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Food photography props & London car boot sales

I spent the weekend foraging… not for food but for food photography props.  Yes, this might be a telltale sign that I’ve gone completely insane, the BF certainly takes it as such.  But hear me out… I just discovered the world of car boot sales in London.  For my non-British friends, a car boot (trunk) sale is equivalent to a flea market.  You may now feel the same glee I did when I first realized.


Car boots up and open for business in Pimlico
ISO 200 | f2.8 | 1/800 sec | 16mm w/ fish eye attachment

With the weather on my side, I set off to St. Augustine’s car boot sale by Kilburn Park on Saturday, paid my 50p entrance fee (£3 for early bird entry) and trolled around looking for kitchenware.  Half an hour later and £5 poorer I left with 7 items, one of which is a funky fish corkscrew (see last photo) which retails for over £20 but cost me 50p.  I also witnessed some verbal sparring between a vendor and an unhappy customer.  It was in another language but based on the hand gestures I reckon a curse on one’s family was put into play.  I felt so alive.


Salt & shaker set at Capital Car Boot Sale
ISO 200 | f2.8 | 1/2000 | 16mm w/ fish eye attachment

On Sunday I ventured to Pimlico for the Capital Car Boot Sale.  It was bigger & definitely better.  Sellers sprawled out in the Pimlico Academy parking lot and into the building.  The admission fee was £1 (£5 for early bird entry) and everything was for sale: kids games, old cameras, household items and even a mini trampoline (£5). I would also say the quality of the items were superior to the goods at St. Augustine’s.


Table of goods at Capital Car Boot sale
ISO 200 | f2.8 | 1/200 sec | 16mm w/ fish eye attachment

I won’t detail every purchase made over the weekend but I will share some of my favorite finds:


Wooden cheese board & knife set (£5), butter knife (£1.5) with a platypus handle and a fun-shaped fork (25p)
ISO 100 | f2.8 | 1/20 sec | 16mm


Fish corkscrew (50p) & wooden plate (£1)
ISO 100 | f3.5 | 1/10 sec | 19mm

All in all I spent £15 this weekend on kitchen items.  Most will be used for food photography purposes only (everything has been washed twice already) but I am already looking forward to putting the cheese knife & board set and potato masher (not shown) to real use.

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  • Love the cheese set. Never seen one like that before nor a fish corkscrew. Great finds, Jo!ReplyCancel

  • Sweet finds! You will have to keep an eye out for interesting props for me too 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    Nice little post here Jo – do you know having lived in London for over 12 years I’ve not been to either of these flea markets? Getting out of bed early esp. at the weekend probably hasn’t helped! Thanks for sharing these wee nuggets 🙂ReplyCancel

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