CHELSEA, MI – The Chelsea Fresh Air Market plans to bring sales and other events to downtown Chelsea from Friday, August 19 through Saturday, August 20.
The two-day event kicks off at 10am on Friday, August 19, and local merchants will host a variety of deals and sales inside and outside their stores. Some of the participating merchants include The Discovery, Serendipity Books, The Nest Rabbit, La Maison and Garden Mill.
Jennifer Fairfield, organizer of the event and owner of Garden Mill, said the Fresh Air Market “offers a whole new perspective on sidewalk sales.”
“There were people reminiscing about the old days and how much they loved coming to downtown Chelsea for the sidewalk sales and they missed that,” she said. “We decided to bring it back, but we wanted to bring it back in a way that was a little more than your typical sidewalk sales.”
Some of the events that take place during the market include a scavenger hunt, a fashion and home show, and a citywide garage sale.
The event’s first scavenger hunt, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Lost Hope Stone, runs from 10am on Friday 19 August to 5pm on Saturday 20 August. Hunt participants will have a chance to win a basket. Full of prizes from downtown merchants.
In conjunction with this, the Fresh Market will have its third annual fashion and home show on August 20 at 11 a.m. in Palmer Commons. The fashion show, in partnership with the Chelsea Farmers Market, gives business owners the opportunity to showcase their wares, such as clothing, accessories and furniture.
“When you come to downtown Chelsea, you see different things that show what to expect,” Fairfield said.
Chelsea Chamber of Commerce is hosting a city-wide community garage sale during the Clean Air Market.
Fresh Air Market is part of a group called #ShopChelseaMich. The group It started in 2005 and is made up of independent business owners who create events to bring people to Chelsea to shop.
The group hosts other events throughout the year, such as the Chocolate Extravaganza and Wine, Women and Shopping.
Fairfield said she loves seeing people in downtown Chelsea discover what the city has to offer and make memories with the Fresh Air Market.
“It’s about bringing more people (and) letting more people know what a great place Chelsea is,” she said.
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