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Location: 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. • San Diego, CA (map)
Hours: Every Fri. through Sun. • 7am - 3pm
Admission: $1 Fri. • $2 Sat. & Sun. • Children 11 & under FREE
Telephone:(619)226-0650 24 hour info

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a sample of Frequently Asked Questions from folks who want to shop or sell at Kobey's. There are four categories: general questions, shopper's questions, seller's questions and specific garage sale questions. Just click on the question for the answer. Contact us if you have a question not addressed here.

 General Questions:

  1. Are you are open every weekend of the year? What are the hours?
  2. Where can I get shoppers or seller's coupons?
  3. What are the driving directions to Kobey's?
  4. How do you get there using public transportation?
  5. Will you be having any extended hours for the holidays?
  6. Are you open rain or shine?
  7. Are pets allowed in the swap meet?

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 Shopper's Questions:

  1. What does it cost to shop at Kobey's?
  2. How can I find a particular seller I'm looking for?
  3. Can you send a catalog or photocopy of some of your merchandise?
  4. I'm having a dispute with a vendor, can you help me resolve it?
  5. What kind of stuff is for sale?
  6. I'm interesting in contacting a seller I found on your Web site, but there are no phone numbers. Can you help me out?
  7. Can I rent a wagon? How much?

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 Seller's Questions:

  1. Do you have an electronic copy of the parking lot layout that shows all the lettered and numbered spaces?
  2. How can we reserve spaces?
  3. Do we have to get the San Diego seller's permit if we are only selling one weekend?
  4. Do you think we would have any problems getting 2 spaces together?
  5. Is it possible to purchase advance reservations on line or over the phone?
  6. What is the cost of seller's spaces?
  7. Do you need both a San Diego Business License (BTC) and State Certified Tax Board Certificate (Resale Permit) to sell? How do you obtain them?
  8. Do you rent tables? If so, how much per day?
  9. How big are your rental tables?
  10. Do you rent canopies? If so, how much per day?
  11. Can I pay for a space with a credit card or mail you a check or money order?
  12. Do I need to book my space in advance? If so, how far in advance? Can you come the day of?
  13. Is the Friday selection (number of booths) as extensive as the number of booths on the weekend?
  14. Can I sell food at Kobey's?
  15. We need electricity to offer our service, can we use a generator?
  16. Is it possible to have the same spot for a year or more?
  17. As far as the spaces go is it first come first serve? Or are there enough to choose were you want to be set up?
  18. Do I have to charge or pay tax?
  19. May I sell raffle tickets at Kobey's?
  20. Can we share the same space for my art & craft business and our family's garage sale items?
  21. What is the size of your seller's spaces?
  22. What do I need to do to sell my car at Kobey's?
  23. Approximately how many vendors (sellers) are there?
  24. Approximately how many shoppers are there?

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 Garage Sale Questions:

  1. What steps do I have to take if I want to have a garage sale?
  2. Is it necessary to get a business licence or tax certificate for a garage sale?
  3. Are the costs for regular vendors the same as garage sellers?
  4. What time do I need to get there?

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  General Answers:

  1. Are you are open every weekend of the year? What are the hours?
    Yes, Kobey's is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 3. Please note: Closures are rare and beyond our control. We will post closure information on our home page as soon as news becomes available.

  2. Where can I get shoppers or seller's coupons?
    You can get them here on the Kobey's Web site. Just click here. They are also available in local publications like the Union/Tribune, San Diego This Week and in Kobey's Magazine.

  3. What are the driving directions to Kobey's?
    Click here for a Yahoo Map. It will provide you with driving directions for wherever you are coming from.

  4. How do you get there using public transportation?
    You can take the San Diego Trolley to the Old Town station and then catch the 9, 26 or 34 bus or just take one of those buses from any of their stops. For San Diego Transit public transit information go to http://www.sdcommute.com

  5. Will you be having any extended hours for the holidays?
    Kobey's is open a few extra days before Christmas, the schedule varies each year. Our hours are still 7am to 3pm.

  6. Are you open rain or shine?
    It depends on the kind of rain. We often remain open during light, intermittent rain. As long as vendors are here, we are here.

  7. Are pets allowed in the swap meet?
    Yes. Pets are now allowed on leash or in carriers. Please be prepared to pick up after your pet. You should plan to bring your own waterand plan for other needs.

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 Shopper's Answers:

  1. What does it cost to shop at Kobey's?
    $1 on Friday, $2 on Saturday and Sunday. Seniors $1 on Saturday and Sunday. Children 11 & under are FREE.

  2. How can I find a particular seller I'm looking for?
    If the vendor you are looking for is a regular monthly seller they are listed on this Web site in our online directory or you can pick up a a copy of Kobey's Magazine. If they do not purchase a regular space we don't know their location or even if they are at Kobey's any particular day.

  3. Can you send a catalog or photocopy of some of your merchandise?
    Unfortunately we don't have catalogs or lists of the merchandise our vendors sell since they are all independent businesses. However, some have Web sites. Just click here for a list of businesses associated with Kobey's that have Web sites.

  4. I'm having a dispute with a vendor, can you help me resolve it?
    It depends on the nature of your dispute. Please contact one of the Kobey's managers and tell them the nature of your difficulty. For our staff contact information click here.

  5. What kind of stuff is for sale?
    For a broken down by category just visit our online directory or you can pick up a a copy of Kobey's Magazine.

  6. I'm interesting in contacting a seller I found on your Web site, but there are no phone numbers. Can you help me out?
    It depends. We have the numbers for some of our monthly sellers. We may be able to contact them for you and then give them your contact information.

  7. Can I rent a wagon? How much?
    For a full list of our rentals just click here.

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 Seller's Answers:

  1. Do you have an electronic copy of the parking lot layout that shows all the lettered and numbered spaces?
    Yes. Just click here for online and printable versions of various Kobey's space maps.

  2. How can we reserve spaces?
    If you want to purchase a space in advance you can come to our office at 3740 Sports Arena Blvd., Suite 3, Wednesday or Thursday from 10-4 or on Friday through Sunday from 10 to 3 at the main entrance of the Swap Meet itself on the parking lot of the San Diego Sports Arena. All purchases are on a CASH ONLY basis.

  3. Do we have to get a California Seller's Permit and San Diego Business License if we are only selling one weekend?
    Yes, you will need a resale permit if you are selling something other than garage sale items. You can sell up to six times a year without a San Diego Business License.

  4. Will we have any problem getting 2 spaces together?
    Most weekends this is not a problem, especially if you purchase your space in advance. However, there are certain times of year where we sell out regularly that it may not be possible -- usually during the summer and Christmas shopping season.

  5. Is it possible to purchase advance reservations on line or over the phone?
    Unfortunately, Kobey's Seller's Permits can only be obtained in person, cash only.

  6. What is the cost of seller's spaces?
    Our prices vary according to location and day. For a complete list click here.

  7. Do you need both a San Diego Business License and State Certified Tax Board Certificate to sell? How do you obtain them?
    If you are selling new items, yes, you will.
    For information on how to obtain a California Seller's Permit click here.
    For information on obtaining a City of San Diego, Business Tax Certificate click here.


  8. Do you rent tables? If so, how much per day?
    Yes. For our full price list of rental items click here.

  9. How big are your rental tables?
    8 feet long and 2 feet wide.

  10. Do you rent canopies? If so, how much per day?
    Yes. For our full price list of rental items click here.

  11. Can I pay for a space with a credit card or mail you a check or money order?
    All purchases are on a CASH ONLY basis.

  12. Do I need to book my space in advance? If so, how far in advance? Can you come the day of?
    You don't have to buy your space in advance, unless you want to become a regular monthly seller. However, there are certain times of year where we sell out regularly that you will need to purchase space in advance -- usually during the summer and Christmas shopping season.

  13. Is the Friday selection (number of booths) as extensive as the number of booths on the weekend?
    Fridays is a "small" day at Kobey's, but the booth rental is much less and there are many regular shoppers and tourists who like to come that day.

  14. Can I sell food at Kobey's?
    You can only sell prepackaged nonperishable bulk items, or produce at Kobey's. The Sports Arena's official concessionaire, ARAMARK, has the sole rights to sell prepared food and beverages. You can reach them at 619-758-7690.

  15. We need electricity to offer our service, can we have a generator?
    Yes, you can use a generator as long as it's quiet and approved by our managers. Kobey's also has spaces available with electrical outlets. For their locations and prices click here.

  16. Is it possible to have the same spot for a year or more?
    Generally, the longest period of time we sell a space for is one month, however, registered monthly sellers get first right of refusal on their space for the following month. We also hold auctions two times a year to assign available spaces to sellers for six months or longer.

  17. As far as the spaces go is it first come first serve? Or are there enough to choose were you want to be set up?
    Basically, our spaces are sold on a first come, first serve basis unless you are a registered monthly seller (see above). Certain times of year we sell out regularly and you will need to purchase space in advance -- usually during the summer and Christmas shopping season.

  18. Do I have to charge or pay tax?
    Yes you do, unless you are selling certain food items or garages sale items. Consult the state and San Diego regulations for the exact items that need to be taxed.
    For state information click here.
    For San Diego information click here.


  19. May I sell raffle tickets at Kobey's?
    It's our understanding that non-profit groups can as long as their raffle is not considered a lottery and their prize is under a certain value. In most cases non-profit groups can avoid this definition by only accepting donations for their tickets. This means that if someone asked for a free ticket they would have to give that person at least one ticket. However, to make sure you are not in violation of the law contact the San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-2000 or visit their Web site at http://www.sannet.gov/police

  20. Can we share the same space for my arts & craft business and our family's garage sale items?
    Certainly, as long as you have the proper state and city business licenses for your arts and crafts items.

  21. What are the size of your seller's spaces?
    Our seller's spaces are the size of two parking spaces. Approximately, 16'X18'.

  22. What do I need to do to sell my car at Kobey's?
    Just rent a space and have the proper DMV paperwork (pink slip). Not additional licenses are needed since this is a "used item."

  23. Approximately how many vendors (sellers) are there?
    Approximately 1000. The exact number varies according to our set-up.

  24. Approximately how many buyers are there?
    This varies according to the time of year and weather conditions, but we annually host about 2.5 million shoppers a year. We average well over 20,000 most weekends.

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 Garage Sale Answers:

  1. What steps do I have to take if I want to have a garage sale?
    As long as you are simply selling used items from home all you really need is to purchase a space and bring your stuff to Kobey's. Most Swap Meet days you can just show up early in the morning (no later than 6am recommended) get in line and purchase your space on the way into Kobey's. If you want to buy in advance you can come to our office Wednesday or Thursday during office hours to purchase a space or on Friday through Sunday from 10 to 3 at the Swap Meet itself. By law you are allowed to sell used items up to two days in a calendar year without obtaining a resale license (State of California Tax Certificate). If you have more than six garage sales in a year, in addition to the resale licence (State of California Tax Certificate), you'll need a San Diego Business License. Click here for some tips on how to have a successful garage sale.

  2. Is it necessary to get a business licence or tax certificate for a garage sale?
    By law you are allowed to sell used items up to two days in a calendar year without obtaining a resale license. If you have more than six garage sales in a year, in addition to the resale licence (State of California Tax Certificate), you'll need a San Diego Business License.

  3. Are the costs for regular vendors the same as garage sellers?
    Garage sellers are usually places on the less expensive rows. Other than that there is no special discount for garage sellers. However, if you are holding a garage sale for the first time you can get a discount ticket on our Koupon page.

  4. I'm going to have a garage sale at Kobey's this weekend. What time do I need to get there?
    We advise sellers to arrive no later than 6am. If you bought an advance ticket and you are not in your space by 8am your space could be sold to another vendor.

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revised December 4, 2013