several years at Eastpointe’s old senior center on Stephens Road, Grant said, which is now the Michigan Military & Technical Museum. The museum runs its own garage sale event in the same vein.

She said the goal was to give residents a centralized place to hold a garage sale. With a number of sellers in one place — and with the advertising available to the recreation authority — it should help drive in more traffic than they would see selling the items at their homes.

“It saves them from having to get a permit and bottlenecking their whole weekend selling,” Grant said. “We put an ad in local papers, it’s on the median sign on Gratiot so you get more high traffic from customers coming through, and it has been listed in our program brochure that goes out to every resident of Eastpointe and Roseville.”

Recreation Director Tony Lipinski said the first year seemed to go well and visitors to the recreation center were asking if it was going to take place again this year.

“It seemed to be very successful, and the seniors asked for it,” Lipinski said. “It’s something I was just talking to one of the seniors today about, and they’re looking forward to it.”

At the recreation center, Grant said booths should be in the parking lot in front of the main entrance. All vendors paid in advance and received a parking space to set up their wares. Parking will be solely at the parking lot on the side of the building, she said.

On the consumer side, she said people tend to price competitively if they are not interested in taking things back home, while vendors get to keep all the money they make.

The sale currently is scheduled for one time a year at the recreation center. Grant said this is only the second year it has happened at the recreation center, and they do not want to compete with the two mom-to-mom sales that already go on there each year.

Lipinski said they have not discussed the possibility of holding the sale more than once a year due to the impending expansion work at the building.

“It’s something that, once our building is complete, we’d consider that,” he said.

The sale runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The recreation center is at 18185 Sycamore St. in Roseville. For more information, call (586) 445-5480.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Kevin Bunch at kbunch@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1030.