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Sunday, February 26, 2006

So that's why they call it a "swap" meet!

[photo caption] The misleading add for what was billed as a "swap meet". And don't click there to download the flyer. Click there to make nothing happen.


Today's big event was the bike swap meet at St. Paul Academy. The swap meet was sponsored by Peace Coffee and Birchwood Cafe with proceeds going to the velodrome at the National Sports Center in Blaine.

Peace Coffee, in true hippy fashion, gave out free coffee. Birchwood Cafe, in true Birchwood Cafe fashion, charged for their wares. Good times.

Fogbot was selling some "stuff" (i.e., "merchandise slightly better than curbside garbage") at one of the tables.

Fogbot also found out the hard way why it's called a "swap meet" instead a "profit meet": most people don't make a profit.

What happens, apparently, is that while people are selling their crap at one table, they're also actively buying other peoples' crap at another.

Thus, no one makes a "profit". Instead, you hope to go home with better crap than you "swapped".

To wit, Fogbot rid himself of two wheels, one set of brake levers, and a pair of Minneapolis Bike Messenger Association socks for a small, but temporary, profit. He also gave two wheels, a drop bar, a set of brake levers, and a kick-stand away to the Macalester Donate-Bike-Crappers, or something.

However, Fogbot also obtained the following: a full team kit from Brioches La Boulangerie; some Union Jack socks; some bull horn bars; some flat pedals; and some "World Champ" bar end plugs.

In total, Fogbot came home with cooler stuff than he left with, but his wallet was lighter, too.

Damn.

6 Comments:

Blogger Pete said...

Did you sell me some wheels? It was you if you needed to call your girlfried to OK the haggle price.

Sun Feb 26, 05:02:00 PM 2006

 
Blogger Tuffy said...

Sorry, Pete. Fogbot runs his own show.

And you definitely did not want the wheels I was selling; think "steel" and think "circa 1983".

Maybe next time...

Sun Feb 26, 08:24:00 PM 2006

 
Blogger Pete said...

If you had said alloy and circa 1983 and under $20, they probably are the wheels I'm looking for.

Mon Feb 27, 08:34:00 AM 2006

 
Blogger Tuffy said...

Oof -- Fogbot did have one set (albeit mismatched) of alloy wheels for sale from around 1989. The rear sold; the front is now with the Macalester kids.

Mon Feb 27, 11:07:00 AM 2006

 
Blogger Smithers said...

The trick is not to have a table. Make deals before the start of the swap meet, pay the $5 to get in, sell some stuff, buy one thing for under $10, get the hell out of there.

Mon Feb 27, 03:48:00 PM 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn that was an exciting read, fogbot always makes me want to stop back in and see what happening! JD in Rochester...

Wed Mar 01, 02:20:00 PM 2006

 

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