Back in May we looked at the history of car boot sales from their beginnings in the early 1970s. It's true that that's when the car boot sale as we know it today first began to be a feature of life in the late 20th and early 21st Centuries but actually the roots go back much farther than that.
Markets were probably the earliest form of organised trading in communities all over the world. Well, sort of organised anyway. The council Markets Inspector with his clipboard came very much later! Markets probably existed before money so they would have been sites for bartering goods. John had more corn than his family needed but they wanted a cow. Oscar was a bit short of corn and his cows had had calves so a deal could be struck and so on. Maybe the story of Jack trading the family cow for a handful of beans dates from that time.
You can see where this is going can't you? Using surplus goods to buy stuff you needed. Money came into the picture and changed the way trading was carried out but didn't change that basic concept. Down through the ages most people who didn't become merchants didn't have much in the way of spare items to trade. Come the industrial revolution the new middle class began to have surplus goods that were no longer considered good enough to use themselves. Sometimes these might be given to the poor or their own servants. These might well have found their way into markets in poor areas.
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