Ted Cooper has an idea that he feels will close a gap in the region’s swap meet scene. Cooper, long-time operator of Estate Sales and Consulting, is organizing a new monthly event at Cheney Stadium. For one weekend a month he will set up shop and rent out space to other venders in the parking lot of the ballpark for Swap and Flea at Cheney Stadium.
Cooper feels that this site is perfect for a swap meet/flea market because of the size of the parking lot, the stadium’s proximity to major freeways and that large population base that exists around Cheney and beyond.
Cooper said the local swap meet market has a big gap to close that’s been in place since 2005 when the Midway Drive-in Swap Meet ended after the site was cleared for construction of a Lowe’s store. “Midway was huge,” Cooper remarked. “They filled it up every weekend. Thousands would attend. The market is there for it.”
He has done estate sales in homes and businesses. He is eager to organize an event that will be family friendly, he noted. He plans to hold one swap meet/flea market a month between now and October, based around when the stadium’s tenant, the Tacoma Rainiers, is on the road. The first one is planned for May 19-20.
Cooper said swap meets are fun for vendors and shoppers. They are places where artisans, craftspeople and antique dealers are in the same spot as somebody who just wanted to clear out their garage. Shoppers can pick up great deals on items ranging from clothing to a kitchen sink. And he noted they are a great way to reduce one’s carbon footprint by recycling and re-using items.
Cost for a booth is $18 or less, depending on whether it is rented for one or both days. Cooper said two spaces for two days would cost $50.
He said the parking lot can hold up to 200 vendors, and he would like to bring in some antique dealers. Anyone interested in renting space can call Cooper at (206) 790-2505.