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

Tony Bogan thebogans at mac.com
Sun Sep 13 14:38:29 EDT 2020

Jeff, we definitely hope to do more of these. Back in February when things first started to deteriorate with Covid, we started making contingency plans of all kinds.

Adam has been pushing for something like this since before the start of the Steering Committee, and once we knew all bets were off for an actual in person VCF East, planning went into full swing for some form of outdoor swap meet/consignment/whatever we decided to call it.
We talked about several smaller events when gathering restrictions in NJ were tighter, even doing the swap meet on the days of VCF East with just limited outdoor capacity only. All kinds of ideas were bandied about.

We would have announced the date months ago but we wanted to wait and see what was going to happen for the October event, and wanted to work around the yearly Holiday Train display at infoage As they begin setup in early November.

We found out at the last IA operations meeting last week that unfortunately they are not hosting the train event this year, so now that weekend gives us more flexibility and is still early enough to not likely be snow covered!! Once we knew for sure about date availability and event conflicts, we wanted to get the word out. It’s been in The 60s on Halloween most recent years so we are keeping our fingers crossed for the following week!

Hope to see you again soon, and also at the next swap meet!


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> On Sep 13, 2020, at 2:07 PM, Jeff Galinat via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> 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,
> Jeff
>> 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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