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The Best Guide to Perth's Swapmeets

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Published May 23rd 2012
Perth has some swapmeets, or flea markets if you're old school, that have been going since the 80s and some sellers who are probably flogging the same stuff – Commodore 64 anyone? Just kidding.

Image by Janne Hellsten (Wikimedia Commons)

At most swapmeets there are your regulars who rock up week after week – like the stalls with potted plants or the guy who has every electrical cord under the sun, then there are the teenage girls who've cleaned out their wardrobes in an attempt to make some cash for their first overseas holidays and the families who finally got around to cleaning out their cupboards, garage and garden shed.

Being a seller at a swapmeet can be a great way to make some extra cash, provided you don't mind getting up at before the sun to make a buck. It can also be a place to pick up a bargain whether it's books, furniture, art, second hand clothes, kids toys and other crap you never even knew you wanted.

Perth's 'swapies' are usually run by Rotary and Lions clubs and cost around $10 for a bay for sellers and a gold coin entry for buyers. The general rules remain the same for them all – no selling food (except for the charity sausage sizzle out the front), no new goods (except plants) and no dogs.

The busiest times are right before Christmas and those held in carparks have to shut up for the weeks when Sunday trading is on. Quietest times are when there are other big things on, like Mother's Day for example.

Tips for sellers – take a thermos of coffee and have a friend visit you at some stage so you can have a toilet break (very important).

Take signs or sticky labels and textas so you can adjust prices as the morning goes on.

Be prepared to bargain - sometimes it's better to sell if for a couple of dollars less than take it home again. And be realistic about your prices. Have a look on eBay and Gumtree to see what things are selling for – then take at least a third (probably more) off that.

Take plastic bags, lots of change and (I can't believe I'm saying this) a bumbag is a pretty good idea too.

You might want to put up trestle tables or you can chuck a blanket on the ground. If you're selling clothes it's a good idea to bring a rack to display them on.

Tips for buyers - you'll get the best choice if you're early. But you'll get bargain prices if you go near closing time. Haggle! Make an offer – you never know.

Want to find a swapmeet near you? These are all on Sunday mornings;

Belmont –Belmont Forum carpark
Kardinya - Kardinya Park Shopping Centre carpark
Karrinyup – Karrinyup Shopping Centre carpark
Maddington - Centro Maddington carpark near Kmart
Melville – Melville Shopping Centre carpark near Coles
Morley – Morley Galleria underground carpark near Myer
Nedlands - Broadway Fair Shopping Centre
Rockingham – Rockingham Oval Carpark
Wanneroo – Wanneroo Showgrounds

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Your Comment
hi ellissa im thinking about doing my first swapmeet @ wanneroo what time do you think we should be there
by ptsaw (score: 0|6) 3117 days ago
Hi just wondering what swap meets are NOR this wk end?
by emmaw (score: 0|4) 2373 days ago
Thanks for this what time would you arrive at the carpark if you were a seller? Never done this before and have so much "crap"at home it's not funny :)
cheers, Marsha
by paulm (score: 0|4) 1429 days ago
hey i wanted to do a swapmate at.wanaroo.what weekend is it on and whats the beat time to get there
by rhian (score: 0|4) 3101 days ago
Hi there is it only on Sundays? Will the belmont forum one be open? What time does it start thanks
by kjwag (score: 0|4) 2775 days ago
Can you sell new items at any of the swap meets?
Morley was the one I was mainly wanting to know but any info as to where I could sell some new and old items would be great.
I've been told I'm not allowed to sell my items at Karinyup so any others would be appreciated.
by chris (score: 0|4) 2845 days ago
ps. Despite the start of Sunday trading in Perth, all of these swapmeets are still on. However the ones at shopping centre carparks now finish earlier (before 11am).
by lissgrr (score: 2|208) 3172 days ago
There has not been a swap meet in Kardinya - Kardinya Park Shopping Centre car park for a long time. This information is incorrect.
by sharon (score: 0|4) 2789 days ago
We are holding a car boot sale / market on 15 June 2013 at Percy Doyle Sorrento (8:30 – 13:00). 70 sellers in one place. Availability for stall holders @ $20. New and 2nd hand goods. To secure your bay call today – Sharmaine 0421 003 998
by sp001 (score: 0|4) 2898 days ago
Try the Wanneroo Council for specific details about the Wanneroo swapmeet. Good luck.
by lissgrr (score: 2|208) 2988 days ago
Karinyup now runs 730-1030, and sellers out by 11am. Moved to the undercover carpark in north east corner of complex.
by jim (score: 0|4) 3168 days ago
Hi, I got this in the mail.
I just bought a bay, helps to have a place where to get rid of a few things! seems it is for a good cause too!!

Do you have unwanted items/goods in your garage and would like to sell. This is a great opportunity!!!!
Sorrento Football Club U14UK Fundraising Tour Fun Day, Percy Doyle Reserve (behind clubhouse) Beddi Road, Duncraig
Sunday 10th February 2013
8am - 1.30pm 70 BAYS AVAILABLE 1st come 1st served
$15.00 per car PRIOR BOOKINGS ONLY to guarantee bay on the day
Sausage Sizzle and Cake stalls
Buyers Gold Coin Donation (Children Free)
Contact me to book bay 0437517460
by maria (score: 0|4) 3025 days ago
Hi, I am looking for a baby bjiorn newborn carrier, do they sell these at karrynup or galaria swap meet and if so what time does it start?
by Vicky (score: 0|2) 2057 days ago
Hi there.
Am looking for a carboot sale but saw this swap meet page. Two questions, 1 What is there and difference between a swap meet and a car boot sale and a swap meet 2 Is there any cost in having a stall with items for sale.

by Chris (score: 0|2) 1764 days ago
Hi please tell me if there is a swap meet near to collie this Sunday the 8th nov
by corey (score: 0|2) 2011 days ago
Can local honey be sold at these markets.
I keep bees and would like to sell my excess honey
by peter (score: 0|2) 2290 days ago
Can anyone knows where's the swap meet in Subiaco? Thanks
by Sonia (score: 0|2) 2243 days ago
Does anyone knows where is the swap meet in Subiaco? Thanks
by Sonia (score: 0|2) 2243 days ago
Can someone tell what time the rockingham swapmeet starts and what time to get there and also were In rockingham
by antho (score: 0|2) 2207 days ago
Hi...are there any swapmeets on Monday (1st June 2015)
by 1lady (score: 0|2) 2169 days ago
Hi Lisa,
Just FYI, the City of Vincent now holds a Bike Swap Meet twice a year - one in March and then in October as part of their BIKE WEEK events. Proceeds go to Bikes For Humanity (send bikes to Africa). The next one is being held on Saturday March 21st (sellers from 9am, buyers from 10am until 1pm).
Francois Sauzier 9273 6558 or for more details.
by Franc (score: 0|2) 2292 days ago
How do i book for a stall at belmont forum?
by r_kel (score: 0|2) 2356 days ago
would you know where the belmont flea markets have moved to???
by vai_k (score: 0|2) 2995 days ago
Hi, I was wondering if you are available to share this on radio this coming Sunday 24th March. Please can you get in touch.
by micha (score: 0|2) 779 days ago
Hi, do you know if Wanneroo swapmeet is on tomorrow 03/03/13 and if so how much do they charge if you are a seller?
by redki (score: 0|2) 2989 days ago
Is it still on now or only for specific season? Thanks
by green (score: 0|2) 2898 days ago
is the swap meet on at wanneroo this sunday ?? :)
by x_fay (score: 0|2) 2892 days ago
I would like a stall at Belmont Forum Carpark. Who do I contact to book one?
by e_gar (score: 0|2) 2885 days ago
are there any swap meets in the perth area on saturdays?
by karin (score: 0|2) 2881 days ago
Don't bother trying to sell at Morley, Sunday trading has made to become too restrictive.
by f6168 (score: 0|3) 2876 days ago
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