Field Trip: The Orange County Swap Meet

Do you have a swap meet near you?  The Orange County Swap Meet is near us and we forget how much fun it is to go there, so a few weeks ago that’s how we decided to spend a Saturday morning.

I decided to take my camera so that I could blog about our little excursion…

There is all sorts of weirdness to be found at swap meets…
Are you in the market for a backyard water feature?  How about a skull waterfall (with optional steam)?

Once your lovely water feature is installed, you can kick back and relax with your hookah pipe (with convenient travel case). (I’ll say it again: there really should be a Sarcasm Font…)

There’s also plenty of crap for sale…

But there are pretty cool things too.  Like furniture.
I like the rusticity of this table…

and I really think this is so cool (albeit totally impractical since I feed 4 boys…)

It’s just kind of cool to check things out.

There is fresh produce…

This is usually where I buy the sweet onions for my homemade onion rings.

There’s fun stuff like shoes…

…and the Churro Guy…

…and fun, inexpensive costume jewelry…

Each of these pieces was only $5.  I got this fun owl necklace… cuz it was silly and only $5.

And even with all of the shopping and food and great deals to be had, my very favorite thing is People Watching.

Beauty products, hats, food, clothes, bags, toys, art, flowers… I love that there is so much to see and so much of it is an awesome deal.

Do you have a swap meet near you?


  1. says

    I used to love going to that swap meet!! I keep telling the people here in North Carolina they have no idea what a REAL swap meet is about!! They call them flea markets here and it is mostly junk and very small!! Thanks for bringing back memories!

  2. says

    We love the Costa Mesa swapmeet!! I love going there first thing in the morning, then heading out to Balboa and enjoying the beach.
    And those churros are the BEST ever!

  3. says

    Back in the day we went every weekend to the Saugus/Newhall swap meet. Still have a couple things from there as a matter of fact. But what the helll, are those things new fangled bongs????


  4. says

    Aw, this post made me all nostalgic–my husband I lived right around the corner on Fair Drive when we first got married, and went to the Swap meet all the time. Never really bought anything though for our tiny apartment :)

  5. says

    Maybe that last guy bought those shorts new at the swap meet and loved them so much he had to put them right now 😉

    I have never been to a swap meet

  6. says

    Maybe that last guy bought those shorts new at the swap meet and loved them so much he had to put them right now 😉

    I have never been to a swap meet

  7. says

    Looks like tons of fun! I’m drooling over the shoes!

    I also have the most patient husband in the world, and incidentally – he would totally wear an outfit like that!

    I think we have one around here, although I’m sure not so big. I’ll have to check!

  8. says

    How fun! I wish we had them around here. One of my favorite things in Hawaii was the swap meet… crazy crap there for sure!

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