Oh, no: not another Swap Meet, I groaned, not being one who delights in trawling through other's unwanted objects. However.... the annual Swap Meet at Korumburra has a huge following (including me now) and is extensive with lots of memorabillia and practical items on display. Located just 120 kms South East of Melbourne, the following is such that even having left Melbourne at 7am, we were unable to find a carpark within easy walking distance of the entry gate (just $5 entry). The entire showgrounds were filled with displays and marquees and every imaginable kind of collector's items. If you're into anything in the automotive line, you'll be in seventh heaven.
The local Lion's Club caters for all day eating and they serve a mean breakfast and lunch. Steak sandwiches, bacon and egg rolls, hamburgers, hot dogs, dim sims and pies are served up with a cheery grin from the volunteers. The food is of good quality and cooked well - and smells delicious after an early morning start and a bit of travelling. There is of course, the staple diet of coffee for purchase.
So, after food and a comfort stop, I'm ready to shop. I meander past a beautifully kept classic car, some vintage clothing, an early model motorbike, a kiddy's rocking horse in excellent condition, a boat and another car, this one a very early model.
I stop to buy some wonderful old "Look and Learn" children's storybooks so I could recapture those memorable moments when I get home. My partner buys a myriad of old motor racing magazines with some really interesting photos of the drivers of the day. I'm stopped in my tracks by a sign that reads "Lawn Mower Races" and gives details of how to enter. Well, to each his own I guess!
I admire a sleek boat, another car and linger over the stand displaying several old dolls (my vintage) and a couple of golliwogs. How it takes me back to my roots where a doll was just the most magical toy a girl could possess.
There is bedroom furniture on display and in the toy department, a guitar, a jalopy, a fire engine and a racer. There's a kyak, fishing rods and ski poles along side two "Golden Fleece" bowsers, several very large oil and petrol signs and an early model Singer sewing machine.
Most of my time is spent browsing through the many book stalls and adding to my already overstocked home library. I'm tempted to buy plants, particularly a large healthy looking Bird of Paradise but realise that it is too tall to fit in my car, so I wander over to a life-sized dummy mannequin, sporting bright pink hair and not a lot else. Her sign reads " Look but don't touch"
There's a small building (adult size) whose sign reads "PK's Kennel" and I'm left wondering whether PK is an extremely large canine or whether someone has misbehaved and been exiled to this solitary building to do penance.
After several hours of shopping and meandering, I rest beside the BMX ramp and watch the local youth display their grit and determination at mastering the course. There are several others belonging to stall holders who are either tired or bored and are huddled into the back of what resembles an extended station wagon. I can almost hear their "Is it time to go home yet?"
I urge you to give it a try if you're not averse to a scenic country run on great roads through the green hills of South Gippsland. You'll probably have a very interesting time at the Swap Meet. This one is hosted by the Gippsland Historic Automobile Club Inc and is held on the second Sunday in January. Contact is: 03 5127 4397.
For all Swap Meets held around the state, there is a calendar of events with the first quarter's dates on the website of:- www.ozswaps.com.au.