Afternoon tea, football, fish and chips, and The Beatles-these are just some of the quintessential elements that people the world over recognise as iconically British. For those of you swooping through London to get a feel of what this rainy island offers, there is another event that sums up the Big Smoke’s characteristic charm of combining new and old: the car boot sale. Whether you’ve booked a flash getaway, or thrown down your luggage for the long haul, hunting through vintage treasures and spring cleaning carnage is one of the best ways to experience the beating pulse of London’s innermost culture. If the idea of sifting through vinyl records, retro fashion, hand-me-down jewellery, and antique furniture get you pumped for Spring, then the godfather of bargain hunting events is waiting for you.
Launched over 20 years ago, the The London Car Boot Co. is a mecca of second-hand delights. Organising three car boot sales every weekend, enthusiasts can flock to different locations to exercise their inner collector. The objects on offer are practically limitless, delving from the discoveries of seasoned traders, some of whom even source from various locations in the EU, to pristine, yet unwanted personal items from people getting rid of clutter.
Love the idea of exploring someone else’s junk? Then slip on your comfiest shoes, dig out your favourite sun block (you never know!), and get to trolling! Inspiring even the likes of Paul Smith for one of his own campaigns, The London Car Boot Co. has a reputation that doesn’t disappoint. One of its most anticipated dates is May 7th, and inaugurates the company’s first East London market at Hartley Primary School in East Ham. To learn more about its two decades worth of bric-a-brac tradition, visit The London Car Boot Co. website.