Several times a year, on warm, sunny Sundays, we visit the Clara Sunday Market & Car Boot Sale.
It’s a family run market which was set up in 1993 to sell new and second hand goods and takes place every week. Situated on the Moate Rd outside Clara, Co. Offaly, the market sits on on a 6 acre site and is only
15 minutes drive from Tullamore.
We go there when we have something specific to buy but also enjoy a thorough browse amongst the stalls.
This time we went to buy a garden hoe and I was lucky, for lying in amongst dozens of others was an old forged hoe with a brand new handle. To me this was ideal and far better than a modern pressed steel one which bends as soon as you give them any work. I always feel recycling tools, rather than buying new, is a good idea and better still I purchased it for small money.
You never know who you are going to meet at the market or what you are going to find there, depending on which travelling trader attends. In the past I have met traders from all over Europe selling their wares and friends who were also looking for a bargain. There is always the chance to chat and have a bit of craic, especially over a cup of tea from the small café.
We visit Clara Market with the goods we wish to buy in mind and have usually found what we are looking for, with a few extra bits and pieces we have discovered along the way thrown in.
My finds so far have included a brand new heavy leather waistcoat, a 1950’s teapot, socks, boots,
cushion covers, curtains, pottery bowls and other miscellaneous items - it really is a treasure trove.
Traders from all over the place come here.
White vans predominate the scene.
Tool for every job and use.
I wonder what she is thinking ?
Making a sale involves a lot of chat
One lonely rooster!
Fresh fruit anyone ?
Local produce on old oil drums