The Kalamazoo Garage Sale Art Fair

The Kalamazoo Garage Sale Art Fair
Photo courtesy Garage Sale Art Fair.
Photo courtesy Garage Sale Art Fair.

There are only a handful of things Michiganders appreciate more than craft beer and summer’s at the beach and local art is one of them! The Mitten is home to a plethora of talented local artists that make their work accessible to everyone by hosting art shows, attending art fairs and displaying their work in our coffee shops but the Kalamazoo Garage Sale Art Fair might be one of the better places to check out (and purchase) some local art.

Photo courtesy Garage Sale Art Fair.
Photo courtesy Garage Sale Art Fair/Valerie Houck-VanSandt.

The 19th annual Garage Sale Art Fair is set to take place on Saturday, February 28 at the Kalamazoo Expo Center and Fairgrounds. Doors will be open from 9:30am to 4:00pm, with a $5 entry fee for adults and free admission for small children.

Local artists and other regional craftspeople will be selling their overstocked work, as well as their surplus supplies. Media ranges from glass, clay, painting, clothing, wood, and jewelry—and much more! Artists include Sam Machulis, a functional clay sculptor, Joelle Medici, a fiber artist, and Valerie Houck-VanSandt, a non-metal jeweler.

Photo courtesy Garage Sale Art Fair.
Photo courtesy Garage Sale Art Fair/Sam Machulis.

Come hungry because the event is event is catered! Don’t worry about lugging your winter coat around and don’t get tired carrying around all of your purchases-they will have a coat and package check available for your convenience!

Festival coordinators Michael Kifer and Bonnie Blandford produce art fairs around the country, advise event goers to “Come early for the best selection. Come back later for the best deals!” Keep in mind, this is a “garage sale,” so it’s always a good idea to bring cash, although some vendors will accept checks and/or credit cards.

For more information, you can visit the official Garage Sale Art Fair website or facebook.

Have you been to a past Garage Sale Art Fair? Are you planning on visiting or showing your own work in this year’s festival? Let us know in the comments below!

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Born, bred, and here to stay, I can proudly say I've lived all over our Awesome Mitten--and on three of the five Great Lakes, at that. My imagination has always been my greatest strength and in cooperation with the Awesome Mitten, I can excitedly implement my creativity in a way to promote all that is wonderful about Michigan. Contact me at claire@awesomemitten.com.