Of course, they've gone downhill in the last few years, since most people sell their best stuff on eBay. But there are still a few bargains to be had, and it's fun wandering round the stalls. We've mainly kept an eye out for toys, books and clothes for the kids (they grow up so fast, you know, and we're not made of money), but I've also kept an eye out for retro gaming equipment.
I hit the jackpot today! A full working Commodore 64, complete with packaging and leads, all for just £4! That's right, four English pounds! I could hardly keep my hand steady as I handed over the coins. I love the packaging and branding, it's worth reminding the kids that Apple weren't the first to do this right:
When I was in my teens, it seemed most of my friends had a Sinclair ZX Spectrum, or a Spectrum+. A few had Amstrad CPC 464s. But I was the only kid I knew with a Commodore 64. I'm convinced to this day that the graphics and games were superior. It kept me out of mischief for the best part of 5 years, until I sold it to raise enough money for my first proper stereo - a sale I've grown to regret as the years have gone past.
In fact, it's not precisely the same model I had as a callow youth. Mine looked like this, and the one I bought today is the 64c, and looks like this. But they're essentially the same under the hood. And they play the same games. And so I'm now off to eBay to look for games such as Gauntlet, Starquake, Summer Games, Knightmare, Bubble Bobble and Yi-Ar Kung-Fu. So much for saving money at car boot sales....