Am I a vampire? Well, at least I am a sucker — for markets featuring bloodsucking insects. Also, for bar coot sales and carroty chops.
That is to say, I enjoy attending flea markets, car boot sales, and the occasional charity shop Sometimes I even go with some wildly unlikely purchase in mind, and occasionally, against all the odds, I find that very thing.
Recent acquisitions at the past two Saturday versions of our local flea market gave rather unexpected gains, although unsought-for. The first was a pogo stick. This is something I have not been acquainted with personally, but knew from comics. I recall with glee in Perishers when a pogo stick with Boot the dog on board was collecting all the other characters along the way.
Anyway, R went for it bravely and has got to over 50 bounces at a go, so far. J declined trying it, without thanks. Other scores are Younger Daughter 2, and me 1-and-a-bit. Well, at least I got on board! Much Better Half is also in the non-trying category.
The latest gain was a bit synchronicitous. On our way back from Oribi Gorge a few weeks ago we saw a number of bicycles carried behind cars — a race or something — and noted that the racks were resting insecurely (as I first thought) on the towbar. However, when we watched the movement they actually seemed a lot more secure than our one that straps onto the boot, and we started looking enviously at the cars boasting them. ‘Give me a use for my towbar,’ muttered YD. ‘We never use a trailer.’ So I was delighted when I saw one of them in perfect nick on Saturday at less than half the 2012 original price. Examination showed me why they are so secure. Not only has it got a really powerful clamp, but a scissors action means that the weight of the bikes also helps secure it. I grabbed it. The current new price, I discovered, is quite a bit more than the 2012 version.
There is my (t)rusty steed on board,
Are any of you fans of second-hand bargain-hunting at such sources?
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