Finding Gold At An Automotive Swap Meet Is Not Impossible.
You never know what you’ll find at an automotive swap meet. Buying and selling at the Lancaster Automotive Swap Meet, I found some gold tucked away in an unsuspecting place and it was right under my nose all along.
This gold story started at this twice a year Automotive Swap Meet event. It is put on by Car Clubs to collect money for their local charities.
I was venturing out this fine day, “and a vendor’s number two rule is,” be there real early to get a prime spot. If you’re lucky enough to get your booth up and organized before the gates open, you have a chance to scout around and check out all the other vendors’ tables for a little swap meet, “bartering.”
All the vendors have this practice. It’s the norm, but only if they have time.
Some so-called vendors bring a few items to put on a “one” table. The purpose is not to really sell anything, just to spend the whole day wandering around. They hope to score a few cheap items, like service station signs or the odd antique for their brick and mortar stores at home. And let’s not forget, enjoying the commodity and car show atmosphere.
But I’m really not so different. I go to the same tables to buy a few extra things over there, bring it back to my table, a slight markup and … you’re good, right.
But if you wonder where the gold comes from, you have to understand where these Auto vendors get their items to sell.
Most vendors buy their produce at auctions, abandoned storage lockers, deadstock at a car dealer, swaps meet like this one … one vendor would buy from the other.
I classify all of us as modern-day gypsies. Some of these guys at the swap meet, camp out in their pick-up trucks or tents for the two days or for as long as the swap meet event lasts.
Finding gold at an Automotive Swap Meet, well, it’s not impossible, Kinda.
At some of the more significant events, the guys will bring their whole families, camp out for the weekend with their kids, and they love it.
I had four electric drills on my table for sale. A husband and wife came over, and he looked over the one drill. I should have that. His wife leans over his shoulder and quietly says “you already have two.” Oh yeah, but I should have another one. Her eyes roll back in her head. I would have sold him all four if he wanted them, I understand! “You never know when you need another drill,” he said as he walked away. It’s a man thing. “More is better”
Now finding the gold part comes into play at my very own booth, and I didn’t even realize it.
Most of my product that day was bought from an estate auction a few days before, but was mostly NOT auto-related.
This poor fellow that passed away was into old radios and electronics and was a technician of sorts. I bought plastic tray containers (cheap) with small nuts and bolts, springs out of old watches, exciting things for some people.
But as I came up at the gate, I told the car club dude taking my money, what I had, and that it wasn’t exactly auto-related. “Well, don’t bring that stuff again” … Right. He had to say it in front of all the people standing there. “It is an automobile swap meet.”
At my booth, I wrapped these plastic containers with a shrink-wrap material so the drawers didn’t slide open and put $5.00 per box on each of 20 drawers.
12 o’clock noon came along and after no lookers or buyers, not even for a lousy five bucks, I thought I had to be creative if I wanted to dump, I mean to sell this product. “I’ll remove all these dinky pieces of hardware from the drawers and put them into baggies and sell the items that way.”
After pulling all the drawers apart, separating them into clear plastic bags, I finally got to the last container out of 5 bundles. I pulled the one last drawer out, and said “WHAT THIS IS!”
A “pill bottle filled with something yellow!” After getting it evaluated, it turned out to be $250. worth of gold!
$5 .00 was all I was asking for the whole container.
You never know what you’ll find at Automotive Swap Meet. Eh!