Easter bank holiday Monday means one thing (apart from nursing a chocolate hangover) and that is the start of car boot season here. We are lucky that there’s a regular car boot sale at the other end of our village, and we usually pop down there for a rummage. Sometimes we come away empty handed as nothing takes our fancy, other times we go with a little list of things we are looking out for. (We don’t always find everything but it’s amazing what you can find!)
They say one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure and in most cases it’s fairly accurate. We usually let the children have a little bit of money and they have a look around too. Today all they found that caught their eye was the ice cream van! Some of the stalls really were filled with ‘same old same old’, but I’m sure that for some people even those contained hidden treasures.
We tend to look for old tools (as they are often far superior quality to some newer ones), old kitchen items such as mixing bowls (as they are also often better quality), games and toys for the children to use in the garden (think cars that are allowed to go in the mud!) and things children need that they tend to lose easily/don’t use that much, such as sun hats and snow suits. At the end of last summer we bought our daughter 5 beautiful sun hats for 50p each, deciding that one could go in the caravan, one could be for in the garden etc. We are a bit discerning with our purchases, in that we won’t buy things if they are tatty or broken, but generally we have been quite lucky.
Today we went with a list, I didn’t manage to get everything I wanted and Mr C didn’t buy anything except a rather substantial ice cream with a flake in. However, I spent less than £5 and got all of this:
The rosemary plant cost £1, the apron was 50p, the flan dish was £1, the vase cost 50p and the seed pots (chives and cucumber) were 50p each. I also got a Puddle Lane book for my son for 10p but he decided to leave that at his grandparents’ house. I am keeping an eye out for photo props to go with my craft items and thought the vase would be really pretty with a couple of simple flowers in. I really wanted a lavender plant but I will bide my time. I’m also on the hunt for things to use as large planters for a herb garden, I saw a few today but they were just a little too battered and would potential have been dangerous with sharp metal edges. The perfect one will turn up eventually.
The other bonus of the car boot sale was that my Garmin told me I’d done 10,000 steps by tea time as the field is three quarters of a mile away, plus the walking around it (twice). It seems a good reason to go again!
Do you ever go to car boot sales? What kind of things do you look out for? What’s the best bargain you’ve ever had from one?