Examiner reporter Hazel Ettienne goes car boot crazy
Aug 21 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
I’M well-known among friends for being an early riser, writes Hazel Ettienne.
But 4.45am on a Sunday morning is a bit early even for me to rouse myself from under the quilt!
But car booters – sellers and buyers – have to be early birds otherwise the worm quickly disappears.
I spent three Sundays in July and August behind a trestle table at Grange Moor selling all manner of unwanted household items.
The queue at the roundabout started well before 6am (7am is the actual opening time) to get us on to the football field off Liley Lane.
And would-be buyers help you unload your van as you arrive!
Electrical items are not supposed to be offered for sale, but buyers whisper “mobile phones, consoles, PS3 games” the minute you put a foot on the turf.
Car booting is great fun, when the sun shines and helps clear clutter from your home.
It became a standing joke on van-packing Saturday that anything which wasn’t nailed down in the Ettienne home would be whipped up, bagged and priced and sold the following day.
People will buy anything. You’d be amazed at what can be sold. Even an old pair of shoes that had been left in the cellar for months were snapped up for £1.
And averaging £50 a week is not bad for four to five hours work.
The charity shops, where I would normally take my unwanted junk, didn’t miss out.
We unloaded our leftovers at our local shop on the last car boot day this season. Roll on June!