Thursday, May 05, 2005

Suggestions / Questions on American Culture...

Well, here's a dire shortfall in my knowledge.
In Britain, we have gatherings called car-boot sales, where people drive to a field and then set up tables and sell things for the day. At the largest there are 100s of sellers, selling just about everything. Great places to pick up books and old magazines etc.

Is there any kind of US equivalent to this? I am looking to source cheap books etc, for trading purposes, but I don't know where to start. Don't say ebay! as that is the destination, not the start point for what I have planned.

Any helpitude much appreciated!

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8 Comments:

Blogger Jim said...

What you're looking for is a "Swap Meet."

I'm glad I was the first to reply.

May you find a first edition of Huckleberry Finn.

1:04 AM  
Blogger kingfelix said...

A swap meet, okay, i shall look out for this phenomenon in newspapers, etc. would that be the right way??? or is there an equivalent of Alfred Hitchcock's Three Investigators "Ghost-to-ghost-hook-up" for people in the know?

1:33 AM  
Blogger kingfelix said...

http://www.threeinvestigators.net/GG.html

good lord, this is bringing back a hell of a lot of memories. i may have to write a post on The Three Investigators, they made such a deep impression on me

great literature!

1:38 AM  
Blogger HF said...

The three investigators are called "Die 3 Fragezeichen" - "the three questionmarks" in Germany. A fairly clunky translation. Especially as it could be read as referring to their bad posture. Or equally bad: "Die drei?" Didn't get in the way of their popularity, though. Remember a story about a screaming alarm clock. What's Hitchcock got to do with it, surely wasn't the author, or was he?

5:52 AM  
Blogger Claypot said...

Yard Sales/Garage Sales? Although that's presuming the sellers actually read. I used to drop in on these random suburban yard sales when I lived in the States. They were kind of fun in a David Lynch sort of way.

7:05 AM  
Blogger kingfelix said...

Hitchcock didn't write the books, but would appear every now and then as a character to congratulate the boys. They were written by Robert Arthur, there's stuff about him on the website I quote.

It also notes that the 3 ??? went along stronger in Germany (once again demonstrating fine German taste) and there are no translations into English of many of these extra titles (a business opputunity for the schwarzekaiser!)

8:53 AM  
Blogger KarbonKountyMoos said...

Also try looking for "Flea Markets". I made quite a bit of spending $ in High School by hitting weekend flea markets - they were often held in parking lots of racetracks.

I never heard them called swap meets until I crossed the Mississippi. Regional name differences, that's all.

How about a google search for flea market, tag sales, community yard/garage sale, etc...?

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Giulia said...

Hey! I've never read the english original versions of the ??? but I read a lot of the german ones (die drei Fragezeichen) and I love the audio casettes! They're still a great success!

5:38 PM  

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