Anza swap meet attracts shoppers

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Remington the German shepherd enjoys a drink of water after a tour of the Anza swap meet Saturday, Sept. 5. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, summer heat and county health mandates, the Anza swap meet opens every Saturday for shoppers.

“We are fortunate to be able to hold swap meets at the Community Hall at such a reasonable cost,” Annika Knoppel, real estate agent and KOYT-FM 97.1 radio talk show host, said. “It’s a great opportunity for people to unload unwanted household items or to score that special treasure.”

Sellers use the outdoor market as a way to earn extra cash or declutter homes and garages.

Shoppers arrive ready to explore that week’s offerings, collectibles and tools. Still others enjoy the social aspects of the swap meet, chatting with friends and neighbors. The parking lot becomes a beehive of activity, attracting passersby traveling through Anza.

“We stop by almost every weekend on our way from Palm Springs to San Diego on our Harley,” one visitor said.

Shoppers find all kinds of treasures at the Anza swap meet. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Vendors demonstrate their wares for curious shoppers at the Anza swap meet. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
This young boy checks out a vintage toy at the Anza swap meet. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Lola investigates a table full of jewelry and trinkets at the Anza swap meet. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

Most seller spaces are located in the paved parking lot of the Community Hall. Vendors offer tools, bikes, collectibles, antiques, toys, clothes, shoes and furniture – both new and gently used items. Inside the Anza Community Hall building, B.J. Janelle sells incense and novelty toys, and John Yarrow sits answering questions about the carpet cleaning, computer repair and window screen services he offers.

The outdoor market is held at the Anza Community Hall almost every Saturday, from 7 a.m. until about 1 p.m.

Volunteers Frank Shaffer and Barbara Ann Keller are available to answer questions and to keep order. Social distancing protocols are recommended, and masks are encouraged as well.

Vendor spaces are $18 per spot. Members of the Anza Community Hall receive a $3 discount. The funds collected go to help keep the Community Hall operating and serving the community.

Community Hall memberships are $30 per year per person and $50 annually for a business.

For more information about the Anza swap meet, call 951-282-4267 or visit the Anza Community Hall on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AnzaCommunityBuildingInc/.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.