Anza Swap meet brings community together in long-standing tradition

New and packaged items are also offered by several of the vendors at the Anza Swap Meet. Diane Sieker photo
New and packaged items are also offered by several of the vendors at the Anza Swap Meet. Diane Sieker photo

The Anza Swap meet is a long-standing tradition that takes place at the Anza Community Hall almost every Saturday, from 7 a.m. until about 1 p.m. Are you looking for tools? Collectibles? Avon? Fine homemade soaps or lovely jewelry? You can find these things and so much more at the swap meet.

More than a selling event, it is a social experience relished by locals, The Swap Meet isn’t just a place to buy and sell, it’s a time to catch up with friends, neighbors and acquaintances. Sellers like Christel Silva, who is the resident Avon lady, seem to know everyone. Many vendors have their faithful followers that come just to see them.

And you never know what you might find. Antique china, porcelain dolls, cedar slabs harvested in 1979 and a bumper for a 1969 Chevrolet truck, vegetables and fruit, plants and eggs. New items, plus old and vintage. And some junk, of course. And maybe a chicken or two. You may also find things you didn’t know you needed.

“Our swap meet is the best place to meet up with friends, buy our local artisan’s goods, and enjoy our ever-changing weather. There’s nothing like it,” said Belinda Blanco.

For vendors, the swap meet can be a great opportunity to clean out the garage and make a few bucks. But some people, like Roy, who offers large and small plastic water barrels and IBC totes, depends on this to supplement his income. And most days he does very well. Vendor spaces are a bargain at only $12 a spot.

The swap meet is a boon for those on a budget that need an item and cannot justify the long trip “down the hill” just to purchase that one thing. Bargain hunters are rarely disappointed.

Liese Carney is a fan. “I always look forward to Saturday morning in Anza and the swap meet,” she said. “It’s a gathering place to spend the morning, looking at all the stuff for sale, and to catch up with friends from the community. It’s more than a swap meet, it’s a social gathering as well…one of the many perks of living in a small community.”

With warmer and more mild weather upon us, the swap meet will continue to grow and entertain. At this time, renovations to the Community Hall have closed the inside of the Hall to vendors, but the fun is still to be had outside.

For more information on vending at the Anza Swap Meet, please call (951) 428-0901 or see the Anza Community Hall Facebook page online at www.facebook.com/groups/337754646415866/.

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