Americans have driveways and garages to spare, but in the UK these things are not as common for the average property. Need to sell off your junk?
Enter the wonderous: Car Boot Sale.
Very similar to flea markets, a ‘vendor’ can load up a car, pay a stall price and empty out all kinds of god-knows-what onto a blanket for people to rummage through. Some are ‘professional’ sellers — you know them because they have proper tables and price tags, change for a £5 note, etc. — but most look like very disorganised yard sales.
I think Neil may have intentionally kept me away from these things for fear I’d load up on all kinds of crap, but even though I haven’t gone proper junk shopping in years, I was sensible and came away with only a handful of vintage postcards, a cocktail shaker, two boxes of incense, a small silver-tone tray, a pocket-sized fold-up slide viewer (vintage), and a tripod camping stool. I spent about £10 for the lot.
We went to two separate sales– one in Ascot (a bit of a rubbish sale) and one in Taplow (ENORMOUS!). We’re actually thinking of loading up the car and having a sell off of our junk too, but we might be too late in the season for it. We’re awfully busy for the next couple of months, so looks like we’ll just have to Freecycle and donate to charity shops to get rid of our clutter.
As for the photo above, I really wish I’d bought that gloriously hideous pink duck. You just don’t see that kind of kitsch every day…