September 20, 2021

The List: ‘Great job to those working to keep the swap meet in Greenfield’

If you were out and about this weekend in Greenfield you recognize it was hard to get around in certain neighborhoods with everybody perusing items at garage sales. I went into the gas station Saturday around noon and it was filled with people coming and going from town who were either shopping garage sales or going to the swap meet.

As you may have read in last week’s Adair County Free Press, this was the 59th and last year that Early Wheels of Iowa was planning the Greenfield swap meet, so a group of several individuals from here in southwest Iowa are taking it upon themselves to retain the swap meet and continue having it next year and beyond.

Alvin Havens and Jimmie Schultz are two of the main people here locally who are involved, but there are many others. I called Havens Tuesday and he said 17 people in all are helping plan for next year’s swap meet.

This year’s swap meet filled up quickly. The weather was great and Havens told me there were between 1,100 and 1,200 spots sold for the weekend on the fairgrounds. Some vendors only had one spot while others bought several.

Havens said the Greenfield swap meet group plans to change very little from how Early Wheels ran the swap meet. In the early goings, they’ll seek donations from around the area. Once they get off the ground in a few years, they hope they won’t have to do that as much.

It’s clear the see the swap meet is good for our hotel, our restaurants and many of our other businesses. I’m really glad to see it’s staying in Greenfield.

Havens said that many of the wives of vendors come to Greenfield because of how citywide garage sales coincide with the swap meet. That’s good planning.

If you’ve never ventured out to the swap meet, I know it’s a bustling and busy place, but it’s worth seeing. I’m amazed at the vast offering of car parts and other items that are out there. Great job to those who are working to keep the swap meet in Greenfield.

Havens told me that those willing to volunteer going forward are welcome to contact he or Schultz.

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson has served as News Editor of the Adair County Free Press and Fontanelle Observer since Oct. 2017. He and his wife Kilee live in Greenfield. In Greenfield and the greater Adair County area, he values the opportunity to tell peoples' stories, enjoys playing guitar, following all levels of sports, and being a part of his local church.