A car boot sale that has been under the spotlight of consumer watchdogs for more than two years, has finally been shut down, after severe concerns about the quality of the items on sale.
The sale, which has been held on Walton Street Car Park in Hull every Sunday since July 1988, features the usual collection of bedraggled sellers who turn up at the crack of dawn with sleep still in their eyes, to try and get rid of things they no longer want or need, and earn a few quid by flogging them.
Clothes, shoes, books, records, CDs, children's toys, rusty old tools, exercise equipment, old curtains and bedding, pottery, cutlery, kitchen utensils, kettles, toasters, decrepit bicycles and so on, are all picked-over by thousands of hands, before someone forks out the asking price, which is usually around 50p.
Complaints were received, however, about the condition of some sellers' goods, and, in several instances, the quality. Consumers said that some items were "old", "broken", and, in numerous cases, "not fit for purpose".
Sally Tatter, who regularly attends the sale, said:
"It's such a shame. I always like to have a look around for old knitting patterns. I like to knit, you see."
Another disappointed browser is Ian McBrane. He said:
"It's part of my Sunday routine. In fact it is my Sunday routine, as I have nothing else to do apart from look at things other people don't want."
Car Boot sales are great.