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what do you always sell/ buy at swapmeets?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by tylerae40, May 13, 2010.

  1. Steves32
    Joined: Aug 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,280

    from So Cal

    Wife just got back from a few yard sales around here.
    She picked up this little red tool box for 5 bux


    Some misc stuff, couple of filter wrenches, some new plugs, a nice hammer

    But the jackpot is in the top tray. Mostly all Proto stuff!
    5 dollars? Are you kidding me?
  2. Master of None
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,279

    Master of None

    Always buy rear axle lo-cater pads that weld to the rear axle. It always seems when you need them around here no one has a set or just had as set and used them.
  3. junk yard kid
    Joined: Nov 11, 2007
    Posts: 2,719

    junk yard kid

    I dont have much money so i buy what i need and little trickets, i also love shift knobs. I routinely change them on my rides.
  4. nutajunka
    Joined: Jan 24, 2007
    Posts: 1,466


    Just stuff for my current project and good parts at cheap prices.
  5. Lild
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 260


    Theres gotta be some fellow IL & WI guys that can back me up. Gotta have a Big Bar!
  6. crow bar? or jimmy bar?
  7. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,173


    A swap meet is a place to make money! I buy underpriced items that I LIKE, if I can flip them for double the purchase price I'm happy. If they don't sell, at least I like looking at them. Nothing is more depressing than looking at some ugly part that you can't resell. I do have fun buying wheels one or two at a time and making sets of four. Swaps aren't what they once were, but I still have fun, only setup at Hershey.
  8. brad chevy
    Joined: Nov 22, 2009
    Posts: 2,627

    brad chevy

    At the last Sumterswapmeet Igot a hell-of-a deal. was going to have to put tires on old ladies pickup soon,they are the damn 17"s,Ipaid $800 dollars for them 3 years ago.guy setting up across from me was unloading his stuff and I noticed he had a set of tires and wheels just like on the truck,brand new Goodyears,picked them up for $400 ,centercaps and all.went home that afternoon put them on truck and thought what the hell am i going to do with 4 extra wheels and tires,they had at least 20,000 left on them,put them on Craigslist and Monday morning 9am sold them for $300.Thats want is so good about a swapmeet,never can tell what you might find and how many good deals you can run up on.Even my old lady said,damn you finally got a good deal.
  9. HotRod33
    Joined: Oct 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,455


    I always say that I am going to sell some shit at the next swap meet... Then when it comes around I say no I wanna walk around and buy more shit..... seems like I am always buying nice or repairable 1932-34 ford truck grills.....
  10. lowmaster
    Joined: Oct 26, 2003
    Posts: 347


    I always buy 55 olds hubcaps. At least one at every swap meet.
  11. Kensey
    Joined: Sep 25, 2006
    Posts: 737

    from Pittsburgh

    Steak sandwiches, elephant ears & emblems I don't need.
  12. 29nash
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 4,544

    from colorado

    I buy good stuff I think I might need someday. Then next year I sell it.
  13. Slow55
    Joined: Sep 20, 2009
    Posts: 112


    I sold an old pump shotgun and a 22 mag pistol that I never used.
    I sold an old "Ice Bucket " fuel cooler at last meet. I wish I had left it at home. It was the old style Mr Gasket cork covered tin can with the coiled tube inside.
    I'm still carrying to every meet my Holley spreadbore 800 Dbl Pumper that everyone picks up, looks at and says "That's a good price" but nobody buys.
    I look for older hotrod T-shirts to buy. If I see small parts I need for the 55 in good shape at a "fair" price, I'll buy em. If the prices are too out of hand or if the seller has an attitude when I make an offer, I'll pass and keep hunting.
  14. twolane
    Joined: May 4, 2007
    Posts: 26


    For some reason I'm always compelled to buy rags at swap meets. Seems like I never have them in the garage when I need them so I always buy more. I'm also a sucker for little electrical bits... connectors, heat shrink tubing and the like.
  15. fordrat31
    Joined: Oct 3, 2009
    Posts: 380

    from Palmer, MA

    I always buy stuff for "future projects" My friends always give me a hard time about buy stuff becasue I always say hey this is for a future project, or you never know when you going to need one of these. Usually I buy model A parts, Carbs, nuts/bolts, tools, unique stuff, t-shirts with random company names, hamburg.....

    My favorite was a guy selling advice for 2 bucks. Each piece of advice came with a free beer! haha
  16. bulletproof1
    Joined: Feb 23, 2004
    Posts: 2,080

    from tulsa okla

    i try to sell these $5 ea

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  17. SanDiegoJoe
    Joined: Apr 18, 2004
    Posts: 3,519


    Glove Box Doors...

    So I can do stuff like this:
  18. I mostly have luck selling the cheapest crap because people are cheap.I mostly buy the most expensive crap that I will never use for projects I have in my mind,then sell them cheap later to cheap motto is buy high, sell cheap.
  19. Xdrag48
    Joined: Mar 1, 2009
    Posts: 470


    I have always kept a open mind.I know what i want when i see it.Sometimes my buddys laugh at me for buying something,then later they need
    Plus there is always room for Pizza....

  20. turdchazer
    Joined: Dec 4, 2008
    Posts: 644

    Member Emeritus
    from Spokane

    Last early ford swap meet I bought some Plastic pink flamingos from the 50's still in the box, now thats how my friends tell people how to get to my house, " After you turn the corner look for the house with the flamingos out front."
  21. sixfootdan
    Joined: Mar 21, 2010
    Posts: 28


    I buy but never sell I keep stuff for years and get rid of it to a friend and then I need it next week! So to avoid that I only buy.:D
  22. moefuzz
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
    Posts: 4,950


    Hot Swapmeet items for me are oil, gas, auto, soda etc signs for the walls of the barn.

    Deals on oddball grilles and instrument cluster and dashes (19 teens to 1970)

    Things under $5.

    Boxes of similar items, (Bulk) like the 3 boxes of head light rims and doors from 20's thru 50's cars including Hudson, Graham, Essex, Chrysler, Ford, Willy's etc that I picked up for $25. There was ~40 pairs of headlight trim and doors in there and the guy just wanted to get rid of them. In bulk, the price is always right.

    Boxes of License plates, again bulk is always the way to go but most guys nowadays figure plates are worth too much money and what $$ per single plate or pair.

    Stromberg 97 and Holley/Ford 94's but it is getting harder to find boxes of carbs for 10 or $20 especially with the advent of ebay, but it is not unheard of way out here.

    I can't tell you how many 97s I have picked up for less than $10.

    -Books and manuals especially anything Flathead and Ford

    Oddball, unwanted informative magazines like cars and parts, Specialty Vehicle and so on. especially if they are cheap and by the box.

    I used to go to the swaps, pull out a varied amount of the above and then on the drive home I would try to figure out what my cost on each item was.

    Trying to bring home 150 or 200 items @ 3 or $5 each turns my crank.
    I like to think of it as 'averaging' the costs of my daily swap meet crack whore fix.

    Prices have sure spiked on certain items in the last 10 years

    The times, they are a changing....

  23. tnrotter
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 293

    from Tennessee

    I'll carry a truckload of stuff. Sometimes its hard to decide what to throw on. But always bring home more than I went with. Original body panels are one thing Im always looking for, parts to resale to my buddies, and tools. Stopped by a yard sale one day and bought a tool box with 2 jitterbugs inside for $2. One of them was a DeWalt! My wife can't believe how I lowball. One guy was set up with some furniture yesterday at a community 'homecoming'. My wife's been wanting a rolltop desk and I've bid on several at auctions. We were looking at one and the guy said make me an offer I can't refuse. I offered $20! my wife looked at me like I was crazy. He sold it to us for $35. My wife was happy, REAL HAPPY! tnrotter
  24. retiredfireguy
    Joined: Oct 18, 2009
    Posts: 240


    I usually take a list of stuff I need for my latest fiasco, but a lot of the stuff I end up buying isn't on the list. Some stuff just calls out to me.
  25. playtag
    Joined: Feb 19, 2010
    Posts: 79


    Funny you should ask.It seems without fail at least once a swap meet someone ask the same questions.How much is a spot,what sells,and how do you know how to price the stuff.At least one of or all three of these are asked.With these out of the way.It depends on your geographical area.Some items sell better then others in certian areas.Pricing is easy ask yourself what you have in it and ask yourself if you where the buyer what would you pay for the same item in todays market.Good luck
  26. moefuzz
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
    Posts: 4,950


    As a vendor at swaps I will take something for everyone's budget.

    From $1. to $500+.

    I picked up 400 old auto decals/stickers (cheap) on ebay and split them into 2 batches. I placed one batch at the far left of my tables (I try and have 3 or 5 tables when possible) and one at the far right.

    Those stickers continually put $5 and $10 bills in my pocket and really helped to supplement the bottom line. There is never a shortage of guys who have $10 to spend on Toolbox wall paper.

    Having multiple tables really helps keep things in the buyers eye as well as it allows you to have a good amount of people viewing your booty -all at the same time-.

    Up here, a 10 foot stall with table is $25 so 5 tables/stalls is only $125. With the 'average amount of misc stuff' that I lay out I can usually average about $200 per hour at most any swap meet.

    Getting your goods seen is the most important thing a vendor can do.

    Boxes of misc stuff under and behind the table just means that you are going to be taking those same boxes home as many people won't look or bend down to shuffle through them.

    -Get your goods seen by the most amount of potential buyers as possible.

    My trick is to always be at the end of the row for more or less a "U-turn" as people will walk around the end of that row and will see nothing but my items.

    I ended up with 3 stalls and 5 tables (last time around) on the turn of the row and it worked out very well.


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