Nostalgia bathes everything in shades of gold, which is why many financial advisors suggest investing in discarded love letters and fondly remembered bureaus. Envision a richer past with this Groupon.
$15 for Two Weekend Passes (Up to $30.60 Value)
On Saturday, January 5, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, January 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., DeVos Place becomes a treasure trove of vintage wares, stocked by more than 200 vendors. Attendees can peruse pre-WWII lures, lay eyes on a Miss Valentine Pin-Up contest, or, for $5 per item, have their heirlooms appraised by Schmidt’s auctioneers. Children 17 and younger are regularly admitted for free; college students with ID gain entry for $5.
Though this merchant sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon is still the best deal available.
Grand Rapids Antiques Market
A congregation of antique dealers sells their vintage wares at the annual Grand Rapids Antiques Market, which is fueled by nostalgia's fumes and hosts time travelers as they venture into the rich history of Americana. The market dips buyers and sellers alike into an antiques-filled reservoir overflowing with the past's furnishings, accessories, sporting goods, and 2-year-old laptops. Professional appraisers check out homeowners' potential gems, and live auctioneers corral the highest bid with lassos woven from their own bristly mustache hairs.