Despite chilly mornings and the threat of snowstorms, the Anza swap meet welcomes residents weekly for more than a shopping experience, encouraging community fellowship.
The outdoor market is held at the Anza Community Hall almost every Saturday, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Sellers use the venue as a way to earn extra cash or sell their unwanted items. Most vendors even have regular shoppers who come to see them week after week.
Tools, generators, musical instruments, furniture, antiques, collectibles, vinyl records and CDs, bicycles, lawn mowers, lamps and more can be found for sale.
“There are many interesting finds at the swap meet held each Saturday at the Anza Community Hall,” Bill Donahue said.
Inside the Community Hall, Anza Soaps proprietor Becca Stewart greets each person as she presents her wide variety of special soaps and accessories. Incense and novelty toys are offered by BJ Janelle, and crocheted baby blankets, handmade jewelry. John Yarrow can be found answering questions about the carpet cleaning and screen repair services he offers, while his wife Nancy Yarron is often seen walking around the seller booths outside, chatting and buying trinkets.
A new addition to the event is the opening of Amelia’s Kitchen inside the Hall, serving Mexican and American fare. Tacos, hot dogs, breakfast plates and burritos fill the air with their scent, as hungry patrons buy breakfast or lunch.
“The community swap meet serves as more than a weekend shop stop,” Johnathan Schmidt said. “Despite the many goodies, most people congregate to chat over coffee or have breakfast at Amelia’s Kitchen.”
Vendor spaces are $15 a spot. Members of the Anza Community Hall receive a $3 discount. The funds collected help keep the Hall operating and serving the community.
Volunteers like Frank Shaffer and Barbara Ann Keller are available to answer questions and keep order.
For more information about the Anza Swap Meet, call (951) 428-0901 or see the Anza Community Hall at www.facebook.com/AnzaCommunityBuildingInc.
Diane Sieker can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.