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Northern Michigan in Focus: Elk Rapids Antique Market

One of the best parts about the holiday season is giving.

One of the worst is stressing out about what to buy those you love.

Corey Adkins shows us how we can think outside the box when it comes to gift giving in today’s Northern Michigan in Focus.

“Some people say it’s waning, but I tend to disagree because the people that are collectors and antiques have it in their blood, and a lot of that is passed on generation to generation and we are starting to see more and more young people come through,” says Brett Gourdie.

This is the time of year when some people agonize over "What do I get for gifts?" or "How do I be original with my gifts?" Well, maybe looking back in time may be the advice you’re looking for and the may be the place.

“It can be sometimes a little overwhelming with 800 square feet of antiques and collectibles. We have 38 different dealers here,” says Brett.

Along with traditional holiday things like Santa mugs or reindeer sitting underneath a tree, you can find old helmets from World War II, a Clash of the Titans lunch box and, believe it or not, one of the hot items…old typewriters.

“Typewriters. Used to be boat anchors, and now the 20s and 30s typewriters are very popular. There’s a resurgence with young people doing things by hand again, whether it be blacksmithing or typewriting, and they’re very intrigued by them. One: they’re great decorating, but number two, they’re actually typing letters and mailing letters, just kind of old school. They’re getting popular and making a comeback in the last 4-5 years,” explains Brett.

There’s something for you vinyl lovers.

“This is an interesting piece. It’s a vintage record player with speakers built in, which we all had or our grandparents had. This particular one plays 45’s, 33’s and 78’s and these have become very popular with vinyl coming back, especially the 33’s and 45’s. That’s a 78 in there now, but this one is all inclusive with speakers and everything,” says Brett.

And even vintage taxidermy?

“It used to be kind of a guy thing, but now women are using it for decorating, especially colorful pieces like the pheasant and the goose and different things like that. It really has changed how taxidermy is looked at these days,” says Brett.

But this is the Christmas season, and if you’re looking for that throw back look from the 60s…

“I wanted to show you some of the vintage lighting that we have here, and these are from the 40s to the 60s, but specifically the bubble lights and these are highly collectable right now. And, as you can see in the picture, when you plug them in the bubbles will start going up and there’s different colors, and these were rally popular in the 60s and they’ve become very popular again,” explains Brett.

From vintage lights to old film cameras to a picture of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, you’re bound to find something special here for that someone special.

“They’re looking for that unusual gift they can’t get at the box store where there’s not 4 million of them made. There were a couple thousands of them made in the 50s, 60s, whatever, but there’s only a very few of them left if you can find them, so people are really taking the time to look for something special for that person, and it’s more heartfelt that way. So, it’s been very interesting to watch that kind of stuff,” says Brett. 

And you better hurry up because time’s ticking!