Sunday’s swap meet ready to roll

Maldon Swap Meet organiser Mark Blythe with his 1980 Yamaha XS1100 ahead of this Sunday's much-anticipated event. Photo: Eve Lamb

Eve Lamb

Hundreds of motoring nuts, rev heads and collectors of bits and bobs are headed to Maldon for this Sunday’s Swap Meet.
Organiser of the annual event, Maldon local Mark Blythe says there’s likely to be extra pent-up demand from swap meet devotees following the recent cancellation of this year’s Bendigo Swap Meet and other impacts of Covid on various events.
This Sunday’s Covid safe event happening at the historic Maldon Racecourse and Rec Reserve, had to be rescheduled itself, from its initially planned date that had been set for last month when the state experienced its last snap lockdown in May-June.
It’s all left stallholders, collectors and swap meet die-hards itching to get out – and with some 200 stallholders expected, this Sunday’s event is expected to deliver.
“People are bloated with things to sell,” says Mark who also organises Maldon’s Antique Fair and right now is planning to introduce a second one in October.
“We’re eclectic in as much as what turns up turns up,” he says of this Sunday’s swap meet.
While “eclectic” and sometimes surprising, there’s some staples that those who get along to the meet can expect – vintage motorcycle parts among them.
“We’ve got Dave Gittus, the iconic vintage and veteran bike collector,” Mark says. Get the full story in today’s Mail…

Eve Lamb
Journalist and photographer Eve Lamb has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree from Deakin University and a Master of Arts (Professional Writing) from Deakin University. She has worked for many regional newspapers including the Hamilton Spectator and the Warrnambool Standard, and has also worked for metro daily, The Hobart Mercury, and The Sunday Tasmanian. Eve has also contributed to various magazines including Australian Cyclist.