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Published January 29th 2019
Swap Meets are an Aussie tradition and there is one near you
Swap meets are traditionally a place to buy, sell or swap auto car parts, motorcycles, workshop gear and tools. These days many site holders will also have additional items such as bicycles, auto books, plants, kid's toys, collectables and shed clean outs. Every swap is different and you never know what you will find, but it is hard to leave without buying something. You will find things here for women, men and the kids, so take the family.
Call your mates and head off for a day at a Swap Meet. Image by Kat May.
Take cash in small notes and coins. Site holder will have a limited change.
Rug up warm for the winter swaps or sun hat for summer.
Take a carry bag or trolley. Inevitably you will end up buying something you can't live without and will need to carry it. Some larger swaps have a designated pick up spot for large items such as car parts, wheels etc, where you can drive your car to pick up them up. Dogs are not allowed at swaps.
Buy some food and drink as most swap meets are a fundraiser for local sports clubs or service clubs. There is always plenty of food, but they do not usually cater to special diets. Swaps start early in the morning and wind up soon after lunch. They are usually all over by 2pm.
Kids are often seen at swaps selling their old stuff. Image by Kat May.
Venue- The Encounter Bay Football Club Oval, Ring Road.
Held at Encounter Bay Oval to the west of Victor, this is a well-organised swap with 200 sites. A good one to attend for a summer weekend getaway for families from Adelaide. Plenty of sites to keep you busy all morning. And there is a terrific show and shine with entries welcome and trophies given. Stroll about and look at the great cars, vintage caravans and hot rods. Full catering with lots of food. Gates open to the public at 7am.
February 17th MURRAY BRIDGE SWAP Venue- Showgrounds. Opens early at 6am. Entry fee of $5 for buyers and sellers. Have a garage clear out and help support Rotary charity. Only $5 entry for both buyers and sellers.
March 3rd WMC WOODSIDE SWAP Venue- Held on the oval on the main road. This is a popular annual event for hills residents. Buyers' entry from 7am. Now run by the local commerce association with the aim of bringing business to the town. Details are limited on their facebook site. I suggest they get some information on there ASAP.
Drag that old car out of the shed and sell it at the swap. Image by Kat May.
March 10th SA ROD AND CUSTOM CLUB SWAP Venue – Kilburn Oval. Adults are $5 and kids free. $20 for sites. This is mainly an auto parts swap, but I have not been to this one, so let me know how it goes.
March 17th CLARE SWAP Venue- Main Highway as you head into town. Opens at 7.30am with entry at $10 adults and kids under 14 are free. A smaller auto parts and market type swap. Free sites are available if you want to sell some of your car bits and pieces.
March - no date found. MT BARKER SWAP I have been unable to get information on this swap even after contacting one of the organisers. Alas, they missed out on some free advertising. With no website and no information I hope you have better luck than me.
Admire and perhaps covet the vehicles in the show and shine competition at some swaps. Image by Kat May
APRIL 7TH TANUNDA SWAP
Venue- Tanunda Showgrounds.
Held on the oval on Bilyara Rd. Gates open for sellers at 6.30 and for buyers at 7.30 am. Valley Rodders Car Club run this swap popular Barossa Swap meet with many people coming from the city and hills areas also. Expect to see lots of hot rods on show here also.
May 5th and 6th NARACOORTE SWAP
This is a big and busy swap meet located at the Showgrounds. It's held over two days, but Saturday is the busiest day for the best buys. People have packed up by lunchtime on Sunday. Many rows of vendors with a large shed for indoor sites. Many site holders including locals and sellers come from Victoria and SA. They have a good show and shine, so there is plenty to see and do here for many hours. Make a weekend of a trip down to the south-east but you would need to arrive on Friday ready for the first day. You can buy everything here such as auto and farm parts, machinery, market goods, shed and camping needs, tools, and collectables. You could really spend all day here with the outside sites and indoor ones to browse.
May 26th KAPUNDA SWAP
Venue- Trotting Track, Hancock Rd.
Opens at 8am to give buyers some time to arrive from Adelaide. A popular event with sellers from all over Barossa, Adelaide and the Riverland. Outdoor that fill the perimeter of the track, and also indoor sites. Make a day of it and go exploring in the town or a meal at one of the pubs after the event.
Brr, rug up warm for the winter swaps, like this one at Sedan on the far side of the Barossa. Image by Kat May.
June 10th KADINA SWAP
Venue- Showground, Moonta Rd.
This is a perfect outing if you are on the Yorke for the long weekend. A busy swap for the locals with a market type stalls affair. Many indoor sheds with goods for sale. Also has a show and shine. Fun for all the family looking at the waxed and polished cars and all the goods for sale. Entertainment for the kids.
JUNE 17th SEDAN SWAP
Venue- Football Oval, Sedan-Cambrai Rd.
Sedan is over the Barossa hills on the plain at the back of Angaston. The organisers have been putting a lot of effort into this event and it attracts a lot of sellers and buyers. It is a good little swap with a wide assortment from plants to car parts and collectables. It is pretty cold early in the morning, so remember your gloves and beanie as you will need them.
JULY Date TBA ALL MAKE SWAP MEET
Venue- Globe Derby Park
August 18th WILLUNGA SWAP
Venue is Lions Reserve, on Binney Rd. Willunga Lions have run this swap for many years and it is well run with lots of food and goods for sale. Pop in and support local charity. Sellers from 7am and buyers from 8am. Entry $5.
Local charity cooking breakfast for the hungry people. Image by Kat May
September Date TBA GAWLER SWAP
Held at the Trotting Track carpark on Nixon Tce, right near Gawler Oval rail stop. A good one for families with a wide variety from small knick-knacks and even cars for sale. You may pick up some interesting vintage finds here and of course lots of car related items.
October Date TBA STRATHALBYN SWAP
Venue- Held at the Showground. A moderate swap with plenty of car parts and bric-a-brac. It takes a while to walk around the racing track. Some sites are in the middle of the grassed area also. Plenty of food and some show and shine cars to view also.
October Date TBA MORGAN SWAP MEET
Venue- Morgan Primary School Grounds. This sweet little town on the Murray River has been running a swap a few years now. They could use your support, so make a day trip and go and visit. $5 entry with kids free. Lots of country sourced collectables, plants and the usual car bits.
Need some car information? Plenty of good books at the swaps. Image by Kat May.
November Date TBA GUMERACHA SWAP
Venue- Sports Oval on the main street. Public entry from 10.30- 3,30pm. This is a big family day out with entertainment, retro fashion parade, rock and roll dancing with lots of car related things such as a show and shine, club displays, kid's entertainment. They also have a car boot swap, so anyone can come along to sell their unwanted stuff.
November Date TBA REGENCY PARK SWAP
Venue- Regency Park TAFE carpark on Days Rd. Traders entry at 7am and buyers at 8am. This is a Rotary Charity fundraiser with entry at $3. Breakfast and coffee available.
PLEASE NOTE- Some dates later in the year are not yet released. I will update this later in the year. Images are from various swap meets and may not be the ones listed. Many thanks to bevanyoung.com.au , where I got some information for this article. Here you will find many car related events such as car shows and more. He sells a good range of car books at local swap meets.