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Forget what you think you know about car boot sales: ruinously early starts; dodgy bacon butties; polystyrene cups of tea; rain-swept fields; dingy-haired humans stomping around in dirty tracksuits; banged-up Fiestas touting toot…

Instead, picture vintage vehicles and retro treasure. We’re talking about Classic Car Boot Sale, which takes place 16–17 April (10am–6pm) in London’s King’s Cross (the swish new Lewis Cubitt Square development, to be precise). At this luxed-up bargain bonanza, the cars in question – all 100+ of them – will be collectors’ beauties; in place of on-the-blink microwaves and miscellaneous plastic crap, their boots (bootiques?) will be stuffed with retro treasure: gully garms, rare records, hip homewares and more.

Classic Car Boot Sale is one of designer Wayne Hemingway’s stylish babies, so it comes as no surprise that everything has been thought of. All that vintage bounty making you crave the hipster’s holy trinity: pulled pork, doughnuts and craft brews? You’ll find all that and then some, plus music, dance and entertainment. Tickets won’t break the bank, either: they’re four quid online, or a fiver on the day.

Mr Hemingway knows a lot about budget brilliance: he’s helped judge the Best Budget Boutique Hotel at our Smith Hotel Awards since 2013. This year, Wayne was wowed by runner-up Claska, saying: ‘Claska takes the Japanese minimalism of a ryokan and gives it a modern twist’. If you can’t quite make it to Japan this April, hit the Classic Car Boot Sale instead (and take your plunder back to nearby Clerkenwell and The Zetter or The Zetter Townhouse, afterwards).

Classic Car Boot Sale, 16–17 April, 10am–6pm, King’s Cross, London
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Images via Flickr/Vintage Festival

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