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The little red phone booth in a Somerset flea market that may be Britain’s most expensive Bath City News

This little red phone booth is old and battered, far surpassed its best but still a very valuable item – it’s on sale for four figures at a scrapyard in Somerset.

We found it on our way to Minehead at Chris’s Crackers – supposedly ‘the best junk shop in the South West’.

He was there in all his glory, sitting by the side of the road among thousands of ancient objects including statues of wild boars, lions, tables, chairs, kitchen sinks, old baths, garden furniture. .

You name it and Chris’s Crackers has it, the most unique salvage center selling items from all over the world.

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There are old tractors, cars, farm machinery, sculptures of wild animals among the merchandise, you could spend hours there.

Our attention was drawn to this old phone booth as it stood, tattered, on board, attached with a For Sale sign.

Remember the days before cell phones when we would go down to the phone booth with our rooms for secret phone calls with lovers?

Maybe not, but a lot was going on in those old phone booths.

They are a holdover from our past, just like the red letterboxes and London buses, they go back to a time when life was much simpler, communication was not close at hand.

Not all households had landlines, especially in country villages and hamlets, the phone booth was the only connection to the outside world, you could call the United States if you had enough change.

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Perhaps this is the reason why old telephone booths are experiencing a renaissance and are valuable in today’s money.

This tiny baby has a staggering price tag of £ 1,250 despite his disheveled condition.

Scott Cook of Chris’s Crackers said, “There is a huge demand for old phone booths these days.

“This one is actually cheap, they can cost a lot more than that, thousands of pounds if in good shape, this one has seen much better days.

“People want them for all kinds of things, I heard someone built a library in one, they look good in the garden and they are a real statement,” he said. .

The interior of this one for sale has been completely ripped off, it looks vandalized.

There is no doubt that for just £ 1,250 someone will be spending a lot of money to restore it to its former glory and bring it back to life.

It will take more than a coat of paint.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-28 04:00:00