Car Boot Sale

So we did it!
On Saturday morning, after getting in from work at 1am, I woke Rachel up just after 5am and we headed across to the other side of Coventry, to do a car boot sale.
This was only the second time I had ever done a car boot sale, and the first time since we have had the kids.
We arrived in plenty of time and started to get set up.

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It became apparent quite quickly, that we just didn’t have enough “junk”!
All the lovely things I had been making were not the sort of thing people at this boot sale would be interested in. I don’t want to sound snobby, but all the handmade bits and bobs were a bit too fancy and expensive for the boot sale clientele.
People looked at them, but didn’t buy.
However, it wasn’t a total disappointment a) because we got to bring them home again – and we can save them for a more suitable fair or christmas pressies and b) because we had gathered a few bits and bobs of used/second hand “stuff” which we did sell.

Anyway, I digress, so back to the morning.
So by about 6am, we were all set up, with Rachel helping me unload and pile up the table and people were already starting to mill around.
We had a couple of early sales which meant we had covered the pitch fee which was heartening.

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I had brought us some supplies, to keep us going, so, once we were set, we perched on/in the car to tuck in to our pain au chocolat and juice.
Just after 8am, Daddy and Jack came and joined us and brought the old highchair to sell as well.
It was just the right time as both Rachel and I needed the loo!!
Daddy took Rachel and Jack for a look around and they came back with a toy each – Rachel got a dolls travel cot and Jack (unsurprisingly) got a train!
We hung out for most of the morning, the kids getting in and out of the car and Daddy and I taking it in turns to watch the stall, take the kids to the toilet and have a wander around.

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By 11 we had sold most of the bits and bobs – the highchair, some kids shoes and coats, some toiletry sets, a random hat, and happily Rachel had sold 4 of her loom bands – although she wanted to sell more,

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so we packed everything up and went to the local Lidl to stock up on food for the week and spend what we made!!
All in all, we made over £40 – not bad considering how little we really sold, and it made it just about worthwhile getting up after 4 hours sleep!!
It was an experience and despite the odd moan the children were brilliant and they said that they enjoyed it <3

Next job is to find some christmas fairs to try and sell the good stuff, although if we don’t, as I said before, it’s not really a problem, as I will be able to use them as christmas presents for all the lovely people that I know 🙂
And then, maybe next summer when its not so dark and cold, and preferably on a morning where I don’t have to work the night before, we will gather all our random crap together and try another boot sale!

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