I have been really surprised through doing these car boot sales at how little people are prepared to pay for an item, and it really feels like they are out to get something for nothing! For us, car boot sales are mostly about recycling, and there is never any profit – everything goes at a huge loss, but at least it is better (both for the environment and to raise some funds for the expedition) than just putting unwanted items in landfill.
The lowlights from the car boot sales included: the two Gloucester sales which I hated doing, as they were very busy and cramped, resulting in a stressful experience where we felt we couldn’t take our eyes off the stall in case things mysteriously started to disappear. I also didn’t like how all the traders pounced on us the moment we arrived, whilst we were still desperately trying to set up quickly.
The highlights on the other hand, were: the car boots in lovely countryside, seeing the pleasure various items gave to their new owners (especially the children, who often got very excited) and yesterday an elderly gentleman gave me £1 to help with expedition funds, and he didn’t want anything in return (it meant a lot as at car boot sales there is always so much quibbling over the price of an item costing 50p!). Today a lady ran off with a hat (by mistake, of course, though we all thought it was hilarious).