I came across this word (carbooting) today while cruising the net and decided to look it up. Another slow day at work...what's a girl to do but research new words and phrases! I had never heard of the phrase or saying "car booting". Not sure if it's one word or two. Perhaps my over-seas friends can set me straight on this technicality. Anyway, here's the official definition:
Car boot/trunk sales or boot/trunk fairs are a mainly British form of market in which private individuals come together to sell household and garden goods. The term refers to the selling of items from a car's boot (trunk). Although a small proportion of sellers are professional traders selling goods, or indeed browsing for items to sell, the goods on sale are often used but no longer wanted personal possessions. Car boot sales are a way of focussing a large group of people in one place to recycle still useful but unwanted domestic items that previously might have been thrown away. Car boot sales generally take place within the summer months, however a growing trend of indoor boot sales and all year hard-standing outdoor boot sales are now appearing in some parts of the UK. Items sold can include antiques and collectables, anything in fact that the person wishes to sell, rather like a fleamarket. Car boot sales are also very popular in parts of Australia, and have a growing presence in Europe.
Who knew! Sounds so much more appealing than the american equivalent..."fleamarket".