College of the Desert Swap Meet | Palm Desert CA | November 20, 2010

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A Visit to the College of the Desert Swap Meet in

Palm Desert CA

College of the Desert Street Fair in Palm Desert CA

The College of the Desert Swap meet in Palm Desert CA is an amazing shopping extravaganza.

Are you thinking flea market? Hardly.

In fact the term swap meet does not do justice to this incredible open-air shopping experience that takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 7 am until 2 pm at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert California. There are 340 spaces for vendors during the tourist season (October through May) and about 100 in the hotter summer months from May until September.

Officially called the College of the Desert Street Fair, there is an amazing array of stuff - handbags, artwork, glassware, jewelry, food items, clothing, home furnishings, puzzles, hats, watches, patio furniture, golf accessories, fresh produce...the list goes on and on. The photos below will give you just a glimpse into this shopping mecca that attracts 15,000 - 20,000 shoppers every weekend. Not hard to see why.

Even if you are not a big shopping enthusiast, the College of the Desert Swap Meet is well worth the visit. I had a chance to visit yesterday while in Palm Desert for an overnight - I highly recommend it!

 


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Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor
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Hi Jeff,  This looks like a great place to get lost shopping for a few hours!  I've noticed that on the west coast these markets are called swap meets as opposed to the east coast where they're known as flea markets.  We have flea markets that sell new high-end goods as well. 

November 21, 2010 02:16 PM
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Kat DeLong
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I LOVE swap meets... you find the coolest things. Wish I were nearby, I'd be there!

November 21, 2010 02:23 PM
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Jeff Dowler CRS
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Elyse - the terminology is confusing and misleading, although some swap meets/flea markets are glorified garage sales while others ARE pretty upscale, but with great prices.

Kat - it ws great fun to see. Easy to spend hours even if you are just browing.

Jeff

November 21, 2010 02:42 PM
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Jack Mossman - The Nines Team in Lodi
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Jeff:  Wonderful post and dramatic pictorial!  It did get me started thinking about the slideshow versus fixed pictures with captions or voice over videos.  You use all three media with excellent production results.  Do you have an opinion regarding which media produces the highest number of consumer results? 

November 21, 2010 03:19 PM
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Lynda Eisenmann
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Hi Jeff,

The COD swap meet is such a fun thing to do, made a few purchases myself. And the "food court" even has live music.

November 21, 2010 09:45 PM
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Carol Lee
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Jeff- that looks like a great swap meet- and just in time for the holidays!  And nice job with the slide show.

November 21, 2010 10:00 PM
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Jeff Dowler CRS
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Jack - that's an excellent question. I don't have a specific opinion myself except to say that using more than one modality is better - text plus photos plus video. But we keep hearing more and more that video is increasingly popular, and less text is better, too. I suppose it also depends on the topic. Hmm, a thought for a post.

Lynda - well we were pretty good, but we had to grab a few things. We will go back...probably before the holidays with our shopping list.

Jeff

November 21, 2010 10:00 PM
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Fran Gatti
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Saw you in CAR magazine today.  Great article and wonderful plug for AR. 

November 22, 2010 01:09 AM
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Bill Gassett
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Jeff it looks like this event will be a great time for those looking to pick up something interesting.

November 22, 2010 07:51 AM
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Lee & Pamela St. Peter
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looks like a place to shop to me!!!  Thanks Jeff for highlighting the event in Palm Desert!

November 22, 2010 09:22 AM
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie
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Jeff - I am starting to think that I live on the wrong side of the country! This looks like so much fun!

November 22, 2010 04:22 PM
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Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
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Jeff, I'm not much of a shop meet gal, but this one looks like a whole lot of fun.  Those mountains are amazing!  Oh my gosh...this is on my list of places to go SOON :)

November 22, 2010 09:13 PM
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Jeff Dowler CRS
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Carol - thanks. It would be a tremendous place to shop for the holidays. That IS part of the plan.

Thanks, Fran. I was flattered.

Bill - it has to be one of the most amazing swap meets/flea markets I have seen.

Pamela - oh, yes, indeed. Even if you are just lookin'.

Barbara-Jo - well at least you can enjoy it on-line. LOL

Elizabeth  - the views alone are worth the visit.

Jeff

November 22, 2010 09:32 PM
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Jeff, wow I would have a field day and my husband would not be able to find me for two days :)

November 23, 2010 10:56 PM
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William Johnson
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Hi Jeff,

I am well acquainted with the Swap Meet and you are so right that it just doesn't fit that description. I have been going there every year at least a few times in February and enjoy the atmosphere and the terrific fruit, vegetables and flowers available there. Quite a place.

November 24, 2010 04:11 PM
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