May 23, 2016
Boot Sale #1.
Our local Antique Malls holds 4 Boot sales each Spring and Summer. Today, the long weekend here in Canada,, was the first one. In the midst of the big fires, the unbearable heat, tons of deadlines and lots of worry, it was nice to have something really fun to look forward to.
Then the rain started to fall from the sky. We've now had rain for 4 days straight. As I've said before and I'll say again today, I LOVE the rain! And this year, with the heat and fires, the rain was more than welcome. There are some people in the big city beside us who have now experienced flooding in their homes. The big city south of us received mounds of snow all weekend. Truly, our weather is crazy now. Not sure if this is the "end of days" but I wish we could go back to weather that is more calm. And predictable. And NO fires!! Back to my story: the rain started to fall from the sky. Now we were wondering if the Boot Sale would still happen. Or if lots of vendors would pull out. We had our fingers crossed.
We woke up early this morning, eager to see if the rain was still coming down in buckets .... and it was! But the word from the owners of the Antique Mall was that it was still on, so we showered, tidied the house, made the bed, grabbed our rain gear and our wallets, and off to went into the big city beside us. It was a sloshing ride, with huge puddles, black skies and rain that pelleted our car. As we drove in to the lot, it slowed to a spit and by the time we got out of our car, it had stopped. The wind was still cold but at least we didn't get rained on.
Budget conscious, we had $100 tucked away in my wallet. These funds we had raised by taking in all our bottles we had collected in our garage. We received $108 in total. And here's what we bought:
In the end, if we had paid what the prices were as marked, we would have spent our full $100. But with a bit of luck and a few queries, negotiations were welcome and we paid just $45 for the lot.
This sale was small compared to others and the tables were sparse, despite the fact that we got there well in advance of opening. I'm sure many vendors were sold out before the afternoon. We saw some regulars, did a bit of catching up, then once we had taken our goods to our car, we went into the Antique Mall to warm up and see if there were any good buys inside. We didn't stay long as the crowds were huge but we did buy the tea book and the cupcake tin, bringing out total for the day up to $64. I'm very happy with our purchases and had a great time. Can't wait for the next one.
Do you have Boot Sales in your community?
Does your town or city have an Antique Mall?