Spring Carlisle: A Swap Meet You Can’t Afford To Miss

If you’re coming out of winter hibernation and still looking for a few parts for your project, Carlisle Events’ Spring Carlisle “swap meet” at the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, fairgrounds is an event that you need to attend.

This year, Spring Carlisle runs from April 21 through 25, and that means 2021 offers a return to its normal April time frame. With 8,100 vendor spaces available, the grounds come to life with everything from the simple to the exotic. According to the folks at Carlisle, “If X marks the spot still means something to enthusiasts who love to hunt and pick, then Spring Carlisle has an X at every turn.” We have been to the annual event many, many times, and always find hidden gems, treasures, collectibles, and hard-to-find items.

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If you’re looking for that next classic cruiser to park in your garage, you’ll find it here.

In addition to vendors showcasing their wares, multiple partners will be onsite to create a unique Manufactures Midway. The midway plays host to some of the top automotive companies in the hobby, including Amsoil, Rock Auto, Meguiar’s, A&A Auto Stores, American Collectors Insurance and more. A complete list of midway partners will be available online within the digital version of the event directory. That directory will be available no later than two weeks prior to the event.

Another great event aspect is the ARMO Hot Products Showcase. See in person, the latest and greatest products straight from the SEMA Show that are coming onto the market. You can even talk person-to-person with product experts. Doing this helps you better understand how the products can work for any vehicle, regardless of its era. Joining ARMO as a special attraction will be a display from the AACA. The display will feature select cars and include information on the car club, plus, details on their annual fall meet in Hershey in October.

Along with the automotive flea market, the car corral boasts more history on display and for sale.  The comfort level of buying and selling within the corral is high because the pressure is low.  Deal directly with the owner and know exactly what you’re buying.

Speaking of buying cars, Carlisle Auctions returns to the Carlisle Expo Center in April for a two-day classic and collector car auction. The auction hosts over 400-plus consignments and happens on April 22 and 23. In addition to nearly every decade of production crossing the block, Carlisle Auctions plans a themed truck hour at a time TBD on April 22.

Another great attraction, though non-automotive, is the Women’s Oasis. This “home away from chrome” welcomes amazing vendors and artisans selling items such as handmade crafts, jewelry and accessories, kitchen must-haves, unique clothing, treats to temp you, relaxing scents, beauty products and so much more.

When it’s all said and done, Carlisle Events and Carlisle Auctions offer investments that truly accelerate, either in the form of transportation, collectibles, merchandise or even the motorized, but non-automotive stuff known as “anymotive.”

By the way, Carlisle Events is COVID-19 compliant and follows current guidelines suggested by state officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). A detailed Health/Safety Measures summary is available on CarlisleEvents.com. While on the web, be sure to apply, register or purchase discounted spectator tickets in advance of all events or call (717) 243-7855 to learn more today.

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Randy Bolig

Randy Bolig has been working on cars and has been involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion for performance got him noticed by many locals, and he began helping them modify their vehicles.
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