Swap Meets

When was the last time you were invited to a swap meet? How many of us actually remember them? For those of you who are new to the ways of the frugalista, a swap meet is “An informal gathering for the barter or sale of used articles or handicrafts.” The last swap meet that I recall was at my elementary school back around 1974.

Until this year.

Swap meets are now back in fashion. The Great Recession has made thrift and fiscal responsibility fashionable, even for people who can afford to spend as if it were 1999 again. People are swapping women’s clothing, books, and pretty much anything else that can be traded. Swaps are being organized in private homes and in public


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4 Responses to Swap Meets

  1. Ann says:

    Have to admit that recently I heard about women from high income families getting together to swap designer clothes and laughed a bit, but thought it was a good idea!

    Don’t know about elsewhere, but here in the midwest there still are the big outdoor swap meets.

    I have a friend who used to look for antique pottery at yard sales, etc, take it to a swap meet in one of the higher rent areas and sell it for a profit to collectors. She tells me that those type of swap meets have gone downhill — lots of cheap, imported items and little of any worth, plus a shortage of buyers willing to part with their disposal income.

    When I left corporate, I kept a handful of very expensive outfits that now don’t fit. I checked out some resale shops but they’re getting so much traffic these days that they weren’t even willing to meet! I’m not quite ready to give them to Goodwill or the Salvation Army and am considering checking out E-Bay. They’re all things that, if worn at all, were only worn once and then cleaned. Your idea is an additional option.

    It’ll be interesting to see what people have to say! :-)

  2. Annie Jones says:

    I’m also from the Midwest, and there are several places…usually outdoors at drive-in movie theaters…where swap meets happen every weekend. Or at least every weekend that the weather allows. We go to them several times a year.

  3. Persephone says:

    I have never tried a swap meet and I don’t think I could. Trading clothes just seems awkward to me.

  4. spicoli says:

    I would love to be able to trade movies. I have a lot of DVDs that I know I will never watch again.

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