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Photos: Tanque Verde Swap Meet in Tucson through the years
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Photos: Tanque Verde Swap Meet in Tucson through the years

Who remembers when the Tanque Verde Swap Meet was on Tanque Verde?

In 1975, Richard Chapin started the Tanque Verde Swap Meet with the help of his parents and sister Linda Fiore. He was 22 at the time.

"I remember it from day one — that was weird. Whew. We had three sellers," Chapin said in a 2001 Tucson Citizen story.

In 1987, the swap meet moved from Tanque Verde and Grant roads to its current location on Palo Verde Road near Ajo Way. 

The swap meet is only open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. For more information, visit

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Rick Wiley is the photo editor of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. From 1995-2004, he was director of photography at the East Valley Tribune in Mesa. From 1988-94 he was a photographer at the Tucson Citizen. He is a graduate of ASU (yes, that ASU).

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