[vcf-midatlantic] VCF East Swap Meet - Save the Date - Saturday November 7 (Rain: Sunday November 8)

Jeff Galinat jgalinat at gmail.com
Sun Sep 13 14:07:07 EDT 2020

Hi Adam,
  Excellent! Even though I am a little bummed as I live in AZ now instead
of NJ, this is great news! Swap meets have been a large part of the vintage
computer and ham radio communities for years. I still find occasional
vintage computer items at hamfests but a vintage computer swap meet would
be great for the hobby.  In years past, I pushed for a swap meet with
previous management but the response was "It would be too much like a
hamfest and hamfests are dying".

One of the largest draws for TCF was the flea market and I had many great
finds over the years but they effectively killed the flea market by moving
it in to a small room.

I still have a good amount of vintage equipment in NJ so maybe I can
participate in a future event if it happens next year.

Best of luck with the event,

On Sun, Sep 13, 2020, 9:32 AM Adam Michlin via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
> Alas, there will be no consignment at our hybrid VCF East coming up, but
> we have decided to try something new and have an *outdoor* Swap Meet.
> Vendors (which can be individuals) will be able to rent space and people
> will be able to attend the event for the very modest fee of $5. All VCF
> surplus will also be on sale at this event.
> DATE: Saturday, November 7, with Rain Date Sunday, November 8
> Location: InfoAge, 2201 Marconi Road Wall, NJ 07719
> $20 for vendors for first space, $10 for each additional space. 4 spaces
> $5 for admissions for general public
> We want to emphasize this will be an *outdoor* event

I'm particulary excited about this because, back in the 1990s, my first
> stint (habit, if you prefer) of vintage computer collecting was
> supported by attending regular computer swap meets in Silicon Valley at
> De Anza College and Lawrence Livermore Labs. The enthusiam at
> consignment each year tells me we are ripe to bring something like this
> back on a regular basis, but, of course, COVID make things trickier than
> usual.
> Best wishes,
>               -Adam

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