Car boot booty!

I’ve just got back from the local car boot sale. Unlike some areas, there are no regular car boot sales; instead the local cricket club holds them on Bank Holiday Mondays. Two bank holidays, mean two car boot sales and today I went to the second of the year. My first purchase were three pink Hydrangeas for £7……I haggled the vendor down from £3 each. Hint for haggling, have the money you want to pay in your open hand and offer him/her the price with the money under their nose.

The plants were a bargain, even Aldi sell these for about £6 each and garden centres, for even more.
My next purchase was a very small saucepan and a large frying pan for £1 for both; they need a scrub up! Our pans are family size and often the tiniest pans are needed for just the two of us.

I love the cottage industries that seem to exist is Liskeard and the surrounding areas. There seem to be so many people raising seeds, potting on and making a bit of money at car boot sales. I have no where to raise seeds and my window sills don’t seem to get enough light, so I’m happy to pay a bit of money to someone to start the job for me. Dearly Beloved recently mentioned that he would like more flowers in the garden, and if my beloved requests something, then I’ll do anything I can to make that happen for him. I bought a packet of lupin seeds a few years ago and the slugs ate most of the plants but those who survived are now perrenial heroes that tower out of the flower borders every year and the bees loves them. I bought two little trays for 75p each.

Sorry for the close up. I love the spelling! I loved the old dears selling them too! They had trays of lettuce, cabbage, beans ect; they were flying off their stall. Loopings!!!!! I love odd spellings…….I once had a child hand me some homework about a ‘memory’ and he wrote about falling off his bike and having to go to hospital in a ‘hambilants’. I shall leave the lupins in the polytunnel for a week and then pot them on to get them into the garden for the summer. Flowers he wants and flowers he shall get!

The final purchase caught my eye just as I was about to walk home. I love gossipy pointless magazines. Infact, I love all of them. It’s a way of switching off your brain. Usually, ‘Bev’ has ‘lavished her home with love and attention and particular attention to detail which has resulted in……………’. I could write them myself! Nonetheless, I love the silly fashion articles, the glossy pictures of lovely houses and recipes that would make you fat if you just licked the page! They cost a fortune but I get magazines from Dearly Beloved that he finds on the train. You see, he gets on the train that has come from Paddington and on its way to Penzance. When I say ‘finds them on the train’ he walks up and down the train looking for magazines and newspapers that people have left behind; I plant flowers for him and he scours trains looking for magazines! The magazines are current issues and the lady wanted 30p each for them and I got 4 for £1!

Thanks again to everyone who reads this; a big thanks to everyone who is now a follower as it’s always nice to know about the people who read about my everyday life. I’m now off to spend some time digging over a few borders and thinking where I can get more colour into my garden without spending too much money.

Until tomorrow,

Froogs xxxxx


12 thoughts on “Car boot booty!

  1. Hi Froogs
    My dad was a train driver and we always had the broadsheets to read as thats what the city folk left in the train. Train drivers are always well informed! These days he puts up with the daily mail because my mum likes the crossword but you can see he isn't happy about it.


  2. Looks like you had a fantastic morning! I love my garden and enjoy watching the flowers and plants grow. At those prices you would have been silly not to buy the plants.

    Enjoy the rest of your day frugs.

    X x


  3. Oh I love a bargain! I bought some small plants last year in the Pound shop and they are huge now! Just waiting for them to get some more in as I was so impressed with them. I never buy magazines anymore as they are a waste of money but I love reading them so I either get my fix at the hairdressers as they have loads or I read old ones I am given, enjoy yours!


  4. I think you got some real bargains – the plants at our local car boots are never that cheap! Also the magazines, I do not see any magazine for sale now under £3, and you are right, there is very little that is of any worth in them, its just light entertainment! x


  5. Love your bargains, I went to a garage sale on the weekend and scored a big mixing bowl for $3 which I thought was a bargain as it was just what I had wanted. Love the photos of your walk,it is lovely to see the scenery and share your adventures.
    xxx Teresa


  6. I have to say if somone is asking what I think is a very fair price for something at a car boot sale I usually pay what they ask because when I am selling I really hate it when people want things for nothing…if it is 50 p they want you to take 25p!
    Not meant to be a critical comment but just an observation from the other side of the table!


  7. I agree with Lynda that when a fair price is asked for I will pay it, but you do have to remember that some stall holders have 'haggling room' built in to their prices.

    I'm usually selling these days rather than buying at boot sales and I don't mind at all reducing prices later in the morning, but when people offer silly money when you have just set up I get a bit annoyed.

    Your bargains seem very reasonably priced. Enough for you to get a good deal and for the stallholders to make a bit of money so it's a 'win win' situation.

    Sue xx


  8. Our Lupins are just starting to flower in our cottage garden area. I love them too. We have 3, 2 of which are pink, the other is undecided.

    Mr Sft got them ready from seed for me. We use the sunny side of the Summer House as we don't have a green house and it seems to do the job.

    Sft x


  9. I love Lupins and Mr Slug has always eaten them. If I could buy some half ready plants, maybe they would have a better start. I could put some empty Pistachio nut hulls around them.

    I have grown some French marigolds in my old bathroom sink (blue, c/w taps!) I didn't get a new bathroom you understand but my neighbour was throwing her sink away and it was the same colour as mine but big enough to bath a baby in. Not that I have a baby.


  10. We love lupins too. Once you have dead flowerheads, just cut them off and leave them lying on the ground. Come spring you'll have hundreds of baby lupins already acclimatised to their growing spot. Then you can do the potting up and selling on of those you don't want!


  11. I love lupines too, but it's too hot for them here. It doesnt cost much to root plants or start plants from seeds. The sellers still made a profit. Most sellers that I know price items higher to allow for haggle room. My foxgloves selfseed like Planetcoops lupines. Do you have anyone that you can trade plants with? I got a lot of my plants by trading with people on GardenWeb and Dave's Garden. Do you have anything like that in Great Britain? Years ago, I could send seeds overseas, but now there are too many restrictions.


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