Monday, 12 March 2012

Car Boot Buys

Car boot (or trunk) sale is the British form of a garage sale or market. It is usually held ones a week in an open field such as the one shown on the picture. Although some of the sellers are professional traders, most are individuals just wanting to get rid of their unwanted stuff. It is very popular across the country, as they say ''One person's junk is another person's treasure."

The car boot sale close to our home is held every Sunday. It usually starts really early in the morning and sellers stay until around lunchtime. But of course, it is always best to get there early to make sure you don't miss out on the bargains. People sell absolutely everything at a car boot sale, from home made cakes, to old clothes, unwanted gifts, old sofa, techs, meat, veggies etc. We usually come here when we want to buy vegetables and root crops that are not usually available in the supermarket (such as green papaya or sayote, sitao, gabi, yam, cassava etc). 

This photo and the one above are from Pic Search iPhone app

But before buying our vegetables, we decided to go around and see what was out there. We didn't have any expectations since we got there pretty late (we went there after hearing mass at 10am). But we were lucky coz we still found these...

We love hosting Filipino themed parties and would use our palayok and wicker plates as well as cook famous Filipino dishes. But our group is getting bigger (yay!) so we needed to get some more. Luckily we found these last Sunday, now we don't have to wait until we go home to buy some more.  We weren't expecting to see these at the car boot sale, but like I said you can find absolutely anything and everything there =) We bought 10 at 10 pence each.

We also found this stainless steel toast rack. We wanted to replace our old one & now we have, for only 50 pence. We also bought fruits & some veg there too.

But our best buy of the day was the study table for Poj. After that night when he wrote numbers 1 2 5 and letters J C D & Z by himself, I was inspired to buy him an activity desk to encourage him to draw and write more. We've got no space anywhere in the house but £2 was such a bargain compared to £17 brand new. Poj was asleep in his buggy when we bought it so you can just imagine his surprise when he saw it when he woke up! He was so happy that it kept him busy the whole afternoon!

We are planning to sell some stuff there too in the summer. It should be a fun thing to try out as a family  
as well a great way to get rid of some of the stuff that we no longer use. =)


  1. Such a fab find!
    I'm sure Poj loves it next to Thomas :)

  2. I'm all smile when I saw Thomas and his friends. Kasama ba sila sa table? It was indeed a great find. You saved a lot. And the car boot sale looks fun in the picture. I'm all excited for you to try this on summer. 

  3. now and then ay meron din ditong what  they call garage sale! They will sell things so cheap at pag di lang nakapagpigil ay baka makabili ng mga things na di naman kailangan. Ang husband ko naman ay always looking for paintings for sale. Sabi ko, wala na kaming dingding na mapagsabitan. he he. And like you said, marami din tayong  things na puedeng  ibenta na di naman nagagamit. he he

  4. this is such a great idea.. not sure if we have this in Canada.. we have garage sales , very popular during the summer. I'm having one since we are de cluttering this year. great finds.

  5. wow!! i bet you can find some amazing deals there!! and I bet is fun looking!!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  6. jaidyleen iglesias12 March 2012 at 22:49

    ang kyut ni poj. hehe at super happy nga siya. =D

  7. Awww... mukang masaya ang car boot. Gusto ng mga ganyan, I also believe that 
    ''One person's junk is another person's treasure."  
    every year nag-garage sale din kami. It's a great family bonding, then we eat out after. 

    Wow, great find nga ang study table ni poj. Look how happy he is. lalong tatalino kasi ma-iinspire. hehe..

  8. wow! sobrang steal yung desk ni poj. go sis! ako din gusto ko mag garage sale kaso naisip ko baka wala bumili ng damit ko at masyado maliit or maiksi so pinamimigay ko na lang. hehe! pero before nabenta ko online yung gamit ni ethan nung baby pa siya.

  9. Best steal for Poj' desk! galing galing naman :) hay, sana dito din uso ang car boot sale or garage sale... pero ang mga tao dito minsan very snotty.

    Spanish Pinay

  10. Krizzy_kalokangPinay15 March 2012 at 19:02

    He does & it encourages him to draw and practice writing more. =)

  11. i love the study table sis. promise! can i get one? hehehe.

    cute ni poj!!!!

  12. Krizzy_kalokangPinay17 March 2012 at 18:06

    It was! He loves it a lot. 

    Talaga sis? That is a shame. I wouldn't buy anything that looks old or is damaged just for the sake of buying something. May mga times na wala kaming nabibili kundi yung pakay naming mga gulay at prutas. But for things like these,  I am glad that they were available to buy pre-loved. It is a way to help the environment na rin. But I know what you mean. Although this is very much British, may mga brits pa rin na di bilib at ayaw bumili ng ganito.

  13. Krizzy_kalokangPinay17 March 2012 at 18:07

    Haha! It was in excellent condition and Poj loves it.
    Thanks hun =)

  14. Krizzy_kalokangPinay17 March 2012 at 18:08

    Wow! Artistic po pala ang hubby nyo. I bet those paintings are beautiful =)

  15. Krizzy_kalokangPinay17 March 2012 at 18:09

    Thanks a lot. 
    We only visit during sunny days though I was told that they are open 51 Sundays per year. I don't know how they do it!

  16. Krizzy_kalokangPinay17 March 2012 at 18:10

    It is great fun. You'll be amazed at what you can find. 
    Thanks a lot =)

  17. Krizzy_kalokangPinay17 March 2012 at 18:11

    thanks Jaid =)

  18. Krizzy_kalokangPinay17 March 2012 at 18:12

    I remember you telling me about your garage sale. I am looking forward to doing it ourselves. =)
    Haha, what a nice thing to say. Thanks sis =)

  19. Krizzy_kalokangPinay17 March 2012 at 18:13

    Selling stuff online is great too sis. And don't think that no one would be interested. There's always someone there who would be =)

  20. Krizzy_kalokangPinay17 March 2012 at 18:15

    Haha! Kaylangan lang na naka-extra sila sis! Nakuhaan ko na sya ng wala na pero Poj insisted for another photo and to include his trains. Syempre ang model ang masusunod, lol.

    Thanks sis, now... I just need to convince Papa E to let go of Poj's stuff =)


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