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Car Boot Tips

There is no need to book, just turn up at either Boot anytime after 5.30 am.

Booters are not allowed to sell

a: Any food or drink products including biscuits, crisps and homemade cakes
b: Counterfeit, Illegal, Stolen goods, Cigarettes, BB Guns, Firearms, Pornographic material, Fireworks, and any other items deemed not suitable for sale at the site

  • Below you will find a general list of car boot tips:

    1.  Pack your car up and bring with you a paste table to set up on and if possible a sheet to cover your table with in case of a shower.

  • 2.  Take some carrier bags, folding chairs, sheets of plastic as a cover or to spread on the ground (good for displaying clothes), warm jackets, sun hats, an umbrella, sun cream, wet wipes etc.

  • 3.  When you get there, there will be people who will swarm round as soon as you arrive - don't let it panic you and think carefully when you tell them how much you want for stuff - half of your first batch of sales are probably going to be to people who also have stalls, they'll be professionals Who’ll buy something for £2 and it'll be on their stall ten minutes later for £5. To avoid this once you've been guided into place, lock your car up and walk away for a few minutes then the professionals will have moved on to the next Booters who are arriving.

  • 4.  Have in mind what your prices you want for your goods and wait, don't sell all your best stuff for a knockdown price within five minutes of getting there, you can always reduce your price a bit, if its not sold, as the day goes on.

  • 5.  Don't be afraid to say "no" (politely of course) to offers and have a counter offer ready.

  • 6.  Take lots of change and a container with a lid for money taken. Once you have a few notes, lock these in your car or put them safely in your pocket. Don’t leave your money tin on the table, there are to many people who will distract you and someone could take it. Take something secure to put your money in. A money belt is best, because then no one can run off with it.

  • 7.  You could take a book with you to have a read between customers.

  • 8.  Why not share the stall with a friend as this halves your cost and ensures you get a toilet break!

  • 9.  Take a decorating table and cover it in a clean cloth to set up your stuff. Lay it out nicely so people don't rifle and ensure that everything is on display. Some people just pile all their stuff on the grass and expect people to buy from them then gone home empty handed.

  • 10.  Make sure all of your stuff is CLEANED and mended where necessary.

  • 11.  Buy a packet of little price tags, and price up everything before you go. Some people will haggle, but many people won't, and if there's no price, won't give it a second look. Take the stickers with you, so you can drop/up your prices throughout the morning as required.

  • 12.  Its great if a friend/relative comes along for moral support and help with setting up/packing away.

  • 13.  Get there early and make sure that you have a flask of tea/bottle of drink and some sandwiches with you. (You DON'T want to be spending money whilst you're there).

  • 14.  Take some small change. Make sure that you know how much you've brought, so you can work out your earnings.

  • 15.  Don't be shy... It’s amazing what some people will buy. It's great fun, and as long as you make your pitch money back, then you've lost nothing.

  • 16.  Pack some sun cream, unless you want a sunburned face!

  • 17.  Make colourful signs for any larger/more expensive items, with any useful information in bold letters.

  • 18.  Put a smile on your face, it will attract people to your stall.

  • 19.  Some Booters like to buy from other Booters to compliment what they've got to sell, that's great fun if you like people watching and wheeling and dealing. You’ll be amazed at familiar faces from the past and present that you will see. I once took half a car load to a car boot, made over a hundred pounds and had that much stuff left it took me all my time to fit it in the car, and it was great fun.

  • 20.   Don't sell all your best stuff in the first few minutes for less than you want for them, have a price in mind. You can always drop your price if after a while if you don't sell it. Its normally the dealers who come early and they will try to get it for next to nothing so you have everything to gain by not clearing out straight away.

  • 21.  Don't be worried about taking anything back home with you. What doesn't sell today, will sell next week.

  • 22.  Pack a collapsible chair and possibly an umbrella if you can fit it in the car, as it can get very hot in the summer. You'll probably be on your feet for a good 6 or 7 hours, and it can be tiring (but it's well worth it).

  • 23.  If you're there mainly to clear out junk, then take any reasonable offer. Some people usually price their stuff quite low (mainly because their mother has a house of old junk that they're trying to deplete for her!). You'll get a feel for pricing as you go along.

  • 24.  VERY important...check bank notes...especially twenties, as there are fakes around. I personally wouldn't accept a cheque from anyone.... but it's your choice.

  • 25.  The main thing is to ENJOY it. It's great fun, and think of all the clutter you're clearing out!

    Good luck!