Thursday, 5 May 2022

Time For A Bargain!

"What shall we do on Bank Holiday Monday?" we wondered - and decided to find a Boot Sale. There is a big one just off the Norwich Ring Road, every Sunday, but on BH weekends, t is there Mondays too. We left the house just after 7, with our coffee flasks, parked at 7.30 and began with bacon rolls before we started meandering round the huge site.
Established in 1987, Arminghall car boot sale is one of the biggest car boot sales in the region, regularly hosting up to 600 stalls. It is situated just off the A47 in a riverside location in close proximity to the Boudicca Way Walkway & Norwich City Centre. 2022 marks the 36th season of sales.
"I shall be looking for old tools to refurbish" said Bob. "I would like to find a replacement kitchen clock" I replied. This is a sore point, we left a few clocks behind in Dorset, because we thought we did not need them. Then Bob moved the kitchen clock to the Lathe Palace - which seemed OK, as there is a digital clock on the cooker, and the microwave, and the coffee maker. BUT I realised that I like a proper analogue clock - and I kept looking at a blank spot on the wall.
"I'm setting myself a £1 limit for any purchases, unless I can really justify them. And I shall keep an eye open for Penguin Coffee Mugs too" First buy, as I queued for the bacon rolls,I spotted this on the stall opposite. 50p. It is now up on the wall and exactly what I wanted!
50p on a summer dress for cheetah-obsessed Rosie. £1 on a cotton shopping bag - not that I need the bag, but those 20 buttons are beautiful, and will be repurposed into other craft makes.
And one chap had a whole box of brand new wedding fascinators. I went over my limit and splashed out £2 for a blue one to go with my dress and shoes. [I was planning to get one in Norwich on Friday - and expecting to pay at least £5]
Then I met the family who had been queueing in front of me for rolls earlier - they had a pitch and their son was selling his Playmobil. The travelling vets clinic - in a carry case - was priced at £4. "You can have this little box too" he said affably, when I explained it was for my animal loving granddaughter. It was all there,[even the tiny bandages syringe and stethoscope] and would have been around £30 to buy new. 
I'd bought another box of Playmobil for 50p earlier on a different stall, but that needs a bit of attention.
Bob spent £3.50 on tools. 
I came home really pleased with my purchases. Total spend for both of us, including breakfast, well under £20. 
What a satisfying morning in the sunshine!



18 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great morning of bargain hunting! You found some good deals! :)

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  2. Didn't you do well?! I've never been to a car boot but I think I would like to one day! The buttons are a great idea. Why don't you use your embroidery machine to embroider the soon-to-be buttonless bag for Rosie to personalise it!? You could do her name with lots of pawprints!

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    1. That's a great idea! I've got some fabric paints, and we could do some potato-printing in the summer. Thanks Kezzie!

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  3. Those buttons are wonderful and am so gld I enlarged the photo!
    What is a 'wedding fascinator'??
    What great bargains and I love your new kitchen clock!

    Hugs - Barbara Anne

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    1. The dictionary definition of fascinator is "a woman's light, decorative headpiece consisting of feathers, flowers, beads, etc. attached to a comb or hair clip." Something frothy and light when you do not want to wear a big hat, but you do want a headdress to make your outfit feel 'special' . I think the early ones had a tiny veil . They also make ones which sit on top of a small circle of fabric [like the pope's hat] and are called 'hatinators' Mine is securely fixed to a narrow hairband

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  4. That clock was a brilliant buy, it looks lovely 😀

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  5. That looks like so much fun! And you did so well on your purchases. We have a large flea market place half way between Dallas and Arkansas called Canton Trade Days and it is fun but almost too huge. The fun thing is, there are dog breeders there with litters to sell — and everybody brings their dogs and parades them around. Once, one guy had a bunch of doors from British houses! Don’t know how he got them but I wanted one so badly! It sounds like you had a perfectly marvelous day!

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    1. I can't believe you are allowed to sell dogs in the market like that? I think that is illegal in this country.. I like the sound of the guy with the doors though...

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    2. Actually, I think it is legal to see dogs there but when I went I didn’t see any, somebody told me, but I loved seeing the ones with their owners — leashed of course.

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  6. We don't have boot sales but I wish we did!

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    1. But you do have yard sales, dont you? this is the same kind of thing, but all together in one big field

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  7. I love the fascinator and am thrilled that you found it!

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  8. So glad you both had a successful and enjoyable day!

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  9. You always need a kitchen clock to see 'how long until...' You got some great bargains there.

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