Gid­dings Swap Meet an­tic­i­pates hun­dreds of auto ven­dors

Austin American-Statesman - - CARS - By David Wil­fong

Get­ting into clas­sics, hot rods or mus­cle cars can be an ex­pen­sive hobby. But some­times it is not the cost, but the avail­abil­ity of some parts that can be the big­gest drain on get­ting that project car up to snuff.

To that end, swap meets can be a great as­set, and one of the larger swap meets tak­ing place in Cen­tral Texas will be hap­pen­ing in Gid­dings on the week­end of Aug. 25-26.

Tak­ing place on the Lee County Fair­grounds (2495 Hwy. 290, three miles West of Gid­dings), the swap meet features 50 acres, with re­strooms and show­ers on-site for the campers and RVs that roll in for the event.

“We have spa­ces for 500 ven­dors,” said or­ga­nizer Matt Neal. “Fri­day is the big­gest day, and it’s full. You’ll see old stuff, newer stuff; any­thing au­to­mo­tive re­lated, you’ll have a chance to find it. Stuff from the ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s, you’ll find it all out there.”

There is also a des­ig­nated area for a Car Cor­ral, so those look­ing to dive into their first clas­sic, mus­cle car, hot rod or project starter will also have a place to shop.

Ven­dor spa­ces are bro­ken into three sec­tions si­t­u­ated around a food pavil­ion in the cen­ter of the event grounds. The swap meet is free for the pub­lic, in­clud­ing park­ing. The only charge is for booth space, which will be $30 for an open space and $40 for a cov­ered space.

The Gid­dings Swap meet has been run­ning on the last week­end in Au­gust since its be­gin­ning in 2010.

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In ad­di­tion to parts, there is a car cor­ral for those look­ing to get into a new, old ride.

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Swap meets are a great place to go for those hard-to-find parts and ac­ces­sories.

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