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Shoppers bid final farewell to popular Kam Swap Meet

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AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Bargain hunters bid a fond farewell to the Kam Swap Meet in Aiea on Sunday. The community staple came to an end after 35 years.

Carlo Fiore fought back tears as he greeted longtime customers on the final day. He has been selling second-hand goods at the Kam Swap meet for 32 years.

"We're like a big ohana, extended family, and it's just a very, very sad day that this is the end," he said.

Fiore and other vendors found out less than two weeks ago that their gathering place would be shutting down. The landowner, Robertson Properties Group, said the swap meet was no longer sustainable due to declining interest.

"This is the busiest I've probably seen it in 10 years because it's the last day," said Fiore.

Vendor Tania Morimoto said she would miss her family's tradition of selling goods to help pay for their special functions.

"It's a great way for us to clean out our houses, for us to get together and spend time," she said.

Many couldn't help but feel nostalgic as they walked around.

"It's kind of sad. You grow up as a kid shopping at the swap meet. Your mom gives you $2 and you can buy a bunch of toys and just kind of hang out, and now it's going to be gone," said shopper Ryan Shimada. "One man's junk is another man's treasure."

Some vendors are considering moving to the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet or another spot to sell their knickknacks and household goods.

"Just gonna miss this place, cause deals like this you can't get anywhere else. I got a lot of stuff from over here, take back home," said Big Island resident Mitchell Tete.

The 15-acre site will eventually be developed into residential and commercial properties, according to the landowner.

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