Bargain hunters can search along 150 miles of yard sales along the coast of the Thumb this weekend.
Bob Gross, Times Herald
Doug Tucker didn’t leave the house Saturday planning to buy a pair of bolt cutters.
But $5 was a deal too good for the St. Clair resident to pass on.
“I just saw it,” he said. “You never know when you’re going to need it.”
Saturday was the second day of the M-29 to M-25 Antique Yard Sale. The 150-mile route of bargains continues today along the shoreline of the Thumb from New Baltimore to Sebewaing.
Tucker found his deal on bolt cutters at tables set up in the parking lot of Angler’s Outfitters on M-29 in St. Clair. Bill Baade, of Chesterfield Township, was the seller.
He said the owner of Angler’s, Bill Barrons, lets him use the space.
“Even though I sell fishing stuff, he figures if I get 10 or 12 people in here and one goes inside, it’s business for him,” Baade said.
While some people consider the yard sale trail an inconvenience, Baade said he likes it.
“I’ve been coming to this spot for three years, and before that, we were at the Algonac park,” he said.
Business Saturday was spotty, he said.
“It seems like you get five or six cars, then a half hour lull,” he said.
Traffic between Marine City and St. Clair was steady and, in places, congested.
Penny Rose-Gray, on Pearl Street in Marine City, was selling her adult children’s childhood memories.
“My kids never ever grew into any of their toys,” she said.
“It’s like adopting out your children later in life,” she said. “Who’s going to take good care of them?”
Many of the toys, she said, belonged to her son, Thomas, who is now 28.
“Probably 80 percent of his toys have been recycled over the years,” she said.
Rose-Gray said she has been on the buying side of garage sales but “I prefer to be the seller.
“I’d rather take the money in than hand it out.”
Thomas Rose-Gray’s explanation for how he felt about selling his old toys sounded like the plot for “Toy Story 3.”