Car Boot Sale
here Sunday - 10-1
Well, here was an opportunity to good to miss. I haven't stepped foot in there since I was thirteen and I was quite looking forward to re-living my youth. Yesterday morning however, it was chucking it down with rain, but I ventured out and was pleased to see they had moved the sale indoors. Even better! It was held in my old assembly hall.
As I walked in, everything was exactly the same - only smaller! How odd that a building can seem to shrink. The school hall, where I had spent every morning for four years, stood through mind-numbingly boring assemblies, singing 'Morning has broken' or 'To be a pilgrim', desperately wishing my parents would write in to say we were members of some obscure religious sect, therefore please may I be excused. The stage and curtains remain unchanged, as do my memories of the excruciating play performances I had to endure, my knees knocking and my whole body trembling with fear.
On the whole, they were happy days, and as I walked round the handful of stalls, a guy smiled at me and said "Hello Elizabeth!". Embarrassingly, although I recognised him as someone from my class, for the life of my I can't remember his name. Still, it was ego-boosting to know I haven't changed that much in the past 25 years!
The "light refreshments" (I used the inverted commas advisedly) were served in the entrance and reception hall. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to sit outside the Headmaster's office - for old times sake. Only once was I sent there and was particularly terrified as caning was still in place then. Although my Headmaster would have had to be particularly hard-line to cane me for what I was being punished for. Myself and a group of friends were practicing our high-kicks in the playground (as you do), and I managed to fling my shoe off accidentally. It landed on the science block roof and the caretaker had to get a ladder to retrieve it. Hardly crime of the century - although I suspect if I'd gone home with only one of my new blue, flower cut-out Clark's sandals my mother would not have been too pleased.
Anyhow, back to the boot sale! It was a pretty dire affair, with only half a dozen stalls. Most of them were selling kid's stuff - toys, clothes and games, so I only managed to bag a few items for Ruby.
Given that her Thomas the Tank Engine obsession is showing no sign of abating any time soon, I bought her this dress-up set for £3. It still had the labels in and she was very happy with it - as you can see.
From the same stall I spotted this 4-in-1 jigsaw set, still sealed in the box for £1.
Then a few more books to add to her collection for the bargain basement price of 5p each.
I also got her a Hello Kitty necklace and a pack of Tweenies snap card. For the princely sum of £5 I was declared the best Mum in the world. A bargain in anyone's book, surely.
So what bargains have you been bagging? Have you been to a sale anywhere interesting? I'd love you to grab the badge and link-up. x