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Spring Swap Meets in Adelaide and SA

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Published September 3rd 2015
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The term "swap meet" can apply to any market type event where people come to buy swap and sell, however the Swap Meets in Australia have traditionally been for motor vehicles and associated goods. These are large gatherings of stalls set up for one day to with the bigger swap meets run over a weekend for two days. Below you will see a list of all the swap meets in Adelaide and regional towns for the three months of Spring during 2015.

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Hang out with your mates for the day at a swap meet near you. Image by this writer.

At swap meets you will find cars, including some vintage cars and other vehicles such as motor bikes, caravans and trailers for sale. There are many car parts such as body panels and spare wheels. There is also a huge array of collectables at most swap meets such as junk out of sheds and garages, and interesting old wares to collect. At swap meets I have found an old bird cage and some rustic old wheels I used for garden decor. There is something for everyone at a swap meet, for both men and women.

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You can find almost anything at an Aussie Swap Meet. Image by the writer.

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An old holden at a show and shine competition and display at a swap. Image by this writer.

Some swaps have a good car show such as a show and shine so after you look at all the stalls you can enjoy a walk around and view the old cars on display. There is always plenty of food stalls to keep hungry patrons fueled up for the long walk around the events. If you attend a swap meet it is best to get there very early in the morning from 7am to get the best bargains. Some of the smaller one day swaps may be packing up by lunch time with some going on until 2 or 3pm.

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There is always a barbeque breakfast at a swap, with funds donated to charities. Image by the writer.

swap meets australia is a big deal going on at a swap meet on some old car parts. Image by the writer.

Swap meets are usually held at the showground or some other large area in town.They are not really an event for young children as there is a lot of walking and youngsters may find it boring, however older school aged kids may enjoy it. The day would make a great outing to share with Dad.


Sunday 13 September
Gawler Swap Meet held at the Greyhound Track, Nixon Terrace.
Entry from 6.30am. A busy and large swap with everything for sale.

Sunday 13 September
Edinburgh Parks Swap Meet at the Military Motor Museum
10 Sturton Rd Edinburgh. Includes a show and shine competition and boot sale. Sellers in by 7am, Show and shine entries in by 8am. Buyers in at 9am- 3pm

Sunday 20 September
Toys & Models Swap Meet Windsor Gardens. Held at Vocational College, MacKay Avenue Windsor Gardens. 10am- 1pm
An indoor event with over 50 site holders with many models of aircraft, railway, cars, also books and collectables. Sausage sizzle and drinks for sale.

Sunday 4 October Balhannah Motor Cycle Only Swap
Held on Balhannah Oval. A static display of bikes and some swap sites with motor cycle related good only allowed. Site holder can enter from 7am, but the event starts after the Bay to Birdwood run in the morning. Plenty of food available.

Sunday 4 Morgan Swap Meet.
This is an inaugural event for this small town on the Murray River, held at the Primary School. Lots of country treasures, plants and auto goods for sale. 7am entry.

Sunday 18 October
Strathalbyn Swap Meet, at Trotting Track, Milne Road. This is a big swap meet and takes up the whole arena and track. Plenty to buy and eat. Entry from 6.30 am. Finishes up by 1pm. Small show and shine section.


Sunday 22 November
Regency Park Swap Meet, Held in the TAFE car park at Days Road, Regency Park. show and shine competition, tools, parts, books, collectables, bric a brac etc. Sellers in by 7am, to set up, buyers enter at 8am-2pm.
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Love your suggestion of finding new garden art at a Swap Meet. That would be my goal too.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4116) 1532 days ago
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