Anza swap meet thrives during the pandemic

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Jewelry sparkles in the sunshine at the Anza swap meet Saturday, July 11, at the Anza Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

Despite the coronavirus pandemic and the state and county health orders which closed the weekly event temporarily, the Anza swap meet is now open and thriving as a community center for shopping and conversations with friends.

The outdoor market is held at the Anza Community Hall almost every Saturday, from 7 a.m. until about 1 p.m. Sellers use the venue as a way to earn extra cash or redistribute unwanted items or clutter. Most sellers have regular shoppers who come to see them week after week. Visitors to the Anza swap meet are welcome to explore the many offerings.

Tools, lawn mowers, musical instruments, furniture, antiques, artwork, home decor, bicycles, lawn mowers, jewelry and more can be found on tables across the parking lot, waiting for people to discover them.

A variety of items are offered for sale at the Anza swap meet at the Anza Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Visitors browse the vendors’ offering at the Anza swap meet at the Anza Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Canopies provide welcome shade at the Anza swap meet at the Anza Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

“We love our swap meet,” Jill Holt said. “People need to be able to conduct business during these times.”

Vendor spaces are available at $15 a spot. Members of the Anza Community Hall receive a $3 discount, and the funds collected go to help keep the Community Hall operating.

Social distancing protocols and masks are encouraged to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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

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

Electric guitars await new homes at the Anza swap meet at the Anza Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Shade is for sale at the Anza swap meet at the Anza Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Tools are a crowd favorite at the Anza swap meet at the Anza Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo