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Orange County swap meet gets the boot after 42 years

September 23, 2011 |  7:23 am

Orange County swap meet in 2005
After 42 years of operating at the Orange County Fairgrounds, the weekend swap meet has to go.

So says the Orange County Fair Board, which voted Thursday to evict the operation because of declining revenue and repeated clashes with the company that owns it, the Daily Pilot reported.

The 6-3 vote will terminate a lease with Tel Phil Enterprises, which runs the Orange County Market Place, better known as the O.C. swap meet, in 18 months.

Tel Phil President Jeff Teller vowed to fight the decision.

"We will do whatever we need to do to protect our business interests," Teller told the board.

The swap meet has experienced a 50% drop in vendor spaces rented, rental revenue, attendance and admission revenue since 2007, with no clear indicators that the trend will reverse in the long term.

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Photo: Vendors sell T-shirts at the weekend swap meet  at the Orange County Fairgrounds in 2005. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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