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Other people's stuff

Mixed success on the car-boot sale front. Woke up at 6:45am on Sunday to find that it was pouring down... since the stuff we were selling consisted mostly of books and clothes and cuddly toys, none of which look very enticing when damp, we decided that unless the weather cleared up by 8am we'd have to call it off. By 8am the miserable drizzle showed no signs of abating, but by that time we'd noticed an advert in the paper for another boot sale in Gotham, which (unusually!) didn't start till midday. So Plan B was formulated: we'd go to the Quorn boot sale just to look around (in case we wanted to come back and do it another time), then if the weather looked more promising (Ceefax suggested it might) we'd do the Gotham boot sale in the afternoon.

The Quorn boot sale was huge, and great fun to wander around even in the rain. I darted from stall to stall like a hummingbird, hovering just long only over a box of books to see if any nectar resided within. (Oh, all right, in my sk8r pants and velcro-letter t-shirt ["junkyard angel"] I was more like a soggy hyperactive teeny-goth than a hummingbird, but, you know, just work with the simile, okay?) Turned up a couple of Jacqueline Wilson paperbacks for 20p each, which I will read and then pass on to somebody nearer their target readership; a gaily-dustjacketed Famous Five book, which I just couldn't resist for 50p even if it is worthless; a copy of Larkin's "The Whitsun Weddings" for 20p (I have a copy, but it's heavily scrawled-in from A-level English); and a couple of Chalet School paperbacks which I think I can sell on eBay for more than the 10p each I paid for them. Also found a fluffy unicorn for a little girl who I knew wanted a unicorn. <smile>

I also accidentally squandered a small amount of money on a couple of non-book things, which I'd better not detail here because otherwise sion_a will change the locks before I get a chance to bring one of them into the house. Which would be a shame since the other one of them is for him ...

Anyway. Finally, on the last aisle of the boot sale, I hit the jackpot. There in the bottom of a boxful of tatty books was a tiny cluster of Girls Own stuff, including -- *squeak* -- a first edition of EJO's "Abbey Girls on Trial" for just £1! Obviously I snapped up that one; also bought "Meg-All-Alone" by Nancy M. Hayes, and a May Wynne which I can't remember the title of now (& it's at home).
I'm still not sure whether I should sell the EJO or keep it... I'll read it first, anyway.

After that, the Gotham boot-sale was a bit of a let-down; we did have a stall, and we sold some stuff, and made about £15 (after making back the £6 entry fee). On the whole, though, it was quite a small affair compared to the Quorn one, and I think we'd've done better at Quorn on a fair-weather day (though I don't think we'd've done well anywhere with a boxful of soggy books). I didn't buy much at Gotham: a first-edition Enid Blyton ("The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat") for £1, and a small cuddly penguin for which I knew I could find a good home.

Both car-boot sales were characterised by a distinct absence of badgers.

Took a ridiculously long route back but it was definitely worth the detour. It's been one hell of a rainy summer but I think I see the sun coming out at last.
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