Advantages finding bargains, making money from stuff you don't want, good morning out
Disadvantages can be more like a market, bad weather can spoil it, no guarantees
I am a car boot sale binger. That is I become addicted to them after one visit, binge, going every week for a few months, and then don't bother for ages - until the next time I need a book, or something from the market stalls! I have been to many boot sales in Lancashire to both buy and sell. I'm going to give my opinion generally on what car boot sales are like based on things a lot of them have in common.TYPES OF CAR BOOT
You can tell someone's spent hours at various car boots when they know enough to write a section called 'Types of car boot.' These things can be classified?! Oh yes. You see, there are car boots...and then there are giant car boots. The difference is mainly the amount of stalls and punters, the giant car boots usually occurring on a large farm field and having market stalls as well as second-hand stalls. They usually have copious amounts of food vans and portaloos. With smaller ones, there's usually very few traders' stalls, less chance of finding what you want as a buyer, and less people to spend money on your stuff as a seller, but there can be other plusses such as not having to jostle your way to the front at every stall, clean, fresh facilities, and a more friendly atmosphere. There are also covered car boots, usually at markets which obviously have an advantage on rainy days, and indoor car boots, which lose none of their appeal in winter.GOING TO CAR BOOTS TO BUY
There's no denying it, I've found many, many bargains in my years as a self-confessed car booter. As a teacher, I've found countless children's books in great condition for 20p, 30p, 50p, up to a pound for lovely, well-illustrated hardback books, and have a great stock in my class library! I've also bought lots of books from car boots for between 40p and a pound, again for the hardbacks. You see more and more newer books these days as well, as die-hards tend to sell as soon as they've read. For example, I got Bridget Jones : The Edge of Reason for 50p, we got Last Light by Andy McNab for 2 pounds not long after its release, and Emotional Intelligence for 40p!
With books I think 'can I sell it on and break even' and if the answer's no, I tend not to buy now. Things like books, toys, furniture and jewellery are usually good buys because you can see if they are in good order then and there. I have also acquired several CDs for a pound, but people don't often sell anything recent of course. My mum and I have bought many ornaments and fancies to put the finishing touches to various rooms, some of my favourites were a beautiful iridescent bird ornament for a pound, a pair of fancy green candlesticks for a pound, and a large black cat ornament for a pound. My favourite buy ever was my wooden jewellery box, which I got for six quid pretty new and in perfect condition, priced 17.50 in Argos. If you go to a giant boot sale, it pays not to buy the first of an item that you see, especially if it's not quite up to scratch, wait until the end and go back if necessary, you will often find two or three of the one thing you want and with so much choice you can afford to be picky.
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