Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sky Village Swap Meet, Yucca Valley, CA

I went to the Sky Village Swap Meet in Yucca Valley today - for the first time. Finally! I have been dying to go to this since I first started coming out here with my husband, but we never seemed to be able to make it there. A swap meet for those of you who aren't familiar with this term is a flea market. I've only heard this term used out west, but apparently it is used in Australia too. The Yucca Valley swap meet is held every Saturday and Sunday from 6 am to 2 pm at the former Sky Drive-in Theater. What a kooky wonderful place! Those who live around here know about this place as its been running for many, many years. Hippies, artists, hipsters, old timers, desert rats, tourists - all come together for some socializing, people watching and bargain hunting.

Photo: Sky Village Swap Meet
I get the feeling that you can probably find just about anything there if you visit frequently. There is a lot of junk, but you can find some hidden gems.  It was fun to look through the record albums - it was like taking a step back to my early teen years and I spotted many familiar names and faces on the covers. Had I been in a different mood, I might have bought some. Some arts and crafts people set up to sell their work. Check out High Desert Test Sites - a group of local artists. Some of the vendors have been there for a long time and have permanent spaces set up in little shacks and structures - like a little old village. They've just completed a rock and crystal cave that you can check out. You can get food. Someone had puppies for sale that were absolutely adorable. Someone was playing live music. My husband got to see old friends (he used to sell things here many years ago), and I got to meet the sweet, funny owner - Bob Carr (see photo below-I don't know the woman). It was a great day. If you find yourself in the area, check it out. Go for the people watching and to soak in the general vibe of this area. 7028 Theater Road, just off Highway 247, Yucca Valley, CA.

Owner Bob Carr on the right. I do not know who that is on the left. Photo from the swap meet website.


  1. Thank You Bob....Truly, D.

  2. That is Bob's daughter I believe. She use to come around to my booth, "Hiya hun, how ya doing today? That will be $9.oo bucks for the day. Thanks hun." ;) I sold there Saturdays and Sundays for at least a year. Such good times.

  3. Actually that is Bob Carr's wife Elizabeth. On the weekends you don't see her as often because she is usually busy in the snack bar. She, like Bob is a wonderful person.