Last weekend I attended my first ever swap meet. Not only was it my first swap meet, it was my first time as a vendor at any sort of model show. Did I sell anything? Yeah, a couple of things. Did I buy anything? Actually, I did not buy anything. But boy, did I sure have a good time!
When the notices for this swap meet went up last month, I immediately signed up before turning my mind towards things I should sell. See, there have been no model shows or build nights or much of any local modeling scene for almost a year. Well, since at least the end of October 2019. So, let’s just say we (and definitely “I”) have been hungry for something model related for a while.
For the last few weeks I’ve been culling the stash, reducing the aftermarket, stacking some old books and magazines and I even cleared out some old built kits from the display case. Everything was priced to move! You see, I thought the point of the swap meet was similar to that of the garage sale: everything must go. Turns out, I was wrong. The point of this swap meet was to see people, see models and talk models again. I had a blast talking with all the regular suspects of our local modeling scene.
It was a beautiful early fall day and it was great to be outside. There were a few models on display including these beauties:
I’ve always associated the term “swap meet” with an informal gathering of all things hobby related in some sort of field with a lot of station wagons and guys who smoke filterless cigarettes while holding stubby beer bottles. That seems very descriptive. I think I saw a picture featuring these images in a hobby magazine when I was a kid. At any rate, this swap meet was a bit less edgy and until we get our shows back, it filled the void.
I’d love to hear about your swap meet experiences – either selling or finding some gem of a kit. Let me know in the comments.
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