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SHIPSHEWANA, IN -- A popular way to add critters to any barnyard has been swap meets with several being held throughout the tri-state area on any given weekend. 
Some have been going for many years and have established a regular clientele while others are building on the interest in going “back to the land.”
The Newbury Square Swap Meet and Flea Market is working on both with several monthly gatherings through the summer months. They have moved the location to the Shipshewana Flea Market grounds due to the need for more space. The Shipshewana Auction Barn has become half owner, making the new monthly placement an easy decision.
The point of these get-togethers is to encourage the buying and selling of various items from antiques and dry food goods to live animals. 
Each vendor is allowed a space size of 20 foot by 25 foot to fill with whatever they want to sell. The variety of goods is as diversified as the people who are selling and  buying.
There are a large number of animals for sale with many of them being appreciated on the farm. Ducks, chickens, rabbits, goats, dogs and cats are most commonly found at these events. 
That said, one vendor had chinchillas and foxes while another was offering parakeets. The prices are often negotiable in these settings, providing a cheaper option for the customers and a surer sale for the vendor.
Some businesses take advantage of the swap meets by selling new cages and equipment for the new (and old) owners to appreciate. 
There are also those who present their booth as a garage sale, looking to pass off those items they no longer need nor want. 
In between those two are the antique booths with a large variety of old tools, linens, and other household items.
On the various tables, customers were able to check out sporting goods of all kinds, a plethora of plants for all types of gardeners, and baked goods along with many other interesting pieces. Seasonality plays a part in the produce that is offered with much of it being available after the June swap.
The rest of the 2018 schedule includes August 4, September 8, and October 6. A $3 parking fee is charged at the gate and helps cover the costs of running the swap meet. The 2019 schedule will begin in May.

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