Two weeks since the roller doors at Globe HQ in Port Melbourne were pulled shut one windy Sunday afternoon, the dust from the latest Sneaker Freaker Swapmeet settled. What was left was a perhaps a need to take a breather for some fresh air and to come back with a new look. Maybe in my jaded eyes I attend these events for the people and no longer for the shoes..
As usual, the faces present were new and old. Hi-fives and banter were thrown about. Hans and Mafia with cheap heat being unnoticed by the ignorant youth, Mitsu Man making a killing yet again on stickers (think $700+ on Supreme Bogos). Sketchy lad kids offering cheap Melb buys finally got off the Frankston line and into Globe HQ to peddle their used goods.
Saint Side familia, associates and underworld ruler Princess Yoyo were out in full effect, with the hot ticket item of the day being the Anti Saint Side Saint Side tees. Available (but not for long) in white and black, they had all but sold out within the hour and proved to be even harder to obtain than their Anti Social Social Club inspiration ;^). At time of writing, a small restock also came and went in hours…
Jason Markk sponsored the event and as such had a front row table offering on-the-spot sneaker cleans. Cats who had clearly spent the last of their coin on the latest Yeezy leaped at the opportunity to have their shoes cleaned with $20 product for free, as demonstrated below:
People are looking for different shoes now. Retro Jordans were selling for $150-200 and still taking time to move. Who cares about made in USA New Balance? Golden era Nike? Fuhgeddaboudit. It seems Adidas and their pesky esky midsoles or “white Originals with the black stripes” was the talking point of the day.
Some deals were still to be had though for those in the know, such as some very buttery Cortez picked up by our boy Dave09:
Oddities like some late 90s Nike inline rollerskates were available for purchase, but unfortunately the matching VHS copy of the 2001 American Music Awards was lost elsewhere…
Compared to the last Melbourne swapmeet, the food trucks were somewhat lacking this time as only two were present, one less than six months ago. Churros were back, accompanied by a loosely Korean BBQ inspired truck offering items such as kimchi loaded fries and marinated chicken thighs. A bemusing shortage of change in the middle of the day resulted in payments made through EFTPOS for the remainder of the swapmeet.
On that note, I wore my Halal Snack Pack Appreciation (HSPAS) tshirt and remained a fairly incognito attendee as only about three people recognised the styro. Melbourne you do not know what you are missing out on!
Perhaps it is time to relocate the next Melbourne swapmeet for a breath of fresh air, and let a new spot bask in the spotlight for the next few events.
Bring on Sydney in a couple weeks! More info >HERE<