Kobey’s Swap Meet started in 1976 at the old Midway Drive-In Theater.
Founded by Monte Kobey who learned the Business in Phoenix, AZ at the Funk Greyhound Racing Tracks (Phoenix Park N Swap )
In August of 1980 Monte was given the opportunity to move down the street to the newly built San Diego Sports Arena.
During the 1980’s Kobey’s transformed into a destination for tourists and San Diegans alike. Kobey’s became the 3rd busiest tourist attraction after the Zoo & Sea World.
Tragically in 1989 Monte Kobey passed away due to complications from a Blood Transfusion and his Daughter Kimberly Kobey Pretto and Son-In-Law Charles Pretto took over the entire operation.
Over the years Kobey’s has evolved & changed so that it maintained the notation of being the premier Swap Meet in San Diego County. For the past 10 years Kobey’s has been voted San Diego’s BEST Swap Meet by the readers of the San Diego Union Tribune Newspaper.
We continue to occupy the parking lot at the San Diego Sports Arena with a selling capacity of approximately one thousand (1,000) vendors. Holding to the belief that diversity is a good thing,
Over the years Kobey’s has evolved into an experiential shopping experience that not only attracts diverse Shoppers & Vendors, but Kobey’s hosts over 20 specialty events annually. Kobey’s hosts Vintage Alley the Last Saturday of Each Month , Kobey’s Sneaker & Vintage Clothing Swap Meet which is attract over 10,000 shoppers and 300 sneaker & Vintage Clothing vendors from across the United States. Additionally, Kobey’s Hosts Car Shows , Non-Profit Days and Blood Drives.
Kobey’s offers the Shopper a mixture of new and used items. We do, however, have prohibited merchandise and certain items which must conform with all governmental specifications.
Kobey’s is in operation every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Shopper’s hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Kobey’s Swap Meet draws approximately 20,000 shoppers weekly & Over 1,000 Sellers Weekly.