ABOVE: A vendor sits at a table hoping to sell auto transmissions during a swap meet in Gardner on Oct. 2. The meet was hosted by the Old 56 Highway Car Club. Members were disappointed in the number of buyers who turned out to the fairgrounds for the meet, but hope to expand the event to draw bigger crowds in the future. Staff photos by Danedri Thompson


Left: Potential buyers rummage through a flat filled with car parts and accessories. According to Robert Cook, car club member, swap meet participants sell parts and collectibles from car projects. Online sales have changed the way car enthusiasts purchase and part-out old cars, but there are still old-schoolers who prefer the socialization and the person-to-person comraderie of a swap meet. The Old 56 Highway Car Club in Gardner also sponsors a swap meet in the spring and a car show, also in the spring. Staff photos by Danedri Thompson