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Boot fairs

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nanapug Sun 25-Sep-11 12:23:54

Wow, my six year old GS and I were so lucky this morning. We went to our local boot fair (a nice one that doesn't allow trade stalls) and did so well. We found a large army helicopter with soldiers included for £1 (£40 in the shops) and a fabulous wooden fort for £2.50p. He is one happy little lad, for the sum of £3.50p. Wish more people would recycle in this way. We look out for stalls with children a little older than him and know there should be stuff the right age for him. It does surprise me that there are so few children's books for sale. We were looking for more Beast Quest books, which he loves. You can usually find baby books but very few books for older children, especially boys. Most concerning. Must admit I avoid boot fairs that have lots of trade stalls. I like to support the families who are genuinely selling stuff so they can clear space for the next lot of toys etc.

goldengirl Sun 25-Sep-11 15:21:25

I love car boot sales. There is an annual one we try to visit with no or very few trade stalls and we are able to buy all sorts of interesting things for our GC which have obviously been well looked after. Our local one is a bit 'tooty' but I expect I've missed some excellent bargains there nevertheless. Antiques Roadshow participants seem to find some really good stuff at car boots as do some of the antiques experts on the programme which has two of them competing against each other. Great fun. I agree about the age level of books; some of the ones for older children look, shall we say, very well read!

glammanana Sun 25-Sep-11 17:00:44

Most Saturday morning at our local football pitch car park they hold a car boot sale,my DD and I have had some amazing bargain's from here,good Fisher Price toy's that they don't do now and a lovely set of Just William books for youngest DGS,DGD has had her wardrobe filled with nice clothe's and coat's for the winter,so we have had a good summer's shopping.

nanny1 Mon 26-Sep-11 00:02:28

I went to the local car boot sale this morning :-)

I got a red wool coat for £2, a pair of unworn boots for £2, a bag and 2 t-shirts for £1.50 and a Picquotware teapot for £2... very pleased with my bargains.

I find that the best bargains are often to be had at the end when people are clearing away.

Twobabes Mon 26-Sep-11 08:15:28

goldengirl, what's "tooty"? Love the sound of it. Assume it's not a term of praise smile

numberplease Mon 26-Sep-11 16:14:41

Although I`ve sold things at boot sales, I`ve never managed to go as a customer. I generally sell books, mostly paperbacks, never had much luck with selling clothes, although my daughter sells an awful lot. I once sold a few kitchen utensils that we inherited when my MIL died, they were only 5p each, to an elderly Indian lady who was here on holiday with family, and she was quite satisfied with them, as well she should be, but her daughter came back with them, saying that I`d overcharged her mother, and demanding the money back, she was most annoyed when I refused. I`ve been looking at what`s accumulated in our garage, and think we ought to do another very soon. Anyone want a baby`s high chair, in good nick, for a fiver?

goldengirl Mon 26-Sep-11 16:22:36

Twobabes you're right! It means rubbish or manky.
I've taken part in boot sales as well as being a customer and it's good fun. The trouble is what doesn't sell has to go home with you again!

Twobabes Mon 26-Sep-11 19:12:51

Thanks for a great new word, gg! I'll be slipping it into conversation as often as poss. Where's it from?

goldengirl Tue 27-Sep-11 16:59:30

I've no idea. French derivative? Derivative of 'tat'? I think it sounds more genteel [?] than 'tat'! It was common parlance when I was selling nearly new childrens clothes many moons ago and I thought it quite descriptive for some of the stuff I was offered smile

greenmossgiel Tue 27-Sep-11 19:52:46

Well done with the Picquotware teapot, nanny1! In good condition, they are worth a wee bit! smile

glammanana Tue 27-Sep-11 23:41:49

nanny1 You did well with your teapot you should go on David Dickinson's TV programme "The Real Deal" you would make a good few £s with that.envy

nanny1 Wed 28-Sep-11 17:59:40

It is in good condition - I am pleased with myself. It certainly was a bargain, I couldn't get my purse open quickly enough when she told me how much she wanted for it. I should really get some pictures up on here shouldn't I?