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Published March 13th 2018
Take a mate for a fun outing at a swap meet
Swap meets are traditionally a place to buy, sell or swap auto car parts, motorcycles and shed gear and tools. These days most swap meets will sell anything such as bicycles, auto, books, plants, toys, collectables and assorted items from shed clean outs. Every swap meet is different and you never know what you will find, but with so much on offer, it is hard to leave with nothing.
Buyers browse the stalls on a frosty morning at Sedan swap meet. Image by Kat May.
TIPS FOR ATTENDING A SWAP. Take plenty of cash in small notes and coins, a carry bag or trolley and rug up warm for the winter swaps. Some larger swaps have a large item pick up, so you don't have to carry your purchase. Dogs are not allowed at most swaps. There is plenty of food on offer, usually a cooked BBQ breakfast. Buy some food and drink as they are usually a fundraiser. Swaps start early in the morning, opening at around 7am and wind up soon after lunch. They are usually all over by 2pm, so get there early for the bargains. No sleeping in on Swap Meet day!
March 18th CLARE SWAP, Showgrounds on main Highway.
A smaller auto parts and market type swap.
April 15th WMC SWAP Woodside Oval Buyers entry from 7am. I have never been to this swap, so let me know how it is if you go. It has been running for many years, so it must be popular with Hills residents.
April TBA TANUNDA SWAP MEET Showground oval Bilyara Rd.
May 5th and 6th NARACOORTE SWAP MEET and SHOW AND SHINE Held at the Showgrounds, this swap busy meet starts off early Saturday and opens again Sunday morning. This is a moderate size swap meet with a huge assortment of goods for swap and sale. 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. Check out the show and shine competition and choose your favourite. This would make a great weekend getaway from Adelaide.
May 27th KAPUNDA SWAP Trotting Track, Hancock Rd. Opens at 8am to give buyers some time to drive there. This swap grows every year and is popular with sellers from all over Barossa, Adelaide and the Riverland. There are outdoor and indoor sites. Make a day of it and go exploring in the town or a meal at one of the pubs after the event.
Old cars are not forgotten at an auto swap meet. Image by Kat May.
June 10th KADINA SWAP and SHOW AND SHINE Showground, Moonta Rd.
This is a perfect outing if you are on the Yorke for the long weekend. A busy swap for the locals. Fun for all with waxed and polished cars and all the goods for sale at the swap and market stalls.
JUNE 17th SEDAN SWAP 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, ensuring there is something for everyone. I went once and it is pretty cold early in the morning, so remember your gloves and beanie as you will need them.
Loads of toys seen at a country Swap Meet. Image by Kat May.
August 19th WILLUNGA SWAP
Lions Reserve, 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 this local charity.
September TBA GAWLER SWAP MEET
Princes Park/ Showground, Nixon Tce. Next to Gawler Oval Station.
Now running for 25 years, this is a big swap with everything you can think of for sale. No date as yet, so check their website here closer to the month.
October TBA MORGAN SWAP
Only running for 3 years, this is a small swap and a fundraiser for the Primary School. You never know what you will find!. A good one to plan for a weekend up the river in beautiful Morgan town. Enquiries to Colleen Anderson - Peters 0438 892 905
Shh! Big deals under way here. Image by Kat May.
October TBA STRATHALBYN SWAP
The Historic Vehicles Club holds this large swap with plenty of car parts and bric-a-brac. It takes a while to walk around the race track. There's plenty of food and show and shine cars to view. See website here closer to date.
Thanks and credit to Bevan Young for some of the information for this article. Bevan sells a wide selection of auto-related books. He sells them at most of the swaps listed here, so drop by and see what he has on offer.
Plenty of breakie ready for you, with profits to charity. Image by Kat May.