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The Best Guide to Perth's Swapmeets

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Published May 23rd 2012
Perth has some swapmeets, or flea markets if you're old school, that have been going since the 80s and some sellers who are probably flogging the same stuff – Commodore 64 anyone? Just kidding.

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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 every second Sunday

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Your Comment
hi ellissa im thinking about doing my first swapmeet @ wanneroo what time do you think we should be there
by ptsaw (score: 0|6) 666 days ago
Hi there is it only on Sundays? Will the belmont forum one be open? What time does it start thanks
by kjwag (score: 0|4) 324 days ago
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.
Thanks
C
by chris (score: 0|4) 393 days ago
hey i wanted to do a swapmate at.wanaroo.what weekend is it on and whats the beat time to get there
by rhian (score: 0|4) 650 days ago
There has not been a swap meet in Kardinya - Kardinya Park Shopping Centre car park for a long time. This information is incorrect.
by sharon (score: 0|4) 338 days ago
Hi
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
by sp001 (score: 0|4) 447 days ago
Try the Wanneroo Council for specific details about the Wanneroo swapmeet. Good luck.
by lissgrr (score: 2|193) 537 days ago
ps. Despite the start of Sunday trading in Perth, all of these swapmeets are still on. However the ones at shopping centre carparks now finish earlier (before 11am).
by lissgrr (score: 2|193) 721 days ago
Karinyup now runs 730-1030, and sellers out by 11am. Moved to the undercover carpark in north east corner of complex.
by jim (score: 0|4) 717 days ago
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
by maria (score: 0|4) 574 days ago
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
by TL50 (score: 0|2) 209 days ago
Don't bother trying to sell at Morley, Sunday trading has made to become too restrictive.
by f6168 (score: 0|3) 425 days ago
are there any swap meets in the perth area on saturdays?
by karin (score: 0|2) 430 days ago
I would like a stall at Belmont Forum Carpark. Who do I contact to book one?
by e_gar (score: 0|2) 434 days ago
is the swap meet on at wanneroo this sunday ?? :)
by x_fay (score: 0|2) 441 days ago
Is it still on now or only for specific season? Thanks
by green (score: 0|2) 446 days ago
would you know where the belmont flea markets have moved to???
by vai_k (score: 0|2) 544 days ago
Hi, do you know if Wanneroo swapmeet is on tomorrow 03/03/13 and if so how much do they charge if you are a seller?
Thanks
by redki (score: 0|2) 538 days ago
Its still in the same place.
by quilt (score: 0|2) 543 days ago
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