Monthly swap meet in Harvest Village drawing a crowd
Published: Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 10:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 10:25 p.m.
MCINTOSH — A new event at the Harvest Village between McIntosh and Micanopy — a swap meet the third Sunday of each month — is drawing vendors and onlookers from far and wide.
The most recent gathering took place Jan. 15 on a chilly winter morning, and it included a large variety of tools, metal art, motorcycles and vintage cars.
Laurence Perry, who lives nearby, brought three restored vintage cars to the meet, including a gleaming red 1962 Chevrolet Impala.
Charlene and Bob Klinger drove down from North Florida with a van full of tools, and Earl Harrington and his son, Mitchell, 11, of Citra, brought half a dozen 1970s-era motorcycles.
Long-time McIntosh resident Billy Lewis said he was driving by and saw all the vehicles, and decided to check it out.
He said he raises pigs and likes to check out new area markets as potential outlets.
Jim Adkinson, who had been to the two previous meets, said Harvest Village is a good venue for such an event.
He brought along a light wagon made by the Amish in Mount Hope, Ohio, and several guns, including a 1946 8mm Mauser with a bayonet.
"We're trying to build this up and make it work. I got my first gun when I was 12, and you learn how to take care of them," Adkinson said.
"These look like they do because I oil them every time they are handled. And, of course, with a vintage gun like the Mauser, it's better to use linseed oil," he said.
He said he told Jim Gilroy, who retired recently from the Marine Corps, about the swap meet, so Gilroy and Faye Mulvey brought several dozen samples of their metal art to the event. The works include equestrian items, birds and fish, metal signs, yard art and more.
"Some of it is really beautiful," Adkinson said.
Roger Brogan, of Webster, came for a look at the motorcycles, having heard about the new swap meet during one he attended in Webster.
"I'm building a Sprint just as a showpiece, more or less. The Fat Boy I'm working on is going to be a soft-tail frame, but it's going to be a really nice bike. It's got a lot of chrome on it," he said.
"I've ridden motorcycles since 1959. I started riding when I was 14 and haven't stopped since. It kind of gets in your blood and is just something you have to do," Brogan said.
Swap meets are great for auto and motorcycle mechanics, and anyone else who works on those vehicles, because you find spare parts and tools you need, Brogan added.
Karen DeConna and her husband, Ray, took out a two-year lease option on Harvest Village last year. Attractions on the property include the Jersey's Creamery Ice Cream Shop — run by Karen DeConna — Roberto's Italian Restaurant, an antique shop and two museums.
Karen DeConna said there is no charge for vendors to set up at the swap meet, and no admission fee for visitors.
"There's no drama, no charge, no nothing," she said. "Just come set up each third Sunday of the month and enjoy the day. That's what this is all about."
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