Wednesday, 16 September 2015

ms-havachat's going to a car boot sale

No I'm not selling boots.

Nor am I selling Squirt (the car)

I'm purging AGAIN.

The kitchen in the new house has very few cupboards and we'll need to buy a pantry and probably a small buffet to fit all our bits'n'bobs.

While unpacking I realised that there is a fair bit of crockery that if I'm really honest, like I am with clothes and toys, I actually don't ever use, so WHY am I keeping them? The other thing was that some of our kitchen stuff has been in the attic for the past two years as the landlords had part furnished the house in Dublin - I figure, if we've managed for two years without some things, we don't need them, or we've replaced them.

Who needs two gravy boats? I don't use one all that often, so why have I hung onto two?

Three white oven dishes, all different sizes (all oval) but only one large lid. I seldom use them - they are either too big for G and I, or too small when we entertain.

Tall drinking glasses that have seen better days. The glass is cloudy and scratched. I replaced with bright shiny ones last year - why do I still have the old ones?

Two glass trivets and 3 metal trivets. Never use them! We have stunning placemats that are heat resistant plus, once set to entertain, our table is too narrow to put hot dishes on for people to self-serve.

White tea cups and saucers! Other than MrsH who loves her tea served in an old fashioned cup'n'saucer, or when you're out, does anyone use cups'n'saucers?

Several brand new photo frames in their original boxes plus a lot more that are not being used since we merged the photos into a lovely multi-framed wall stand (We did this to save space).

Four sets of placemats! Reduced it to two; one good one (wedding present) and one every day (washable).

Numerous glass vases. Now that Ikebana is the preferred flower display, do we need so many vases?

A BOOT SALE, you may be wondering is an event at which people gather to sell preloved goods from the boots of their cars. I guess this helps keep the items for sale small and manageable for people to buy and take home while ensuring the sellers stick to the rules of preloved small items.

They are a great fundraiser! If you charge £20 per car, and open the school playground on a Saturday think of the number of cars you could fit; sell a few hamburgers and hot dogs, cold drinks and voila! Money in the kitty.

Cheers to Google Images for this great pic.

Some car boot sales are run by professionals who do all the marketing and advertising, secure the area the sale is to be held (anything from school playground, church car park, local car park etc) and hold them maybe once a month or every 6 weeks.

In addition to the kitchen stuff we don't need there's several handbags that haven't used for years; pieces of jewellery not worn; a few more games grown out of and other bits'n'bobs we honestly don't need or use.

What's the saying? One persons trash is another's treasure.

Now you know I LOVE a good purge, and we had one before we moved a few weeks ago. I just didn't take an honest look at the kitchen stuff and now, as I unpacked it and wondered where to put it in the new kitchen I realised there's still a bit more purging to do.

As we need to buy a pantry cupboard for the kitchen I figured they money we make from the boot sale could go towards that and what ever's left over, be it cash or goods will be donated to a local charity towards their next fundraiser.

Have you ever been to, or sold stuff at a boot sale?
Was it a success?
Any tips?
Have a good look in your cupboards - do you use everything??????

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