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  1. Antique Mall Finds

    Back in October of this year I stopped at the Black Swan Antique Shop in Palmyra (the place you mentioned) on my way to the AACA Library's Sale during Fall Hershey Week. I found a few items for my Automotive Literature Collection at the AACA Booth that I purchased there. It turned out that the owner of this place was the person who rung up my purchases. I made a point to Thank her for supporting the AACA Library with the free space she donated. BTW, many Thanks to Matt Hocker, Assistant Librarian at the AACA Library for telling me about the AACA Library's booth at the Black Swan Antique Shop! When I got to the AACA Library's Sale I found a couple of books for friends of mine and a few other items for my collection. The icing on the cake was seeing some AACA people I know at the Library Sale. Schedule permitting I will be doing this again next year.
  2. 40 Million Fire Extinguishers Recalled

    Today I received both of my replacement extinguishers today. Both are the 2A10BC models (6 pound) to replace my recalled 1A10BC models (3 lb 8oz) with plastic handles and plastic pull pin. Both of the replacement 2A10BC extinguishers have metal handles, a metal pull pin and a metal mounting bracket. The Kidde boxes that both of the new extinguishers came in are too short for the recalled, longer extinguishers I have because the replacement extinguishers are shorter and have a larger diameter tank. I just put my old extinguishers in the shorter Kidde boxes so that the head unit is in the box and the bottom of the tank sticks out. the open end of the box. Then I stuffed some old newspaper in the box around the extinguisher so it does not rattle around and used packing tape across the end of the open Kidde box to keep the extinguisher from sliding out of the shorter box. Even though the extinguisher sticks out of the Kidde box it still fits inside the outer shipping box surrounded by the packing peanuts. I took the photo below before I put the remaining packing peanuts in the shipping box and sealed it. It is hard to see the packing tape over the open end of the box but it is there. This worked for me and may or may not work for others depending on just how much longer your extinguishers is compared to mine. I can say that over the years I have been judging at AACA Meets I have seen 100s and 100s of extinguishers just like mine on the show field so the above packing might work for other AACA members with the same extinguisher I have.
  3. 40 Million Fire Extinguishers Recalled

    It has been 32 calendar days (20 business days) since I did the on-line request to have two of my extinguishers replaced. Friends of mine (and fellow AACA members) told me last weekend that they have received 2 or 3 of the 12 replacements they are waiting on. They filed their request a few days after I did. As far as I can tell there does not seem to much rhyme or reason as to how requests are being processed. Then again, it might be related to the availability of replacements for a certain model/size extinguisher. Who knows. I have been seeing that some people are reporting receiving a larger replacement extinguisher than the one they returned under the recall. I am guessing that some of the recalled extinguishers are no longer being made hence the larger replacements are being substituted.
  4. 40 Million Fire Extinguishers Recalled

    Thanks for the information. I saw on another truck forum that a forum member received 2 of the 4 extinguishers he requested today after only 7 days. I would imagine that how quickly one receives a replacement may depend on the model of extinguisher involved among other things.
  5. 40 Million Fire Extinguishers Recalled

    Thanks for spreading the word about this very important recall. I too shared this information with family members and other friends that have old cars that have extinguishers. I just submitted two extinguishers I have under the recall. I have another one with the plastic handle that is just like the two I submitted that is not listed on the recall. I will probably call the phone number on the web site to ask about that extinguisher.
  6. Today a recall was announced involving 40 million Fire Extinguishers manufactured by Kidde. The recall involves 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. Be advised that some of the recalled Extinguishers were sold under names other than Kidde (ie Fuller Brush, Honeywell, Montgomery Ward, Sears and other names). Kidde Fire Extinguisher Product Safety Recall Information Be advised that the link above has the list of recalled extinguishers. It also lets you submit your request for a replacement extinguisher after you provide your name, address, the model extinguisher and serial number. It verifies that your extinguisher is being recalled and submits your request for a replacement. If you do not want to submit your request on-line you can contact Kidde via telephone to find out if a fire extinguisher is included in the recall or to get a replacement : Contact Kidde at (855) 271-0773 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday-Friday (excluding holidays), or between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the weekend to determine whether your extinguishers are affected. When I got home tonight I checked and I have at least 2 of these recalled extinguishers and possibly 1 more. Given how many AACA Members have Fire Extinguishers for their vehicles, I have no doubt that some AACA members also have extinguishers that are being recalled.
  7. Since we are talking about the swap meet layout maybe the following suggestions should be considered as well. Car Club Tents on Vendor Spaces. How about gathering all the Car Club Tents in the Swap Meet TOGETHER in the same row(s) instead of spreading them out amongst vendors trying to sell parts??? If these tents are in a few rows, signs could be placed at the end of the rows. These signs could be nothing more than two big pieces of wood hinged at the top so they are free standing. Clubs could then thumbtack 8.5"x11" signs on this wood to advertise they have a space in the row and when their club activates are taking place. This wood sign could also note that there are No Swap Meet Vendors in this row so swap meet buyers/customers could skip the row(s). Maybe clubs could reconsider when they hold their meetings/gatherings and have them late in the day if they are not already doing so. That way vendors who want to attend the meetings would not be closing up shop during prime selling times. Commercial Vendors (ie Coker Tire, Universal Vintage Tire, Snappin Turtle Tie Downs, Meguiars, etc). - How about grouping them all in rows on the same field? To some extent this is done already with Coker Tire, Universal Vintage Tire on the same field. - How about grouping the vendors that sell trailers, trailer accessories (ie tiedowns including Snappin Turtle Tie Downs, etc) and the vendor that always has a big display of trailer tires and accessories? - How about grouping the vendors that sell tools, sandblasting cabinets, paint equipment together? - What about grouping all the companies that offer services together? (ie chroming businesses, restoration companies, car radio repair companies, upholstery companies, etc). Many of these companies/vendors come to Hershey every year so organizing them should be more predictable and thus easier. Antique Insurance Companies. How about grouping these companies together (Hagerty, JC Taylor, etc). This would make it easier for their current customers to find them to conduct business. It would also make it easier for potential new customers to shop for insurance instead of walking MILES to visit these companies currently scattered ALL OVER the fields. Doing this might increase exposure for these companies and increase sales due to customers being able to find them in a much more timely manner than they can now. Increasing Vendor Sales I have seen a number of posts by vendors about decreasing and/or lackluster sales. If one reads posts in this forum from prior years this trend appears to be happening for the last 5 or 6 years now. A couple of weekends ago my next door neighbor had a yard sale on a Sunday. Another neighbor had one as well. My next door neighbor used technology for her sale by using the Facebook Marketplace to list information about her sale and to post photos of items she was selling. Her sale was an BIG SUCCESS with 98% of her sales the DIRECT RESULT of Facebook Marketplace. The other neighbor that did not use technology had literally no sales to speak of. This example got me to thinking that Swap Meet Vendors at Fall Hershey could use Facebook Marketplace to boost their sales. While it is true some vendors and AACA members do not have smartphones I saw PLENTY of vendors and buyers using smart phones this year. Do vendors even know about Facebook Marketplace? Do they have any clue as to how posting some of their items on the Marketplace would open them up to a MUCH BIGGER potential customer base and attract YOUNGER Customers whose money is just as Green as us older folks? What about using Craigslist to advertise your vendor space at Hershey? There is a Swap Meet section on Craigslist that I see some people use for Fall Hershey and Carlisle. One again ,use Technology to Work Smarter Not Harder to make it easier for customers to find the products you are selling WITHOUT spends 2-3 days walking 15-20 miles. Those vendors that are not familiar with Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist could seek out younger family members or friends that could help them post information about their Swap Meet space goodies that are For Sale. Better Information for all Fall Hershey Attendees - Information Signs. How about posting signs at each of the Main Spectator entrances to the swap meet? One sign should include the RULES OF THE SWAP MEET. IE no riding of bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, etc. Making an announcement over the PA systems every few hours is Okay but that is SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH. Another sign might simply post the question... Looking for parts, accessories, etc???? The Fall Hershey Program available for purchase has a comprehensive list of vendors and is available for purchase. This sign could also tell people to check out Facebook Marketplace and/or the Harrisburg Craigslist site to see Fall Hershey Vendor information. If posting these signs at all the spectator entrances is too much them post them in High traffic areas (ie where the main groups of Food Vendors are located and/or at both ends of the footbridge). People who have NOT been to Fall Hershey much before have No CLUE AT ALL about the rules and could really use some help finding parts which would also boost sales of the Fall Hershey Program book and usage of Facebook Marketplace & Craigslist. ============================= BTW, I had a good laugh when I read about the vendor(s) who got upset about people taking photos of their stuff. I took a LOT of photos of some items along with the vendor space location tag and texted that information to other car enthusiasts I know. Some were at Hershey and went to look at and/or BUY the items. Other friends could not be at Hershey so I offered to buy the items for them. In some cases these photos/texts resulted in SALES. So next time maybe these vendors need to think before they bite the hand that is feeding them SALES.
  8. ^^^ This is what I thought you meant in your previous post. This is a good COMPROMISE that makes parking available for vendors and CUTS DOWN ON WALKING for customers. Actually, if Hershey Region and AACA National want to make meaningful changes to this event to address this issue, this should be given some SERIOUS THOUGHT and not simply dismissed. Now I can see that some in Hershey Region or at AACA National might say "that would be a lot of work to do something like that". My response to that is not necessarily. If Hershey Region is laying out the Swap meet field by hand/manually then yes, it would be more work. If that is the case then Hershey Region needs to let Technology start working for them and start working Smarter Not Harder. For instance, does Hershey Region realize that there is computer software available for Flea Market Booth Tracking and Management? If Hershey Region is not now using tools like this, maybe it is time to take a look at what this software can do, how it could be used and Invest in this software. One such package is call Booth Tracker BTW, if there are "parking spaces" that are not needed in some of these parking rows then Hershey Region could "Decentralize" their volunteer parking and use these available spaces for their volunteers on each of the swap meet fields. That would mean even LESS WALKING for the hard working volunteers working that particular field.
  9. What is "Low Mileage"?

    I saw a 30 year old Volkswagen at Fall Hershey this year with around 200 original miles on it. Cannot get much lower mileage than that at around 7 miles/year.
  10. Thanks for posting about the article. Terry, is this the article? AACA’s to purchase new building for headquarters and library
  11. An Antique Vanity Plate?

    Personalized Antique plates have been available in Pennsylvania for a couple of years now. The plate can have a combination of letters and numbers with a maximum limit of 4 characters. A hyphen or space can also be used but they count as one of the four total characters. Only one hyphen or space is permitted but not both.The cost of one of these plates currently appears to be $244.00 if my math is correct. Click here for Pennsylvania Personalized Antique Plate Information
  12. Ethanol Free Gas at Convenience Stores...

    Wawa is a regional convenience store chain that currently operates 720 stores in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
  13. Thanks so much for posting all the photos. My friends and I didn't make it to some of those events so seeing your photos was very nice. So nice to see you, your husband and the rest of your group at Hershey this year. Charlie
  14. Ethanol Free Gas at Convenience Stores...

    My local Wawa has gutted their store for a major remodel. A few years ago when they replaced their underground tanks (which stations do every so many years around here) they added Diesel Fuel pumps. I can only hope that when they have to replace their underground tanks again they add a tank for Ethanol Free and start selling it. In the near future Sheetz will be building a new station not a mile away from this Wawa. Should be interesting to see if Sheetz adds Diesel and/or Ethanol free to their offerings when this station is built. Their current station in the area that the new station is replacing does not sell either Diesel or Ethanol Free. The place where I currently buy Ethanol Free gas for my Antique Cars and small engine devices (Lawn Mower, Weed Wacker, etc) is about a 25-30 mile round trip from my house. This place is a country store that sells 87/89/91 octane Ethanol Free. They do a good gas business selling to Antique Car Owners, Lawn Care Companies and Motorcycle owners. Sure would be nice to have a source for this fuel closer to home. A few years ago on my way home from an AACA Meet in Lebanon, TN I found a place selling Ethanol Free gas in Virginia by accident. The price was the same price I pay in Pennsylvania for Ethanol gas (thanks to Pennsylvania's tax on gas highest in the USA). Anyway, I filled up my tow vehicle and got about 1.5 MPG more with the Ethanol Free gas towing my enclosed car hauler. If the price of Ethanol Free gas was closer to the Ethanol gas (currently $1.04 more per gallon here) it might be worth it to me to use it more often in my daily driven vehicles. Right now it is not. If more mainstream retailers like Wawa or Sheetz started selling it around here that might help to bring the price down.
  15. A couple of weeks ago my brother stopped at a new Wawa that recently opened in his area on Cedar Crest Blvd. in Allentown, PA. Seems that this Wawa is selling 89 Octane, Ethanol Free Gasoline. One has to wonder if this is something Wawa is doing with all new Wawa locations or a regional thing in specific areas? The price on the pump in the picture is about 34 cents/gallon less than the place I currently buy my Ethanol Free gas for my Antique Cars and Lawn Mower. Should be interesting to see how sales do at this location. I'd bill willing to bet that sales will spike at this location when the AACA Grand National is held in Allentown in a couple of years. Anyone else seeing Ethanol Free Gas popping up at new convenience stores in their area?