Hockey players, parents flock to Farmington Hillls for Perani’s annual sale

People were lining up outside the rink-turned-showroom in hopes of landing the best deals at Perani's annual clearance sale in Farmington Hills. (Michael Caples/MiHockey)

By Ryan Zuke - 

FARMINGTON HILLS - Perani’s 19th annual warehouse clearance sale kicked off Thursday at the Farmington Hills Ice Arena with the line extending outside the building, and people from as far away as Texas waiting to get inside.

Players, parents and even grandparents traveled from all over the state and country to take advantage of the sale which began at noon.

Ty Wisdom drove from Texas for the second year in a row looking to capitalize on some of the deals.

“I’ve been waiting here since 9:45 (a.m.) and just seeing what kind of deals there are again,” Wisdom said.

Meanwhile, Glenda Van Every arrived an hour early to get in line to hold a spot until her son and grandson showed up.

“This is my first time at the sale, but my son has been here for the past few years and just absolutely loves it.

Cam Jorgenson made the trip from Lansing to find unbeatable prices on pants, gloves and sticks.

“It’s really worth the drive,” Jorgenson said.  “You save a lot of money and it’s just a great place.”

He also attended last year’s sale and was very pleased with what he took away from it.

“Last year I got two sticks, a pair of pants and a helmet—all at a great price.”

Jorgenson brought his friend, Tyler Bishop this year who was experiencing the sale for the first time.

“I’m hoping there are a lot of good deals, a lot of mark downs, but we’ll see how it goes,” Bishop said.

Both Jorgenson and Bishop are expecting to play in the North American Hockey League next season.

Craig Caster and his four sons journeyed from Toledo, Ohio and had to wait outside in the rain for event.

“We’re not looking for any certain brands, just good deals,” Caster said.

Caster also went to last year’s sale and was satisfied enough to make the trip back.

Perani’s employee Nolan Maezes said they began setting up about a week and a half ago for the big sale and is expecting even more customers this year.

“The sales should be better for sure.  I mean we have more product, so you’re definitely going to find some good prices.”

The sale continues through Sunday, July 29.