Saturday July 21st, the Long Beach Model T Club presents it's 64th annual SWAP MEET at the Long Beach City College Veteran's Memorial Stadium 5000 Lew Davis St. Free parking off Conant St. between Lakewood Bl. and Clark Ave. $5.00 admission.
Vendor spaces available, 20' wide by 16' deep. $40 each or 3 for $100 before July 16. $50 / $125 at the gate. Call Jeff Hood 562-597-5936
Take 405 freeway to Lakewood Bl. north 1.5 miles to Conant St. right 1 block.
For 64 years, the oldest and the best swap meet in Southern California.
Jeff, What time will the vendors be let in?
Thanks for the reminder Jeff,
This is one Not to Miss!
Vendors 5:30AM, public 7:00AM
I think this will be my 35th LBMTC Swap Meet. But who's counting!
Looking forward to another great event.
My little promo video starring Stanley the Model T Pug
Just two days away!
Just checked into my hotel. All ready for tomorrow AM.
Looking forward to seeing lots of NOS (Neat Old Stuff)!!
Jeff: I'm loading the truck... See you early tomorrow morning.
Cindy & I will be in space 538
Recap: It was a great day. We sold a pile of parts! Saw many old friends and met some new ones. Being back at Vets Stadium sure makes it nice for the organizers and the participants.
Thank you to Jeff Hood and the entire Long Beach Model T Club team for putting on another great event
Yes, it was another great LBMTC swap meet. As usual, I found some neat stuff-a few pieces of speed equipment, some regular T parts and some non-Ford early goodies including most of a Silver Ghost carburetor. Looking forward to next year already. Thanks to the Long Beach Model T Club for keeping this great tradition alive and well. See you next year!
HI, Well I think this is my 5th LBMTC swap.
I always find something.
This year only 2 front wire wheel hubs and an old cast iron bean pot.
I cook in cast iron all the time and the swap meets are a great place to find the old iron.
Thanks for putting it on and I will be back next year.
By the way I travel over 200 miles to make your event, Scott
I've been going for over 60 years. It used to be the best. Not any more.
It was a smaller, but as usual, good reliable swap. Picked up a nice 1913 2 screw carb and a few other goodies. Saw a rajo head for 800,missing the rockers. Several 14 engine blocks. Never go to a swap looking for a specific item. You get tunnel vision and miss all the good stuff.
Kinda of like all the swap meets lately but the LB meet had nearly all the spaces sold while some sellers didn't occupy the space. There was a lot of good parts and some very good deals.
The club would certainly be interested in hearing any suggestions how they can improve it especially from someone with your long time experience.
I wasn't able to drive my Torpedo or spend much time because of family in town during the weekend.
Thanks to all who came out and made the 64th Long Beach Model T Club Swap Meet a success.
There are some comments above about it being a small meet. I believe we are the biggest "little" swap meet in Southern California, and maybe the whole Southwest! Compared to the "biggies," Pomona, which is monthly and has EVERYTHING, and The Big 3 in San Diego (now defunct) which is actually a merge of 3 swap meets, we are small, but compared to other single-club meets, we are huge! Compare us to Bakersfield (also 2 clubs) which has the advantage of having all makes of old cars due to being a Horseless Carriage Club event. We had 11 rows, over 155 sellers occupying 240 spaces! In our current layout, there were only about 30 spaces vacant. We are growing too. Last year we sold 50 more spaces than in 2016, and this year we sold 40 more than last year!
Sure we are not as big as we were in the 1970's when 30 year olds and their families were fixing up 40 and 50 year old cars, parts were just lying around in the desert and still on dealer shelves, and garages and basements nationwide were stuffed with all kinds of treasures, and cars were still being sold by their original owners.
The average age of club members and swap meet sellers and shoppers is increasing with the age of our cars! Those 30 somethings of the 1970's are now 80 somethings! Every year I have vendors tell me that "this will be my last year," or "I'm too old," or "I have nothing left to sell." Without new members and new people interested in our hobby, these vendors are replaced with "rat-rodders," hot-rodders," and T-shirt sellers. Then someone says "it's not like it used to be."
We are begging people that collect other makes of cars to participate in our swap meet. We do not need or want to be a Ford only meet, and we advertise as a Vintage and Classic swap meet, but it is a very steep up-hill battle to get participation. I can not even get other clubs, Model T Clubs included, to take a FREE space for club promotion and membership!
Our hobby, that's ALL OF US, not "somebody" else, needs to make a great effort to attract young people and families and make cars and good parts available and affordable. Remember, these cars are now 80-100 years old, parts are no longer just lying around, and all of the "good parts" were bought 50 years ago and stashed in someone's hoard never to be seen or used again.
I'll get off the soap box now. Feel free to PM me if you or your club would like to participate next year. FREE spaces for club / hobby promotion.
Jeff, A HUGE Thank YOU for all the hard, relentless and time consuming work that you have done for several years to make sure this swap meet is the success that it has been though out the many years.
It also takes a lot of work from other members as well. The Swap meet has endured many challenges over the years but continues to offer a great place for both sellers and buyers to find the parts they sometimes desperately need.
I recently received an email from a friend and club member in Australia that is interested in a car that he saw in one of the swap meet pictures that was posted! I'm sure there are other interesting stories about a deal or steal that someone scored as well.
Just remember Nothing is Perfect and Everyone Can't always be Pleased..
Looking forward to next year.
Thank you Jeff H! I am glad to hear it is growing. I guess some just want it to flourish! But the world is what it is. We want it to change? We need to work to change it.
It has been a long time since I went to your swap meet. (almost 40 years now). But I still have the non-Ford Paige/Jewett sales and service sign I bought there about 45 years ago!
I remember when one of the SF Bay Area model A clubs held a local swap meet many MANY years ago. I wasn't a member of that club, but a few of my close friends were, so I occasionally went to their club meetings. I remember being in the meeting as they recapped the meet and announced with great pride that they had for the first time had fifty spaces sold! In those days, thirty to forty vendor swap meets were common. It WAS great that way, because all the vendor's had good old stuff, unlike today. But today, people whine about swap meets having less than a few hundred vendors!?
The first swap meet I went to had fourteen vendors (I counted them!)! It was a local AACA regional group's annual meet, and had been advertised in a major local newspaper.
Congratulations on a successful meet!
Maybe I can go next year. It is a great excuse to visit friends and relatives.
Where can I find the posted Pictures?
Jeff, You did and are doing a GREAT JOB!I just may have to buy 5 spaces next year. I couldn't seem to spread my rust out far enough for folks to see. I know I got some smiles from buyers finding "Just what they needed"
I did well and I'm grateful!
There was picture of both a 1915 Touring and Roadster project posted here in coverage of the event. Can anyone advise if these cars sold or provide me with the details of the vendor? Thanks in advance. Warwick.