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KELVIN TEIXEIRA
Last updated 11:29 29/03/2012
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Wheely helpful: Leo Roberts, 7, helps out at the swap meet.

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An assortment of metal, plastic and glass objects were on show at Levin's showgrounds on Saturday.

About 1000 people turned out to the Horowhenua Vintage Car Club's annual Swap Meet and Collectables Day, believed to be the 15th. And, people looking for spare parts for their classic or vintage car, motorcycle or hot rod would have been in luck with more than 150 stallholders selling their wares.

Also on display were tools and machinery, as well as many non- vehicle-related collectables.

Club captain Alton Harrison was pleased with the turnout at the club's annual fundraiser.

"The majority of people who come, keep coming back," he said.

"Most say it's one of the better swap meets around, particularly if you're looking for car parts. Swap meets are great if you're restoring an old car or bike and you're searching for that rare part. Often, all of a sudden, it will turn up at swap meet."

Mr Harrison said while vehicle parts were the main focus of the swap meet, people selling collectables were just as welcome.

First-time stallholder David Anderson, of Shannon, sold about $100 of items he had "collected over the years".

"When I was earning quite well I'd buy a lot of things. But now I'm having a big clean out," he said.

"I used to be attached to a lot of the stuff, but I'm well over that now. So, I thought, what can I get rid of?"

This included old motorcycle newspapers, a mini Chopper bicycle, chainsaw, pocket knife, slot cars, ornaments and even a trombone.

"A few people thought it was funny. I was selling some things you probably wouldn't usually see at a swap meet."

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