Video by Zakariyya Paruk

It was definitely an eventful one for the sneaker aficionados of South East Queensland last Saturday, as this year’s Brisbane Swap Meet took off over at New Farm’s iconic Powerhouse. Hosting the event at this spot was a new look, compared to what it was when the congregation of sneaker nuts began back in ’07 at Brisbane Square. Good call on acquiring the sizeable space, being just the right amount of real estate to account for the several vendors who set up shop that day.

Before the 11am start, folks were hella keen — coming through even while some sellers were still trying to set up. Getting in early on good deals that were on offer, minimising that risk of someone else getting in under them. After at least an hour in, it was like traffic on the M1 on a Friday afternoon, shoulder-to-shoulder through the aisles. The Powerhouse was no doubt generating a lot of heat from buyers and sellers rocking up with limited edition and exclusive items. Seeing old and new faces all with similar interests in the game created a positive energy and an overall good vibe only people in the community could provide.

Jason Markk sponsored the event and had the courtesy cleaning station up for them sneakers. How can a dirty pair say no to that! Strolling past some tables, it was awesome to see the diversity of other things on sale other than just sneakers alone. Case in point, the Bathing Ape x Andy Warhol x Medicom Banana triple collab cushion. That’s just pure dope!

Among the vendors present, we also set up shop sharing tables with our good friends The Kickz Stand coming all the way from Sydney, as well as our local brothers from Brisbane Sneaker Bazaar and GC Sneakerheads.

It was also great to see the boys from Melbourne’s Saint Side making an appearance, bringing with them a swap meet exclusive following the pink theme of this year’s event. We’re talking about the Anti Saintside Saintside Club tee of course, and we’re loving it at DopeKoto! It goes well with the swap meet’s extremely limited commemorative cap from the good folks at New Era, designed by Brisbane local — Matt Kyte.

All in all, good times were had that day. Thanks to everyone that came down and made the meet a great success. Also, special thanks to the supporters for securing themselves one of our limited individually-identified ‘Cement’ tees’.

Can’t wait till the next swap meet, until then enjoy the video above and check out the photos below!


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