At most swapmeets there are your regulars who rock up week after week – like the stalls with potted plants or the guy who has every electrical cord under the sun, then there are the teenage girls who've cleaned out their wardrobes in an attempt to make some cash for their first overseas holidays and the families who finally got around to cleaning out their cupboards, garage and garden shed.
Being a seller at a swapmeet can be a great way to make some extra cash, provided you don't mind getting up at before the sun to make a buck. It can also be a place to pick up a bargain whether it's books, furniture, art, second hand clothes, kids toys and other crap you never even knew you wanted.
Perth's 'swapies' are usually run by Rotary and Lions clubs and cost around $10 for a bay for sellers and a gold coin entry for buyers. The general rules remain the same for them all – no selling food (except for the charity sausage sizzle out the front), no new goods (except plants) and no dogs.
The busiest times are right before Christmas and those held in carparks have to shut up for the weeks when Sunday trading is on. Quietest times are when there are other big things on, like Mother's Day for example.
Tips for sellers – take a thermos of coffee and have a friend visit you at some stage so you can have a toilet break (very important).
Take signs or sticky labels and textas so you can adjust prices as the morning goes on.
Be prepared to bargain - sometimes it's better to sell if for a couple of dollars less than take it home again. And be realistic about your prices. Have a look on eBay and Gumtree to see what things are selling for – then take at least a third (probably more) off that.
Take plastic bags, lots of change and (I can't believe I'm saying this) a bumbag is a pretty good idea too.
You might want to put up trestle tables or you can chuck a blanket on the ground. If you're selling clothes it's a good idea to bring a rack to display them on.
Tips for buyers - you'll get the best choice if you're early. But you'll get bargain prices if you go near closing time. Haggle! Make an offer – you never know.
Want to find a swapmeet near you? These are all on Sunday mornings;
Belmont –Belmont Forum carpark
Kardinya - Kardinya Park Shopping Centre carpark
Karrinyup – Karrinyup Shopping Centre carpark
Maddington - Centro Maddington carpark near Kmart
Melville – Melville Shopping Centre carpark near Coles
Morley – Morley Galleria underground carpark near Myer
Nedlands - Broadway Fair Shopping Centre
Rockingham – Rockingham Oval Carpark Wanneroo – Wanneroo Showgrounds
Can you sell new items at any of the swap meets?
Morley was the one I was mainly wanting to know but any info as to where I could sell some new and old items would be great.
I've been told I'm not allowed to sell my items at Karinyup so any others would be appreciated.
We are holding a car boot sale / market on 15 June 2013 at Percy Doyle Sorrento (8:30 – 13:00). 70 sellers in one place. Availability for stall holders @ $20. New and 2nd hand goods. To secure your bay call today – Sharmaine 0421 003 998
Hi, I got this in the mail.
I just bought a bay, helps to have a place where to get rid of a few things! seems it is for a good cause too!!
Do you have unwanted items/goods in your garage and would like to sell. This is a great opportunity!!!!
Sorrento Football Club U14UK Fundraising Tour Fun Day, Percy Doyle Reserve (behind clubhouse) Beddi Road, Duncraig
Sunday 10th February 2013
8am - 1.30pm 70 BAYS AVAILABLE 1st come 1st served
$15.00 per car PRIOR BOOKINGS ONLY to guarantee bay on the day
Sausage Sizzle and Cake stalls
Buyers Gold Coin Donation (Children Free)
Contact me to book bay 0437517460
Just FYI, the City of Vincent now holds a Bike Swap Meet twice a year - one in March and then in October as part of their BIKE WEEK events. Proceeds go to Bikes For Humanity (send bikes to Africa). The next one is being held on Saturday March 21st (sellers from 9am, buyers from 10am until 1pm).
Francois Sauzier 9273 6558 or email@example.com for more details.
The Mindarie Swap Mart will commence on the 23rd of February 2014; run by the Rotary Club of Mindarie, it will be held on the 4th Sunday of each month (excluding December). It will be held at the Ocean Keys Shopping Centre undercover car park (underneath Kmart off Pensacola Terrace). The web site will be up and running shortlywww.mindarieswapmart.org.au