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Cherry Auction: The First & Finest Swap Meet

Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:46 pm
by Christopher Stone
Technically, it may have been the outskirts of Fresno, but I remember going to Cherry Auction on early Saturday mornings. To my memory, it was the First and Finest outdoor swap meet, ever. If it had ever existed in the San Joaquin Valley, I could find it at a bargain price at Cherry Auction. For all I know, Cherry Avenue Auction may continue to this very day.

*Note from admin: Newspaper clipping added from 1973 showing ad for Cherry Auction

Re: Cherry Auction: The First & Finest Swap Meet

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:16 am
by Grampa Jack
In the early '80s, my hobby was raising rabbits. I would sell them to pet stores and through the newspaper. Any that I couldn't sell for pets or meat I would take to the Cherry Auction. Seemed that I was usually a bit hung over on the mornings I went there, but there was a screened off cafe there that sold the best menudo EVER. I would get a big bowl of that with the table dressings, and 15 minutes later....no hangover. There is a reason that menudo is usually only sold fresh on Saturday and Sunday mornings... to cure the result of Friday and Saturday drinking binges.

Re: Cherry Auction: The First & Finest Swap Meet

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:52 pm
by Guest
Yes the Cherry Auction is still active to this very day. They have it on Tuesdays and Sundays. It is now 99% mexican people sellind all kinds of cheap junk. Although, the food is very good!

Re: Cherry Auction: The First & Finest Swap Meet

Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:20 pm
by oldschool
This is very cool. I left Fresno in 1973. I now live in Arizona. I remember going to Cherry Auction so many times in my life. In the mid 1960's I remember a converted house trailer that sold snow cones. They even had entertainment sometimes. There was another trailer that sold the best tamales you could ever taste. I went back in 2004, and while cruising near Easton I stopped when they had a car Swap Meet. It has changed like everything else. It is great it is still going. Not many Flea Market/Swap Meets any where. Oh yeah, I remember when it would get so cold and foggy, people would set up burn barrels with wood. You could get warm. Now days that is a no no. Thanks for a good post.

Re: Cherry Auction: The First & Finest Swap Meet

Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:56 pm
by tom
cherry auction is still running. when we went as kids they had to run the cows out so we could park across the street on cherry. there is a big parking lot now.

Re: Cherry Auction: The First & Finest Swap Meet

Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:45 am
by Elizabeth
Cherry Auction was/is a great place to find exotic automotive bits and pieces. We found "moon" style hubcaps for a vintage Studebaker pickup my man was restoring... on same trip, I found some amazing vintage duds for myself to wear IN that truck once we got it roadworthy again! Heavenly place to browse, dream, buy AND eat some superfood items too.