April 2 – Chili & Baked Potato Bar Fundraiser

April 2 5:30-7pm will be our first fundraiser of the year! All of our fundraisers last year were amazing and helped create the awesome holiday decorations that were on Beechtree Street this winter. We plan on cruising right along with our fundraising efforts into 2015 to continue improving Grand Haven’s east end.

The fundraiser will feature traditional chili, vegetarian chili and white chicken chili.

The baked potato bar will have all the fixins’ with butter, broccoli cheese, regular cheese, chives, sour creme and bacon bits! We will do this rain or shine so dress warm because it probably won’t be super warm yet here in Grand Haven but let’s hope the snow is done! A complete list of the summer fundraisers and food offered will be coming shortly! All kinds of good stuff coming up!




Cartoon Cuteness or Strangeness…

So Mary has acquired this rather quirky bit of folk art: a painted wooden ironing board complete with animals cute and strange. We had to chuckle at the incredibly overweight hedgehog and the rather “dazed” looking elephant on the bottom. Whatever story you want to create about this one-of-a-kind vintage piece of art, its available at Fat Chix/Aluminum Mule until someone nabs it!

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Eastend Pickers!


Eastend Pickers is a two-day, rain or shine, outdoor event held at Sluka Field (corner of Waverly and Eastern in Grand Haven) on Friday April 3 and Saturday April 4. This event will be featuring vendors who have interesting wares for sale such as garden items, collectible glassware, tools, old fishing/hunting gear, vintage items, antiques, bikes and other funk-tastic stuff!

Here are all the details for the event:

  • Each vendor is responsible for their own trash and site clean up
  • Vendors may not bring children or pets to the event. (Customers however are welcome to bring children and pets.
  • Cost per 10×10 vendor space is $20 for one day or $30 for both days.
  • Two day vendors must tear down at the end of the 1st day and re-set up on the 2nd
  • Vendors must provide their own tables, chairs and tent (if you want your site covered).
  • There is no on-site electricity.
  • Morning coffee will be provided at no charge courtesy of Fat Chix Coffee
  • This is an open field, no trees for shade
  • A list of local eateries on Beechtree Street will be posted at the information table.
  • No dollies or assistance will be available. Vendors must provide their own.
  • Vendors may begin set up as early as 6:30am and must be completely set up by 8:30am.
  • All vendor registration fees are non-refundable
  • Checks payable to: EASTOWN ASSOCIATION

C/O Aluminum Mule

319 S. Beechtree

Grand Haven, MI 49417

Please call with early questions at 616-846-7480. An information table will be available each day to answer additional questions.

Please stop by The Aluminum Mule (a.k.a. Fat Chix) to pick up a registration form.


A Note About Vendor Parking

Unloading and Loading:

Please use the Waverly Street (Sluka Field park) to unload your vehicle. There will be no dollies, wagons or carts available to assist vendors. Additionally, there will be NO driving on the grass/field allowed.


Please move as swiftly as possible, as we are specting between 100-125 vehicles. After unloading/loading your vehickle, you must leave the Sluka Field Lot. This parking lot will be opened to the public (shoppers) for parking. Vendors should park their vehicles on Eastern Street between Grand and Franklin, or in the parking lot at Eastend Park, which is an approximate 4-5 block walk from the sale site.

Thank you for your smooth co-operation with everything!

Love is in the Air!

February is sauntering up to us next month! Can you believe it? Of course we are already stocking up for the holiday with cute Valentine gifts and goodies! Check out the adorable containers we have for your sweetheart – The little “take out” style boxes and the felted containers are great for candy and whatever other goodies you can think of. Our “Fun Find of the Week” is $18.95 and the only one available, so if you love it, get in before its gone!

We did a major remodel in the store this month and moved just about everything around! If you haven’t been by in a while, stop in this week and see the new changes! Mary will be back from Disney World and will be looking forward to seeing everyone!



Manly Shopping at Fat Chix!

Sure our crazy store name may imply “robust” femininity, but there’s plenty of manly things to be found at Fat Chix. Of course, the gift shop also has the second name of “The Aluminum Mule” so maybe that’s the male aspect of the name…mule…male…I digress:)

Christmas is next week but our little store is still bursting with gifts, last minute stocking stuffers and a few gems for the man who still needs a present! Vintage beer and shot glasses along with vintage fishing lures. Beer cap magnets and some Irish ball caps are some of the cool items we have in stock right now. Perfect decor for the man caves out there. Some of these are one-of-a-kind so if you like it, get in here quick and grab it quick! Merry Christmas everyone !



Stocking Stuffer Madness!!

Well if there’s one thing Fat Chix has always been good at, it’s the art of the “chotchkie.” Chotchkie is actually a Yiddish word and according to the Urban Dictionary, it means, “A small piece of worthless crap, a decorative knick knack with little or no purpose.” Hmm….does that seem harsh? Well they go on to say, “If you are having trouble identifying Chotchkie just look around your house or someone else’s and whatever you see that a burgler wouldn’t steal is probably Chotchkie.” That sounds a little better.

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