ALOHA FROM JENNIE: There's a cliche that one person's trash is another's treasure, and islanders definitely enjoy proving that concept via swap meets (aka flea markets). In fact, there are seasoned pros who spend each weekend scouring neighborhood garage sales and regional meets, and then turning a tidy profit by 'rehabilitating' and reselling the goods. Residents who are 'moving house' often sell great quality items at a low price to avoid transport or storage costs.
These gallery images are from our quarterly western Oahu regional swap meet. Exhibit items this September included garden produce, homemade jerky, house and garden plants, dish garden and 'plants in a bottle' creations, and of course, lots of clothing. Our favorite display booth sponsored by the Oahu humane society featured pet toys, treats, collars/leashes, and food, donated by generous animal lovers and vet offices to raise funds for pet rescues and shelters.
Hawaii's grand-daddy of all Oahu swap meets is the one held three times a week (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday) at Aloha Stadium. Bargain hunters can choose among 400 local merchants selling produce, meals/snacks, jams, handmade artwork, quilts and other crafts, jewelry, totes and luggage, cosmetics, swimwear and clothing galore (T-shirts and other souvenirs make ideal gifts for visitors to bring back to the mainland).
The meet area within the stadium is so large that most customers spend at least half a day there, and it's best to wear comfortable clothing, footwear and sunscreen since one is walking through a massive open air market. Complete details can be found on their website at www.alohastadiumswapmeet.net, plus it's always fun to read visitor Yelp reviews for more tips and observations.
Have you had a chance to visit the stadium swap meet? What was the best item you've ever gotten at a flea market? Hope everyone will share their experiences.