Monday, 2 May 2011

May Fayre

In the town where I grew up, the annual May Fayre still exists. I don't think the format of the fayre has changed at all in as long as I can remember.

May Fayre Boot Sale

May Fayre Boot Sale

Today though, had a new purpose. In response to my brother's desire to 'do something else' on May Day (shock, horror!! Something ELSE???) we devised....

The Inaugural Annual Family May Fayre £5 Bargain Hunt Flog-it In the Attic Challenge‏.

Basically, you can spend up to £5 on as many or as few items as you choose, items must then be re-sold by 30th May (bank holiday) and the person who makes the most profit wins all the profits. Here are the rules:

1. As a family, we do not cheat
2. Only items from the Car Boot Sale
3. Can spend up to and only up to five pounds
4. Can have multiple items as long as you do not exceed five pounds
5. Haggling is allowed
6. Items must be sold by 12 midday on the following spring bank holiday
7. No selling to family members
8. A photo must be taken of said item
9. Selling can be done by any means
10. If you wish to improve your property you can, as long as your total spend is up to five pounds.
11. If you need to pimp up your item by cleaning and/or repairing the total cost must remain under or exactly five pounds.
12. Challengers put profit into the kitty
13. The winner is the person that makes the most profit from their sale
14. The prize is all of the profit in the kitty and a trophy
15. Trophy to be retained for one year and one year only

(I think I'm in charge of making a trophy...??? )

So, today at the May Fayre car boot sale was myself, Mum, Dad, Sister, Brother, Sis-in-Law, Niece#1, Niece#2 and Niece#1's boyfriend, all trawling the stalls looking for bargains.

Everybody got something and spent most of their £5 allowance.

My purchases were:

1 freshwater pearl bracelet - £1
1 Bugs Bunny tie - 50p
7 items of childrens clothing - 50p each - £3.50

The childrens clothing is mostly Next brand, with one FatFace item and one Patch.

As a bonus, I found a plastic childs necklace in the pocket of a jacket!!

So my total spend is exactly £5. That means that I have no money spare for 'doing up' anything, but since all the clothes need is a wash and iron, and the bracelet just needs cleaning with soapy water, I don't need to spend any more.

Selling fees (e.g. Ebay, Paypal) come out of any profit.

I will post photographs when I take them, I will be selling on Ebay so decent photographs is a job for Wednesday night, I will get everything washed tomorrow.

(I've kinda fallen in love with the bracelet though, might end up keeping it!!)


K-Koira said...

Sounds like a fun new tradition to start.

I just stopped by and became a follower, hope you get a chance to check out my blog as well.

Jackie said...

Thanks Crystal, Looks like you had a good time at your recent competition!