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Half of our pile of old clothes

This weekend, the Kilimanjaro team was supposed to be hiking in Snowdonia but, what with last week’s long weekend for the Jubilee, we never got round to doing any preparation and, when I asked about it, everyone agreed we would rather postpone it into July and have a weekend off this week.

So, here I am, with an unexpectedly free weekend! What to do?

Well, Brett and I spent our Saturday sorting through our wardrobes, pulling out the things that don’t fit or we don’t wear any more. It was quite surprising how much stuff ended up on the pile. I know it’s supposed to be therapeutic to have a clear out – and it was! – but another upside is that I’ve discovered items of clothing that I’d forgotten about that I actually quite like to wear! My wardrobe is now both smaller and more varied. Result!

…and the other half!

In between Jubilee drag pub-crawls and karaoke barbeques last weekend, I did check out Amazon’s Marketplace with a view to listing a few books to see how it worked. However when I looked at the prices that my titles were already advertised for by third-party sellers, it didn’t look like it would be worth doing. Books worth £10 were going for as little as £1.79!

The idea of selling most of our books (and CDs, DVDs and some clothes) was to raise money to fund our RTW trip, but selling at those prices wouldn’t even make it worth the time and effort, let alone raise us any real money. Time to think again!

Lee, one of the guys I’m doing the Kilimanjaro expedition with, had mentioned selling bric-a-brac at a Car Boot Sale* as a way he was planning to fund his trip and, when he mentioned it, I was kicking myself for not having thought of it before! Sure enough a little bit of googling found two regular car boot sales in our area and I determined to check them out this weekend.

So Sunday morning I was off to Rotherhithe to check out the sale there. It was a bit of a mixed bag; some market traders bringing their wares, some regular folks selling off their junk, some people who seemed somewhere in between maybe selling-on stuff they’d bought elsewhere. I wandered around developing a list of things to remember or bring (table, tarpaulin, change, seats, etc.), had a coffee and then drove across town to Battersea for the second one of the day.

The Battersea Boot sale sounded a bit more up-market from the descriptions I’d read. It opens for business at 11:30am. You have to pay a fiver to get in at that time, but it drops to £3 at 12:00 and then 50p at 1:30pm. The idea being that if you want the best goods/prices you come early and pay extra to get in. It was certainly bigger than the Rotherhithe one and there was a long queue to get in at 1:30pm. Inside it was a similar mix of stalls and people but it did feel like there was more money here, so Battersea will probably be the one we bring our stuff to first.

It will be a few weeks before we come though, as we have a few busy weekends ahead – plus we need to source a collapsible table and make up some signs…

The only other thing of note that’s happened since I last wrote is, following my leaving a couple of comments on his blog, Adam, from Travels Of Adam, asked me to do a guest blog post for his Gay Travel Guide about World Pride in London. Adam’s a pretty respected travel blogger, so I was pretty stoked to be asked. It was only once I started researching I realised I might have made a rod for my own back…

London Pride is not renowned for being the most organised body in the world. At the time of writing, the information on their website is all quite general. I dropped an email to several of their PR guys at the start of last week and it was only yesterday (after sending a nudge) that I got a reply saying… they’d get back to me as soon as they could!  The Met wrote straight back to tell me who to contact, but said details of road closures probably hadn’t been finalised yet. Transport For London, on the other hand, haven’t replied at all.

I don’t want to write a generic puff piece about Pride in London; it’s easy enough to get general information on Google. I’d like to offer useful information about what’s happening, when and where and what the public transport situation is likely to be.  So it looks like I’m gonna have to wait on Pride London getting back to me! It’s just a bit disappointing that, four weeks out from a massive event, there isn’t any decent information about what’s happening at it…

So, anyway, watch this space for more info!

* Car Boot Sales are the UK equivalent of a flea-market or a communal Garage or Lawn Sale in the US. People from the area turn up at a venue with their car and maybe a trailer, or just a few large wheeled suitcases, rent a plot and sell their stuff to whoever has come along. Goods for sale can be pretty much anything – household junk, home-made goods/crafts or, in some cases new packaged goods. Bargaining is common and the whole event is quite informal.