Sunday, March 24, 2013

Let's go Thrifting #2: Maui Swap Meet


Every Saturday morning from 7am-2pm there is a Swap Meet at the Maui Community College. It took us about an hour to drive there from Lahaina so we needed to get up at 5am in order to be there for opening...that's not an easy task with an 11 month old and a 6 year old! but we did it and even managed to hit up a Starbucks for lattes on the way. We arrived at the Swap Meet a little after 7am and to our delight we spotted this amazing "surfer limo" parked in the lot. We just knew this was going to be a cool Swap Meet!

Surfer Limo
The flowers in Hawaii are amazing. They are several flower vendors selling tropical flowers for so cheap. Many of these flowers I have never seen or heard off.  

 Pincushion Protea flowers

Elsa and I with a bouquet of protea flowers

I bought one of these wooden frog rasps that mimic a croaking frog. They are hand carved from Monkey Pod for $10. I thought my kindergarten students would enjoy this!

There were large trays of shark teeth

Look at the size of these shark teeth...I should of placed a penny beside one so you could really see how big these are.

I love this shiny red coral. 
Wouldn't it look great in a mason jar?

Hand carved wooden Tiki statues from Monkey Pod.

There were also several food trucks selling Shave Ice, fish tacos, freshly squeezed lemonades and cinnamon Elephant ears which reminded me of Beaver Tails. We were advised to stay clear of the Korean Taco truck. Good thing someone told us this as RJ has a weakness tacos! 

An array of vintage Maui Soda pop bottles.

New in package vintage Hawaiian stickers

Vintage Hawaiian salt and pepper shakers from 1971. I really thought about buying these.

There was a display case filled with Hula girls from the 40s, 50s and 60s!

I was really tempted to buy this Hula girl trinket box for $25. It was made in Taiwan from the 70s.

Vintage Hawaiian quilt for $40.

Here are the 2 vintage ladies Aloha shirts I bought for $5 a piece. They were on consignment so I offered 8$ for the pair but he they wouldn't budge. Still a great price for some vintage Hawaiian!

I love the pink floral pattern and collar of this one. This is a traditional women's blouse worn in Hawaii in the 50s and 60s called a "Tea Timer."

This one has two waist pockets also called a "Tea Timer." The fabric is barkcloth and has side slits.

Here is one of the vendors selling vintage "previously enjoyed" Aloha shirts. While we were there it started to pour rain. It hasn't poured rain at a Maui Swap Meet in over 3 years! So this vendor was offering a 50% Rain Day Sale. RJ bought a vintage Reyn Spooner Aloha shirt for $22.50! 

Here is what the grounds looked like before it started to rain...

Here's what it looked like after!

The entire Swap Meet grounds were flooded. Thanks goodness we got there bright and earlier as it was flooded by 9am and vendors started to pack up. 
I highly recommend checking out this Swap Meet if you every travel to Maui. It has a little of everything and the prices are quite reasonable. Just wished it didn't get rained out as there were so many vendors we didn't get to see.

Linking up to Sir Thrift A Lot's Thriftasaurus!

Until we thrift again...



  1. Oh wow, that is so cool. I wanna go!!!! That red coral is divine. I've never seen that before. Like thos Hawaiian stickers.

  2. I always loved the hula girl ornaments, not that I've ever seen one!!!

    The stickers are so cute!

    What a trip it must have been!

  3. Sure looks like alot of fun! I love those flowers they are beautiful! I also really like that vintage soda bottle with the girl and the cool.

  4. How fun! A swap meet in Hawaii is definitely something I will add to my bucket list. Those flowers are gorgeous and I would have had a hard time not buying any.

    Have a wonderful week,


  5. Astrid! That looks like the coolest swap meet ever. I was dying over the surfer limo. I think I would have had to snap up some coral and that amazing quilt!

  6. It looked really fun despite the flooding!! Catherine x

  7. Proteas are one of my favourite flowers...I am jealous :)

    There is one shop in Aylmer that special orders for me all the time...YEY!!!!