It’s one of the great unsolved
mysteries of life you know. Learned people have spent years and enormous sums
in Government grants researching the phenomenon. Actually that last bit might
not be exactly true but you can bet that some university, somewhere in the USA,
will have such research in progress! What is this phenomenon, this unsolved
It’s clutter, or rather the speed
with which clutter accumulates in human dwelling places. If mankind could only
isolate the true cause of the phenomenon we’d be on the way to discovering how
to prevent it in the first place. As it is, all we can do is try to keep up
with it by means of periodic clear-outs, which is where the car boot sale can
The phenomenon is not new by any
means. I’m quite old now and I can’t remember a time when we didn’t have
clutter and I’m sure it goes back very much farther than that. In fact I
suspect the Romans of introducing it to these shores after 55BC. They would
have arrived bringing chariot loads of clutter with them and before long it
would have spread to the native population like a disease.
Have you noticed that when you move house you get rid of
most of the clutter that has accumulated since your last move, but nine times
out of ten you take with you some stuff that you haven’t used in ages but can’t
bear to get rid of?
Therein lies the possible cause of the problem. It would
have started when you first moved out from your parents’ home to live
independently. Just one or two items that might come in handy one day, that’s
all it takes and you’re doomed! From
then on, each time you move you do the same thing only the number of items
grows each time. These are the seeds from which the next lot of clutter grows.
Of course, it’s all very well saying that our own actions
may be the possible cause of the phenomenon but finding the cause of the cause,
that’s what baffles even modern science. It seems to be something in the human
psyche and maybe one day, years and millions of pounds down the line scientists
may find the answer, but don’t hold your breath!
Meanwhile, the car boot sale is one the more recent
additions to our armoury of weapons to combat the dreaded clutter and it’s a
very effective one when properly deployed. The car boot sale has a long and
distinguished lineage as we’ve explored before. I reckon those Romans probably
held Chariot Sales up and down the country.
Whether they did or not, we now have the car boot sale to
help us de-clutter our homes and we should use them to the full. What better
way can there be to rid yourself of unused items than to sell them on to other
people for money? Buying at car boot sales as well as selling may mean you end
up with just as much clutter as you started with so be careful to buy only what
you can actually use or to stock your car boot for the next sale when you’ve
sold all your original stuff.
In car boot sales have we finally found the answer to the
clutter problem? Maybe, maybe not, maybe all we’re doing is moving the clutter
around to different people, spreading the disease as it were. But hey! Who
cares anyway? It’s great fun doing it and doesn’t actually harm anyone and it
just might save someone from serious injury or worse. Remember the reports quite
recently of the chap who was crushed in his bed by 25 years or more worth of
yachting magazines stored in his loft when the ceiling collapsed under the
The moral of that story surely is, don’t let things like
that keep accumulating until they bury you. Get them to a car boot sale in good
time and make some money from them. You can always start collecting again!
Article provided by freelance copywriter, Pete Hopper of Write for You