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VCF Swap Meet near InfoAge in Wall, NJ 11/7/2020

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    VCF Swap Meet near InfoAge in Wall, NJ 11/7/2020

    The Vintage Computer Federation is having its first Annual swap meet. This is for vintage computer items and related equipment such as vintage radios, TVs and ham radios.
    Date: 11/7/2020 (rain date is 11/8/2020)
    Time: 9AM (Buyers), 7AM (Vendors)
    Address:
    Huge parking lot across from InfoAge Science Museums in
    Wall, NJ
    GPS location: 40.1848793,-74.0630848
    Google Maps link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/40...!4d-74.0630848
    Website: http://vcfed.org/wp/vcf-swap-meet
    Email: swapmeet@vcfed.org
    Phone: 732-722-5015
    Cost for buyers: FREE
    Vendors: $20 for first space, $10 for each additional space.

    Vendor Reservation Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1F...6NQ7A/viewform

    #2
    You live part of the time in the ocean off of new jersey? The rest of the time on land? That's the only possible meaning I'm able to glean from the details you provided. I hope you have a boat. The ocean gets pretty cold in the winter. Or at least a wet suit.

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      #3
      Originally posted by tipc View Post
      You live part of the time in the ocean off of new jersey? The rest of the time on land? That's the only possible meaning I'm able to glean from the details you provided. I hope you have a boat. The ocean gets pretty cold in the winter. Or at least a wet suit.
      What are you talking about I checked the info provided and it shows just were it is??
      Never Bin or sell your old computer's you will regret it!!
      Vic 20 x3,C64 x2,128D,C128 flat deck,A1000 x2,A500 x3,A2000,A600,A1200,Apple ][e,2x Apple][ GS rom 01,03,Apple ][c x4 with only 1 PSU,2x Laser 128EX EX2,Atari 600XL,2x 800XL,130XE w/320 mod With a MyIDE plus,Atari 1040stf w/2.5meg..

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        #4
        Originally posted by tipc View Post
        You live part of the time in the ocean off of new jersey? The rest of the time on land? That's the only possible meaning I'm able to glean from the details you provided. I hope you have a boat. The ocean gets pretty cold in the winter. Or at least a wet suit.
        I have no idea what you are talking about. It is a vintage computer swap meet. I gave the GPS location which is on Monmouth Boulevard in Wall, NJ, USA. You must have typed in the GPS location wrong.

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          #5
          Originally posted by ChrisUnionNJ View Post
          What are you talking about I checked the info provided and it shows just were it is??
          It is a vintage computer swap meet. Vendors sell stuff, buyers buy stuff. I gave the date, location and time. What else do you need to know?

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            #6
            No I was responding to tipc
            Never Bin or sell your old computer's you will regret it!!
            Vic 20 x3,C64 x2,128D,C128 flat deck,A1000 x2,A500 x3,A2000,A600,A1200,Apple ][e,2x Apple][ GS rom 01,03,Apple ][c x4 with only 1 PSU,2x Laser 128EX EX2,Atari 600XL,2x 800XL,130XE w/320 mod With a MyIDE plus,Atari 1040stf w/2.5meg..

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              #7
              Here are pictures from the first swap meet:

              https://imgur.com/a/Ik4seJE

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                #8
                I forgot to go. If anyone has anything unusual and eclectic they want to sell I could be interested. I see someone picked up a Sperry HT/PC which is pretty cool.

                Selling doesn't have to end when the swap meet ends . Some of us are too fart headed to remember even basic things.

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                  #9
                  may I ask if people were asking big bucks for that stuff?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by tipc View Post
                    may I ask if people were asking big bucks for that stuff?
                    Depends on how you define big bucks. TI-99s we’re going for $30, I got a C64 and an Apple IIc for $40. The Amiga items were priced higher, but a lot lower than eBay. An Amiga 1000 in box with keyboard, mouse, and manuals sold for $250 with a 1080 monitor in box included as well. On ebay a complete setup like that boxed would be $500-700.

                    Really prices depended on the seller. The ones that priced too high didn’t sell much.

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                      #11
                      Doesn't sound bad at all. I'm sorry I missed it. Must have been fun.

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