When I first moved to London, I worked as an unpaid intern for stylists and magazines so I paid my way with lots of bar work and selling my thrifted treasures at Portobello Market. The main three boot fairs I sourced stock from were Kilburn Park School, Chiswick School and Battersea boot sale. All three fairs are still absolutely fantastic and recently the organisers at Kilburn have opened up a boot sale in my neighbourhood at Princess May School. I pop along to Princess May every few weeks and like ALL boot sales it can be hit and miss but the other week I met Buzz who used to run the shop All the Fun of the Fair which she had closed down and was offloading the remaining stock. My crafty haul is pictured above! I also buy a lot from stylists, designers, artists, vintage vendors & independent shops having a clear out. That’s what I love about car booting in the capital. If you’re in this neck of the woods then you should also check out Capital Carboot and Wimbledon Greyhound track and don’t forget to haggle (with a smile)… happy thrifting!March 17, 2014
We arrived around lunchtime and our tummies were rumbling so we headed straight to the food area to fuel up before the mega trawl. There was a superb selection of food trucks from Annie Mac’s mac ‘n cheese to Bob’s Lobster arranged around a dazzling display of vintage vehicles from 1950s cadillacs to 1960s bubble cars. Drinks were served from a Routemaster bus which housed the DJ in the open top deck and the scene was set for a fantastic afternoon of thrifting, dancing, eating and drinking! Continue reading »October 3, 2013
Last year I freelanced for Hemingway Design and we spent 8 months curating the Queens Diamond Jubilee Festival where one very exciting part was a Classic Carboot Sale. I’m excited to tell you all that the team are now organising this as a stand alone event and it takes place next Saturday along the banks of the river Thames.
Over 100 classic cars will line up between Queen’s Walk, Hunderford Bridge and Jubilee Gardens. Traders will assemble the finest vintage fashion, homewares and pop culture memorabilia, operating from the boot of their vintage vehicle of the basket of their classic bicycle. HOW EXCITING!
To find out more check out their website.October 29, 2011
Every weekend I hop on a train and travel just outside of London to Essex or Surrey to go searching for cute treasures at car boot sales in big fields. It’s been a really mild Autumn so most have continued but will soon be wrapping up for Winter hibernation. Over the past few weeks I’ve tested out some midweek hard standing London based boot sales which run the whole year round. Continue reading »October 22, 2011