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Shoppers fishing for treasures at Walleye Festival

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FREELAND, MI (WNEM) -

The Freeland Walleye Festival isn't only about fishing in the water. This weekend hundreds of bargain shoppers will hit the area to fish for deals.

Friday kicked off a weekend of rummage sales in Freeland, as part of the 29th annual Walleye Festival. 

"It's nice to see someone enjoy your things that you don't enjoy anymore," said Kelly Kurchak.

Kurchak and Brandi Vasold are cousins. Every year, they get together and host a rummage sale. 

"Every year I say we're not going to do another one, and every year we have another," Vasold said.

The excitement of meeting many shoppers and getting rid of items collecting dust, proves too strong, and one year, they realized these sales can also be the help that some people need.

"About 4:30 some people came in and we said, 'Everything's just free, take it.' And a family had come in and their daughter had a fire just through her house, and they were expecting, and having problems with insurance, and they just took all the kids clothes. And we were so excited, we were trying not to cry," Vasold said.

Even with a cold, rainy start, that wasn't enough to keep people from lining the streets at this year's rummage sales, and some people say, they're ready to find some treasures.

"Last year I found a set of outdoor furniture that usually goes for about $12,000 for $100," Vasold said.

The rummage sales continue through Sunday.

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