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The Rust Belt Market
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Ferndale
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Voted "Best Place to Buy Original Art and Local Craft" by HOUR Detroit magazine, The Rust Belt Market is the intersection of creativity and business. Its founders transformed a vacant big-box store into an event venue and hub of 50+ independent retailers-offering a unique mix of goods both handmade and collected by local artists. Explore and leave inspired.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Ferndale, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2013

This is such a wonderful place to visit. So many very creative items. There are wonderful people here and they do take the time to tell you about their works of art. It's very difficult not to spend money here.

You'll see rows of artistic vendors. Items are available in all price ranges. Friday nights are fantastic and that's when I usually go as I combine a meal with this terrific experience. Try to go through the front door so you can see the signage outdoors. You'll also see information about upcoming events there.

What I like most about this venue is that it changes constantly and I feel that the place never gets old. I visit the Rust Belt monthly. This is such an inspirational place. Some items are vintage, some original art, some brand new. Whether you go alone or with others, you'll enjoy the experience.

Double check the open times. There's plenty of lighting. There is a big parking lot. Cash. Check. Credit Card accepted.

Visited December 2012
2 Thank StepOnBusTours
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Detroit, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
“Very cool”
Reviewed 14 February 2013

Tons of unique things... I am all about supporting the local scene, anb there is 100% of it here. I've done Christmas shopping as well as stuff for myself. Ive been there a dozen times and there is always something new. Its not stagnant like some of those other markets in the area.

Its a great way to spend time on a lazy Sunday either alone or with friends.

Visited December 2012
Thank Christopher H
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Lathrup Village, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fun place to find odd things”
Reviewed 11 December 2012

Its a cool place to go on a Saturday or Sunday to find some interesting stuff, Pretty much a Flea market mixet with an Artsy Fartsy crowd. I have been there a few times, there is some cool Artsy stuff and some really bad Crappy stuff, ill let you decide... either way its a fun place to hang out.

Visited July 2012
Thank TZinger
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Ferndale, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fun, interesting look at local creatives!”
Reviewed 16 October 2012 via mobile

The Rust Belt provides a real-world (vs online) venue for local artisans/creatives to display quite an array of wares. I had a blast looking at unique pieces in various mediums, talking to the vendors, and being generally inspired. Enjoy!

Thank Danielle6784
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Auburn Hills, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Wonderful, Eclectiic Shopping and Eating at Rust Belt Market”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Spent a very pleasant Sunday afternoon in Ferndale this past weekend at the Rust Belt Market. Unique things to buy, great photos and clothes, lots of vintage stuff, and byond delicious Rock City Pies. Lunch at Rosie O'Grady's capped a great afternoon. Can't wait to go back! Everyone was very friendly and I loved the items being sold as they are quite different and interesting and reasonably priced.

Visited February 2012
Thank Tina V
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