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This year?  Lots of empty spaces.  I didn't examine but many looked like there were stickers meaning they were reserved but the occupants didn't show up. 

 

Our first year having a swap space after attending for over 25 years.  Yep, had several offers for pennies on the dollar Tuesday but still sold stuff.  Wednesday?  Didn't sell a single item.  Thursday (today) rain predicted all day. Still at the hotel 8am and may not set up at all today.  Saw many vendors packing up, presumably to leave yesterday afternoon which is unfortunate.  We do plan to sell again Friday and hope we are not alone in the south Chocolate Field. 

 

Being a new vendor, I did read and agree to follow the rules set forth by the AACA.  Evidently, I am in the minority.  So many golf carts, ATVs, scooters, bikes, motorcycles, mopeds, trucks and cars cruising the swap meet yesterday.  There was one silver Kia sedan that was either blocking my walk or running up my heels that I was concerned he would run into me as I traversed several aisles yesterday.  While walking past a couple lime vested security I explained what he was doing.  One of the lime vest guys went to speak with him and I don't know what was discussed but the Kia continued to browse the aisles.  Crazy!!!!  All bets are off for me next year, IF I decide to show up as a vendor, guess I will bring my motorcycle, bikes AND golf cart.  It seemed no more than about 1/3 golf carts and scooters had permits so evidently that isn't enforced.  Bikes?  No problem, many are one the field.  Can't beat em? Join em!!

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I think Friday will be a good day. Many people who cant come during the week plus all the people who are staying out of the rain today and good weather for Friday means there will be alot of people Friday. Dont give up!!!! 

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5 hours ago, CarFreak said:

This year?  Lots of empty spaces.  I didn't examine but many looked like there were stickers meaning they were reserved but the occupants didn't show up.

 

^^^THIS. Spent all day Wed at the swap meet - work constraints only allow me one day at Hershey. Lots of empty spaces, especially in Orange Field. We show up at 7:00 am and stay as late as possible.  Many vendors didn't open until 9:00 and by 3:00 - 3:30 vendors were starting to close up.

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Today is Thursday.....awful day.  Rain on top of rain......as many Hershey's since I start coming in 1963 have been.  Not as bad as some, worse than many others.  I just quit and 1 PM and came back to the motel.  I'm not as young as I once was.  Rain makes me sick in more ways than one.  Tomorrow is supposed to be better.  Hope so, I have a few pieces of nice 41 Buick diecast chrome I want to sell.

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We were on our spots at 7:30 Tuesday, packed up Wednesday evening. In the old days we would have stayed through the rain in hopes of sun on Friday, but there weren't the buyers as in the old days. We'll be back in 300 days. Bob 

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Winds wiped out any money I made this year and then some.

The forecast was for 5 to 10 MPH overnight. I woke up to howling winds I’ll bet gusting over 25, and my heavily weighted canopy blew into my neighbors van putting a dent in his door and trashing the canopy frame. Sigh......

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seems Wednesday was the only really good day to get around and swap. granted it was HOT i did a lot of shopping and got A LOT of parts for my 1929 !!

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On 10/11/2018 at 7:58 AM, CarFreak said:

 So many golf carts, ATVs, scooters, bikes, motorcycles, mopeds, trucks and cars cruising the swap meet yesterday.  There was one silver Kia sedan that was either blocking my walk or running up my heels that I was concerned he would run into me as I traversed several aisles yesterday.  While walking past a couple lime vested security I explained what he was doing.  One of the lime vest guys went to speak with him and I don't know what was discussed but the Kia continued to browse the aisles.  Crazy!!!!  All bets are off for me next year, IF I decide to show up as a vendor, guess I will bring my motorcycle, bikes AND golf cart.  It seemed no more than about 1/3 golf carts and scooters had permits so evidently that isn't enforced.  Bikes?  No problem, many are one the field.

i did notice this as well,  TONS of Motorized vehicles all over the place, many

 

golf carts: many driving UP to the tables and cruising the tables from the cart, no one else could get a look while they were table searching. 

-only golf carts should be security/EMT & CLEARLY MARKED, Hershey People that are collecting trash or working, NOT cruising around looking

 

bikes: saw plenty of people on bikes weaving in and out of walkers, dodging them, etc...  

-not at all, unless you are selling or buying, then walk it where you are going

 

scooters: who did NOT have one, saw a young couple, maybe 30, cruising together flying and weaving in people, stop in the middle of aisle, jump off, go scan through tables and stuff, then jump back on and off they went. 75% of those i SAW on a scooter did NOT need it !! just being lazy !!

-stupid people are ruining it for those that really need them, if they do not have a VALID placard and paperwork, just say NO !!

 

segway: saw a guy cruising the aisles on his 

-NO

 

automobile traffic: was horrible ON the field, people driving up and down the aisles, coming and going from spaces, trying to turn around tight coners with all the people walking. 

-set a limit to be on field, then NO driving, entering or leaving times, there is NO need for anyone to be driving a car truck, van on the meet field during the event, that is a safety issue and hazard.

 

then again rules, regulations, guides, only go as far as the enforcement !! if you do NOT plan to enforce them, then dont bother. 

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BearsFan, this is the AACA Forum as I believe you are aware.  You will not receive a response to your complaints here or from AACA National.  The Hershey Region is the host that runs it.  Send your issues to them.

 

Regards,

 

Peter J.

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While we are making comments….

 

Something I don't understand:

People wait all year for Hershey. They anticipate it all year, they talk about it all year, look forward to it all year, make their travel plans a year in advance, they pay for their swap spaces, pay for gas, pay for lodging, they travel great distances with a big load of stuff to sell,  and they take the time to  unpack and display all the stuff that they hauled hundreds or thousands of miles.

 

And then they set up for a few hours on one or two days, hurry up and pack and can't leave Hershey fast enough.

 

I don't get it. After a year of anticipation, don't you want to enjoy the event to its fullest????

 

 I understand this is not unique to Hershey. It happens at Prewar Chickasha and  Bakersfield as well. Probably most other events too.

 

Yes, it rained on Thursday. No where near the rains we have experienced in the past. Actually, it wasn't even a steady rain. In the old days, we would have thought this was one of the "better" Hersheys weather wise. Instead, people packed up at the first hint of rain and headed home. The amount of empty spaces today was astounding. 

 

Tuesday, Wednesday, THURSDAY and today were great days at Hershey. Had a great time walking around, bought some neat stuff and saw some great cars. The time spent in my booth, however, is the best part. Watching the entire antique automotive world walk by is priceless. It never gets boring. Just when you think you have seen it all…….

 

Looking forward to the show tomorrow. Sometimes after the show, we just sit in our swap space in the middle of a near empty large parking lot and wish we could do this for just one more day. 

 

Thanks to the National AACA and the Hershey Region for making this happen again and again. See you next year.

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I want to enjoy this great event to its fullest and I will be having a LARGE GREEN FIELD DOLLAR PILE SALE SATURDAY AT GCB 26-28. There will be 3 spaces full of  $1 sale items including taillights, handles & escutcheons, hubcaps, brake shoes, literature, wiper motors, books and manuals and much more  stuff from the 1940's to the 1970's available. We plan to stay open until at least mid-afternoon, weather permitting of course. Stop by and check us out on your way to or from the show field area at spaces GCB 26-28 near light pole #93 close to the Car Corral. See you there! The 55er. 

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On 10/12/2018 at 8:33 PM, Peter J.Heizmann said:

BearsFan, this is the AACA Forum as I believe you are aware.  You will not receive a response to your complaints here or from AACA National.  The Hershey Region is the host that runs it.  Send your issues to them.

 

Regards,

 

Peter J.

 

Peter,

 

Thank you for the explanation and reminder.

 

For anyone looking to share their comments, concerns and suggestions with the Hershey Region, it looks like their email contact is:   fallmeet@hersheyaaca.org

 

 

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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.

 

May be just a rumor, I heard that HersheyPark is going to demo the old stadium to add new rides, the Red Field will be staging area for equipment and materials, so no Hershey Red Field next year.  If it's just a rumor and someone knows the facts then post them.

 

My wife and I arrived Tuesday at noon, set up selling Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday.  Sold a lot of items, cleaning out garage.  Thursday, rain, few people set up and sold and few people walking the field (quite a change from the old mud days, people would walk then, guess the asphalt has spoiled them?)

 

Set up Friday, good traffic but, as has been mentioned, no one buying.  From a vendor standpoint, why stay if no one buying?

 

The most important part of Hershey to us now is seeing old and new friends, I make a point to ask anyone stopping by my spot "what car are you working on?" and that leads to great discussions.  Even had one fellow talking about a car he sold to "some guy in Virginia", and that guy was me!  And, of the very few 1901-1904 Pierce Motorette and Stanhope out there, four owners of same talked to me after  I questioned "what kind of cars do you have" , although I will say one of the four I already knew...

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Closing in the rain is a big mistake. You know the only people out looking are BUYERS not hagglers. Friday was a great day for everyone from what Im hearing. I dont have a booth setup but all my friends said Friday was one of they're biggest days ever and everyone was ready to go. I think the pentup frustration with Thursday drove everyone out on Friday to get things done. If you left early you made a mistake rain or no rain. Even Saturday seemed very busy in the car corall. 

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Rusty 12: YOU. NAILED. IT!!  I will never understand the mentality of vendors who drive hundreds of miles, take hours to set up, then leave at the slightest bit of discomfort due to weather, let alone a pessimistic attitude about selling prospects for the day.   And, as Billorn stated, the people out in the rain truly are looking for something they need, rather than something they can flip.  

 

Was talking about this at dinner one night last week in Hershey, and my cohorts shared in agreement with my lament:  we have gotten SOFT.  Man, in the old days, when you really had to deal with the Hershey Mud and all?  This is, relatively speaking, a picnic as opposed to trudging around in winter boots and all...

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Just a few comments.  Hershey was terrific this year despite the weather.  That is the report I got from more than just a few vendors.  The club's sales were up this year and Thursday was busy despite the rain. For the first year I brought a bunch of stuff to sell and sold all but 3 items!  Most of the vendors stayed on Friday this year compared to last year and that is good.

 

I stopped several bicycle riders  as it just is not safe and against the rules.  There just is not enough people to keep those that wish to break the rules in check.

 

Empty spaces:  Many were due to the hurricanes prior to the meet and concern from vendors leaving their homes during the recent one.  There were over 9600 spaces paid for.

 

Red Field South:  I have a thread explaining it and also another thread explaining what Hershey is doing with their 150,000,000 dollar expansion

 

It is still the best week of the year for me and many others.  Already thinking about next year.  

 

 

 

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I agree with all that Steve,  thanks for your efforts throughout the year.  I had a great time even though the rain came and winds, It's Hershey 😎. But I continue of seeing so many on these carts and young 20 year old's that look like nothing is wrong with them, but the case of lazy's,  we saw one guy back into my brothers spot on corner almost knocked at least a thousand dollars worth of old taillights off his table, on CH row, another company Southeast Pickers with a big 5 ton flatbed truck almost hit my tables almost hit others he was moving in the people walk area over 7 different times during the day, Wednesday ,Thursday during no vehicle movement. till everyone started screaming at him,people could not move around the truck. I thought several of my neighbors was gonna beat the driver, was not pretty. but aside from all that it was another Great year. I too am planning and cannot wait for October 2019 to be here.

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Folks on bikes are a danger to meet. Some fellow who should have  know better, almost clipped me on Friday, and I don't heal like I used to. Every year you have two fellows in a cart going a little too fast through the car corral. People are people. I am surprised that no one gets seriously hurt during the meet. Steve,  thank you and all the folks involved that make  Hershey a success year after year. John

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I know most people do not like to complain but if there is a vendor operating in an unsafe manner or anything you see that should be reported to the region  please go to the Hershey Region main tent on the Chocolate Field and calmly let them know what the problem is.  They have means to deal with it. 

 

I dread having to move my suburban through the crowd as on two days I have to leave early due to duties outside the park.  It is dangerous as can be.  The whole issue of motorized vehicles of any type is our single largest exposure to liability for the event.  It is too easy for someone to be distracted whether it is a pedestrian or someone driving a cart.  I rarely use my cart but have to ignore it when someone yells my name or risk hitting someone. I am sure some people think I am being rude, I am not just scared to avert my eyes!

 

This year I might be much more proactive in talking about those that violate our rules.  Not my job but it is my job to protect our members and the public.

 

 

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15 hours ago, Steve Moskowitz said:

I know most people do not like to complain but if there is a vendor operating in an unsafe manner or anything you see that should be reported to the region  please go to the Hershey Region main tent on the Chocolate Field and calmly let them know what the problem is.  They have means to deal with it. 

 

Thanks for the tip Steve. Have to file this away for next year.

What would really help is if Hershey Region had a cell phone number that attendees could text photos to so they could report situations in a timely manner. Till one walks from a far away field to their tent, a situation could easily turn into an accident that could have been prevented.

 

16 hours ago, Steve Moskowitz said:

I dread having to move my suburban through the crowd as on two days I have to leave early due to duties outside the park.  It is dangerous as can be.  The whole issue of motorized vehicles of any type is our single largest exposure to liability for the event.  It is too easy for someone to be distracted whether it is a pedestrian or someone driving a cart.  I rarely use my cart but have to ignore it when someone yells my name or risk hitting someone. I am sure some people think I am being rude, I am not just scared to avert my eyes!

 

I think a lot of us share your safety concerns and understand the need to concentrate when driving a car or golf cart at a crowded meet like Hershey.

 

Sadly, on Thursday my friends and I saw a number of vehicles (pickups. SUVs and a couple cars) going up and down the rows of the flea meet shopping for parts. Those vehicles posed a HUGE safety threat given how the drivers and passengers were scanning the vendors areas while moving up and down the isles. Nothing blocks an isle in the flea market like an F350 Super Duty with towing mirrors parked (in the isle) while 2 or 3 of it's passengers jump out to do some shopping. 

I guess next year I will have to shoot some videos of situations like this so Hershey Region can deal it.

 

Speaking of bicycles, has Hershey region ever given some thought to actually posting signs at the entrances listing the rules (ie no bikes, etc)???

That along with the list of the rules included in the vendor packets might help.

 

Charlie

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