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.