With the London Olympics and the Royal Diamond Jubilee around the corner, 2012 is a big year for UK commemorative memorabilia.
Carbooted got in touch with the people who make it for tips on identifying the real deal. Read on if you don’t fancy getting sold a rip off down the car boot.
An official range of china has been commissioned by the Royal Collection to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II. Tea caddys and tea towels are at the cheaper end of the range where as a Diamond Jubilee cake stand will set you back almost £400.
Emma Shaw from the Royal Collection said that all official Diamond Jubilee china is easily identified.
“ All pieces of Diamond Jubilee china have the Royal Collection stamp on their base if they are a limited-edition piece they are numbered too. They also have the Made in England back stamp on their base.”
The range of official Olympics merchandise is as widespread as the range of sports the games include. There are key rings, flags, binoculars and books as well as reworked versions of traditional board games like Monopoly. There are also higher end lines of fine jewellery and silverware available as part of a collaboration with Links.
Lloyd Evans from London 2012 said: “If a product is genuine London 2012 Games merchandise it will feature a numbered holographic version of the official London 2012 logo as part of the packaging or labelling.”
Maureen Clairday launched “the only car boot sale in Texas” in Houston in January after being inspired by a sale in Essex.
Clairday says she launched the MJ Car Boot Sale, after the number of garage sales in her local area started to decrease because of a rise in the number of burglaries.
The vendors at her sale sell china, craft and baked goods. Clairday is also offering free space to charities interested in fundraising. She says that the sale was becoming increasingly popular despite initial difficulty convincing locals to come.