In this fascinating interview with SignonSanDiego.com, Kobey’s Swap Meet president Kimberly Kobey Pretto talks about the effect of the recession on her business. She says attendance and sales are up and the percent of second-hand goods sold at her swap meet has risen from 30 percent to 50-60 percent — partly because of foreclosures, and because people who are out of work are selling their possessions to raise money. Friday sales are up 50 percent, because unemployed folks are free to shop on weekdays, she says. And a lot of vendors, who used to hold down other jobs, are now relying on the flea market business as their sole source of income. Check out the whole article.