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Car Boot Sale: Vintage plates, lace and carpet skates

30 January, 2012

You know how you tend to hang around with people who like doing similar things to you? As EIGHT of us hopped off the bus into the bustle of a South London car boot sale I wondered if this was a good thing. Will they get to the bargains before me? Will they naysay at my visionary nana jumper purchase?

As the bedelve (you didn’t know there was a collective noun for bargain hunters?) disbanded amongst the tables I forgot my fears and got foraging. And really, I needn’t have worried. The joy I felt at one friend’s incredible find of carpet skates (you slip them underneath your shoes for a good old inside slide around) totally outweighed the tiny pang of envy at another friend’s beautiful vintage royal memorobilia mug. I got enough Total Bargs to rate this up there with one of the most successful carboots I’ve ever shopped at (and you know what a fan I am)  – including that one I drove 12 hours too.

So here it is, my Sunday swag.

This ream of lace was £1 (I KNOW!!!!)

These plates were 30p each (I KNOOOWW!!)

These glass bottles were 50p ( I KNOOOWWWWWWW!!!!!!!) (Okay, this can’t go on, just imagine I KNOW next to each item.)
Roses from the garden- how beauty and mad is that.

This gorgeus knitted jumper for Ramona was actually, for real, 25p.

This true vintage navy one for me was £1.50.

There was an article in the Guardian this week about how vintage clothing is seriously hard to come by these days, I was totally agreeing at the time, but clearly people haven’t been to this car boot. The folk of Rotherhite were BRINGING IT today.

I also got this:

For 50p

And finally…

This plate was also 30p

Sunnies 50p each (I am always picking up old school sunnies which is good as I leave one pair on a bus everytime I leave the house)

Found any steals lately?

Linking up with the marvellous Lizzie for  Magpie Monday aaaaannndddd Apron Thrift Girl for Thrift Share Monday– packed with gazilllions of finds.

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  • Reply Liz Burton 30 January, 2012 at 10:36 am

    OK. Is there room on the bus for just one more? I’m only tiny. You won’t even know I’m there.

    Wel Jel as I believe they say ;0)


  • Reply jane 30 January, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Lovely finds especially love the glass bottles

  • Reply theanamumdiary 30 January, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Great finds, such bargains…love the glass the most! Amanda x

  • Reply Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] 30 January, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Rotherhithe you say…hmmm. I do love a car boot, but I am extraordinarily bad at getting up at the crack of dawn. What time did you get there?

    Love the rose/decanter combo, looks great x

    • Reply lulastic 30 January, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      we got there at TEN THIRTY ! ha take that early bird losers

  • Reply Rach 30 January, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I especially like Ramona’s jumper, you got some really great finds!

    • Reply lulastic 30 January, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      You should see it on SO CUTE!

  • Reply ChrisTeaAndCakes 30 January, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Loving the pretty plates and lace oh and the glassware oh and the clothes, oh hell I love it all! :)

  • Reply lulastic 30 January, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Oh Gosh thanks everyone I feel so proud
    I’d like to thank my mum…the people of Rotherhithe…God…

  • Reply Glenda 30 January, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I love the way you write, by the way. You certainly got some lovely bargains. love the plates, the glassware and the lace. Where did you say this car boot sale was?

    • Reply lulastic 1 February, 2012 at 10:09 am

      ah thanks so much!!

      rotherhithe, who’ d a thought it? x

  • Reply Thrift Shopper for Peace 31 January, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    great blog – just discovered you via apron thrift girl. I love the plates and the glassware and the sweaters – oh my! my husband and i were in London for the first time in fall but only as a stop over on our way to Scotland. i hit several charity shops there and found a few gems; but didn’t come across any carboot sales. clearly, this is a cultural experience i’m going to have to come back for!

    • Reply lulastic 1 February, 2012 at 10:05 am

      hello! thanks for stopping by.
      yup you need to do a trip especially for the car boots, although they get a million time s better outside of london!
      I would like to come stateside so I can hit up a few estate sales – maybe we could house swap ha!

  • Reply Mrs Tightwad 2 February, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Fabulous bargains – your blue plate is so spookily similar to my Bacchus here:
    We think it was a variation made by Staffordshire Potteries, does it have a stamp on the back?

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