My love for Car boot’s I’m not afraid to share, probably much to my children’s horror.
I have a number of friends equally as appalled by my love of them. However, some of the buys I’ve had over the years have been bargains of the century. So there really is only one winner and that’s me 😘.
We had a caravan as a young child out in the countryside and part of our weekend routine was to pop along to these weekly car boots. I was given a few pounds, and I would be amazed with just what I could buy with some small change.
Now you have to have a good eye, for the 10 stall’s I can just skim past there will be one with a gem. I wake early, there’s no point in getting to a car boot after 9am. I like to be on a field rummaging at 7am, alone, always alone. I am not good car boot company 😂.
I have been a serious ‘booter’ for over 10 year’s now. At one point around 8 years ago, I literally went every weekend. Some weekends there would be a shockingly sad turnout. Freezing my arse off I would question just why I had dragged myself out of bed at 6am? Then I would come across just one gem, and realise why ❤. I recognise that I am probably addicted. Although now I am a more May-September seasonal booter 💪.
In 2010, I met a man selling store returns from big chainstore brands i.e. Karen Millen, Coast and many more. For over 4 years through that car boot meeting I became self employed and ran a very successful eBay shop. So you really never know who you might meet on these fields.
Alfie was an October baby. So at 8 months pregnant, I was still lugging my big baby bump around the fields. I loved picking up the baby buys for crazy savings. You really are throwing money down the drain with baby purchases. With Alfie being my 5th I knew just what we needed and the savings I could make.
Buying and selling really is in my blood. My Dad was, and still is, always coming across ‘one mans junk’ and selling it on, or doing a swap for something more useful to him.
I remember buying a vintage toy at a local jumble sale for £8 and selling it for £100. I must have only been about 18. Time and time over I have picked up a £1 buy and sold it for a good profit.
To me it’s a no brainer. We all love a designer label here. I search them out like a hawk 🤣. Armani, Lacoste, Ted Baker, Cath Kidston, every label you name it I can find it.
I also love the quirky buys that you can pick up. Who wants the same picture on your wall that 500,000 other people have? Vintage and with a bit of history are my favourite buys, or ‘granny style’ as the kid’s would say.
They probably are right. I love me a crocheted blanket, and a little doily 😍. Vintage tea set, and if you can spend less than a tenner on a granny bundle, yes they are my guilty pleasures.
So do I need to go to them? Not ‘need’ but definitely ‘want’. If I can pick up a £30 top for 50p, I will contiune to drag my bad back around them. If I won the lottery would I still go?
Yes, because I think it’s a little bit of me. The early mornings, the normally fresh air you breathe in, the thrill the adrenaline of what I can find is addictive. I will share a few of this years bargains, and believe me this is really what I paid 😘. So to all the “oh I couldn’t do that”, “oh its only crap” you really would be surprised just what you can find.❤~ Happy Booting 😙