One day while cooling off at our pool while in Maui, I had the chance to chat it up with a few visitors, learning about their adventures and must sees.
I love how people on vacation talk. They have TIME to talk. There’s a big difference.
We got to chatting about (the lack of junk) shopping, and one gal piped up, “Have you been to the Maui Swap Meet yet?
Well that turned my junk radar on high! I learned that this is the largest swap meet in all of Maui, loaded with local food, arts and crafts, garage sale type stuff and a few antiques for good measure.
I checked it out online, gasped, and made plans to go the next day.
The day was a hot one, as always. But as long as you carried water and wore sunscreen, you’re good to go. And take cash. It was only .50 to get in, and parking was ample and free.
I meant to take a picture of the entire meet from the outside of the gates, but… I got there too late. By the time I got out, most had packed up and left. Oh well.
Just trust me when I say, it was indeed BIG.
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And it’s right here that I admit I can’t name all the vendors I took pictures of. I misplaced a stack of cards, so I’m at a loss. Tried to find biz names from the Maui Swap Meet Facebook page but didn’t find the unnamed in this post. So if one of these is, you, please let me know in comments and I’ll name you! 🙂
I didn’t know where to head first… so many isles. So I just started walking.
I stood there and spelled out Maui Junk, until I couldn’t find certain letters. By then, the lineup had grown so long, I decided to take in the rest of the swap meet instead of waiting in line for one thing. Boo.
But I was on a time crunch and I didn’t want to miss a thing.
I did find a few flea market type tables, but the majority were unique hand crafted goods you didn’t see by the millions, transported from China. These were one of a kinds.. and that’s another VERY good reason to check this place out when shopping for souvenirs.
Made in Maui with Maui things. Now THAT is a true souvenir.
And then THIS. These driftwood pieces burned with sayings were absolutely beautiful! By Maui Drift.
What a neat idea.
These carried the true essence of the area. A ‘don’t worry, be happy’ sense of humour.
It wasn’t for sale. I always fall in love with fixtures… are you like that too?
But these guys were kind enough to comment back with, “You want to buy THAT?! If you want to take our garbage away, go ahead!”
I really tried to give them a few bills but they absolutely refused. But I apparently gave back by giving them something to talk about later I’m sure!
I really enjoyed these two! You could tell they loved hangin’ out here.
They were selling some old money, and these apple bananas, freshly picked from their own backyard.
I felt they were too green, so I didn’t partake. But I had purchased ripe ones elsewhere and let me tell you, you have not had a real banana until you have these.
A MUST TRY are the fresh coconuts.
The coconut water was AMAZING. It was like a delicately flavoured water, with JUST enough sweetness. Beautiful.
But the coconut pulp had a really rubbery texture, so it wasn’t for me. But others devoured it, so I’m sure it’s fabulous. 🙂
Sweetest pineapple in the world. Guaranteed to not make you pucker!
If you come to this booth, get these. Homemade samosas with homemade mango flavoured dipping sauce. To die for. I seriously had to sit down after my first bite, so I could take my time and truly savour all the flavours.
And then I ordered another plate. LOL
Don’t even think about dieting while abroad here.
There were so many other foods to try, but the place closed down on me. So get there a little earlier than an hour before they close… ya think?! 🙂
The Maui Swap Meet will most definitely be on my visit list should I ever go back. It was soooo fun!
And only about 10 min from the Iao Valley… swoon…
So… I’ve been home for over a month now. It isn’t quite as hard to look at these pictures at this point. But I admit, I feel the wanderlust pull if I do Instagram scrolling of travel sites. I don’t think it ever goes away.
But at least I can prolong our own visit just a little longer by showing you late posts… with more to come. 🙂