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Canberra Swap Meet
Sunday, 3 November 2013
- report by Peter Toet
ONCE AGAIN, HARD WORK AND LUCK WITH THE WEATHER
Once again the VVCMCC has run a successful Canberra Swap Meet, and it really does get a bit harder every year. This year we were again fortunate to have the Gummeroo Pavilion. We also did not have the Computer Fair in the Fitzroy pavilion again this year. We had Oktoberfest, but we probably got a bit of patronage from their punters. We were able to mark out on Friday so this was good, although we had some Swap Meet Caravanners arrive on Friday despite being told not to do so. We were able to fence off Drovers Square on Friday, which ensured that we didn't have Farmer's Market visitors taking up sites as our Vendors arrived.
PROPERTY OFFICER: Geoff Nicholas. This onerous task involves making sure that we have the necessary signage, kitchen hardware, gate jockeys, etc, for the task. Nikko does a lot of work making signs, putting them out or arranging same and his signage crew this year were Ray Scott, Trevor Fowler, the Boyds, Phil Sell and the Toet's. The Nature strips are as hard as 2020 MPa concrete and it certainly takes some effort to erect the signs. Between the Nature Strip Police, the winds, and the mowing, some of the signs did not last long.
GATEMASTER: Dave Phillis. Dave was on his feet all day and the point of contact and organiser of the gate crews, who filter patrons, site holders etc into the Swap Meet. He was ably assisted by at least 20 Club Members including (please forgive me if I don't mention you, tell me at the next meeting!)
TREASURER AND DISPLAY CO-ORDINATOR: Col Hill . Col was very hard working within and behind the scenes providing floats, gate duties, display bikes etc on the Swap Meet days. The Ariel Register had a very good site and drew lots of attention. There were a number of other Clubs with sites providing details of membership etc and it appears to be an increasing trend, in that Swap Meets are moving over to Social Meets.
MARKING - OUT TEAM: This is usually carried out on Friday afternoon and this year involved Ann Toet, Dave Phyllis, Paul Dunster, Marty Van Sebille, Geoff Nicholas, Alan Boyd and Jim Greethead. There is a lot of basic mathmetics involved in this exercise and when it gets out of whack, the walkways are very confusing.
THE KITCHEN CREW: Lisa Mill. Lisa organised all the food and was there at 5AM to start making the salad rolls and get the show on the road and was also on her feet until 5PM. Kath Richards always turns up super early as well to help out and stays for the full day. Geoff, Waine and John were also there at 5AM to get things organised and set up and start cooking the bacon and eggs. The entire crew made a formidable team and achieved great results in terms of value for the punter and return for the Club.
THE CLEAN-UP CREW: One of the worst tasks is cleaning up after a Swap Meet. The bins tell part of the story as about double this rubbish consists of unsaleable goods which are abandoned at the site. We had to do two trips to the rubbish skips and at least this year we did not get harassed by the Oktoberfest people for using "their bins" Highlights of the clear-up, taking up to about 4pm, notwithstanding that there were many items to be delivered to the shed at Peter Davey's, and the signage to be retrieved, etc, were efforts by : Peter Davey, Thomas Ault, Bob Courtney, Marty van Sebille, Geoff Duddy, Peter East, Lisa Mill, Craig Mill and Col Hill. The weather throughout the day was very mild.
THE SUMMARY: We were very pleased that the Swap Meet attendance was close to last year with around 2,000 punters and 120 outdoor sites. Many of the vendors commented that they did quite a bit of trading this year. We were again competing with Classic Yass and the Hall Markets, although many would have made it to both functions. This 2013 Canberra Swap was very good considering the large number of competing events/ circumstances having some affect on the day. I'm sure that I have left some helpers out so I do sincerely apologise, but a big WELL DONE!!!, to all those involved. We must also thank Renee, Trevor and the other helpful staff from EPIC who really do look after us with the Swap Meet and the Annual Rally.