How to identify London Olympics and Royal Diamond Jubilee memorabilia

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.

Look out for the identifying stamps on official Jubilee memorabilia.
(Image courtesy of Royal Collection © 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.)

Royal Jubilee collectibles

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.”

London Olympics 2012 memorabilia

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.”

Kate Lloyd


Ex-Londoner starts first car boot sale in Houston, Texas

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.

“It is increasingly dangerous to have strangers come to your home now,” she tells me.
“Home invasions and burglaries are up.  There are a large percentage of people that cannot have a garage sale, either they live in an apartment or their HOA will not permit them to have a garage sale in their neighbourhood.”
Clairday previously lived in Chelmsford and Tottenham where she regularly visited local car boot sales.
She has lived in Texas for the past 31 years with her family and three grandchildren. She says that she  was surprised to find that there are not any car boot sales in the state and decided to start her own.

Maureen Clairday

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.

She says: “The locals who I have talked to think it is a fabulous concept but mostly we are lost in translation but I am hopeful this will change, like the English pub or fish and chips.”
” Slowly the word is getting around but nothing like the car boot industry in England.  To my knowledge I am the only car boot in Texas.”
Check out MJ Car Boot’s Facebook page here
Kate Lloyd