Midland is hot

Dateline: Thu 02 Feb 2012

If you care about style, antiques, furnishings and art, then you must already know about Midland Arts & Antiques Market at 907 East Michigan Street.

The venue is huge, elegant, funky and fun to prowl around in for 15 minutes or ideally hours: a treasure-hunter's sophisticated paradise, thanks to 200 or so dealers on two floors and Midland's first-rate staff.

But enough PR; the real news is that four days before Christmas, Midland had a banner retail day, its second best in 15 years of operation. Thank you ex-Mrs. John Mellencamp, aka Elaine Irwin, and other generous consumers of fine and sometimes rough stuff. OK, it may not be enough of a blip to forecast that the economy is roaring back, but it's still a good hearty sign. Because, let's face it, a lot of what is sold at Midland is not necessarily stuff you need (toilet paper) but is something that enhances a certain lifestyle.

Also a perk for Midland: Baggage Battles filmed a segment there this past Sunday Jan. 29; the crew was set up in the former warehouse (doors and window sashes) in the afternoon for a couple hours, and the show will air in April. (BB is a bargain-hunter; on Saturday they did a segment about an auction in Indy at the airport, where unclaimed items left by passengers were auctioned off.

Wnen you're hot, you're hot. HGTV International House Hunters also visited the near-Eastside/downtown retail outlet and is also airing a show about Midland at some future date.

Full disclosure -- I have a modest booth on the 2nd floor. Redtail and trash-picking suits me better than Gannett ever did, and is much more fun.

Plus, Gannett was many things, but hot, it's not.




hendy [Member] said:

I'm going to have to see this. I'll hide a trinket some place.

2012-02-03 12:45:31

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Midland is also (ahem) a great place for single gay guys to cruise. Or so I'm told.

I could lose myself for hours there, not cruising, mind you, but--imagining different home decor items in my house, looking at the art, the jewelry....no one ever rushes you. The concept is wonderful.

One of the black tuxedo jackets you saw in Sept. came from Midland. With some delightfully funny 1950s notes in the pocket. It had an Ayres label and the craftsmanship is superb. $25.

And so it goes.

2012-02-03 13:00:24

Whitebeard [unverified] said:

Steve Hammer, the NUVO columnist, wrote a funny column recently about how difficult it is to find good junque these days at Goodwill stores. He even lamented the sparcity of 8-track music tapes for sale.

2012-02-03 13:15:32

ruth holladay [unverified] said:

I loved that column of Hammer's.

2012-02-03 18:52:14

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