With the creation of the internet and the growing popularity of web sites like eBay and Craigslist, the allure of the swap meet has faded over the past decade. Back in the day, spending hours walking through a field of parts, searching for that diamond in the rough was the best way — and often times the only way — to complete a build. Today, however, in our instant-gratification world, it is much easier for people to just click a button and have it shipped to their doors.
Who can blame them? Just about any rare part you want is available on eBay if you can afford the asking price. There are, however, a few swap meets still going strong out there and growing larger by the month. They are filled with loyal participants who are still building cars the old fashioned way — one swap meet find at a time. During the first Saturday of each month, event promoter Brad Ocock opens up Atlanta Dragway for the North East Georgia Swap Meet.
By 7:30 a.m., the place is packed with spectators and vendors alike. Used parts, new parts, antiques, cars for sale, and more. There is a little bit of everything laid out on the hot Georgia asphalt for people to take home with them. Of course, we were there in search of some cool Ford items and the selection did not disappoint!
From cars to rare parts to sweet memorabilia, we found all sorts of cool items we wanted to bring home with us! Check out our five favorite finds from the swap meet field at Atlanta Dragway…
2017 Swap Meet Dates
• September 2
• October 7
• November 4
• December 2
Gates Open at 7 a.m. for spectators
Click here to see more information on the remaining events!