Earlier this month I took the two hour train into London (serious commitment) to attend the much anticipated Classic Car Boot Sale, which has run successfully for five years now. With the lure of a weekend boasting treasures that can be found in the back of vintage cars; my Boyfriend and I were not disappointed. There was a great mix of clothing, vinyl, brick-a-brack and jewellery. I also found the best wicker handbag, however it was just outside of my price range (although I am currently really regretting having not bought it).
My anguish aside, we enjoyed a very sunny Sunday at King’s Cross. It was easy to locate the market, as you simply had to look out for vintage styled people and then follow a line of cars that were smartly parked along the road running up to the main event.
Personally I thought £5 for the event was a little much, considering you are going in to spend your pounds! £2 and I wouldn’t have quibbled it, in case anyone was wondering! Inside there was of course shopping to be done and I managed to score a second hand Hey Day Fleur dress for £15, which I was pretty pleased with. If you aren’t familiar with the dress, it basically looks like a Cath Kidston patterned wrap dress and screams summer; making the change in the recent weather even sadder for me. I also loved that there were plenty of vehicles to go around, although I did find myself spending a lot of time cringing at the people who found it necessary to get their fingers all over them. Someone even tried to enter the Taxi at one point; they looked severely disappointed when it was locked. Hahh!
There were lots of street food stalls and despite wanting a Knicker Bocker Glory I ended up sampling some very tastey Goyza. Fried dumplings always go down a treat with me and we enjoyed them on the grass behind the market. Recharged after our snack break, we headed back into the Classic Car Boot Sale. Having ordered a strawberry cider from a double decker bus (really fun idea) I felt like summer was kicking off again, not coming to a close. There were DJ’s all day at the top of the bus playing a mix of 40s to 80s tracks and apparently lots of people created a dance floor – gutted I missed it. The event had a really feel good and quite a celebratory feel to it. There was a healthy mix of vintage enthusiasts, extremists and generally curious people. Everyone appeared to be having a really good time and there was a really cute kid, possibly 14/ 15, getting stuck in and trying on vintage. My only wish is that I had been as cool as that in my teens!
I’m sure you can tell I enjoyed my time at the Classic Car Boot Sale. I think if I had drank more coffee’s than ciders I’d also have liked to have seen a theatre screening in the Vintage Cinema Bus. It was really unique looking and I heard that it is quite luxurious inside all things considering. Due to the cider and the good weather I felt like I was more inclined to visit the water fountain’s then sit down in comfy seats (aka nap time). Hopefully I can have a look inside next time.
If you are looking for a chilled out end to summer, I can recommend you give the Classic Car Boot Sale a whirl next year. Hopefully it will be bigger than ever and the weather holds once again.