Community: Rain or shine, the British Ladies Club of Luxembourg’s annual secondhand sale remains an international community fixture.
Photo: Steve Eastwood
The annual car boot sale on Saturday had a bit of competition this year from the long-overdue sunshine that lured some people elsewhere to the sidewalk sales in the city and other attractions of a busy June weekend.
But this popular annual event doesn’t have to worry too much about the competition--rain or shine, buyers and sellers head to the Glacis to participate in this event, organised by the local British Ladies Club of Luxembourg to raise funds for charity through the modest fee it asks for a spot at the sale.
And speaking of rain and shine, the car boot sale has seen everything from downpours to scorchers in its 23 year history, and this year, saw a bit of both. The umbrellas and tents set up first thing on a cool grey morning to protect against rain later served to shield from the midday sun and stifling heat.
Pitching his tent with the rest of them was a regular on the scene, participating for what he guessed was his 10th time. “The master has arrived!” announced Scott Perdue. “Let me show you how it’s done.” And so he did--quickly selling much of what he’d brought, from old milk cans to china platters and leather bags.
“I’m a junkie,” he confessed. “And people love it. I’ve got a little bit of everything, and it’s all in a mess, so people like to look through it.” He likes to look too--and buy.
Listening to him reel off what he found is like listening to a kid tell his best friend what he got for Christmas, he’s practically breathless with excitement. “I got a bunch of stuff that’s screaming 70s man, orange stuff, looks like it's from the TV show ‘Laugh In’. Round speakers that look like bowling balls… amps… kitchen stuff, fixtures that need a little work. You know ‘Dr. Who’? I got his futuristic screwdriver that lights up, for a fiver. No discussion, I didn’t even argue about the price, it’s cool as hell. I’m going to put that in my tool box for sure,” said the airplane and bike mechanic. “I got two fishing rods; they’re so good I’m going to take them to Minnesota… they’re telescopic so I can pack them in my bags. And I got Raybans for a euro. They’re brown, they’re so cool.”
English speaking community
Although you never know what you’ll find at the sale, people do count on seeing one thing every year: people they know. One couple even packs up the car and drives in from Brussels to take part, because they used to live here and know they'll see old friends.
Local resident Nikki Hollis Berry sets up pitch every year and agrees that “seeing friends and acquaintances” is a huge part of the attraction. “I also like it because I can de-clutter and make some money at the same time,” she said.
“There are a lot of English-speaking people,” reported Tom Porz and Alex Rollmann, speaking it themselves in an American accent. Ages 16 and 13, they came by bus with money in their pockets hoping to add to their DVD collection. The last few years they were selling as well as buying--Harry Potter’s castle Lego set and movie posters and other treasures earned them some summer holiday cash--but this year, their mom left it too late to book a spot. The sale was totally booked up before May.
That’s a good sign of its popularity and a word to the wise: if you want to take part next year, book ahead!