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Over the weekend: Rockin' the British Car Boot Sale

The first sale was at the Jefferson County Fairground, but a smaller, more intimate version set up for three days over the long Memorial Day weekend at the vacant Hilltop Motel in South Broadway in Englewood; we dropped by on Saturday for a taste of the British Car Boot experience. I have to say we liked it: It was the perfect meld of standard flea market, yard sale and tailgate party, full of schmoozing, bartering and bargaining galore. The old broken-down motel site was atmospheric, with its little garages and crannies, and it was easy to imagine it refurbished, with flower boxes and a coat of pink paint. Many of the folks who'd opened their boots and set up their tables said they were just there to see what it was like, and one can only hope they did well enough to consider doing it again.

Stacey and Kim, holding down the fort.

Over the weekend: Rockin' the British Car Boot Sale

This seller's boot booty included handmade Calaveras-print market bags and jewelry.

Over the weekend: Rockin' the British Car Boot Sale

While these two offered yards of vintage fabric.

Over the weekend: Rockin' the British Car Boot Sale
Over the weekend: Rockin' the British Car Boot Sale

One seller also provided impromptu entertainment.

Over the weekend: Rockin' the British Car Boot Sale

We saw many wonderful wares, both wacky and whimsical.

Over the weekend: Rockin' the British Car Boot Sale
Over the weekend: Rockin' the British Car Boot Sale
Over the weekend: Rockin' the British Car Boot Sale
Over the weekend: Rockin' the British Car Boot Sale

 

Over the weekend: Rockin' the British Car Boot Sale
Over the weekend: Rockin' the British Car Boot Sale

Jewelry upcycler Elizabeth Marens put on her best Brit look.

Over the weekend: Rockin' the British Car Boot Sale

This beautiful piece incorporated a vintage collar embroidered with gold and silver thread.

Over the weekend: Rockin' the British Car Boot Sale

Or you could buy junk jewels to recycle on your own from another vendor.

Over the weekend: Rockin' the British Car Boot Sale

And the opportunity to cozy up to William and Kate for a photo was complimentary!

Over the weekend: Rockin' the British Car Boot Sale

The Car Boot Sale's summer schedule is still in flux, but the next chance to sell or shop is on June 11 at the Village at Castle Pines, Highway 85 and Happy Canyon Road in Castle Rock, where Johnson promises lots of parking spaces (enough for up to 150 vendors) and, even better, free admission for buyers. Sellers pay $20 and are invited to arrive at 7 a.m. for setup; sale hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. After that, nobody knows where the sale will continue just yet, but to follow the news, there's a website and a Facebook page.

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