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    I bought a lovely Marantz integrated amp for 15 once - that's the only hi-fi I've ever got from a boot sale. Bronze coloured with VU meters. Had an intermittant fault on one channel but I got it fixed for 20. Lent it to a mate as a stopgap when his Audiolab 800A packed in - that was in 1993, he still has it...

    TBH I didn't think much booting went on any more what with eBay and so on. People go on about places like Cash Convertors selling stolen goods - well they don't have nothing on a boot sale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snapper View Post



    At least you had the bus fare home.
    nah - we went home in the car and they came along later with the cash and collected it. It was a posh area, Nantwich IIRC. Posh boot sales were the best.
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    I've never ever been to one
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    Quote Originally Posted by keiths View Post
    I've never ever been to one
    I was going to say you don't know what you're missing, but going on what others are saying, these days it won't be a lot
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    I do a couple a year and always sell a fair bit to other car booters before the gates open.
    Some of them resell the same day at a mark up.

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    Hi


    Love an old car boot i never miss them.

    Sometimes the odd jem might come up but nothing lately




    All dealers etc are in there before anyone gets a look in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    nah - we went home in the car and they came along later with the cash and collected it. It was a posh area, Nantwich IIRC. Posh boot sales were the best.
    I have subsequently discovered that a friend of mine is preparing for a car boot here in Chelsea. There are sixty spots and a waiting list to get ON the waiting list!
    I discovered this as I questioned why there were a mountain of boxes marked Gucci, Armani, Dunhill etc. all down the hall She just said "oh for my car boot sale"
    Now that's a car boot I would like to go to!!! (un)Fortunately not in London over the weekends.

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    i might start going again to search for vinyl, it strikes me there may be people who want to get something for their LP's but can't be bothered to list them on ebay individually.

    I personally don't like the whole 'vulture economy' thing, it strikes me as a little unfair. I thought there were strict rules and start times at all the booties round my way, but i guess people must park up elsewhere and wander on site in anticipation of stall holders emptying their gear. Don't you have pay more to be there for the first hour of trading? How can people be there even before its officially started?

    For the first time ever the other month I wandered into a proper auction house near me. The place was choker with the lowest of human skank. didn't live up to expectations at all - i had visions of antiquated, middle england, fueled by watching 'flog it', antiques road show, and all the other bollocks on TV. how wrong was i.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dantheman91 View Post
    All dealers etc are in there before anyone gets a look in.
    True, but my experience suggests that, in hi-fi terms, if it looks a bit old and hasn't got "Technics" or "Bang & Olufsen" written on it, they ignore it. Even the latter often gets left alone because if it's not working "there's no-one who can fix it any more"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beobloke View Post
    True, but my experience suggests that, in hi-fi terms, if it looks a bit old and hasn't got "Technics" or "Bang & Olufsen" written on it, they ignore it. Even the latter often gets left alone because if it's not working "there's no-one who can fix it any more"!




    So true.
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    Arcam Alpha 7SE
    Kef Reference 103 Speakers
    Cambridge Atlantic & Linn Interconnects & Cable Talk 3.1 Speaker Cable


    Vinyl
    Rega Planar 2 / RB250 / Ortofon OM Super 10 / Van Den Hul Bearing Upgrade

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