How have I managed to live in the North West for nearly 10 years (a third of my life) without knowing about the Bolton Sunday Bootsale? How? Gah, imagine all of those wasted opportunities.
Yesterday was dreary, grey and drizzle filled in my particular corner of the North West (you lot down in the South East with your sun and your warmth can keep schtum) but we dragged ourselves out of bed early, met our friend Kate, a former Boltonian, for coffee before driving the 25 or so minutes around the M60 to Bolton. Bolton, by the way, is beautiful. Honestly it is bea-uti-ful, why it isn't more looked upon as a gem and a beauty of a town is beyond me.
The bootsale is held 7am-3pm on Sunday in the centre of Bolton (which in my experience is somewhat of a thrifting hotspot on regular shopping days when the charity shops are open) at Bolton's main market, look out for the bus station, it's next to that. The stalls are covered and on paved ground so even the worst of rainy Greater Manchester days can be beaten with a spot of box rummaging and haggling. When we first arrived it appeared that there were maybe 20-30 stalls but there are far, far more than that when you continue you walking around, so it was well worth our trip.
A lot of bootsales seem to have turned into a way to flog cheap DVDs and cut price meat. Whilst there were DVD sellers they were few and far between, with the majority of sellers seeming to be house clearances and people decluttering to make some extra money. The pace was fast and it was very busy even early on in the morning.
Get thee to the Bolton bootsale good people of North West Eng-er-land for the finds are varied and plenty...and, and, and the stall holders are friendly and know how to price their items to shift. I spent £4.10 and picked up a red 1950s suitcase, a knitted bag, 3 old medicine bottles, a tiny teapot, a fist full of jewellery and a stack of records.
Then I acted like a glee filled twerp in a dirty alley way with my new suitcase and I got a round of applause from people walking past.
Bolton, I heart you.
What I wore
Long black dress, thrifted £1
Black fairtrade long sleeved t-shirt, Sainsbury's, £4
Green & white knitted waistcoat, thrifted, £2
Purple Converse trainers, gift from Mr Thrifty
Yellow bag, thrifted, £3.95
Pink hat, thrifted, ancient so can't remember
Beaded necklace, thrifted, 25p
You might find useful:
10 Bootsale Tips
How to find nice plus size clothes in charity shops
How to thrift clothes
P.S. The knitted bag? 1p. A human, actual penny.
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