The Car Boot Fairy.

By Lyn Funnell

Sussex Car Boot Sales traditionally start on the Easter Bank Holiday.

But this year we’ve had so much rain that the fields were waterlogged, so they’ve started nearly two months late.

We bumped into several friends and neighbours who are regular Car Booters, including our photographer/journalist Ann with her friend Denise.

At long last the sun was shining and the fields were dry so we eagerly set off to find out what bargains we could find.

The secret of visiting a car boot sale and hoping to find something is to ask the Car Boot Fairy’s help just before you go there.

Jamie Oliver’s Italian series was being repeated on the Food Channel, so I wanted to find his book.

I found another cookery book of his, then went to the next stall – and there it was, right in front of me, and it was only 50p!

Once, I wanted a bamboo glass-topped table for our conservatory. I walked in, turned right, and there it was!

It doesn’t work for Rolex watches or Ming vases, but maybe one day! People have picked up some valuable things at  boot sales.

I also got a selection of Portmeirion crockery. I got them at a bargain price as I bought the lot.

Sadly I didn’t find the comfortable sun lounger I wanted. But there’s always next week!



  • Lyn Funnell

    Lyn is the co-owner of Unknown Kent and Sussex. She lives in Sussex. Lyn has been writing for most of her life, both Fiction & Non-Fiction. She loves cookery & creating original recipes. She's won a lot of prizes, including Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu & on BBC The One Show as a runner-up, making her Britain's Spag Bol Queen! She has had nine books published so far. History, Travel & Restaurant Reviews are her main interests.

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