I have been to a couple of swap meets, but I have never been to Hershey. I plan to go this year. At the other swap meets that I went to, I found some good parts and met some great people. The one thing that I did not see much of was touring body parts. What are the experiences of others finding body parts at swap meets? I know some of the vendors will let you pre-order and pick up at Hershey, but don't want to do that if I can find some parts at the swap meet. I have a 25 Touring. Thanks.
Tim, you can never tell what you will find. Last year I sold a complete touring body and body sections. I believe I still have the left side, possibly quarter and doors of a 25 touring. wont know for sure until I unpack as I only sell at Hershey and don't see the stuff until the next Hershey. I have also bought body and body parts there. Get ready to walk, its huge. We will be in the red field.
Our Hershey space numbers are: RCB 44, 45
Timothy.... Just go. It's mind-blowing. You'll love it.
Yep, worth going even if you don't find that special item you're looking for.
It takes me three days just to cover it once!
I have never been but know a few who have (it's like 14,000 miles away) and they say, if you see something you want, buy it there and then, as you will never see that part again. The place is so big, you run out of time before you can see it all. Certain fields cater to certain makes of car so study up beforehand.
This is what I have found about swap meets. If there is some part I am looking for, I can't find it, but finally when I find one, from then on I find that part at many swap meets, but now I don't need it! I just go with a few things in mind but if I see something I can use, I buy it even though it was not on my list!
Red field and the orange field.
I agree that you should buy it when you see it. I saw a neat old neon clock that I was interested in. I walked away to count my money and give it a second thought, and when I turned around 30 seconds later, a man was shelling out cash for it.
The again, I've gotten some great deals on Friday by holding out! It's definitely a gamble!
Waiting until Friday can get you a bargain, or not. I made a deal to pick up a 1915 block for $200 on Friday morning. By opening time on Friday the monsoon was in full force and the guy with the block was on the road home. If you only want it but don't need it, you can gamble and wait. If you need it or REALLY want it, buy it now.
Steve... If it's the block I'm thinking about, I studied the same one and found some areas tucked deep up inside that were severely rusted, compromising the block integrity. I walked away... and I've been wanting a spare 15 block for about 5 years.
Hmmm... Maybe the monsoon saved me
Thank you for all the good tips. I am looking forward to going!
Are the programs, with the vendor lists only available at the swap meet or do they publish them online before the meet?
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I don't know that I agree with certain fields catering to certain makes. I wish it were that way, but the fact is you have to cover the whole place in order to ensure you don't miss something.
Hershey is great,I enjoy meeting the people on this forum there. I let people leave there stuff at my spot to pick up later all the time. Some borrow my hand truck to take parts to there car or spot.
There's always a chair or two for resting your feet.
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I do agree that certain areas seem to have particular themes, mostly because a particular car club might have a big tent with members having spots close by. The area up behind the stadium tends to have a row of vintage race car stuff.
But yes, it is a real hodge podge which is why you have to walk up and down every row and hope you don't overlook something.
I agree with Hal. I've found a random mixture of cars and parts through the whole thing. Here a part, there a part, everywhere a part part...
The 'Programs' are only available during the show, this is a very good investment.
Agreeing with Dan B. Purchasing at Hershey. As you go down the rows, and see what you may need - the option is to buy now or wait till later. Best strategy is haggle the price and buy now. If not the fellow behind you will.
you can usually download vendor space maps and look spots ahead of time if you have a particular vendor that you know their space number. save your program for the next year will be a big help for future trips. extra cushion socks and a backpak are a must.
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Something like this can save you from sore shoulders. That backpack can get pretty heavy.
I am getting ready for Hershey and all that walking, I hope they have enough rest rooms to recycle my drinks.
Photo will explain it all.
That reminds me of something that surprised me the first time I went to Hershey. That's the folks who set up shop as port-a-potty attendants ("This one, sir!") and give out hand wipes for tips. Is this a common practice at similar events in the East? I haven't encountered it anywhere else.
It isn't in Kansas?
Steve you should have been at Hershey before the attendants! By the middle of the week the potties would be in ripe shape.