In early May, Kobey’s Swap Meet attended the
National Flea Market Association (NFMA) Conference in Las Vegas, NV. We were among 40 other markets from across the United States in attendance this year.
The last 2.5 years the NFMA was led by Tim Anderson, the President of Trader’s Village. Trader’s Village owns three Texas-sized Markets in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
Tim regaled his time serving as President during the pandemic and welcomed incoming President, Rick Landis of Newport Diversified Operations, Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet, and Broadcacres in Las Vegas.
The conference provided a unique way to network with other Swap Meet owners, share ideas and listen to presentations regarding specific aspects of the business. Some topics of conversation included marketing, customer service, budgeting, and modern technology.
Kobey’s own Anthony Pretto even presented “A Week in The Life Of An Operations Executive,” describing our regular vending operations, as well as special event operations here at Kobey’s.
We were among many different types of Swap Meet operations sitting in the conference room. One unique thing about Kobey’s is that we are a “portable swap meet,” meaning our market sets up and breaks down
every weekend. Whereas other markets were open 7 days a week, some had rollercoasters, some had drive-in movies, sunflower and pumpkin fields, and others were just getting started in their weekly operations.