The Swap Meet

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Ticket booth

I'll just keep adding to this blog... tho original entry is below, but don't believe the 2007 date, that's just when I started it!  Newest at the end...

 

I love the swap meet. Pretty much everything I own comes from there. Today I found a replacement speaker for my car ($6), nice ukulele ($8), huge pipe wrench ($4), rechargeable diving light for scuba ($10), fruit for the week, fresh tortillias, batteries for my 3 (swapmeet) watches...

Swap meets are where people bring in whatever they find, build, grow, or just want to get rid of. This one is in the giant parking lot of the San Diego Sports Arena on weekends. This is also the place to see the most interesting San Diegans... You get a really good cross section of the population.

I'll try to update this one with new sights as they're seen... A lot of the sellers specialize in some just random product. One guy will have hundreds of used smoking pipes (?!?), another will have tons of old German beer steins, another sells orange trees... Others are the opposite, they have piles and piles of unrelated objects, piled on tables. Here are a few examples:

Petra2111 says:
What a nice blog!!! I love markets,Thanks for sharing!!
Posted on: Mar 28, 2009
Jelly says:
I love our OC Swapmeet at the OC Fairgrounds!! It's enless aisles of everything!!
but my fav has got to be the one on Oahu at the pearl bowl? I don't remember, but it's every Sunday and Wednesday... and if you wanna find cheap Hawaiian goodies... that is the BEST place to go!! Next time I go, I plan on buying a suitcase w/ hibiscus or plumeria, and filing it w/ goodies from the swapmeet! lol
Posted on: May 18, 2008
sybil says:
d, if you are in pasadena on a weekend (i forget whether it is the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th weekend of the month), check out the large swap meet at the rose bowl. it's craziness!
Posted on: Dec 16, 2007
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Ticket booth
Ticket booth
Aisles and aisles of stuff
Aisles and aisles of stuff
Tables and tables of junk.  Just t…
Tables and tables of junk. Just …
Dolls
Dolls
Cheerleading trophies, never award…
Cheerleading trophies, never awar…
Cold water is good business for th…
Cold water is good business for t…
Some poor, hapless creature
Some poor, hapless creature
Fine plaster statuary from Tijuana
Fine plaster statuary from Tijuana
Heads and wigs
Heads and wigs
Remote controlled airplanes
Remote controlled airplanes
Mexican wrestling masks - lucha le…
Mexican wrestling masks - lucha l…
Hats, and lots of them
Hats, and lots of them
Sampling of horns.  Horns seem to …
Sampling of horns. Horns seem to…
Hundreds of little reindeer
Hundreds of little reindeer
Bundle of 500 Japanese invasion m…
Bundle of 500 Japanese "invasion …
Sunglasses.  Lots and lots of sung…
Sunglasses. Lots and lots of sun…
The ubiquitous swap meet tube-sock…
The ubiquitous swap meet tube-soc…
Antique washing machines
Antique washing machines
Fine art dealer, nothing over $20
Fine art dealer, "nothing over $20"
Little Beverly Hills 90210 shoes
Little Beverly Hills 90210 shoes
Surf shop
Surf shop
Happy shoppers
Happy shoppers
Fruit trees
Fruit trees
Canaries
Canaries
Big pile of fruit
Big pile of fruit
Pipes
Pipes
Local strawberries
Local strawberries
You can even buy youre next car t…
You can even buy you're next car …
The original Mona Lisa.   Actually…
The original Mona Lisa. Actuall…
Swap meet Rolex for under $20  …
Swap meet 'Rolex' for under $20 …
Helmets, baby sandals, propeller, …
Helmets, baby sandals, propeller,…
Toy guns
(great...)
Toy guns (great...)
skateboards
skateboards
Bonsai
Bonsai
Wallets
Wallets
This guy loves the Green Bay Packe…
This guy loves the Green Bay Pack…
His Packermobile - not for sale!
His Packermobile - not for sale!
Reggae World mon
Reggae World mon
How about a swapmeet parachute?!? …
How about a swapmeet parachute?!?…
A crowded Sunday morning
A crowded Sunday morning
Typical junk
Typical junk
Sometimes youd think out of a hun…
Sometimes you'd think out of a hu…
Lowrider bikes
Lowrider bikes
Huge clown shoes from the Mexican …
Huge clown shoes from the Mexican…
Things made of stones and wire
Things made of stones and wire
Plates...
Plates...
DVDs are cheaper each week
DVDs are cheaper each week
California....
California....
Gorbachev and Yelsen
Gorbachev and Yelsen
Used books, mostly outdated softwa…
Used books, mostly outdated softw…
Be a rock star for $30 bucks
Be a rock star for $30 bucks
Tools.  Lots of tools.
Tools. Lots of tools.
Shiva, Ganesh, and friends
Shiva, Ganesh, and friends
Habeneros
Habeneros
Wallets...
Wallets...
From Mexico
From Mexico
Guns....  !
Guns.... !
Tropical birds waiting for a home
Tropical birds waiting for a home
Assault rifles for the kiddies : )
Assault rifles for the kiddies : )
Ronald McDonalds head, a boars h…
Ronald McDonald's head, a boar's …
Pig lamp
Pig lamp
Another doll-pile
Another doll-pile
An old guy trying out a karaoke ma…
An old guy trying out a karaoke m…
Washboard guitar band
Washboard guitar band
Lots of hamster cages!    The guy …
Lots of hamster cages! The guy…
Cows!!!
The seller said these wer…
Cows!!! The seller said these we…
Swords
Swords
Some guy bought a whole cart load.
Some guy bought a whole cart load.
Scary baby heads...
Scary baby heads...
Sombrero head
Sombrero head
Classy leopard eating a crocodile …
Classy leopard eating a crocodile…
Kettle corn makers
Kettle corn makers
Glasses, still with tags, from the…
Glasses, still with tags, from th…
Wall of birds
Wall of birds
Random stuff
Random stuff
A whole zebra skin ?!?!
A whole zebra skin ?!?!
Bicentennial telephone
Bicentennial telephone
Did I mention lots of socks???
Did I mention lots of socks???
This is actually a different swapm…
This is actually a different swap…
...inflatable Zodiac, blue conduit…
...inflatable Zodiac, blue condui…
Used carpet
Used carpet
Car floormats
Car floormats
Side mirrors for cars
Side mirrors for cars
Food!
Food!
Leftover paint
Leftover paint
Fake crocs
Fake crocs
Aguas Frescas - Mexican fruit pu…
"Aguas Frescas" - Mexican fruit p…
Another scary head
Another scary head
Gems and Jewels
Gems and Jewels
More horns!
More horns!
Half the masks in Africa... now on…
Half the masks in Africa... now o…
Giant chainsaw with a motor on eac…
Giant chainsaw with a motor on ea…
This is all the stuff I got at the…
This is all the stuff I got at th…
Swap meet attorney!
I like how he…
Swap meet attorney! I like how h…
Blender parts
Blender parts
Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty
Clocks
Clocks
Gold...
Gold...
Zucchinis
Zucchinis
Levis for $10
Levis for $10
7-foot cactus made of horseshoes
7-foot cactus made of horseshoes
Paint-it-yourself Captain Kirk
Paint-it-yourself Captain Kirk
Carwreck
Carwreck
Mutant trading cards - about 300 o…
Mutant trading cards - about 300 …
Land of Ancient Video Games
Land of Ancient Video Games
Barbie Horde
Barbie Horde
Mexican roasted peanuts from Tijua…
Mexican roasted peanuts from Tiju…
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