Eye Candy: Spring Carlisle Swap Meet

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What I have learned about Spring Carlisle is that everything I think I know or understand, I really don’t, at least not unless Carlisle is some odd parallel universe.

For example, it’s one thing to hear that the swap meet at Spring Carlisle is large, but it’s another to realize that over the course of four days you end up walking 18 miles —yes, 18 miles! —if you want to see everything.

Much like the unique home-made shopping carts I observed, just when you think you have seen it all, you really haven’t.

When I think of a swap meet at a car show, I expect to see lots of car parts and other car-related things. However, in this Twilight Zone that is Carlisle Pennsylvania, I found everything I could ever possibly want, things I didn’t need, things that made me laugh, and things that made me wonder why they were ever made in the first place or what purpose they could possibly serve.

Some of the oddities of the Spring Carlisle swap meet included a giant bull statue, a huge dragon statue, interesting dolls and mannequins, various children’s rides, antique buggies, kitchen towels and vintage televisions.

What I enjoyed seeing the most were the vintage books and brochures used to sell cars and top educate the new owners.

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As I was enjoying the swap meet it almost became a game to name the most obscure car make, model and year to see if someone had it.

Of course, they always did.

Photos by Nicole James

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Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan

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  1. All good if you were dresed very warm!! The wind was brutal and made for a winter like feel in the air. Only too afternoons did it seem to get warmer!! I hope this winter has gotten it all out of its system.