When I go on my treasure hunts I like to play the game 'Spot The Dealer' just for a bit of fun. It seems that recently most of my Charity Shop haunts have been over run with dealers as well as the boot sale. For example in the CS yesterday there was a middle aged man going through the women's shoes checking the makers labels...unless he has a fetish for women's shoes I could put money on that he was a dealer. The other week one man bought his own bubble wrap with him in his bag to wrap up his glass buys, the lady on the till was quite amused.
Yesterday there were also two other men who came in loudly speaking about how much money they had made that weekend and then suddenly realised they were in a quiet shop and shhh'd themselves. There really wasn't any need as you can see they were dealers a mile away and I'm all for people making a bob or two on items they buy (unless its an item I had my eye on that is snatched up before I get to it).
Boot sale dealers are another bred all together, there is an elderly couple (80 if not older) at my local boot sale who go round buying up the children's toys at other peoples stall and then marking them up considerably on their own stall. I was buying some baby clothes off a lady the other week who said that one of the couple bought a cot mobile from them for 50p and they then put it straight on their stall for £5...cheeky! I had it happen myself when I sold a tigger soft toy to a lovely little girl for 50p and found it later on her parents stall for £4 - they obviously sent their cute kid round to do the wheeling and dealing for them lol.
I was once checking out a handbag at a boot sale while on the phone to my mum sorting out the sunday lunch meeting time and the stall holder assumed I was a dealer (on the phone to my many contacts haha) and said that i could have all the bags she had on the stall (about 30 of them) for a really good deal and that "I could make a good profit on them", she did look a bit embarassed when I said only had two arms and not enough nights out to warrant buying 30 bags in one go :o)
So onto my buys from yesterday, Jars are the new bedspreads for me it seems as found these two:
So if you're out and about bargain hunting today hows about playing 'spot the dealer'? You get bonus points if you get the good stuff before them too :o)
Linking to: mycottagecharm - Trinkets and treasure and thrifty-thursday