Ferndale's groovy artsy market (con't)

A visitor, seeing all the mounted concert posters priced at just $10 each, asked the man behind the table who the person is who drew the posters, many from Detroit’s late 1960s psychedelic era.

“I am,” said Carl Lundgren unassumingly, noting that, yes, that was a great era in the history of Detroit music.

Lundgren’s stall is just one of a few dozen at what is admittedly a kind of hippie flea market, located prominently at the corner of Woodward Ave. and 9 Mile Rd. in a former Old Navy store.

That’s in “fashionable” Ferndale, so called by local residents and located in suburban Detroit.

To get there, take I-75 north and get off at 9 Mile Rd. and go west.

The Rust Belt Market, which opened this year for the first time and runs Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 7 pm, features a wide variety of funky clothing and collectibles.

All the items were created by local artists or craftspeople.

Prices can range from a few bucks to several hundred dollars.

You’ll find Detroit-themed bowling and T-shirts, photographs of former local landmarks like Tiger and Olympia stadium, home-made soaps, and all variety of jewellery and clothing.

There is no admission fee.

There is live entertainment on a raised stage in the middle of the vast sales floor.

Forgive us for thinking the Grateful Dead were about to pop out at any moment.

It’s all a very groovy scene.

And after you’ve finished at the Rust Belt, walk along 9 Mile Road to visit the numerous trendy boutiques, cafes and restaurants that line this resurgent suburban Detroit enclave.


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