geoff says - car boots cornwall
A look back to Geoff Say's blogs 2014. Enjoy!Posted: 23/05/2018
Have you ever had a nervous breakdown?
So where do we start with a nervous breakdown or is it all in the mind? Several years ago before we got involved with Car Boot Sales we ran the famous Dig & Delve in Swanpool Street a second hand shop which when we opened locals traders gave us no more than three months before we would close down, the same shop is now in its 27th year but all the local voices of doom who predicted our trading demise are no longer in business so bloody there!
Life was good in those days people would constantly arrive at the shop to sell their unwanteds and estate agents would use us to deal with house clearances so the shop was an immediate success. I used to get very frustrated within the four walls of the shop, previously I was General Manager of Pontins in Brean Sands Somerset with up to 5000 people a week and a staff of 300 and here I am in a lock up shop earning a good living but not happy.
The local’s tourists and students supported the shop the popularity was phenomenal but I had this constant urge to get away from the shop as soon as possible. I really used to wind people up one day there were about 15 regulars who I had got to know in the shop when I decided to lock the front doors, totally as a joke I announced “ Ladies and men I have locked the front door and I am going home and the only way you are getting out is to spend some money” which was a huge success with all but one couple from Camborne who had no dosh as they had spent up at Trago’s. My personal popularity used to really piss Lou off because if I was in the shop the entertainment was nonstop with lots of good banter between the customers and me (but the takings went up) with Lou just wishing for a peaceful life because she could not stand the customers standing around and basically wanted me all to herself. (I can totally understand that) So life wasn’t too bad we had (still have) a wonderful relationship and enjoy our very reclusive time off to ourselves. On a rare occasion Lou and I decided to go to Plymouth to see EVITA. During the interval I needed some fresh air and I felt really rotten and sick and thoroughly pissed but worse I did not feel I could cope with life and the stresses and worries of living. What brought this about I have no idea suddenly I feel worthless and that the whole world was against me. My body felt drained of feelings I had simply had enough and I wanted to opt out. I did not want to work and I could not control my mood swings I kept crying my morale was totally fuct and I just wanted to lay in bed and for the whole world to just ‘go away’ I went to my doctors who was as useless as a dog lead on King Kong’s dick. He was giving me all sorts of depressants and anti-depressants that made me even worse and becoming nuttier and out of control of myself. He tried to survey me “And how is your sex life Mr Viles” (daft sod couldn’t pronounce his WWs) I replied ‘Mine is fine how is yours’ and I believe from there on in his dislike for Mr Viles was permanent! Result!! He sent me to painting classes when I arrived for the first time (and the pigging last) there I was with 20 other total nutters but some of them were a lot nuttier than me and I could see myself staying no more than five minutes so I politely excused myself and went back home to bed to try to sort myself out.
Lou had been an absolute gem (still is) looking after me and our shop but when she told me the Dig & Delve gossip that ‘she and I had broken up and that she had got the shop in settlement’ I was deeply pissed off, this was like a WAKE UP call to sort myself out. The voodoo doctor and his medicines tried over several weeks have not worked so it is now up to me to get myself right because Lou does not deserve this shit. She came home one day and handed me some CDs that she had bought in the shop by a band called Penguin Cafe Orchestra which she thought that I would like. The fantastic music from this band with some determination from myself to this wake up call and within two weeks I had completely turned myself around, I had bought a couple of sets of weights got loads of exercise stopped cigarettes (keep to the weed only no poisons no nicotine tobacco) we became closet vegetarians and over the next few years I/we have built up Car Boots Cornwall with 10 locations, sod it! Seriously you can control the effects of a nervous breakdown with sheer determination and a supportive partner. I know of another couple who over many years the wife has been going through serious bouts of depression and at times is a right miserable old sod but she is so loved by her husband. She knows it but is neglectful in returning his love so she can’t be bothered (arsed) but she does love him.
She certainly nags on a bit I have heard them both having a right old ding dong battle (hilarious in the public arena my lovers) The only thing going for him is that he wears a hearing aid and when she goes on her rants he unplugs saying ‘yes dear’ every few minutes. They have 2 Jack Russell dogs who seem to carry the same depression around with them with their slouched shoulders and hidden tails and a real couldn’t GAF attitude. Imagine that, being seriously depressed and also having two manic depressant dogs to cheer you up but the punch line to this is that the dogs actually sleep in the same bed as this couple so they all get (and deserve) each other twenty four pigging hours a day FFS! The dogs don’t understand WTF she is saying to them and he has unplugged her so you’re now on your own baby!
Recently she went to hospital for one of those ‘women operations’ and her depressions seriously set in whilst staying at home convalescing. Seeing the husband at the Car Boots on his own I always ask “Where she is and how she is” he then tells me she is so depressed it is difficult to get her to come out. I sent a message “You telI her that I want to see her” Two days later she appears looking absolutely knackered but pleased to be back, apparently she had read one of my Geoff Says ranting’s telling people to get up off there fat arses and get out there and get some exercise and some good old Cornish fresh air and STOP feeling sorry for your bloody self! As she reads she says to herself’ that’s me’
Before she had left the sale the colour had come back to her cheeks the bags under her eyes looked as though they were receding (from a distance) and her old man looked a bit happier (unless it was wind) but he can be a miserable old sod at times as well. So yes you can control depression by having something else to occupy your minds like the car boots where you can relax without pressures and hopefully the friendly atmosphere will take you away from your worries and concerns then you can go back home have a cup of coffee and fall asleep in your armchair and wake up still a miserable old git, bit like me really! But remember this; you die if you worry, you die if you don’t, so why worry in the first place FFS and if it’s worry about debt, if you aint got the money you cannot spend it. Been there done that. Move on!!
This is dedicated to my anonymous couple whom I try to council and analyse their problem, I think he should smarten himself up, have a proper shave, put on some aftershave and a nice clean shirt not forgetting to ‘wash down below’ whilst she is upstairs putting on her makeup fish net tights and corsets, when she comes downstairs don’t take the piss just tell her she looks lovely and that you love her and spend an hour making passionate love with each other in having a good old fashioned Cornish style shag (make her do all the work) Whilst all this is going on your depression will disappear so make it last FFS! I love them both and I wish them total happiness so get it together you 2 coz you really need and deserve each other so start off with taking the dogs for a long walk to the beaches. Now where can I get one of those deaf aid things?

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BOUGHT for £20.00 sold at auction for £22,000.00 (not in Cornwall)Posted: 23/05/2018
The 1950s ceramic vase by studio potter Hans Coper was bought at a car boot sale for £20 in the 1990s
A tall 1950s ceramic vase bought at a car boot sale for £20 in the 1990s has sold at auction for almost £22,000.

The vase by German-born British studio potter Hans Coper has sold at auctioneers in Market Harborough.

Its pre-sale estimate was £5,000 - £8,000 but online and telephone bidding fought competitively and the stoneware vase went for £21,960 in the 20th century decorative arts auction.

The woman who used to own the vase was shocked at how much it made.

Will Gilding, from Gildings Auctioneers, said: "My vendor is flabbergasted that a vase she has lived with for all these years on her floor, with children playing around it, and the vacuum cleaner bumping against it every week, has raised so much money."

Eagle eye

Mr Gilding added that the woman, who not long ago retired, recently noticed the potter's signature mark on the base.

"Because of her eagle eye all those years ago, her retirement is starting off just that little bit happier," he said. "One of the great car boot treasure tales to be retold for years to come, I'm sure."

Coper fled Nazi persecution during the Second World War, taking refuge in the UK.

Shortly after the war he went to work at a ceramic button factory where he developed his talents with the potter's wheel.

His works can be found in art galleries and institutions around the world.
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Watch out! there's a thief about and I will prosecute!! FFS!!Posted: 12/05/2018
A mother with her two children came to talk to me as a matter of urgency "You see those two ladies going to their car, one of them stole from my stall last week" 'Are you prepared to confront them?' I asked. "Yes I am, but it is probably too late and she would only deny it" We made arrangements that in future she would point out the alleged thief (thieves?) when she next sees them however I know the persons mother is accusing and I will watch them and their actions around our sellers stalls. If we do catch any person(s) stealing we will without doubt call the Police and asked for the alleged offender(s) to be arrested with a view to prosecuting. Do not steal from our sellers we are increasing our filming of all our Car Boot Sales in the interest of our sellers or you our buyers,our customers. Thank you, Geoff at CBC.
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Selling on eBay & on this website at CBC!Posted: 02/04/2018
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Selling on eBay part 2 and on this website at CBC!Posted: 02/04/2018
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Please ensure that you lock your car at all Car Parks! Posted: 17/02/2018
Email from one of our regular customers, identity withheld; Geoff

Hi Geoff,

Sorry to trouble you, but I really thought I should tell you so you could make people aware. I come to all your Car Boot Sales and generally thoroughly enjoy myself. However last Sunday at the cattle market
I was sat in my car as my baby was asleep and everyone had just gone in to the car boot and literally within 5 minutes a white transit van drove in and a man got out and they tried everyone's door handles on their cars, looking through car windows etc.
This made me feel very vulnerable so I started my car and decided to leave. The men obviously didn't realize I was there and in startled them making them speed off like loonies. For us decent locals who love a bargain and a nice time these people are starting to ruin it for the rest of us.
I unfortunately didn't get a number plate but they were both short stocky men and both eastern European.
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STOLEN PROPERTY!!Posted: 04/12/2017
Sunday 26th November 2017 TRURO Car Boot Sale;
Due to the very poor weather it was decided to hold today’s sale inside the Cattle Pens. Sellers started arriving from 11.00 am onwards. I took my usual walk around the stalls as they were setting up.
I was concerned about 3 men who it seems traveled from up-country in a WHITE TRANSIT van to sell what amounted to a huge supply of good condition power tools. I was wanting to notify the Police as I assumed whether right or not that the tools had been stolen. As we got nearer to the start time Louise had to ask them to keep to their own stalls as they were wandering around asking other buyers to sell before the public were allowed in for the start time of 1.30 pm.
I told her of my concerns that the power tools were ‘stolen property’ and asked her to take pictures of the van the stall and hopefully of the men. The sale started at 1.30 pm I had decided not to notify the Police but to rely on the pictures Lou had taken as a precaution.
The 3 men traded well almost selling out to the eager buyers several had apparently bought the tools at BARGAIN PRICES to either sell on eBay or auction of keep them! By 3.00 pm the men were gone!!

Sunday 3rd of December 2017
As soon as I arrived some of the early sellers had told me that people who had bought the power tools had been put into Auctions and that the Police had reclaimed them on behalf of the original owners! So the tools had been stolen and if any of you readers bought any tools from this stall and you put them on eBay then my advice to you is that the ‘tools were stolen’ and whilst you were not aware they were stolen the Police have the power to reclaim the ‘STOLEN PROPERTY’ which you have purchased in good faith. Take a look at the 3 pictures if you do have any information I will try to get a crime reference number for you to inform the Police.
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A loss of £400.00?Posted: 13/11/2017
Dear Geoff, I posted a message on the St Erne Community notice site regarding a friend of mine, and a lady replied saying you may know this couple and their phone number. Neither my friend or I, can get all the way down to Truro or Falmouth,, so hope you can help out with a phone number at all. Thank you, I’m sorry to be troubling you like this. Here is my posting:
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Geoff Says; You will be some lucky my lover if someone comes forward and says 'I found four hundred quid in the bottom of a bin liner' I am afraid it ain't gonna happen but then the majority of the Cornish are honest clean living people so keep everything crossed is my advice!

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