Kobey's Swap Meet has operated at the San Diego Sports Arena location for nearly 33 years. Kobey's outdoor market is as much a San Diego success story as it is a place to find great bargains, unique items and hundreds of garage sales.
Each member of the Kobey family has played a part in the market's accomplishments, from dad Monte, the business patriarch who opened the market in 1976, to his children and grandchildren who have appeared in company ads and now help run the swap meet.
Monte Kobey launched his San Diego swap meet in 1976 at the Midway Drive-In with only thirteen sellers. The swap stayed at the drive-in for several years until it was slated to close. In August 1980 Monte moved the swap to the nearby Sports Arena. The Sports Arena's exposed and busy location helped Kobey's Swap Meet take off in earnest.
In 2013, Kobey's Swap Meet at the Sports Arena is still San Diego's biggest outdoor market, drawing close to 25,000 shoppers and nearly 1,000 sellers weekly.