Good Friday played host to a damn fine bootsale near Stockport County Football Club’s ground and being the bootsalin’ types we took a drive over for a wander. Friday was blue skied, warm and beautiful and despite us arriving a little later than I would have liked (bank holiday lie ins, am I right?) the sellers were out in force. The three of us (me, Mr Thrifty and Jarvis) paid our £1 to park, grabbed our shopping bags and started on our casual mooch up and down the rows of stalls. Because we were a little late some of the sellers were packing up to go home which meant they were more amenable to haggling because they didn’t want to take their junk back home with them. Jarvis-the-sniffer-extarodinaire got his sniff on, judging the belongings of the stall holders with a twitch of his tiny black nose. He disapproved of records but had a soft spot for blankets and pyrex dishes – he’s feeling them for spring/summer ’14. You’ve been warned.
I managed to score this glass vase for 50p, the Johnson Bros serving plate for £1 and the filthy old Kodak camera still in the original carry case for 25p. I have a steadily growing collection of all these items already but I only continue to add to my collections because I use the items I have on a regular basis. I have a tendency to collect junk I never use so I’m striving to keep my collections limited to items I actually use. This summer I have plans to dust off my camera collection and experiment with a different thrifted camera every week or so (maybe I should share this on the blog?). I get so much joy from taking photos on film and the fact I can pick up a camera for 25p means, whilst film and developing can be on the expensive side, as a whole it isn’t a prohibitively expensive hobby. In particular we found this bootsale really good for plants. We came across 3 or 4 different stalls and they all offered a good variety of plants – excited by our new (and tiny) garden we may have gone a bit mad. We opted for peonies, lupins, delphinium and a range of herbs. Our car was jam packed full of plants and we spent less than a fiver on the whole day!