December Bootsales & Barn finds

Bootsale – Self explanitory

Barn find – both made in Ireland. I think the bottle is a hair product similar to Brylcreem. Bo-Peep match boxes where a suprise find inside an old tin.

Bootsale – little green poison with a Chemists label drom Londonderry.

Barn find – still full if oil and covered in grease deposits. Rusty but should clean up nicely.

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Bootsale finds Ireland – Greysteel, Derry

Great bootsale today, the sun shined bright and place was 75% full today, around 100 cars.

1st up is this

A large internal screw top dating to the 50’s for The Larne Mineral water Company. I really like these bottles due to the big sailing ship pictorial. I’ve had the smaller one for a while now and missed out on a blob too version on ebay a while back. Still a bit sour about that.

Still in the process of finding out if they did a Stoneware bottle.

Then after a walk around the same guy brought this out.

A Kirker & Co wooden bottle crate. It’s a small one, holds 12 glass bottles I think. They where based in Armagh and Belfast.

And on the bottom inside there are still remnants of neck labels. Cool, hey?

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Blue print Londonderry Stout Bottles

My very 1st Blue prints, both from Londonderry. My closest “big” city. 

The W.G O’Doherty is a very common bottle in the standard black print but so very uncommon in blue. In fact I didn’t even realise it came in blue until very recently.

The McGinnis black print is uncommon and the blue even more so. What makes it a bit more special is the double address’. Ebrington House and Duke street.

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Irish Railway Buttons and a tourist.

A nice little grouping…. Spot the odd one out?

Great Northern Railways – Ireland

A large and small one, both Birmingham made.

CIE still in operation today, Ireland public rail service.
Very nice Rose design on this, no makers just special quality on reverse.

Now for that odd one out. Western Australian Government Railways, this is a long way from home. Swan? & crown pictorial. No makers on reverse.

Buttons are a fairly easy and inexpensive thing to collect these where all had for £5.

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An image dump of my finds over the past 8 weeks

Todays carboot find. A little 4″ Cream pot from the Ulster Dairy Co Belfast. A little battle scarred but still a keeper.

These three where all aquired within a week of each other. Kirker & Co is my 1st find from a charity shop, Grattan is from The Bedlam Market in Derry City and Ross’s Royal was a swap for a Ballymena stout Bottle I dug (See pic below)

Start of a whole! Top layers ars mostly 1920’s and 3o’s. I am pretty sure the more I go down the older it’ll get.

Came out complete, very happy.

Dug this as well but it seen better days. Crawford & Crawford, Larne. I believe this company to have a familial connection with Crawford and sons of Larne who made this bottle. 

Lovely sailing ship pictorial on this one.

Great eBay discovery, wasn’t listed as Irish so got a really good bargain with this.

A trio of beautys from Derry/ Londonderry. I reached out on a Buy & Sell page on FB and got these. The John Kerr is a particularly sought after bottle.

Boyd’s Fine Old Irish Whiskies – Originally would have said along the bottom Boyd & Co Belfast. Totally rusted to bits but still enough there to like. Found in an old abandoned barn.

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Northern Ireland Car Boot Sales (Updated 01/09/16)

It’s very difficult to find any info on car boot sales that are happening in the North of Ireland, so I thought I could dedicate a post to it. There are other sites that have much better lists but they are out of date by 2,3,4 or even 5 years. This list I can vouch for as I have been to them in the past few months.

I shall update the listings as I find more.

Co. Derry 

Greysteel – Every Sunday from 8am till 2pm.
Large outdoor – Vale Centre

Coleraine – Vinyard Market – Large outdoor & indoor – 1st Saturday of the month 8am til 2
Bootsale, craft fair and market. Hillmans Way

Derry City –

Children in Crossfire – Indoor Market/Bootsale – Small market but many hidden gems to be had. Buncrana Road, past the 2nd roundabout at Elagh business park.

Bedlam Market – Permanent Indoor market – 6 shops under one roof – Bishops Street –


Armagh Town – Shambles Market and Boot sale – Cathedral Road -

Portadown – Dungannon Road/Charles St. – Every Saturday 9am til 3. Well sign posted, cant miss it.


Belfast – St. Georges Market – Very Well known, not difficult to find.

Belfast – Crumlin Road, Hillview Retail Park – One of the biggest, on a good day 500+ cars. Sundays 6am til 3


Newton Ards – Mount Stewart – Portaferry Road – Pretty Big, in grass fields. Good when weather holds up, good high grade collectables.


Co. Donegal

Letterkenny – Pearse Street – Community Centre

If you are in Derry you might as well pop over to letterkenny. Decent size (50 Cars) and well known for collectables and interesting local bits and pieces.

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Big Bag O’ Buttons

Bought a big bag of buttons blindly…

Local thrift shop find.

Always worth taking a chance especially at £2.99.

Now I have some shiney brass buttons and my mother has about 200 plastic ones at her disposal.

This is the top find.

Belfast Corporation Tramways – Large Chrome Uniform Button.


There are 3 versions of this, this one which is the latest, a brass version of this and a brass version without the raised rim around the edges being the oldest.

Merchant Navy Uniform Buttons.


Made by Gaunt of London

Group shot of the keepers. Not sure what most of them are, further research required.


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