It never ceases to amaze me what a cross section of the population you find at car boot sales.
Everybody is there: market traders who sell stuff outside in the cold for a living; young mums making a few quid from their kids’ outgrown toys and clothes; rather well spoken, elegant ladies selling their Jaeger and Country Casuals cast-offs; whole families, maybe about to move house, decluttering and trying to get rid of all manner of their hoarded belongings; teenage girls flogging piles of last year’s Primark and unwanted make-up so they can buy more of this year’s; young lads flogging DVDs and computer games, again presumably so they can buy some more; and some of my favourites, the slightly quirky, eccentric regular sellers who always have the exact same items on their stall that nobody wants, and who seem to be there for the social rather than making money – all us regulars stop and chat to them each week, and if they’re not there, then you notice and hope they’re OK.
And, although you get the very occasional grumpy monosyllabic seller, the vast majority are lovely people, ready with a smile and happy to chat and pass the time of day, and do you know, every week, my faith in humanity goes up a few notches after I’ve been to the car boot sale. I like to chat to people that I probably don’t have much in common with, and would never get the opportunity to chat to otherwise – I learn stuff, have a laugh and a bit of a banter, and it gladdens my soul.
Shopping and therapy. What’s not to like?
Anyway, enough with the philosophising – you just want to see what I’ve bought, don’t you?
Accessorize make-up brush collection, £1.50
Dolce & Gabbana (genuine) sunglasses and case, £4
And Reg. He’s still in discussions with his agent over appearing in his own blog post.
Not a bad haul for a wet Sunday morning inside the multi-storey car park!
Looks like my tentative hope that spring was with us at the beginning of last week has been dashed with below zero temperatures and snow flurries forecast from tomorrow. Lovely!
**Edited to add: linking up with Magpie Monday over at Liz’s**