Posts Tagged ‘boot sale bargains’

It’s been over six months since my last visit to the Chiswick car boot sale, which surprised me when I realised how long it had been!  Still, I made up for it yesterday.  First up we have a gorgeous folio type thing:




I don’t really need it, but at £6 I couldn’t resist.  Then there was this little map



which was just £2.  Next up we have some Beatrix Potter books (£6 for seven books)…


…another vintage Scrabble set (£1)…


…these little pocket sized books (£5 for the three)…


…some DVDs (£1 each – don’t judge me on these, The Princess Diaries is for my mother!)…


…some crochet cotton (£2) which I couldn’t resist at that price, even though I don’t need it…


…a book I’ve been eyeing up for ages but didn’t want to pay full price for (it’s £25 on Amazon!), so was utterly delighted to pay just £1…


…and last, but no means least, we have some more hand thrown terracotta pots (these were from different sellers but worked out about £2 each on average).


…so it was a very good haul!  I had a lovely morning browsing to my heart’s content, and didn’t spend too much so all is good!

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I can’t believe that it’s September already, this month has flown by.  Still, time waits for no man and so on Sunday just gone I made the usual pilgrimage up to Chiswick with my mother to see what we could find.

I hadn’t intended to spend much money (as I’m broke), and thus hadn’t brought much with me… so it’s good job that I did go with my mother as I had to rely on her purse in the end.  Bargains really do need to be snapped up when you see them, they might not be there when you go back!
First up is this fabulous vintage school desk.  I’ve wanted one of these since I built the studio in my garden, but they’re usually far too expensive (ranging from £40 for a single desk to £100 for a double like this one), so I’ve had to reluctantly walk away from all the others.  This one has been painted black at some point, but the wood is sound and I intend to strip it back to the bare wood at some point (probably next year).  Bargain price of £35, from the very nice man who sold me a trunk this time last year!

It’s the perfect size.  I’ve removed the two cheap and cheerful Ikea desks I had in there, and this one allows room at the end for the cupboard I bought last month!  Of course I had to half empty my studio and tidy up again in order to rearrange everything, but it was definitely worth it.

Next up we have a load of DVDs… this first lot ranged from 50p to £1 each (Sleeping Beauty was a particular bargain, Disney classics are usually £5 upwards)…

… and then I just couldn’t help myself when I saw all eight series of Charmed… a bargaintastic £30, and they threw in the Back to the Future trilogy as a freebie!

That lot ought to keep me entertained for the foreseeable future while I work in my studio!

Last up from Chiswick this month were some nice wooden boxes.  The first one was 50p, and the second one £2 – I plan to make a miniature book to fit into each section.

A trip to the boot sale wouldn’t be complete without books of some description, and I was pleased to find some more Enid Blyton books at 50p each.

These last items weren’t from Chiswick, but I picked them up on Saturday at a sale being held by a prop hire company.  It was a pretty random discovery, I passed by their premises when I was on my way back from the tip and saw them setting up tables so I went back a couple of hours later to have a rummage.  Lovely old cigar boxes, sturdier than the usual ones I get, £1 each.

That’s it for this month, and I do need to be a little more frugal so hopefully I won’t see anything too tempting next time!

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It’s been quite a while since my last boot sale bargains post but circumstances seemed to be conspiring against me.  The big sale in Chiswick doesn’t normally take place in January, it was cancelled in February due to the snow, and the one in March was pretty much a non-event due to the torrential rain.

The first Sunday of April dawned bright and clear though, so off to Chiswick I trotted and here’s what I got…

The complete DVD set of This Life, £2.  Complete and utter bargain considering this normally goes for upwards of £20 on eBay!

Vintage Scrabble set, £2.

Vintage Beatrix Potter books, seven for £5 (should have been £1 each but I haggled).  They’re a bit tatty but I have plans for them…

Vintage map, £1.  This might not seem hugely interesting to most people but I bought it because of the area it covers – it’s got my dad’s home village on it (Titchfield, in the close up)  and I know he’d have liked it.

Vintage book, £3.50.  This was a bit more than I wanted to spend, but I did haggle him down from the starting price of £5.

Victorian plant pots, 50p each.

Gorgeous obelisk, £20.  Quite pricey but it was brand new, and that’s actually a pretty good price for a good looking obelisk!

There was, once again, so much I wanted to buy but simply couldn’t afford.  Here are some of the ones that got away.

I desperately wanted this portmanteau (is that the right word?!), and it would have been so perfect for me… but at £100 I had to regretfully walk away.  I thought it was actually a pretty fair price, but fair or not it was out of my very small budget.

Old French bottles, £10 each or £90 for a full crate load.  I don’t really have room for these either but I did like them!

I thought this vintage egg case was beautiful.  Still complete in every detail down to the cardboard between the two padded layers.  Gorgeous but definitely out of my price range at a whopping £160.

Once again I left the boot sale wishing I’d had a bigger budget (and a bigger house in which to hoard things!), but it was a great morning and I was really pleased with the bargains I picked up.  Looking forward to the next one, and fingers crossed that the weather is just as good next time!

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