Guitar swap at Fitz's Spare Keys to benefit food pantry

ELMHURST – Patrons of Fitz’s Spare Keys may leave with more than a full stomach Saturday.

The establishment is hosting the second guitar player swap meet for the Elmhurst/Yorkfield Food Pantry.

“This is an alternative to vintage guitar shows,” event organizer George Berger said.

The vintage shows usually charge entry fees and showcase expensive instruments, Berger explained. Instead the food pantry and Fitz’s bring together musicians and music lovers to swap equipment and enjoy some jams. The entrance fee is a donation of nonperishable food, sealed personal hygiene items or a cash donation to the food pantry.

“Some people just come to hang out,” Berger said.

A few acts are expected to take the stage, but Berger said there will be opportunities for others who decide to play a few tunes to show off their skills.

The swap offers more than guitars, Berger said. He saw a saxophone, keyboard and possibly a tuba last year. Amplifiers and accessories are also welcome for sale or trade. For the less musically inclined, who may have inherited an old six string, there will be price guides and appraisals available. An entire starter guitar package with amplifier will also be given away to a lucky participant.

Last year’s event collect more than 400 pounds of food and hygiene items for the food pantry as well as $489 in cash.

The swap will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Fitz’s Spare Keys, 119 N. York St. Food and beverages will be available to buy.

Elmhurst/Yorkfield Food Pantry is located at 1083 S. York St. in Elmhurst. It serves 300 families a month, helping those living in Elmhurst, Addison, Bensenville, Lombard, Oak Brook, Villa Park, Hillside and Berkeley.

The pantry is funded completely by donations and staffed by volunteers, distributing food to clients three days a week, 52 weeks a year.

More information about the pantry is available through the Yorkfield Presbyterian Church at www.eypc.org.