Stellar swap meets in San Diego

From Kobey’s to some East County gems, there are lots of opportunities for bargain hunting in San Diego County.

Kobeys Swap Meet San Diego

Kobey’s is a classic.

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Really, who doesn’t love a good deal?

San Diego’s swap meet scene is strong (um, say that five times fast) with long-running outdoor marketplaces setting up shop every weekend to the delight of bargain hunters. Let’s browse, shall we?

Pro tip: Bring cash to pay for admission. 🎟️

Kobeys Swap Meet SD

Sneakers, vintage clothing + so much more make Kobey’s a bargain hotspot on the weekends.

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🧦 Kobey’s Swap Meet | Friday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. | Entry: $2

“A pair of socks, a pair of shoes” (if you know, you know).

Billed as “San Diego’s largest outdoor marketplace,” Monte Kobey launched this swap meet in 1976 at the old Midway Drive-In Theater. It moved to its current location in 1980the parking lot at what is now Pechanga Arena.

Kobey’s is known for its selection of sneakers and vintage clothing, robust lineup of 1,000+ sellers, and special events throughout the year.

SD Santee Swap Meet

Vintage treasures await beyond this marquee.

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🛒 Santee Swap Meet | Saturday + Sunday, 5:05 a.m.-1 p.m. | 10990 Woodside Ave. N. | Entry: $1 or $2

Running for 40 years, this East County swap meet located in the same area as the Santee Drive-In brings together ~350 sellers each weekend. Food is part of the scene, too, with longstanding vendors selling burritos, tacos, smoothies + coffee.

Pro tip: For $5, enter at 5:05 a.m. sharp via the early shoppers line.

SD Spring Valley swap meet

Row nine at the Spring Valley Swap Meet is all about the fresh produce.

🍊 Spring Valley Swap Meet | Saturday + Sunday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | 6377 Quarry Rd. | Entry: $1

Boasting bargains since 1970, you’ll find art, accessories + food vendors at this East County hub. There’s also an entire zoneoh hey, row nine — dedicated to local farmers market vendors, so you can stock up on fresh fruit + veggies while you’re there.

🛍️ National City Swap Meet | Saturday + Sunday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | 3200 D Ave. | Entry: $1

This OG of the local swap meet scene has been around since 1962. We hear the vintage pin + jewelry selection shines — and the food vendors really sweeten the deal.

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