Car Boot Sale

March 23, 2008 at 2:38 pm (Uncategorized)

My SIL sent me this funny definition out of a British Slang Dictionary in honor of our preparations for our big garage sale coming up next weekend.

BTW – the “car boot” is known to us Americans as the trunk 🙂

Car boot sale – a merry event where people get together in a field and sell the rubbish from their attic, under the secret impression that some part of it might turn out to be splendidly valuable. Not entirely dissimilar to a jumble sale. The term stems no doubt from the fact that this is normally carried out using the boot of your car as a headquarters. This sort of nonsense is now largely replaced by eBay, where you can sell the 1950s engraved brass Hitler moustache replica your father was awarded for twenty years’ service in in the post office without actually having to meet the freak who bought it.



  1. Susie said,

    What a cute expression! I enjoyed seeing your SIL over the Easter weekend. She’s adorable!

  2. stacey said,

    That’s a pretty good term. I’ve never heard that before. Our yard sales would never work that way because we’ve got way to much stuff :o)

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