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Old 06-20-2016, 12:47 PM   #1
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Do GatheringsEver Have Swap Meets / Yard Sales??

Do any of you take things to the rallies or meets to give or sell to those who might want them, things like the new faucet we bought and then decided not to use in the amerigo, things like the brochures and ALL the color chips from Durabak that they sent us after three requests...we have two sinks, a stainless and a fiberglass that we won't be using, some sets of handles, and several other things.

Does anyone just set up a table outside their rig and put up a sign: FREE to all?

Does anyone ever organize a kind of "rig sale" garage sale at the gatherings?

We'd love to hand them over to others but don't want to haul them if it just "isn't done."

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Old 06-20-2016, 01:26 PM   #2
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Kathleen, for the NOGs it depends. The Oregon State park system forbids the exchange of money (except by permit). We can't even place a For Sale sign on a trailer. Everything needs to be really covert, like conversations about money inside a trailer with the door shut! We have had "Free" tables at several meets though. In fact, we've even given away the table too!

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Old 06-20-2016, 01:46 PM   #3
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At the annual Quartzsite rally, that is exactly what happened when I was there two years ago. I have stashed a bunch of camping and trailer stuff that I will never use, just for this occasion. Hopefully I'll be there in 2017.
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Old 06-20-2016, 03:21 PM   #4
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Thanks, Donna and Jack. We'll bring a small bin of a few things someone might need, then. I'll bring a small "FREE" sign. Though we'll want to keep the table--unless we could swap it for a 3-foot one. This 2-foot table is a wee bit tiny.
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Old 06-20-2016, 04:13 PM   #5
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The recent Customer Appreciation Rally for Escape trailers had a give away event that was very much appreciated by quite a number of campers. In addition when owners mentioned they had something to give away or sell the deal was made on the Escape forum and the delivery made at the rally. Most folks who have camped for a number of years have any number of goodies that they seem happy to give away especially to young folks just starting out. You just have to ask and expect to pay a fair market price on hard to get items and maybe you'll luck out and get what you need either free or reasonable.
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Old 06-25-2016, 12:10 AM   #6
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Cool What we did last year.

I've seen tables at private RV parks. I have not seen any in state parks.

We did have a give-away at the Taidnapam event last year. I don't know what they did this year as I couldn't attend.

What we did last year was just ask for any donations of stuff (junk, junque?) the attendees had around the house and we placed them in a big bag. Then we had a small bag with all the names in it, had a child start it off by picking the first winner, and then that winner would pick his prize out of the big bag and then pick the next winner out of the small bag. If course both picks were blind with the pickers not looking in the bag.

A good way to get rid of stuff you hate to throw away but have no use for.
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Old 06-25-2016, 06:45 PM   #7
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Hi Kai,
To answer your question, absolutely, yes. As others have posted, it all depends on the flavor of the rally and if it's located on private/government soil.
I was at Bluebonnet in TX earlier this year, and an official "swap meet" was part of their conference center's weekend schedule of events (Privately-owned venue). I even sold my old sink faucet.

Government-managed parks aren't open to commerce, so if a rally were to conduct such a trade, it would have to be redistributed in creative wording "under the table" such like a tax line item can be misinterpreted. :-).

There are creative ways around this if the coordinator and attendees wish to "share". Your best approach is to directly contact a rally coordinator about their support on this topic, or better yet, find a private venue acceptable to this idea and start an annual fiberglass trailer swap meet yourself. It could be HUGE!
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Old 06-26-2016, 12:05 PM   #8
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Hi, all,

Thanks. Paul and I HAD thought about starting a trailer swap meet ourselves. We have such a pile of things already I hate to fill that much space in the TV car or trailer with it. We still can't find the bathroom mirror, though, which I had hoped to put up. Of course we stowed it very carefully--nearly nine months ago!

July 6th is the 9 month anniversary of Peanut...we were thinking of having a birthday party for her...her actual "birth" day, as she is almost ready to roll. Curtains go up today if Paul can ever stop vacuuming the TV car.

We'll give it some more thought! Thanks, all.


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