Sellers General Information
General Info, Before
You Purchase, Kobey's Philosophy,
California Seller's Permit, San
Diego Tax Certificate, Other Licenses,
Second Hand Merchandise, Prohibited
Merchandise, Selecting a Space,
Purchasing a Seller's License,
Upgrading a Seller's License, The
Day You Sell, In Your Space
Welcome to Kobey's Swap Meet at the San
Diego Sports Arena. You will be joining a select group
of vendors who participate in San Diego County's biggest
and best outdoor market.
Whether you are a vendor selling new merchandise,
a distributor, a promoter of services, a Seller of bulk
food items, or an occasional "clean out the garage"
Seller, Kobey's is the place for you.
If this is your first experience with
Kobey's, this Information Sheet will prove to be an
invaluable tool that will familiarize you with the Swap
Meet and how you can become a vendor.
Keep in mind that Kobey's goal is to provide
you with the best possible opportunity through which
you may sell your merchandise. The rules, regulations
and procedures enclosed herein are meant to keep Kobey's
the finest that it can be.
Kobey's Swap Meet started in 1976 at the
old Midway Drive-In Theater. We have undergone many
changes and have grown to become the premier Swap Meet
in San Diego County. We now occupy the parking lot at
the San Diego Sports Arena with a selling capacity of
approximately one thousand (1,000) vendors. Holding
to the belief that diversity is a good thing, Kobey's
offers the Shopper a mixture of new and used items.
We do, however, have prohibited merchandise and certain
items which must conform with all governmental specifications.
Kobey's is in operation every Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday. Shopper's hours are from 7:00
a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Kobey's Swap Meet draws approximately
30,000 - 40,000 shoppers weekly. Kobey's Swap Meet attracts
more buyers because we are committed to a heavy advertising
campaign consisting of television, radio, newspaper
BEFORE YOU PURCHASE A KOBEY'S SELLER'S
Kobey's always has and always will strive
to be the best that it can be. We are committed to providing
a fun, family oriented shopping experience for our Shoppers
and Sellers. Towards that goal we will attract vendors
who are also committed to a similar goal.
Selling at Kobey's Swap Meet is a professional
business experience to which we are proud to be committed.
As a part of this experience Kobey's strongly adheres
to all applicable governmental policies, codes, rules
and regulations; therefore we expect the same of every
By accurately reporting all sales tax
revenue, you as a Seller are providing revenue to both
the City and the State. However, if you fail to obtain
the necessary permits, or fail to report sales tax,
Kobey's will have no other choice than to deny you further
We at Kobey's Swap Meet have further committed
ourselves to providing a policy of 100% customer satisfaction.
We want people to come back to Kobey's because they
realize that Kobey's offers quality merchandise at bargain
prices. Shoppers will be encouraged to seek out Management
assistance if they experience dissatisfaction. Kobey's
will use its best efforts to mitigate all customer complaints.
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION SELLER'S PERMIT
All potential Sellers of new or handcrafted
merchandise must have a California State Board of
Equalization Seller's Permit ("California Seller's Permit")
with their name(s) and the Seller's Permit must specify
the address of the San Diego Sports Arena located at
3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110, before
being permitted to purchase a ticket to sell at Kobey's
Swap Meet. This is also the case for vendors selling
large quantities of one particular item; the accumulation
of a quantity of one particular item is for the purpose
If you are selling used or garage sale
items you are entitled to sell two (2) times in a twelve
(I2) month period without a California Seller's Permit.
After selling two (2) times in a twelve (12) month period,
YOU MUST HAVE a California Seller's Permit regardless
of what type of merchandise you are selling.
This is all in accordance with California
State law (18 California Admin. Code §1595(a)(1)).
The California Seller's Permit and further information
can be obtained by contacting the State Board of
Equalization located at 15015 Avenue of Science Ste. 200, San Diego, CA 92128 (858) 385-4700. Each Seller
is responsible for becoming familiar with and complying
with all requirements of the California State Board
of Equalization, as well as filing any necessary forms
required by law.
SAN DIEGO, BUSINESS TAX CERTIFICATE
All vendors selling more than six (6)
times in a twelve (12) month period MUST HAVE A CURRENT
City of San Diego Business Tax Certificate ("San Diego
BTC".) The San Diego BTC is issued by the City of
San Diego, Office of the City Treasurer, Civic Center
Lobby located at 1200 3rd Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.
(619)615-1500. The address of the San Diego Sports Arena
located at 3500 Sports Arena Boulevard, San Diego, CA
must appear on the San Diego BTC. Tax Certificates
from other locations or cities are not acceptable. Your
space at the Swap Meet is your store front and it is
Depending on what you sell, there are
specific licenses that may affect you. If you are selling
a food item, such as produce or bread, you must have
a Health Permit issued to you with the San Diego Sports
Arena address listed on it. A Health Permit is required
by law for anyone selling a product that is designed
to be consumed by a human being, and must be submitted
to any Kobey's employee upon request. Health Permits
may be obtained at the Environmental Health Services, 5500 Overland Ave. Suites 110 & 210, San Diego, CA, 92123. Phone: (858) 505-6700 or (800) 253-9933 .
If you are selling animals of any kind,
you must be in compliance with all applicable County
of San Diego Health Department rules. Kobey's is frequented
by the Humane Society and Animal Control who inspect
selling areas containing animals. These agencies may
impound your animals, and fine you on the spot for any
violations; compliance with all local Health Department
rules, and regulations is mandatory.
Vendors selling bedding, furniture, and
similar items must possess a Home Furnishings Permit.
This permit is available through the Bureau of Home
Furnishings, (800) 952-5210.
Any vendor who sells, exchanges, offers
to sell, or exchange, exposes for sale or exchange,
or possesses with the intent to sell or exchange, refurbished
and/or secondhand merchandise of any type, or kind shall
post a sign at the front of his or her booth clearly
stating that they sell refurbished merchandise.
Violation of any of the above described
provisions will result in revocation of your selling
"No vendor shall offer or display at
a swap meet any new or used personal property or merchandise
of a kind which the swap meet operator has expressly
prohibited. Every swap meet owner shall post or display
in prominent places at the swap meet, or give written
notice to every vendor prior to the commencement of
a swap meet of the kinds of personal property or merchandise
which may not be offered for sale or exchange. The
swap meet owner or operator shall also post a sign
at the main entrance of the swap meet which states
that vendors are required to issue receipts in accordance
with subdivision (a)." Bus. & Pro. Code §21666(b).
* THE SALE OF WEAPONS IS ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED
No Seller may sell, exchange, offer to
sell or exchange, expose for sale or exchange, or possess
with the intent to sell or exchange, store, or transfer
any weapons, or obviously harmful products at Kobey's
Swap Meet, or the grounds thereof. Further prohibited
items consist of, but are not limited to, the following:
- Counterfeit Merchandise
- Aerosol paint and marking pens
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Knives (permitted at the sole discretion of Kobey's
- Mace-like products
- Martial Art Weaponry
- Pepper Spray
- Stun Guns
- Tear Gas
- Tobacco Products
Each Seller shall hold Kobey's Swap Meet
harmless from any violation of any of the foregoing
provisions. Violation of any of the above described
provisions will result in revocation of your selling
privileges at Kobey's Swap Meet at the sole discretion
of Kobey's Management.
The San Diego Sports Arena contracts directly
with an independent food sales company who has exclusive
concessionaire rights to the Sports Arena parking lot
and subsequently, Kobey's Swap Meet; Therefore no Sellers
are permitted to sell "concession" items (i.e. any food
item(s) which could be consumed on the premises). Sellers
are, however, permitted to sell packaged, bulk, non-prepared
food items. For further clarification, or information
please inquire at the Reservation Office.
Once you have obtained all required permits,
licenses, certificates and related paperwork you may
select a date to sell. Be prepared to select an alternative
date if your first selected date is sold out, or if
the selection is not satisfactory. Be prepared to let
the Kobey's employee know what you are selling, if you
have sold before, and the date you wish to sell. We
do not hold spaces or make reservations by telephone.
Kobey's spaces are approximately 16'xl8'
in size consisting of two (2) car spaces on the parking
lot, except for rows I and J which run smaller.
Each Seller must have a valid Kobey's
Seller's License (ticket) to set up in a marked stall
on the given date. Kobey's Swap Meet can be divided
into the following areas: the "front section" consists
of rows A - J; and the "back section" of the Swap Meet
consists of rows K - T.
A KOBEY'S SELLER'S LICENSE
A Sellers License may be purchased five
(5) days a week. You may purchase a Seller's License
either before the day you wish to sell (ADVANCE RESERVATION),
or the same day you wish you to sell (UNRESERVED). An
advance reservation may be purchased Wednesday or Thursday,
from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Kobey's office located
at 3740 Sports Arena Blvd., Suite 3, San Diego. Advance
Reservations can also be made at the Swap Meet Friday
through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Sellers
reservation booth at the main entrance. When purchasing
a Seller's License in advance you are guaranteed a space
in the Swap Meet until 7:00 a.m., and you do not have
to wait in the unreserved line. (Seller's Licenses can
be purchased either on a daily basis, advanced weekly
basis, or monthly basis.) Vehicles must be in their space or unloaded by 6:45 AM. If you arrive later than 6:45, you may cart or carry items to your space.
Purchasing an unreserved Seller's License
entitles you to sell on that day only. Please have your
car in the unreserved Sellers line which forms right
next to the fence (right hand line). REMEMBER: THERE
IS NO GUARANTEE THAT KOBEY'S WILL BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE
YOU; NOR DO WE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT SPACE YOU WILL OCCUPY
- IT IS STRICTLY FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE.
Seller's Licenses are sold only for the
current month. The first opportunity to purchase an
upcoming month's Seller's License will be: (1) the last
Friday of the current month for the upcoming month's
Friday Seller's License; (2) the last Saturday of the
current month for the upcoming month's Saturday Seller's
License; and, (3) the last Sunday of the current month
for the upcoming month's Sunday Seller's License. If
the last Saturday/Sunday are split between two months
both days will be applied to the previous month.
During this initial Seller's License distribution
period Kobey's institutes a random wristband priority
system. The wristbands will be used on these days for
the forming of lines for individual monthly Seller's
Licenses. For more information, you can obtain a Lottery
and Auction Information Sheet which details the process
in full at the reservation office and trailer.
KOBEY'S DOES NOT ISSUE CASH REFUNDS.
Credits are issued for Seller's Licenses
returned at least one day in advance of the selling
day and in person only; same day credits are not issued.
THERE IS NO CREDIT FOR RAIN OUTS.
KOBEY'S ACCEPTS CASH ONLY FOR TICKET
Kobey's will accept other forms of payment
from current monthly sellers who have a Monthly Seller
Information Sheet on file with our corporate office.
CREDITS MAY NOT BE USED IN THE UNRESERVED
Credits may only be used when purchasing
a Seller's License in advance.
UPGRADING YOUR SELLER'S LICENSE
There are several ways in which you may
upgrade your Seller's License to get a better space
at Kobey's Swap Meet. In ALL cases, SELLER'S LICENSES
CAN ONLY BE EXCHANGED AT THE KOBEY'S ADVANCE RESERVATION
BOOTH OR OFFICE. SELLERS MAY NOT TRADE SELLER'S LICENSES
AMONGST THEMSELVES. FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL RESULT IN
DENIAL OF FURTHER SELLING PRIVILEGES. The first and
most convenient method of obtaining a better space ticket
is by checking the daily space turn-ins. You may check
with Kobey's Advance Reservation staff before the day
of the event, and ask if we have a better selection
of spaces. If there is a space for which you would like
to trade, simply exchange the Seller's License for the
preferred space. You must pay any increase in space
fees at the time of the exchange; we will give you a
credit for any decrease in the space fee at the time
of the exchange.
The second way to upgrade your space is
through our lottery system. The only other consistent
method of obtaining better space selection of premium
spaces is through the AUCTION. The Auction is a different
process than the lottery. (For more complete lottery
information, please refer to the Lottery
Information Guidelines (click here) and the Kobey's
Rules and Regulations (click here).
Be prepared. Have your Seller Information
Sheet (three part form) filled out COMPLETELY before
you arrive. DO NOT forget to list all items and their
corresponding serial numbers. Have your correct and
valid licenses; California Seller's Permit, Health Permit,
San Diego BTC, Home Furnishing Permit, and any other
applicable items available when checking into the Swap
Don't forget Kobey's requires all drivers
have a valid driver's license and valid automobile liability
insurance for all vehicles entering the Swap Meet grounds.
Kobey's may require, at their discretion, for a Seller
to provide proof of valid driver's license and auto
Please enter the Swap Meet from the lanes
which are applicable to your Seller's license and space
status. We have separate lanes for reserved and unreserved
Sellers. When entering the grounds please follow the
direction of the parking attendants. They will direct
you to either the reserved line, which is for Sellers
who have previously purchased a Seller's License; or
to the unreserved line, which is for Sellers who have
not previously purchased a Seller's License. Both of
these lines are formed by our parking attendants as
you enter the Swap Meet grounds from Sports Arena Blvd.
Sellers with back section Seller's Licenses
should enter the line that forms on Kurtz Street by
the back gate. This is a single line.
On Saturday or Sunday, vendors with Seller's Licenses are permitted to enter the Swap Meet at 5:00 a.m. (6 a.m. Friday) through the front and back gate. BEFORE you are permitted to enter the Swap Meet you must have all the proper paperwork completed and ready for review at the gate.
Vehicles must be in their space or unloaded and out of the swap meet by 6:45 a.m. If you arrive later than 6:45, you may cart or carry items to your space. Reserved Spaces are only reserved until 7:00 a.m. Vehicles parked inside the swap meet are not permitted to exit until approximately 3:30 p.m. or when management makes the end of day announcement. Failure to clear the aisle way on time will result in the loss of further selling privileges.
The unreserved vendor’s line will be permitted upon purchase of a ticket to enter the Swap Meet no earlier than 5:30 a.m. on Sat. & Sun. and 6:30 a.m. on Friday. The amount of available tickets will determine how many vendors are permitted to enter the Swap Meet. Any vendor showing up after 6:45 a.m. must cart their merchandise into their selling space. Once the Management has declared that the Swap Meet is "sold out", then we no longer will permit vendors to purchase a Seller's License for that selling day.
A PRIMARY IMPORTANCE DURING
THE CHECK-IN HOURS IS SAFETY. PLEASE DRIVE SLOW WITH
YOUR SPEED NOT TO EXCEED 3 MILES PER HOUR. BE AWARE
THAT THERE ARE MANY PEDESTRIANS AND VEHICLES UNLOADING.
USE EXTRA CARE AT ALL TIMES WHEN DRIVING ON THE PARKING
LOT AND INSIDE THE SWAP MEET.
Sellers may rent equipment to assist in
selling at the Swap Meet from equipment rentals which
is located directly in front of the Advance Reservation
Office on the Swap Meet grounds and right inside the
back vendor's gate. Available equipment includes tables,
chairs, canopies, strollers, wagons, etc. A complete
list of equipment and rental fees is available.
Kobey's has exclusive rights to rent any
and/or all equipment. Vendors inside the market area
will not be permitted to rent items without Kobey's
Presentation of valid identification (i.e.
California Driver's License, Military I.D., with a major
credit card) is required to rent equipment. The rental
of a canopy also requires a twenty dollar ($20.00) cash
only deposit. No checks will be accepted. A cash deposit
can be held in lieu of depository identification card.
Your cash deposit and/or identification materials will
be returned to you upon the return of the rented items.
For further information on rental equipment, please
see equipment rentals directly.
IN YOUR SPACE
Upon reaching your selling space, position
your vehicle in the space entirely, or quickly unload
and remove your vehicle from the lot (weekend parking
is available in the Sports Arena Village complex to
the west of Kobey's Swap Meet). No vehicles are permitted
in the aisles after 6:45 a.m.
Remember to set up your selling displays
entirely within the "T" marks which define your space.
Please follow all rules and regulations,
governing selling at Kobey's, listed on your Seller's
Please show respect for your neighbors'
space and be considerate of others.
Please dispose of all your trash in a
proper manner, and leave your space clean. Vendors leaving
an abundant amount of trash will be assessed a clean-up
fee and the loss of further selling privileges.
EACH CORNER POLE OF ANY CANOPY
SET IN SELLER'S SPACE MUST HAVE A CEMENT BLOCK SECURELY
FASTENED TO IT. ANY ADDITIONAL POLES MUST HAVE A PROTECTIVE
"FOOTING" TO PRESERVE THE PARKING LOT SURFACE. ADDITIONAL
POLES OR CEMENT BLOCKS MAY BE REQUIRED AT KOBEY'S
Vendors must vacate the Sports Arena premises
no later than 4:30 p.m., unless Management announces
otherwise throughout the day.
Kobey's hopes that this Information will
help make your selling day at Kobey's Swap Meet safer
and more enjoyable. Kobey's is committed to constantly
improving its operation making it the premier Swap Meet
in San Diego. Therefore, if you have further questions
or comments regarding any of the information contained
herein, or need more information regarding the rules
and regulations, please contact any one of Kobey's personnel
at the Sellers Reservation Office at (619) 523-2700
or call (619) 226-0650 for 24 hour information.
For a more detailed description of Kobey's
Rules and Regulations click here.
MANAGEMENT OF KOBEY'S SWAP
MEET AT THE SPORTS ARENA
General Info, Before
You Purchase, Kobey's Philosophy,
California Seller's Permit,
San Diego Tax Certificate, Other
Licenses, Second Hand Merchandise,
Prohibited Merchandise, Selecting
a Space, Purchasing a Seller's
License, Upgrading a Seller's
License, The Day You Sell,
In Your Space