Now that the registration fee is paid, the race is on to raise the sponsorship funds for our great adventure of 2012. Thus it was, that Sunday past, as the Sunday before that, found us in the great outdoors, car piled high with merchandise (???) setting up for another car boot sale. As this will probably be the pattern of the year to come, we have invested in some of the essential tools of the trade.
A flask. Coffee never goes amiss and sometimes can be difficult to access at boot sales. Especially when one is acutely aware of the dangers of buying goods/rubbish from other vendors should one be so rash as to venture away from one’s own stall. Which would, of course, mark us out as very foolish virgins.
Clothes rails. Really useful even when there is no space in the car to fit them in! As it was, although we had especially purchased very pretty pink rails, in the end they were sacrificed to make way for the books, toys, pictures etc. A poor decision as they were certainly needed to hang the clothes up. Still – never let it be said we don’t learn from our mistakes!
Tables. Not yet purchased, but being urgently sought. Currently borrowing the most precious equipment of car booting (apart from the car, of course), we are constantly on the lookout for appropriate, easily transportable, furniture/display ware.
And we have been making a concerted effort to ensure that our stock is kept refreshed regularly, sorted and sifted, with all the useless ‘gifts’ removed and forwarded to a recycling company.
Which all amounts to a sizable task.
Happily all this effort is not being made alone, by only one or two people. A number of us are involved, but, at this stage, I must recognize and honour one of our team in particular. That is the person who has sought sponsorship from everyone she knows, who has publicized her target far and near, but especially in work and press-ganged everyone into buying tickets for events, whether or not they had any intention to attend,buying raffle tickets for the expected
prize draws during these events. She is the person who has hastened the arrival of our first thousand pounds for the hospice funds, who has inspired us with her enthusiasm and has dumbfounded us with her single-mindedness.
And not only that – she’s already fit to do some walking!
Who is this paragon???
What – do you think I’m going to tell you all that , to give you all the opportunity to poach our prize asset???? That’s where my selflessness ends!!!!