NEW TROY — Paul Backus has spent more than two decades repurposing old tools, farm implements and other “found objects” into a large collection of outsider art.

He’s also been busy collecting all sorts of things — from metal coffee pots (some of which were once on display at the Local Boy Laundry in Sawyer) and military helmets to cigar boxes, sad-eyed dogs paintings, Apollo mission commemorative glasses,  and many more things Backus said he’s been rediscovering lately.

Your chance to take some of these “oddities and cool things” home is the initial Paule’s Art and Rummage — scheduled for Friday through Sunday, July 26-28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, at 3511 Wee-Chik Road (between California and Pardee roads near New Troy).

“Somebody accused me of being he most organized hoarder they’d ever seen. So that kind of got me motivated to do the sale,” he said.

Backus said the sale has been three years in the planning, adding that he thinks of his creations as “organic art” since most have something to do with nature (many take the form of animals or birds).

He’s been a landscaper for 32 years and was a farmer before that.

For more information, call (269) 757-2562.

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