I absolutely love visiting car boots; foraging through the bundles and spying a bargain.
At the end of last month we visiting Ardleigh car boot near Colchester which is known to be a huge and very popular site.
We arrived about 8.30am to a queue of traffic trying to park, I was certainly excited about the prospect of finding some treasures.
I had a couple of things on my wish list but was mainly open to what we might find.
In the collage above I've photographed all the bits I bought apart from the boots in the bottom right which came from a much smaller car boot in Woodbridge a few months ago but I thought I would show them as they were such a bargain at £3.
1: pop-up, fold away play pen £8. I was on the hunt for one of these as you can use it both indoors and outdoor. It has a sun shade, waterproof bottom you can zip out, little zip up doors and a spout for a water bottle. Then once you're done, you just fold it up and put it away in its own bag. You can find these on Amazon, Ebay and even at pet stores. I've seen it for around £15-£20 new on Ebay and that sort of thing but £8 is definitely a bargain for something which was hardly used.
2, 5, 7: All of these items cost £3 in total from the same group of sellers. They're all tops from New Look which I really like. The stripy one is a little booby for my liking but all fit well.
3,4: These two items cost £1 in total and are both originally from Primark. I thought the dress would be nice for work once back in an office and the shorts for this time of year.
6: I picked up this trio of Philosophy items for 3 for £1 and they're all sealed and unused.
8: The jeans cost £2 and were still tagged originally from New Look. I took a gamble on these to wear at work currently. They're a little short in the leg but still wearable.
9: I picked up these much earlier in the year but felt they suited this post. They cost just £3 and were originally from Primark but I thought they were really cool, little boots. I've worn them quite a few times.
It's always worth checking out your local charity shops too as there's quite often a bargain to be had in there.
1: I bought this strapless boob tube type top for £2.99 from a charity shop a week before last. It's originally from New Look and has gold buttons down the front. I absolutely love it and wore it the other day with Superdry jegging jeans.
2, 3: I found these nail polish bundles for I think about a pound altogether, not including the Nails Inc one which came in a swap. The lipstick was part of the jewellery collection in photo 3 which I think was around £1-£2 in total. All of it was originally from H&M. The particular charity shop, I believe is donated items from the shop.
4: I was stunned when I found the tabletop spinning cosmetic organiser by Lori Greiner originally at QVC for just £2.99 in Oxfam. You can buy it here here link for £19.76 plus £5.95 postage at the moment.
5: I bought these leather sandals from Oxfam a couple of months ago for £5. I've not stopped wearing them since. I'm not sure where they are from but I had some very like them from Primark years ago.
6: Another item I've not stopped wearing is this necklace which I paid just 50p for again from the same charity shop with the other H&M bits.
7: I bought these dark denim skinny jeans originally by GAP for £5 a few months ago and have worn them a lot for work. They're a really nice denim and super hard wearing. I almost feel bad wearing such a good quality pair at work where they'll get food and dirt on.
8: I found this rose gold cuff bracelet for 50p, again from the same shop with the H&M items.
9: And recently I managed to spy an Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 15ml minus the cloth for £3 and a sealed Essie mini nail polish for 50p from the Salvation Army charity shop.
I believe that's just about everything over the past three months or so which I think is rather good going.
Have you found anything good at the car boot or in a charity shop?
Thanks for reading