Car Boot Antique Shopping

If you follow me on Instagram then you probably saw this loot shoot photo from Saturday morning. This photo has gotten the most likes of any photo I have ever posted. I’m not sure if it is the items in there or just the extreme quantity, but I thought I would tell you a little more about this shopping trip.

Car boot sales here in England are held every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday across the country. There are websites that list their locations and hours. I have visited quite a few car boots and I have a few favorites now.

This particular boot sale is less than 20 minutes from my house and is held every Saturday. That makes it wonderful and dangerous. Boot sales are not antique markets. Sunbury Antique Market that I visit frequently is a much more curated event. A boot sale is more like a garage sale. Cars show up the morning of the sale, pay their entry and set out their goods. When you shop a boot sale you have to be able to look past the stalls of baby clothes, kids toys, fidget spinners, and all the other nonsense. But, if you look closely you can find some truly amazing pieces. Some of the sellers at boot sales are house clearance companies. They go in and clean out a home when someone dies or has to move to assisted living. There are professional antique dealers and then there are people just selling things from their home or their family. If you know what you are looking for you can find so many treasures (see below).


I buy a very random assortment of treasures and see how it settles when I get home. Sometimes I go with an item in mind that I would like, usually I just have my eyes open and ready. IMG_7170

I met two sweet sisters that were clearing out their mum’s treasures. She is doing poorly and so they were selling some of her treasures. The commemorative mugs were hers. IMG_7172

When I get home I put together this little collection. The pink tea pot has a chipped spout, but I love the pink flowers. The black vase is Copeland and in PERFECT condition. I told my husband I wanted to redecorate a room around that piece. IMG_7182

I found both of these creamers at the boot sale, I already had the tea cup and sauces and the cheese dish. It is so gratifying to think I found a match and get home and find out I am right!


An unusual theme this shopping trip were the man themed pieces, Father’s Day is coming up! The Guardsman is the pitcher in the back, everything I found says he is from the 1930’s. IMG_7185

The tea cup and plate are so cute, with Dad’s T.V. Set on the plate. IMG_7186

This scale was the last find of the day, I am thankful because it was heavy. It is a personal weighing machine, Ha! The mirror is in fantastic condition and I am over the moon about it. These green books are from the same boot sale last month. IMG_7189

These brass and ceramic  cheese knives are so special. IMG_7190

This book makes me think of all the brocantes and vide greniers that I visited in France. I love old books and when they are pink and French that makes them about perfect. IMG_7196

This is my newest collection, almost entirely from the last boot sale. The yellow lined vase was the first find a few weeks ago. I thought it looked like the Little Mermaid and it made me smile. When I brought it home and researched it I realized that it was Thistle Ware from Scotland. I found all of the other pieces at the same stall and snapped them up without a thought. Our family is taking a road trip this summer and I will be on the look out for more of these pieces. IMG_7241

I hope you enjoyed this walk through my car boot treasures. Do you see anything else that you would like to know more about?

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