Today is well and truly a summers day - we are here in Chesterfield Market with our market stall - bottom end near The Market Fish and Chip Restaurant.  It's is a glorious day and the town feels busy.

To get into the spirit of summer and all the positives that inspires I have decided to hold a discount sale - it's not something I have universally done before but it seemed worth a try.  Huge numbers of the books I have previously individually priced up have been poured into my £1 section and a large number of good quality hardback biographies I have placed into a £2 or 3 for £5 section.

Yes we buy books, antiques, bric-a-brac, maps and more.  But here on behalf of Brockwell Books of Chesterfield is our 'honesty policy'.

Let's try and give you a bit more of an insight of how we operate.  People after ask us to quote, purchase and remove items that they no longer need.  These are often items they have received via another friend or relative or wish to sell for the cash.

The progression from being an occasional stall holder to being a full on regular market trader is a long path, and after six months other than know where I started I have no idea where this project will end.

What I do know is that I'm loving it.  I would never have predicted with any seriousness that this is what I would be doing if I had looked down the path of career choices, but here I am smiling and chatting to passers-by. Re-reading that sentence before I type in I realise that is not entire true, and my husband thinks that I have it in my blood.

Well this is something very different and yet I am undergoing almost regular flashbacks just sitting here - yes, I'm doing an indoor antiques fair.  Now it's been a while, but this time here here as the dealer.

Since the age of very young, I was brought up on antique fairs - Saturdays were wrapping and packing the antiques and Sundays were early mornings loading the car and driving to what was often a large venue hotel or sports centre.  There Mum and Dad would run the stall.  I would be the hired hand at 50p a box carried from the car to the stall both in the morning and then the evening - the resulting £5 or so was then my spending money at these antique fairs.

So what do you do when it's raining and you run a market stall? You get up, load the car and drive down to stand on Chesterfield Market - yes selling books, jigsaws, baskets, records and more.

After all - if you are in for a penny then you are in for a pound.  And either I'm a market  trader all weathers or I'm not I reckon, so yes, here we are all weathers and all conditions running our stall.