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I’m planning to be at Hersey Wednesday through Friday AM. Can someone advise to how the swap meet is on the Tuesday if I plan to go up a day earlier 

 

any information will be appreciated 

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On Tuesday, we find that some vendors start coming in to set up around 9 am.  It is after lunch time that we arrive from Massachusetts.  We set up our camper at the Hershey Historical museum then ride our bikes out into the partially filled fields.  On Tuesday, you get to ride bikes all over with no problems. We like Tuesday afternoons for early bird stuff.  Good luck!

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Tuesday is setup day, some setup Wednesday morning.  We arrive Tuesday at noon but setup Wednesday morning.  Tuesday afternoon 60 to 70% of spaces will be empty.  The large retail vendors will be setup by Tuesday morning.  Skip Tuesday if raining.

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I can tell you that many vendors say that Tuesday is a great day for them.  There are a lot of early birds who are trying to get first crack at the vendors so about noon there is a lot of traffic.  Next year we are going to try to open up for business on Tuesday as a result. 

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We have been vending art Hershey for many years, on the Red field lately, and I can tell you we make probably 80% of our sales on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Only problem, Sometimes people Do not give us space to unload our stuff, we come a long way and need hours to setup, pop up canopies, and fill water jugs to secure them for wind. to make herco happy,breakout tables and unload thousands of pounds of stuff my Recommendation is if you come Tuesday come after lunch

See you there!

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4 hours ago, Steve Moskowitz said:

I can tell you that many vendors say that Tuesday is a great day for them.  There are a lot of early birds who are trying to get first crack at the vendors so about noon there is a lot of traffic.  Next year we are going to try to open up for business on Tuesday as a result. 

 

Great, now next year we will have to come up Monday. 😕

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3 hours ago, 1932chev said:

We have been vending art Hershey for many years, on the Red field lately, and I can tell you we make probably 80% of our sales on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

I am in the red field also, my impression is that on Tuesday everyone wants to buy everything for pennies on the dollar.My best day as a vendor has been Wednesday, and Friday always seems to be dead, lot of lookers but nobody is carrying anything that they purchased from anybody. By 4PM on Friday I am packed away. The Red Field north on Saturday is nothing but porta sans and sea gulls   

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25 minutes ago, Restorer32 said:

 

Great, now next year we will have to come up Monday. 😕

 

Yes, that may very well will be the result of the decision regarding Tuesday. With the shift to Tuesday sales one was to wonder if the Friday lunchtime exodus of vendors will shift to lunchtime on Thursday or 5 pm Thursday? In any case, this is a very distinct possibility that the flea market fields will be even more empty next year on Friday than in years past. How spectators/buyers view that (after they burned a day of vacation time) remains to be seen. No way to know for sure what will happen until next year. Sure hope the words gets out to the vendors, spectators, etc. somehow A.S.A.P. 

 

Charlie

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Guys don't get your panties in a wringer please! :)  The only thing I am saying is that for many years now people have been coming in to wander the flea market on Tuesday.  They are not excluded!  Since many vendors are setting up they are willing to sell and from what has been told to me, Tuesday is a great day for them and a couple of replies here confirm that!.  The Region has told us it is a super day for them so next year we will try to get open.  You can't come Monday because you can't get in!!!  It's all good, and it is not going to change the dynamic anymore than it already has...there is already too much flight on Friday, can't get much worse! 

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Well If the no vehicle movement till after five would been inforced on Friday's then would not be a problem,with the amount and weight of parts I bring, I have to stay till Saturday and usually if Nothing is sold by 9am the wife says lets pack, my brother who has five spots as well always does great on Saturday cause all the new visitor potential buyers come on Saturday always complaining to us why there are not very many vendors open and we tell them a lot of people are tired and going home, plus the show is on. but he does exceptional cause guys that work all week come with bucks and want to buy something cause they cannot get off work,so there is very many angles to look at this, I think if all the rules were enforced it would not be as bad as one thinks, I want to sell parts to people on Tuesday that's what were all there about but I need a little  breathing room to unload :)  If I have to come Monday for setup it just means all the vendors that want a deal to re-flip an item for wednesday will now be trying to dig in my crap on monday. Just enforce the parkers and the early leavers, Remember people travel from all over the world and you start changing things they spend a lot of money and then there is a change they never know of it and then there mad and may not come next year. No matter what. I was raised at Hershey and God willing,I will always come, Just have some common sense. 

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Handleman, I agree with you fully but I know one of the issues is the difficult and unpleasant task of facing a truck and trailer trying to run you down while getting out!  Not sure how you legally can stop someone although it has been suggested that people who leave early lose their spaces.  Not an easy problem for the region to deal with and I am glad it is theirs to wrestle with!!

 

Jeff, there is a location on the field that someone's ashes have been discreetly placed along with a "substance" to make it permanent.  I think it is great and it harms no one including HE & R as it is obvious to no one but the few of us that know the location. 

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And that’s why my question. Last year I came on Tuesday and stayed till Saturday. By Friday early PM many vendors were either already gone or packed up this this year I changed to Tuesday pm Wednesday and Thursday. Friday if I want to go prior to leaving. 

I was very surprised to see empty spaces on the Friday thus my question 

 

I appreciate al the answers.  

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5 hours ago, Restorer32 said:

I hope to have my ashes scattered in the Red Field, seriously.

That was my plans till they paved everything, I figured now I would just be wash down the sewer if I was spread so I changed my plans.

 

My first trip to Hershey as an adult, was in 1971. Because we came with someone that wasn't in any hurry we got to the flea market about noon on Saturday. Vendors were pulling out already. In 72 we had a space for the first time and every year since. Saturday has never been a good sale day for us. We use to stay till Sunday morning until HerCo let us know on Saturday evening they want us out by 6am and then turned the PortaPotty people lose on the field at around 3am. The stench was bad enough we got up and left shortly after.

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Yes. That’s why my question. I was surprised last year on Friday early PM that so many were either gone or packing up. That’s why I changed this year to walk Tuesday PM. Wednesday and Thursday. 

 

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A lot of smaller vendors help judge or show cars on Saturday.,  It tough unless you a professional vendor to have a booth open during the car show.  those my neighbor a professional tool guy in front of the Giant Center is always open on Saturday.  he does over 50 swap meet a year. 

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On 10/3/2018 at 1:51 PM, Restorer32 said:

I hope to have my ashes scattered in the Red Field, seriously.

I could show you a tree on the edge of Chocolate field that I know at least three good people have been laid to rest at.

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 Hershey isn't the only event that has swung toward "come early-leave early". It seems more and more people want to get to a show early because they don't want to miss the early buyers/sellers and I can't blame them but it is disappointing to a guy that can only take Friday off or come on Saturday only to find vendors packing up or gone. With that said we try to be there setting up before noon on Tuesday. A lot of the "buyers" on Tuesday are the pickers that are looking for a treasure that can be nabbed cheap but that's ok there are also a lot of serious buyers just wanting first shot at that part they need. Tuesday afternoons are good for us, but by far the best day is Wednesday and it tapers down from there. Thursday is good, Friday is ok and Saturday there are only a few buyers scattered about. We usually start packing mid-morning Saturday and leave around noon. I do wish all vendors would at least stay thru Friday.

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When you set up on Tuesday the goal is to sell everything you dragged down there, the prices drop on Wednesday, drop a bit more on Thursday, Friday you are tired of looking at the stuff and the low ball bids get accepted. Friday and Saturday are tourist day and we left Friday evening. First time in 48 years I skipped the show. We had a great time. Bob 

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On 10/3/2018 at 8:03 AM, Steve Moskowitz said:

I can tell you that many vendors say that Tuesday is a great day for them.  There are a lot of early birds who are trying to get first crack at the vendors so about noon there is a lot of traffic.  Next year we are going to try to open up for business on Tuesday as a result. 

so does this mean setup and open to everyone on tuesday ??

or try to stretch the week and let people set up monday !?

 

i like vendors having Tuesday to set up and such. they can take time set up and not have to drive around people trying to swarm the field for a deal. I start my hunting on Wednesday morning. I respect the time they have to set up and prepare. plus they can unload with out someone else messing up their mess ;)

 

but it is all good.  

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11 hours ago, BearsFan315 said:

so does this mean setup and open to everyone on tuesday ??

or try to stretch the week and let people set up monday !?

 

i like vendors having Tuesday to set up and such. they can take time set up and not have to drive around people trying to swarm the field for a deal. I start my hunting on Wednesday morning. I respect the time they have to set up and prepare. plus they can unload with out someone else messing up their mess ;)

 

but it is all good.  

All that will do is limit the picking to the other vendors rather than letting everyone pick.  Even as it is lots of guys got picked first thing this morning by other vendors.  It’s not like the vendors will wait to pick others until Wednesday. 

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On 10/3/2018 at 1:51 PM, Restorer32 said:

I hope to have my ashes scattered in the Red Field, seriously.

 

This year?

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