Swapfest: The Flea at MIT

Swapfest is back!!!

Posted: April 22, 2024
Swapfest 2024 season is running as usual with the dates listed below. Our contact email remains swapfest@mit.edu.

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2024 Swapfest Dates

The 2024 Swapfest season will run as usual.

  • April 21
  • May 19
  • June 16
  • July 21
  • August 18
  • September 15
  • October 20

About Swapfest

The MIT Radio Society, in conjunction with the MIT UHF Repeater Association, the MIT Electronics Research Society, and the Harvard Wireless Club, sponsors a Swapfest on the third Sunday of each month, April through October. This is a place to buy, sell, and swap amateur radio, electronic, and computer equipment. Hams and non-hams alike are welcome.

For more information, see the online copy of our Swapfest flyer (pdf, or text only). Print out a copy of the flyer and bring it with you for a discount on the buyer’s admission. Want to sell? Here’s an online copy of the seller’s registration form. Remember to send it in by the 5th of the month for the advanced seller discount. Still need more info? Call 617-253-3776 during business hours.

The Swapfest is held at MIT’s Albany Street Garage on Albany St between Main Streets and Mass Ave in Cambridge. The gate opens for buyers at 9am. There is a small admission fee.


Printable version here


How much does it cost to buy or sell?

See flyer linked above.

How large is a vendor space?

Each vendor space is one parking space in the parking garage. Most vendors park in the space and sell directly out of their trunk, then set up tables in additional spaces.

Do you provide tables?

No, we do not have the ability to provide tables. Some vendors sell out of the trunk of their vehicles directly or just arrange items on the floor.

How late can I preregister to vend at Swapfest?

Preregistrations must be mailed by the 5th of the month for which you are preregistering. If you are preregistering for multiple months, the registration must be mailed by the 5th of the first month you are registering for.

Did you receive my preregistration?

If you enclose a SASE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope), we will mail you a receipt back. If not, you can email us at swapfest@mit.edu to check if your preregistration has been received. We do not mail out vendor passes, you will receive those the day of the event.

I forgot to preregister, can I still vend?

Yes, you can come as a non-prepaid vendor, which many of our vendors do. Non-prepaid vendors go to the parking lot at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Albany St. around 6:30 AM, where they line up, fill out a “blue form” non-prepaid vendor registration given to them by a Swapfest volunteer, and pay for passes.

Prepaid vendor line has priority on entering the garage, so non-prepaid vendors pool in that parking lot until all of the prepaid vendors have entered the garage, at which point we release the non-prepaid vendors to go to the garage and set up.

Can I bring in helpers for my vendor table?

You can bring in as many people as you have purchased vendor spaces. For example, a vendor with one space can bring him/herself only, a vendor with two spaces can bring 1 helper, etc. Additional helpers admission pay as if they were buyers ($6 or $5 with printed flyer).

Does a digital flyer on my phone count for the $1 discount?

No, we count the collected paper flyers for accounting purposes. Everybody is given a free paper flyer to hold onto for the next time. If you are a vendor who will be traveling to other flea markets, feel free to ask us for a small stack of flyers to hand out or leave on your vendor table there.