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Published September 7th 2015
Where to go and what to find there
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. These are large gatherings of stalls set up for one day to sell all manner of car related goods. The bigger swap meets run over a weekend for two days. Here is a round up of all the swap meets in the Sydney and regional NSW towns for the three months of Spring during 2015.
Hang out with your mates for the day at a swap meet near you. Image by this writer.
SEPTEMBER SWAP MEETS
Sunday 13 September Penrith District Swap Meet.
Also features a large classic car museum with separate entry fee to swap. Located at Senta and Londonderry Roads, Londonderry, with an early start of 5:30 am -1pm
Sunday 13 September Tumut Swap Meet Location RDA Grounds, Boondaroo Road, Tumut Public entry from 7 am- 1pm
12 & 13 September North West Swap Meet at Gunnedah. Venue is the showgrounds in South St. From 6 am - 1pm entry the Saturday. Swap stalls and antique vehicles on show.
Sunday 27 September Maclean Swap Meet Located at Maclean Showground, Cameron Street. Many swap sites with a start at 6 am 1pm. Also a car and vintage machinery display.
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.
OCTOBER SWAP MEETS
Sunday 4 October Dorrigo Swap Meet
at Dorrigo Showground. 8:00am - 8pm
Sunday 11 October Maitland Swap Meet.
A big swap now running for 30 years. Venue at Showground, Corner Anzac & Blomfield Streets, Maitland. Early start from 5:00 am- 1pm.
Sunday 17 and 18 October Parkes Swap Meet
with The Parkes Car Enthusiast Charity Show and Shine held over the weekend.at // Held in conjunction with me trading on Saturday afternoon, with swap day and food on on the Sunday.
Held at showgrounds, Victoria St.
Sunday 18 October Twin City Albury/ Wodonga Swap Meet at Jindera NSW located at Oval on Main Highway middle of town.
Sunday 25 October Crookwell Swap Meet
A terrific country swap with country market combines with plenty of everything for sale.
Venue at the Showgrounds, in East Street.
Buyers in from 7am -2pm
You can find almost anything at an Aussie Swap Meet. Image by the writer.
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 competition 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 to get the best bargains. Some of the smaller one day swaps may be packing up by lunch time.
Shh..here is a big deal going on at a swap meet on some old car parts. Image by the writer.
NOVEMBER SWAP MEETS
Sunday 1 November Canberra Swap Meet
At Exhibition Park, enter from Northbourne Avenue.
From 7am - 3pm
Sunday 1 November Corowa Swap Meet
Located at the Corowa Golf Club, in Hume St. 7am - 1pm
Sunday 8 November Kiama Car Spectacular & Swap Meet
A big event held at showgrounds with stalls and large vehicle display.
Sunday 8 November Galong Swap Meet
At the Galong Oval, McMahon Street, this swap includes a craft fair for the ladies. From 6am - 7pm.
Sunday 8 November Gulgong Swap Meet
A country town swap with the lot, market fair, swap sites and a show and shine for cars and motorbikes. At Show Ground, Corner Grevillea Street, from 7 am -2pm
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 November Queanbeyan Swap Meet
A very big swap held at Showground, Glebe Avenue. Absolutely has the lot. Entry from 6am - 3pm Saturday and on Sunday from 8am and ending up by lunch time.
Sunday 22 November Culcairn Swap Meet
Located at the Football Oval on Federal Street, this swap also has a shoe and shine. Buyers in from 7am - 2pm.
Sunday 22 November Bathurst Swap Meet
A big swap held at the Showground. Entry from 7am.
Swap meets are not really an event for young children as there is a lot of walking and youngsters may find it boring, however older kids may enjoy it. The day would make a great outing to share with Dad.