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Old 04-18-2011, 10:05 PM   #1
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Question swap meet booths what sells (or doesn't)

I took a few things to a small nearby swap meet last weekend.I did my best to price stuff right. I sold some, brought a bunch home along with some new found cash. What have you guys found sells well or isn't a good idea to take for your booth?
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:10 PM   #2
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there's never any way to know for sure. it's always a craps shoot. I've seen stuff sell I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole an other times can't give away really good stuff. take what you've got, price it what you think's fair and be willing to deal if you really want to move stuff.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:13 PM   #3
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Take what you can fit in your truck or trailer.
I kind of seperate mine in the space a little in the this is what I'm getting for it area and the if anyone makes an offer take it area , LOL . We been to swaps and sold lots of just junk , it added up more than the good stuff did
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:16 PM   #4
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The way swap meets have been lately, if you bring anything car related you should have a leg up on the competition
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:18 PM   #5
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know your stuff...mostly what is being repoped....older stuff is worth the cleaning and is solid stuff - but if someone knows they can get a shiney new one...than it's a hard sell...rule of thumb....if you've dragged it to two or more meets - maybe drop the price a little....once again...a little return is always better than tripping over it....until you get mad and throw it away....just sayin'....
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:18 PM   #6
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Small items are easy to handle. Do not be afraid to get them wet in case of a down pour.
Keep trying to change items see what moves and what does not. Try meets that have been around a while. Good luck
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:20 PM   #7
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my brother picked up an accordian for 30 bucks, so who knows?
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:25 PM   #8
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toasters, coffee makers, mircrowave ovens.... good kitchen supplies.......
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:32 PM   #9
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Take all the junk you were going to throw out of your garage, put it in a box. Bring that box and set it in your swap meet space. You will be amazed how people love to dig through a box of junk to find a treasure.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:37 PM   #10
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As Falconsprint63 said, it's an absolute crapshoot some times. I haven't sold at a swap meet in a long time simply because I haven't had a lot to sell but it's strange what sells and for what price.

All I can say from experience is ;
1. Know what the item is actually worth an not what "the go for in ??????"
2. Clean the parts up so that they are presentable and a guy isn't scared to handle them. You may not feel like cleaning the grease and dirt off an item but even bargain hunters don't like to handle greasy and dirty parts when they are looking for something.
3. Don't primer anything to "add value" fresh primer on a part usually puts guys on alert to the notion of what it is hiding.
4. stop bullshitting with your buddy and pay attention to the guy looking at your parts and answer any and all questions as best you can. At least two of us from the HAMB looked at the same item at the Portland Swap meet this year and either of us would have bought it if the seller had taken the time away from his bullshit session to talk to us and the price was right.
5.be in the booth or have someone else watching the booth even if it is the guy in the next booth as I don't know how many things I have passed on in the last 40 years because I couldn't find the seller in his booth.

Mark that box that I drag suggested the 1.00 box or what ever but it will probably pay for the space and lunch.

Until I got an offer I couldn't refuse I had two big metal tray/boxes of electrical pieces including several hundred Raja clips. Those were usually what paid for the space and lunch from sales from the two boxes. I sold the pair for 75.00 when I got out of doing swapmeets on a regular basis.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:44 PM   #11
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Sounds like your swap meets are like our`s here in oz,the only people selling stuff are the one`s selling hamburgers and drinks and a lot of household crap
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:53 PM   #12
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I was selling at a swap meet this past weekend and it seems like anything that is $1-$20 went and unless the item was really special to someone above 20 bucks was a hard sell.
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:04 PM   #13
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I went to a small swap meet this last weekend, It was raining most of the morning, and I sold almost everything that I brought. I didn't expect many sales with the rain, but I was very WRONG! Most of my stuff was $25 to $150, not much $1 items.
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:18 PM   #14
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My son and I try to sell a couple times a year. Pile ours and any friends stuff in his pickup and head out at odark thirty. We usually sell all of our friends parts and haul ours back home. Oh well, we usually have a good time anyway.
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:28 PM   #15
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Anything sells, then again it does not. Selling at a swap meet depends on the direction of the collector's wind sock. Petromobilia, signs, vintage tin and gauges are always a good bet.
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:28 PM   #16
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Wish I knew what would sell, save alot of work before hand. I'll be at Monroe next month with LOTS of stuff, we set up on "The Stage".
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:37 PM   #17
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I've never had any luck selling large, heavy items like engine blocks or heads. Small things under $20.00, aluminum racing wheels, tires,sell well.
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:49 PM   #18
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A book on what sells at swap meets might .Until someone
rips it off and puts it on the Interweb for free .Ha
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:53 PM   #19
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the way swap meets have been lately, if you bring anything car related you should have a leg up on the competition
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:56 PM   #20
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Anything someone else can turn around on eBay or elsewhere and make a profit on, will sell. Anything you want a fair price for, expect to sit on until someone really needs it.

I make more money at a lot of meets going around early buying stuff other guys have out for too cheap and bringing it back and marking it up. If it doesn't sell there it sells at the next one.

And I bring a mix of car stuff and toys/collectibles and usually sell more of the latter than the former.
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