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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by surfacedoctor, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. I'm thinking of trying to get an indoor swap meet going in Rochester, Mn. around the second weekend in January. I know trying to promote anything in January in this part of the frozen north is risky business, but I think there are enough gear-heads around here that could make it work. Any ideas? Anything going on that weekend that it would conflict with? Who would be willing to be a vendor? The area I have in mind is also big enough for cars for sale. Input please.
  2. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 20,762


    I dont have any input regarding the swap meet but I just wanted to say I really missed not running into you this summer.:( I sure hope you'll make it to the HAMB Drags or HCPU next year. Good luck with the swap.
  3. Thanks, Denise. Missed seeing you this summer too. I only went to 4 shows this year because my business is finally starting to recover after 2 of the worst years in my history. Gotta' make hay when the sun shines!
  4. One more time for the Sunday crowd.

  5. bigks3
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 19


    i live in northwest iowa and would come over, but i am also involved with dirt track racing as an official and there is a big racing swap meet every year on that weekend in sioux falls, s.d. any other weekend and i am all for it.
  6. Greaser Bob
    Joined: Mar 5, 2006
    Posts: 1,325

    Greaser Bob

    I know I wouln't miss it!
  7. speedysilver
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 157


    sounds like fun i would be there even thought my cars not done
  8. greaser57
    Joined: Feb 7, 2009
    Posts: 252

    from minnesota

    Spring would be better (April)..........................Rich
  9. bugz
    Joined: Jun 12, 2009
    Posts: 29


    Hey plowboy13 can I hitch a ride with you?
  10. dirtbag13
    Joined: Jun 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,540


    i would possibly come !
  11. rjgideon
    Joined: Sep 12, 2005
    Posts: 540


    There's a big one in Des Moines at the Fairgrounds on 1/31/10 - Wild Wade's. It's more race-oriented, though. The only other one down here was on 12/12/09.
  12. titus
    Joined: Dec 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,074


    Id surely go, they dont have the swap at the dealer anymore do they?

  13. joeycarpunk
    Joined: Jun 21, 2004
    Posts: 4,445

    from MN,USA

    Sounds good, could use a swap to break up the winter.
  14. f1 fred
    Joined: Apr 29, 2005
    Posts: 514

    f1 fred
    from mn

  15. 2-TONED
    Joined: Jan 31, 2005
    Posts: 1,683


    swapmeet ! ! ! -- ill be there.
  16. Big Dad
    Joined: Dec 20, 2005
    Posts: 4,569

    Big Dad

    There is always one that weekend in Sioux Falls at the Expo building on the fairground

    And about 50% of the time , its a blizzard

    Sure had fun at the Taco Villa across from it at night though

    Miss those days :(
  17. Alienbaby17
    Joined: Sep 13, 2005
    Posts: 918


    I was just browsing the Linechaser earlier today looking for upcoming swap meets. I was pretty disappointed to see there weren't many in the near future.
    I would look forward to it if it came together.

  18. FalconMan
    Joined: Sep 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,353

    from Minnesota

    I'd show up.

    The few indoor ones I have been to are not well attended. It's much easier as a seller to pull up in your truck and sell out of it. Otherwise it's too much moving parts around.

  19. Ruiner
    Joined: May 17, 2004
    Posts: 4,145


    John, there's a few vendors around the area that I can think of to contact (about 15 or so) if you want a list, let me know...I'll be sure to spread the word to those that don't get on here enough to know about it once the details are solid...
  20. bryan6902
    Joined: May 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,137


    OK I really wanted to comment on this but just have not had the time. My personal opinion is you are probably already too late for the 2nd weekend in January and unless you have some rock-star swappers already lined up it's gonna be a bust. A few years back our club tried to get an indoor swap meet going and it just didn't go. Our location was ok, NW MSP Suburb, weather was good, it was March, but we had no swappers. People came to shop but there was nothing to buy, we ended up breaking even, barely and we scratched it after 2 attempts.
    Why didn't it work? No swappers. A lot of these guys pack their stuff away after the Roadster swap in October and forget about it until the Buick swap in May. Honestly, who wants to go out to your cold barn/shed/garage and pull your stuff out through the snow to a non-established event? Sure there used to be indoor swaps at Iten Chev, Friendly Chev, Anoka Armory even World of Wheels had an indoor swap, but those are long gone... And did anyone ever really have anything good at those swaps? I never found anything I couldn't live without. With high gas prices and the internet, ebay, it really isn't worth it to drag your stuff out in the middle of the winter with the strong possibility of not selling a thing. At least when the weather is nice you can enjoy some fresh air and being outside.. And back one of my original thoughts you only have roughly 8 weeks to get the word out, if you're still thinking 2nd weekend in January.... That's short notice for some folks... Don't want to piss on your Wheaties, this is just my opinion, if you can prove me wrong and pull it off I would be VERY IMPRESSED. Just a really tall order in a short time span... Maybe end of February or March would work better????
  21. Tbucketg
    Joined: Oct 11, 2009
    Posts: 29


    I would go and be a vendor!
  22. t5stang91
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
    Posts: 300


    i am pretty sure i can make it and possibly bring some parts of mine and my buddys
  23. Onelow34
    Joined: Oct 9, 2007
    Posts: 640


    I don't have anything to sell but if you needed help setting things up or anything let me know, thats what fellow cc members are for.
  24. skyspop
    Joined: Sep 9, 2002
    Posts: 389


    I think its a little early too,but I only live a few miles away,so I will be there and hopefully giving,,,,ah i mean selling some of my sweet stuff off ...Gotta pay for the garage heat bills somehow.
  25. Ruiner
    Joined: May 17, 2004
    Posts: 4,145


    Any chance the Cad powered Plymouth coupe you got will be up for grabs? :D
  26. skyspop
    Joined: Sep 9, 2002
    Posts: 389


    is this swap going to happen?

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