Thousands turn up for a swap

September 11, 2017

Busy: The Shepparton Swap Meet attracted a large crowd.

Shopping: Shepparton's Lyn Thorpe and Bendigo's Megan Clover.

Happy: Bendigo's William Strawbridge, 8, sold 50 toy cars at the Shepparton Swap Meet.

A wide variety of machinery and car parts could be spotted at the Shepparton Swap Meet yesterday.

Crowds of people stopped to admire more than 600 stalls selling everything from veteran, vintage, classic and motorcycle parts, plus collectables and bric-a-brac.

The annual Shepparton Swap Meet, organised by the Goulburn Valley Motor Vehicle Drivers Club Inc, has been in full gear since 1971 and continues to grow larger each year.

This year, thousands of people packed into the Shepparton Showgrounds with many in search of that special part they needed for a beloved car they are restoring.

The Shepparton Swap Meet is one of Victoria’s largest swap meets and with so many people making an effort to travel to the venue, it was easy to see why.

Shepparton Swap Meet secretary Bernie Hurren said the weather was perfect for the swap and it was great to see so many people arriving first thing in the morning.

‘‘So many people are after that one hard-to-get part,’’ he said. ‘‘There’s suppliers here selling tools and people know they can come here each year and get a bargain and the site holders keep coming back year after year because it is a successful event.’’

Mr Hurren said it was difficult to narrow down a highlight of the swap meet because everyone had a different interest and the swap was so diverse.

‘‘Everyone will get something they need here,’’ Mr Hurren said.

‘‘There’s something for everyone, which is always good. It’s not just car parts, there’s collectables and even kids collectables... you name it, it’s here.’’

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