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Swap Meets

Mel Boone

 

 

Swap meet flowers
Swap Meet at Mount Pleasant, IA

How many of you go to yard sales? Sometimes I do. Of course, I dislike driving all over town at times. The streets are so crowded with cars that it's hard to find a parking spot, or just to get past.

What I really love is going to the swap meets. Plenty of parking, and all the vendors are there in one place! There's always an assortment of stuff there for me to discover. Some years, you can find anything and everything. Sometimes, you find something you never would have imagined being there. That's what I love. Discovering some sort of hidden jewel that I didn't expect to find.

Swap meet setup
Swap Meet at Mount Pleasant, IA 

I think my stepdad's most interesting find at a swap meet was a three-dollar toaster. Built in 1914, the Westinghouse still works. Imagine that! It was well worth the trip to Mount Pleasant, IA to find that little gem. The most expensive yard sale item that he has brought home happened a few years ago. He found a $600 John Deere lawn mower at a yard sale in Ten Mile, MO. It's not very old, and he rarely uses it.

Swap meet setup
Swap Meet at Mount Pleasant, IA 

Every time I go to a swap meet, I turn into a kid that just woke up on Christmas morning. Or maybe a kid that has just been turned loose inside a candy store. I'm so giddy with excitement, I can barely contain myself.

Swap meet setup
Swap Meet at Mount Pleasant, IA

To date, I've never found any lost Picasso or Jackson Pollock paintings. I probably never will. That's okay. I never know exactly what I will find. I guess that's the best part. The not-knowing and then discovering something just so awesome that I can't live without it. I've finally found a couple pieces of cast iron cookware this year. The cookware will come in handy when I go camping.

Swap meet setup
Swap Meet at Mount Pleasant, IA 

So whose ready for the next swap meet? I am!