Back in the UK, driving around here and there at the weekends, it would be almost impossible to get too far without seeing a car boot sale. Hundreds of cars parked in a field, second-hand stuff spread out on a blanket or a table, 20p to get in for visitors and about £7 for sellers turning up in cars.
I must admit when they first exploded onto the scene in, I think, the early 90’s, I got quite hooked. In fact, I set myself the goal of creating a powerful and great sounding stereo system, made entirely of separate components, all for less than 10 quid.
So my Sunday mornings would be spent wandering around fields full of cars, looking on collapsible tables for various components on my list; speakers, an amplifier, cassette player, turntable, graphic equaliser, that sort of thing.
“How much do you want for your speakers mate?”
With a sharp intake of breath, I would say “Too dear mate, would you take £1.50?”
I gave up on the idea after I’d filled my (man) shed with electrical components, all costing about £2.00, and none of them really working very well.
Since I’ve been here in Australia though, and as much driving around as I’ve done, I’ve never yet seen a car boot sale, although there are plenty of huge fields in which they could appear.
Garage sales are hugely popular here though, and I’ve seen plenty of those. A handwritten sign would be tied to a lamppost or tree somewhere, beckoning you to visit 23 Riverside Crescent, or wherever, from 6 AM onwards. Then you arrive at the house…
And the other weekend, when we went into the city, we discovered a “suitcase rummage market” in the square.
Elizabeth was the only one to buy anything, she spent a massive $5 on, get this, an original aboriginal painting of a turtle and a seahorse.
So, does Australia have car boot sales?
I would have said no, but thankfully I have Google to save me from making a fool of myself.
Car boot sales Australia
Yes, a quick search in Google for “car boot sales” and on the top of the page (Google Australia) I discovered that, apparently, the world’s biggest car boot sale takes place in the Hunter Valley in the Hunter Stadium Car Park.
That would be about 10 hours drive from my house, so I won’t be going any time soon. But for those who are interested, this boot sale is about an hour north of Sydney, close to Newcastle. It apparently boasts over 300 stalls and 10,000 visitors and it’s a fund raiser organised by Hunter Life Education.
More searching revealed that locally we have three car boot sales coming up this weekend, so they are about. Perhaps I’m not doing enough driving around? Maybe I should hunt some car boot sales down and try to put a hi-fi system together for twenty bucks?
Nah! I don’t think so.
Do you have a car boot sale near you?