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By Diane Sieker

Oak Grove hosts monthly swap meet


Last updated 7/19/2019 at 1:15am

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Kermit the Frog flies with grace in this whimsical piece at the monthly Oak Grove Community Hall swap meet.

For residents who enjoy shady vistas, flea market treasure hunting, local conversations and a pancake breakfast, the monthly swap meet at the Oak Grove Community Hall is just the place to visit.

Located in the tiny hamlet of Oak Grove, just east of Aguanga, the Oak Grove Community Hall is a historical landmark owned by the federal government. Dave Redewill and Kelly Collard-Redewill maintain and manage the building and grounds and organize the events held there throughout the year.

As pancakes are served from the spacious kitchen, visitors can browse the many artisan creations offered by vendors both inside the hall and outside of the building in the shade of large oak trees.

Flea market finds from knick knacks, handmade jewelry, homemade soaps, books, clothes, crafts and toys to kitchenware, antiques, tools, vintage and collectible items are available to admire and purchase. A "free" table greets people entering the hall; guests can pick anything off the table at no charge.

Many items available for sale are lovingly home and handmade.

"I take a picture of every piece I make," Bob Cochran said, who makes fine wooden toys and other items. The Cochrans table was full of trucks, tractors, wine bottle holders and more handcrafted novelties.

Locals and passersby chat inside the hall, enjoying the laid-back ambiance of the room.

Pancakes, scrambled eggs, hot dogs, nachos, loaded baked potatoes and more were served up by the Redewills.

"We came from Moreno Valley," one visitor said. "This is our first stop before touring the wineries. Gotta get those fluffy pancakes."

The swap meet is held throughout the summer and fall on the second Saturday of every month, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., excluding August. Vendor spaces and entry are always free. 

The hall is also available for rent for special occasions and parties. For more information on the Hall or swap meet, call (951) 719-5017.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at [email protected]


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