Harbor Nautical Swap Meet

Saturday May 09, 2015 - 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Check Out the Treasures You Can Find at the Harbor Nautical Swap Meet!

On Saturday, May 9th, Santa Barbara Harbor's annual Nautical Swap Meet will attract hundreds of treasure-seekers to the Main Harbor Parking Lot from 8 a.m. to noon. Dozens of vendors will display and sell boat rigging and gear, surfboards, fishing poles, inflatable boats, motors, winches, anchors, chain and other marine/nautical items. Spend the morning looking for great deals on marine gear while enjoying free coffee and refreshments compliments of the Santa Barbara Harbor Merchants Association.

If you’ve ever wondered where the idea for the first U.S. swap meet or flea market came from, Wikipedia tells us that: “One of the first American flea markets was the Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas, which began in 1873 as a place where people would go to buy horses; later, they brought their own goods to sell or trade. Other towns quickly adopted this pattern of trade, but the modern flea market was supposedly the brainchild of Russell Carrell, an east-coast antique show organizer. Working as an auctioneer in Connecticut, Carrell thought to run an antique show like an outdoor auction, only forgoing the tent because fire hazards were too expensive to insure. Carrell's 1956 Hartford open-air antiques market was claimed to be the first modern incarnation of the flea market, although the true swap meet or flea market does not consist of professional antique dealers, but rather of people looking to make some extra money on the side.”

With free event admission, and just a $10 Vendor fee to set up your own booth, there's no reason not to stop by and see what you can find to buy or sell at the Harbor Nautical Swap Meet on May 9th!

On the Alley will be open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner on May 9th, so consider stopping by before or after the Swap Meet for picnic table dining or great food to go.

A recent customer had this to say:

If you go to Santa Barbara you have to try this place…their fish taco and fish and chips are the best I ever had…Get a 805 cold beer and sit in the sun, eat your fish and chips and follow it by a homemade cake, $3 each, and realize life is beautiful. 
The prices are affordable and the service is great.”