I haven't been to the mid week car boot for ages and I'd mentioned to the small boy that I look after that we may go today. He has been nagging me and his parents ever since and arrived yesterday with some change that he had scrounged at the weekend ..... bless him. I couldn't disappoint him could I? So off we went after the school run this morning with him clutching his little man purse.
As a childminder I constantly have to replace and update my equipment & toys and I just couldn't do it without good old car boot sales and charity shops. I find that I can buy loads, use them for a while, donate them back to the charity shop or sell at a car boot and then start all over again. Recycling at it's very best. The small boy must think the boot sale is some magical place because whenever he spots something new to play with and asks where I got it from of course the answer is the car boot! He wanted some lego but there was none to be had today but he did find a new Arsenal pencil set in a lovely case which included coloured pencils, notepad, sharpener and rubber and a little Arsenal football kit to hang in the car ..... impressed his dad who is an ardent Gunners fan and when we told him we had only spent £1.30 he remarked that we needed to teach the small boy's mum how to shop!
It was a lovely experience for both of us. He learnt how to look closely for things he likes, to talk to the stall holders and ask how much money was needed, to pay himself from his own money and receive change too ... one more step on the road to independence for an almost 5 year old. It may seem strange to some that a childminder takes children to a car boot sale but what better way to develop socialisation & numeracy skills.
Of course I didn't come away empty handed and here is my loot
A metre of retro nursery fabric and some Anchor embroidery yarns
4 metres of gorgeous nursery binding
Wedgwood 'Barlaston Rose' Dinner Service ... I haven't
picked up such a lovely set in years
and here are some bits from the weekend
a dolly deck chair to re-cover
A sewing box which I think needs a shabby chic make-over with LA paint and some pretty floral fabric on the top