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  • CAR BOOT SALES - Love 'em or hate 'em????

    Hi
    I am an avid car booter - (I love rummaging around for bits and pieces) things I can alter like boxes or frames etc. As the weather was so beautiful this morning I went along and picked up all sorts of goodies (my husband does NOT agree with this statement but never mind - he'll learn one day!!)
    Anyway I got a lovely old lock a broken brass pocket watch (broken doesn't matter to me it's all the mechanisms I want anyway) and lots of other bits for just £2.50!!!! I posted a piccie on my blog. Any of you avid carbooters or are you just too busy crafting !!!!!!!!!!
    Rebecca xx
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    love!love!love! car boots! They're a total reasure trove of vintage fabrics and other amzing goodies!!!

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    • #3
      I totally love car boots, cheap fabric, books christmas ideas and of course more books!!!!

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      • #4
        Can't wait for the better weather so I can get up early on my Sunday mornings. I love em, you get some lovely vintage beads and crystals. I clean em up and re-use them in my jewellery :0)
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        • #5
          They can be a treasure trove for crafters if you keep your eyes open. They are also very dangerous if, like me you you have that 'That could be useful' sort of mentality. I always make sure I only take a limited amount of cash with me and have a very strict ceiling above which I won't go when buying things. I ama fraid I am a sellers worst night mare LOL

          pete
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          • #6
            I agree with Pete, I can only take a limited amount of cash with me otherwise I come home with allsorts of 'could be useful' stuff. Quickly running out of space for more 'stuff' though. Carboots - love 'em!

            Tarina
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            • #7
              Originally posted by tarinab View Post
              I agree with Pete, I can only take a limited amount of cash with me otherwise I come home with allsorts of 'could be useful' stuff. Quickly running out of space for more 'stuff' though. Carboots - love 'em!

              Tarina
              I'm another of those who has to limit the amount of cash I take. Fortunately, the two car boots I go to most often are seasonal and don't start until April and finish early October. The fact that they are 20 miles away also stops me going too often, but by this time of year I'm getting a bit stressed about not being able to pick up bargains.

              Linda

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              • #8
                We sold at a couple of car boots last year and over the winter I had another good old sort out in the loft so plan to do another few this year to get rid of the junk. My hubby absolutely HATES doing them and particularly hated getting up at 6am on a Sunday morning to do them - he spent most of the time asleep in the car while I manned the table

                I used to find it hard to throw things away but now I'm the opposite so other sellers hold no appeal to me...except the vans selling bacon baps and ice creams
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                • #9
                  I love them. I bought a huge bag of old buttons last year for £2.00. All shapes and sizes and many of them vintage. Brill!

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                  • #10
                    I love them, all my goblins are sitting in or on carbooty finds. Haven't been for a while, shall have to drag OH out with me , need to find some good ones near me
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                    • #11
                      I love them, but during the summer I'm at the local artists' market so I don't often get a chance to go. I do have lots of old stuff I need rid of though, so I'll have to find time to go to one at some point, just to clear out all my unwanted items.
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                      • #12
                        I used to be a regular seller doing somestimes 2 in a weekend and would regularly take £150 £200 but you have to plough a lot of that back into stock. You could go around the massive carboots of the midlands and because the competition was so fierce you would get stock very cheap and go to the coast and make quite a profit. I used to buy stuff at auction, often job lot house clearance type things and you would get some really good stuff but you have to be prepared to mend, restore and clean things up. As a turner I am always looking for quality calipers and got some nice ones at a bootsale whilst cycling in Somerset.. One of my last buys was a Clauad Butler bike with a Brook saddle and a 501 lightweight steel frame for £10 although it needs a lot of work.

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                        • #13
                          I went to a carboot on Sunday and picked up some lovely bits! Vintage maps, leather boots and a HUGE bundle of vintage lace. oooooh yes!
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                          • #14
                            Yes Boot sales and charity shops great places for goodies.....

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                            • #15
                              Oh well it appears that I am in the minority. I am a car boot virgin. I have never been to one and don't really have much desire to visit one either. I know there are probably bargains to be had at them, but I just don't have the patience or inclination to hunt for them.
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