Sunday, July 20, 2014

Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet

Unlike the Sky Village Swap Meet in the desert town of Yucca Valley, CA, that a posted about here, I have to give the Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet mixed reviews. Why? Well, the stuff they are selling didn't really interest me. Second reason (and it's a deal-breaker for me), they don't allow photography. Seems strange to me, but the people at this swap meet definitely don't want their picture taken!

The original drive-in movie screen is still standing, which is kind of cool!

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Despite the "no picture taking" signs all over the place, we found one nice lady that gave me permission to shoot away (probably because my wife was buying a hat from her!). However, the guy in the next booth over was giving me the evil eye!!

The Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet is in an older, industrial part of town, so I was expecting to see some interesting things. I was a little disappointed. However, this swap meet received positive feedback on Yelp for the cheap draft beer and live bands on Friday night. If you are in to that sort of thing, you might want to check it out.
Hope your weekend was a good one. We were out in the desert this weekend. I took the Jeep out Saturday afternoon and got some good shots I'll be sharing later this week. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. So what are they up to that they don't want photos taken? Interesting shots anyway.

    1. This particular swap meet is predominately hispanic (as you can tell from my first photo, with the sign in spanish)... wonder if immigration status is an issue and makes people afraid to have their photo taken?

  2. My goodness. I went to that swap meet way back in the early '60's just once. Didn't care for it as much as our local one closer to home at the Paramount Drive-in on Paramount Blvd. Sante Fe had more commercial and retail items whereas Paramount was more stuff out of your garage. It appears that is all that Santa Fe is now - retail items, from the looks of your pictures. Sadly that seems to be the way of many flea markets these days. I am fortunate to have one here in Santa Rosa that pretty much is still good old junk from the home and garage. There are a good number of sellers that bring the loot they pick up from bidding on abandoned storage units. Real treasure troves. Fun to watch the buyers attack these. Like vultures on a dead wildebeest. Strange thing about the no photos rule. I'd ask what's up with that.

  3. To me the reason they want no photos is because the stuff is knocked off (Stolen, Nicked, fallen off the back of a lorry) so they do not want it advertised in case any one recognises any of it. If they have nothing to hide the added avertisement would be welcome

  4. My daughter and I were approached by the owner of a store and rudely told to stop taking photos. They had a huge selection of LSU paraphernalia and my daughter just wanted to text her dad to show him since he graduated from there. I explained that to the owner and she apologized, but still would not let us take any more photos. She said her competitors have been known to come in the store and use her ideas for their own displays, etc. It certainly made me want to shop less with that kind of hostility.

  5. Interesting that they didn't want any photos taken.

  6. I've been to such places where they don't allow photography and it is a deal breaker for me. Why do they care. It seems like at worst it doesn't hurt anything and at best maybe somebody reading the post would be interested to show up and check it out.

  7. How strange they won't allow photos! I'm glad you were able to take a few!

  8. Feels good and subversive to see your pic of the NO PIC sign!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    =^..^= <3

  9. You did ok for a "no photo" policy... good for you

  10. Call me old fashioned, but I don't go to swap meets for the beer or music. I'm looking for treasure.

  11. The photos you "didn't" take are very nice...
    I've been to the swap meet a couple of times, but saw a lot of movies there when I was young. Way back in the day, before the city of SFS existed, I think it was called the "La Mirada" Drive-in.

  12. I would be tempted to buy a hat for me as well. ;-)