Sunday, April 10, 2011
The Ararat Shrine Swap Meet was full of bargains and bargain-hunters. That's a pretty good combination
Back in the old days, if you wanted that special part for your old car project, you couldn't just plug it in on eBay and expect it to be sitting on your front porch in three-to-five days. You had to search for it. You looked in junk yards. You watched for old cars at the side of the road. And you went to the swap meet.
Well, this past weekend, that last time-tested tradition was alive and well in Lee's Summit, as the Ararat Shrine Swap Meet took place at the old marshalling yard at the vacated Adesa Auction facility.
If you were here on Saturday, you know what a ridiculously nice day it turned out to be weather-wise. And as you can imagine, that translated into a huge crowd at the swap meet. Thousands of big, greasy guys, a few greasy kids (including mine), and two or three reluctant women were elbow-to-elbow in the dilapidated old lot.
On the other hand, at least they have a place to hold it; and that's certainly better than not.
So what were all these bargain hunters looking at out there? Well, there was quite a bit of garbage. Chintzy Chinese tools, old hot rod event T-shirts, Chevette headlight bezels, and any number of other worthless bits and pieces were up for grabs.
There were plenty of project cars, too. Sure, most of them look to have recently been dug out of a hole in some field, but these days those are called "barn finds." Whether you were in the market to buy or not, they were still fun to look at.
BHo and I went through the whole thing, and while I failed to find anything for any of my projects this time (to the delight of my wife, no doubt), my son went home with a whole pocket full of Hot Wheels cars. So to that end, our shopping day was a success.
The slideshow below has nearly 100 pictures of diamonds in the rough from the April 2011 Ararat Shrine Swap Meet in Lee's Summit, Mo. If you didn't make it, you can check out all the fun stuff you missed. And remember, there will be another one of these September 17-18, so you haven't blown your only chance to find the hidden treasure of your dreams just yet.