One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. But only those who’ve sold possessions at a car boot sale, will know the truth behind the bargains. Here are things you’ll only understand if you’ve packed up your worldly goods and sold them from the boot of your car!
1. Decluttering your house, raiding cupboards, wardrobes and closets to find things to sell is oddly therapeutic. It feels good to finally free up some space and get rid of unwanted junk.
2. You convince yourself that people will want to buy all of your old junk. Who wouldn’t want a suitcase with a broken wheel, or your fella’s old work boots with a hole in?
3. There’s never a vehicle big enough to transport all of your things to the boot fair!
4. You thought the 5am start would be a breeze. But when Sunday morning comes and your alarm goes off, you curse yourself for committing. You only hope it’s worth sacrificing your precious lie in for.
5. You realise such an early start doesn’t make you a very pleasant sales person. God help whoever dares come near your stall.
6. You suddenly become very attached to all of your unwanted junk. That broken clock is now extremely sentimental. You slowly begin putting things back in your car, convinced you need them and there’s no way you can part with them.
7. You start by selling things at high prices, convinced your junk is worth a fortune. But slowly as the morning drags on you slash your prices to get rid of everything. Everything now 50p!
8. There’s nothing you find more irritating than someone paying for a 50p item with a £20 note. Talk about rinse your change float.
9. You realise your maths is a little bit rusty, and you spend far too long working out how much change to give people. Having to count with your fingers is beyond embarrassing.
10. You never have enough carrier bags and people always ask for them. Why can’t they just bring their own?
11. You consider charging people for carrier bags. Well, if supermarkets can get away with charging 5p, why can’t you?!
12. When you see someone you know browsing the stalls, you try and hide. You can’t bear the awkwardness of them looking at your things and pretending to be interested.
13. When the time comes to pack away it always seems like you’re going home with more than you actually came with.
14. The best part is always adding up how much money you’ve made. Now, time to hit the shops to buy new junk!