Traveling swap meet vendors settle down in Kingman
KINGMAN - After spending years in food concessions, Linda and Al Cockey decided to travel the country's swap meet circuit as item vendors. In November, they stopped in Kingman, and after a few more months of traveling through the southwest, they decided to move here and start an indoor/outdoor swap meet.
Mohave Treasures Outlet is the market's name, but the market aspect is only the first step. The Cockeys have plans to offer horseshoe tournaments, a mini golf course and even a farmers market in the future. If there are fun things to do at the market other than just shop, Linda said people will be more willing to bring their families down to have fun while they browse the goods.
"When we got to the community, we heard there is nothing for kids to do from a lot of people," Linda said.
As for the Mohave Treasures' main attraction - the market - it is all about the vendors, Linda said. The Cockeys are always on the lookout for quality, respectful vendors who don't sell junk. Inside vendor stalls can be rented by the month, but the outside ones can be rented on a day-to-day basis. Vendors cannot bring alcohol or drugs onto the premises, let their children run around without supervision or sell food or drinks.
Vendors sell everything from Kachina dolls and handmade jewelry to leather biker jackets and house paint. There are even layaway plans available, Linda said.
Nadine Dorschler and Melissa Horn, two vendors who sell magnetic jewelry, have been set up at Treasures for nearly two months.
"I love it here," Dorschler said. "I see a bright future."
Dorschler has been a vendor for nearly seven years and hopes Mohave Treasures becomes a permanent fixture in the community.
Louise Doucette and her two daughters, Amanda Doucette and Helen Kemmery, have been set up for less than a week, but Louise has seven years of jewelry-making experience.
"Jewelry made fresh daily," Kemmery said to sum up their operation.
One thing is for sure, the swap meet features a variety of goods and people, Linda said. But when it comes to satisfaction, it is not about turning a profit.
"When a customer comes in and says 'I've been looking for that,' it is more rewarding than actually determining what to sell," Linda said. "We just need to make people aware that we have lots to offer."
There is space for 10 stalls inside and 10 stalls outside. Mohave Treasures plans to have an official grand opening the weekend of July 15. As is, the swap meet is open six days a week, but the Cockeys have discussed dropping it down to five so vendors and management can get an extra day off. When that happens, Mohave Treasures will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. It's located at 2630 Airway Ave. Call (928) 377-0710 for more information.
As for the future plans for Treasures, Linda said: "They're both realistic and exciting."