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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old Aug 10th, 19, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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I went to the local swap meet a couple weeks ago, is it just me or are these things turning it to a flee market. It used to be mostly only car parts, new and or aftermarket and used parts. Now I find it is tables of rust junk you see time after time and everything user the sun. And the everything under the sun tables out number the car parts related tables three to one. The tables that are still car parts are mostly junk, maybe one supplier of aftermarket or some one that specializes in tri fives or mustangs but rarely any more. If I want to look for chinaware or old military stuff I would go to a swap meet for that stuff.
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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old Aug 10th, 19, 1:13 PM
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In general the bigger swapmeets have become like that. The smaller ones, that are usually done by noon tend to still be more car related. Thatís even changing, the supply of good used parts has virtually dried up, most buyers want to offer pennies on the dollar and manny sellers of used parts want top dollar. Iíve been selling at at least a couple of swapmeets a year since the late-80ís, this is the first year Iím wonít. There isnít any reason to anymore, Iím switching to eBay for my better stuff. Iíll probably do one swapmeet every other year, just to keep the garage clean.

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Agree, I can walk for an entire day at the big meet here in april and maybe find 1 or 2 things I need. I still go for the vendors selling cheap bags of rags and the guy selling quality abrasives. The majority of the vendors bring their stuff year after year and they never seem to lower their prices, bringing the same stuff back. That makes no sense to me, but that's their gig. The atmosphere is great still, and it's tradition to attend, so I'll be there till I can't.
I remember the days I'd have to make several trips back to my stall in the first few hours, grabbing prizes left and right.
Now, as for selling, I literally have to sell holleys at $40, intakes at $20 and just about give away common parts any more. That's why I typically don't sell, just set up and break out the cooler and bbq and we just kick it for the weekend. Still fun, just not quite the same.
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post #4 of 31 (permalink) Old Aug 10th, 19, 2:37 PM
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Sounds like the Carlisle events in spring and fall. Ebay has totally changed the swap meet thing. This is the first year in probably 20 that I skipped spring Carlisle and I may not go back again. Nothing stays the same....
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I spoke to a vendor at the Macungie show. He said that he only brings items that are too big to ship because he can turn more profit by ebay on the small stuff.
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I took some good 67 to 72 Chevy truck parts to a swap meet last week , everyone wanted to pay pennies on the dollar for good parts . I had presold a set of 5 powder coated 15x8 6 lug steel wheels for $700 and agreed to deliver to the local meet for another guy to get them to West Virginia , Im in Ga . Since I was delivering the wheels I took a lot of other good parts and brought most back home . I build these trucks so I dont mind having the parts for future builds .
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I've done ok at swap meets with stuff. I usually bring home a couple hundred bucks each time I go. I don't price stuff high, I price it to sell, and lots of stuff sells without any haggling. My swap meet trailer is almost empty, got to get busy again, I guess.

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post #8 of 31 (permalink) Old Aug 11th, 19, 10:53 AM
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I love going to swap meets but usually don't find the parts I am looking for. I will not buy a used part for over half of the cost of a new part. And if it is a new part and not being sold by a known dealer, it better be priced at a deep discount. I have bought my fair share of damaged and mis-represented parts. I don't trust anyone selling at swap meets. They know you will never see them again.
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Love a good swap meet but many are getting the same way around here, maybe not as bad but lots of non car stuff and toys. If work allows, I try to hit both Coy's meets at Bandimere and the Tri State meet at the National Western complex. I'd like to find more in the area but so far these are my long tern favorites. I usually go to the Polar Bear meet but it has gotten smaller each year and the percent of non car stuff has grown every year; for the past 5 years I say I'm not going but I need a mid winter car fix by then so I go anyway...

Any tips on other good ones in the Colorado front range area? I'd be open to a 200 - 300 mile drive for a really good meet.
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That's why I quit going to the big swap meet near here, a lot of extra walking with so much flee market stuff that I don't care to see.

It wouldn't be so bad if they were all in one section separate from the car stuff but they're mixed in everywhere. (I guess it's still like that)
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That's why I quit going to the big swap meet near here, a lot of extra walking with so much flee market stuff that I don't care to see.

It wouldn't be so bad if they were all in one section separate from the car stuff but they're mixed in everywhere. (I guess it's still like that)

That's a great idea, having separate areas for toys and non car stuff would really help. Likely too much "work" for most people who run them (although it would be relatively easy to implement.



If I remember correctly, Polar Bear had a limit of X percent (think it was 10 or 20%) non car related and had it all in a separate building. It worked great! However, over the years the amount of sellers declined and they have apparently opened it up to unlimited non car and it's all mixed together; what a shame...
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That's why I quit going to the big swap meet near here, a lot of extra walking with so much flee market stuff that I don't care to see.

It wouldn't be so bad if they were all in one section separate from the car stuff but they're mixed in everywhere. (I guess it's still like that)
Separating the vendors would be great for buyers but would kill the vendors. There wouldnít be enough people to walk through the dozens of vendors selling Hot Wheels.
I usually go to 1-2 swap meets a year and wander around everywhere. Iím outside, see friends, have a hotdog and a beer and maybe buy something. More often I go home with nothing but thatís cool.
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That's why I quit going to the big swap meet near here, a lot of extra walking with so much flee market stuff that I don't care to see.

It wouldn't be so bad if they were all in one section separate from the car stuff but they're mixed in everywhere. (I guess it's still like that)
Had a friend that produced about ten swap meets a year. He always complained that tool vendors were buying up so many spaces they were crowding auto parts vendors out. Told him to put all the tool vendors in one area, so people that weren't interested in their cheap chineese crap could just avoid them all at the same time. After about a year of lumping them all together, the problem pretty much solved itself.
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everyone wanted to pay pennies on the dollar for good parts .
I guess it depends on your point of view... You think buyers are cheap, but I think most seller's are way over-priced... Just like the B-J auctions have cause many sellers to over-price their cars, I feel eBay has caused a lot of swap meet vendors to over-price their stuff...

I just went to the 'Hot August Nights" swap meet on Reno on Friday... Really sad... I usually come home with something, but this time, nothing... It is still nice to actually be able to inspect something unlike eBay, but hard to find much of anything, seems like parts supplies are drying up...
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I guess it depends on your point of view... You think buyers are cheap, but I think most seller's are way over-priced... Just like the B-J auctions have cause many sellers to over-price their cars, I feel eBay has caused a lot of swap meet vendors to over-price their stuff...

I just went to the 'Hot August Nights" swap meet on Reno on Friday... Really sad... I usually come home with something, but this time, nothing... It is still nice to actually be able to inspect something unlike eBay, but hard to find much of anything, seems like parts supplies are drying up...
Swapmeets like the one at Hot August nights and Turlock are notoriously over priced. Many of the vendors are professional sellers and travel to get there. They donít care if they sell any particular or not. The best deals are always going to be at the smaller club run swapmeets where you are likely to find some sellers cleaning out their garage. Besides, the Hot August nights swapmeet you went to started Thursday, almost every good deal would have sold on the first day.

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