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Old 02-10-09, 08:01 PM   #1
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Westminster swap meet results?

Been off for a couple of days, checked back about four pages and didn't see anything on the subject. So I figure I'll start the thread:

Anybody here make the Westminster, MD swap meet this past Sunday (8th)? Anybody come up with any interesting purchases?
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I got a very nice Campagnolo "no patent" NR rear derailleur for a very fair price, a set a of flat QR lever Campagnolo brakes, and a nice, very inexpensive Regina 6-speed freewhweel very cheap.
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I was there, took along 2 bikes to sell in the "bikes for sale" lot. Sold 1. And the only thing I bought was a set of Salsa in-line brake levers. So I left with more money than I went with. It was crowded also.
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I was there, took along 2 bikes to sell in the "bikes for sale" lot. Sold 1. And the only thing I bought was a set of Salsa in-line brake levers. So I left with more money than I went with. It was crowded also.
I was there with 12 bikes. All of them were beautiful, tuned,
and ready to go. If I wasn't willing to give them away, then
I wasn't selling them...

Fuji 1983 Touring, -3 - like new- $190.00
Fuji 1974 Special Road Racer, - near mint - $265.00
Fuji 1983 Supreme,- Near mint - $220.00
Gt Karakoram 1999, - Nice - $240.00
Schwinn 1984 11.8, Near mint - $220.00

The other 7 did not sell.

Bottom line ... 4500 People showed up. Very little, or NO interest in
Vintage bikes. If you weren't giving it away, they weren't buying it. We
may be fast approaching the top of the curve regarding demand.

I had Brandens bike in my spot for over 3 hours and didn't get a nibble.
It was priced at $200.00 Go figure. I guess the MD. DC, VA, and PA
markets aren't what they used to be. I did not have a good day.

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Thanks again John for letting my bike sit in your spot. Usually the economy doesn't affect the money people spend on their hobbies, but I think it is starting to. It could mean prices for parts for us vintage guys might come down a little. Jeff
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I had to cancel at the last minute due to a funeral. People are looking for steals, not bargains, it seems.
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Where exactly was this swap meet held? If I had know about it, I'd have been there.
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I was there with 12 bikes. All of them were beautiful, tuned,
and ready to go. If I wasn't willing to give them away, then
I wasn't selling them...

Fuji 1983 Touring, -3 - like new- $190.00
Fuji 1974 Special Road Racer, - near mint - $265.00
Fuji 1983 Supreme,- Near mint - $220.00
Gt Karakoram 1999, - Nice - $240.00
Schwinn 1984 11.8, Near mint - $220.00

The other 7 did not sell.

Bottom line ... 4500 People showed up. Very little, or NO interest in
Vintage bikes. If you weren't giving it away, they weren't buying it. We
may be fast approaching the top of the curve regarding demand.

I had Brandens bike in my spot for over 3 hours and didn't get a nibble.
It was priced at $200.00 Go figure. I guess the MD. DC, VA, and PA
markets aren't what they used to be. I did not have a good day.

Oh well, I now focus on my Motorcycles.



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The economy has a lot to do with it as well as location. It's still winter but I don't have any trouble selling bikes this time of year. I live near a college town and the students snap up my offerings usually in less than 48 hours. Then again, I don't charge nearly as much as some of the CL posters in the Philly market.

The prices of your bikes seem fair considering their condition. I'm sure you'll have no trouble selling them in the spring.
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It was in Westminster Md. They have another one coming up. This is the promoter. And yes Johns bikes were nice too and not overpriced by any means.

http://www.stopswapandsave.com/
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Thanks for the info. I'll be sure to check it out.
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Westminster? The Sussex Spaniel won best in show!!!
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That was across the pond...
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The economy has a lot to do with it as well as location. It's still winter but I don't have any trouble selling bikes this time of year. I live near a college town and the students snap up my offerings usually in less than 48 hours. Then again, I don't charge nearly as much as some of the CL posters in the Philly market.

The prices of your bikes seem fair considering their condition. I'm sure you'll have no trouble selling them in the spring.
Same here. I have been surprised that bikes are selling. I am doing a lot better than last year, maybe part of it is technique and method. But whatever, I am selling similar bikes for more money this year than last year. I thought I would not be able to sell any bikes until spring, but I have been posting them, one or two a week.

And my next two bikes to complete are a 84 Fuji Touring Series IV and a 81 Voyageur 11.8. So I appreciate the price points above. I need that slow boat shipment from Niagara to show up....

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Which pond is between Westminster, MD and Madison Square Garden?
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It was in Westminster Md. They have another one coming up. This is the promoter. And yes Johns bikes were nice too and not overpriced by any means.

http://www.stopswapandsave.com/

Glad to help. Hard to believe that I couldn't your Peugeot w/Campy
for $200.00

It was a pleasure meeting you and your Family. I forgot to tell
you that Larry Black ( I've known him for 25 years) bought a bunch
of my 100 year old pictures, first day issue stamps, and postcards.

That helped a little.


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My experience was horrible. I missed out on a $100 Jack Taylor w/ Nuovo Record, and a $300 3Rensho TT with DA AX pantographed groupo because I went and got a hotdog.

Larry Black bought the 3Rensho...

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OK, it just wasn't my observation at the prices. The economy was definitely keeping people looking for absolute bargains, and enough people were there selling at those kind of prices. I picked up a very nice Schwinn 564 frameset for $10.00 (minus the seatpost, thus the nice price), a few bits and bobbles (six nice used sewup rims, in three matching pairs, for $5.00 - and a couple of used tyres tossed in the deal to sweeten), and the big find of the day was modern - a 2006 Trek Pilot 2.1 frame in just shy of mint condition for $50.00.

The missed and passed stuff were real nice, too: Can't remember the maker's name, but the table behind us had a gorgeous 80's Italian frameset (Pinarello quality) that went for $125.00. Unfortunately, it was a 58. Too small for Poguemahone, too tall for me. I could have walked out of there with about a dozen 126mm wheelsets for about $20.00 apiece, mostly sewup, but a few clincher sets.

Don't feel bad about the vintage stuff not pulling great money. The modern stuff wasn't pulling big bucks, either. Chesterfield, VA is on 1 March - that's one's new so I'm not sure what to expect. Where Westminster has a hard core roadie base, I have a feeling Chesterfield is going to be a little more college transportation oriented.

Oh yeah, does anyone out there have a 'quill' seatpost for a late 80's Schwinn aluminum frame, or have a lead on one? I'll drop a note to the proper sticky, while I'm at it.
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The missed and passed stuff were real nice, too: Can't remember the maker's name, but the table behind us had a gorgeous 80's Italian frameset (Pinarello quality) that went for $125.00. Unfortunately, it was a 58. Too small for Poguemahone, too tall for me. I could have walked out of there with about a dozen 126mm wheelsets for about $20.00 apiece, mostly sewup, but a few clincher sets.
That was bikes for the world table. That frame also had a C-Record headset. I got a set of Superbe track hubs laced to Araya tubulars w/ Superbe cog/lockring for $150 from them. I did also pickup a Campy Atlanta wheelset for $150 at the swap.
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I did just fine, sold about $600 worth of stuff, spent 24$ on bartape and a C-record wheelset.

I did have a really nice Cannondale Black Lightning which failed to sell, prolly because it was on the large side. In the last hour of the swap, a guy tried to seriously lowball me on it, offering a hundred dollars. I just said no, even when he upped it to $150.

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I did just fine, sold about $600 worth of stuff, spent 24$ on bartape and a C-record wheelset.

You spent 24 dollars on a C-Rec wheelset?! Go jump in the lake! Geez, that's awesome.
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My experience was horrible. I missed out on a $100 Jack Taylor w/ Nuovo Record, and a $300 3Rensho TT with DA AX pantographed groupo because I went and got a hotdog.

Larry Black bought the 3Rensho...
Yeah, Larry has quite the collection...

Sorry I missed the swap meet. Maybe next time. I'll be the guy looking for late '70's Colnago pantographed stuff.
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That was bikes for the world table. That frame also had a C-Record headset. I got a set of Superbe track hubs laced to Araya tubulars w/ Superbe cog/lockring for $150 from them. I did also pickup a Campy Atlanta wheelset for $150 at the swap.

Small World Anomaly. It was my Campy Atlanta wheelset you bought

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Darn i couldnt go to this one. I insist we could organize a "home made" swap meet at the WOD trail and 28 parking lot w/o any problem 4 or 6 times per year. I agree that people is looking steals, the economy isnt that good right now, but the gvmt wants to give money to the banks and car companies instead of helping to the bottom of the pyramid, that are all of us. If the little man is saved, the little man will start spending and saving money again and the company that is giving job to the little man wont close and so on and so forth. But well, i believe to give money to the banks and car companies will help them to borrow money and produce more cars that for sure will be demanded by the little man that has no money to pay for a loan neither to pay for an old used car (ultraman's political minute)

Don't know guys, there are a bunch of us here at dc metro area with a bunch of stuff at home that probably wont be used ever and its just collecting dust in the garages or basements.

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You spent 24 dollars on a C-Rec wheelset?! Go jump in the lake! Geez, that's awesome.
Nah, the wheelset was twenty dollars. The other four wuz for the bartape.
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