top 10 tips for car boot sale

Top 10 Tips for all you booters…

Car bootys are a great way to get rid of your junk and make some extra cash. At both our Big Boot and A6 boot sales we provide facilities for all the family, from a kid’s inflatable slide to wheelchair access. So whether you are a booter or buyer there is no reason why you can’t bring all the family down for fun packed day. Maybe you are a dedicated, hardcore booter or maybe this is your first time; well we have made a list of the top 10 tips for a successful and fun booting experience…

  1. Take plenty of carrier bags. Buyers hardly ever come prepared and they will always ask for bags so be sure to come armed. Also, if you are selling anything breakable you may find bubble wrap and tissue paper useful.
  2. Be prepared with change. Many booters spend so much time getting their junk ready for the boot sale that they can often forget to bring a float of change. Come prepared with pound coins, some notes and even 50’s, 20’s and 10’s because there is always someone who wants to pay for a 50p item with a £20 note.
  3. Be prepared to get up early. Hardcore booters are up and out queueing at the crack of dawn to get the best pitch. You may find queues starting at about 6am so you need to make sure you are there to avoid getting a bad pitch (on the other side of the field, far from the toilets and the cafe). We advice that you come well equipped with coffee to avoid a mid morning peak!
  4. You will need to haggle! Buyers love a bargain and they will try their hardest to haggle your prices down. If you think something is worth more than the buyer is willing to pay, then stand your ground. However, don’ be afraid to lower your prices slightly in order to get a sell, you came to the boot sale for a reason and that is not to take all your junk back home.
  5. There is a very good chance of rain. This is Britain and with our unpredictable weather rain is very possible; even if the sun is shining brightly when you set out. So, always bring an umbrella and a jacket as you never know when you will need them.
  6. You can sell anything. What counts as one man’s junk can be another’s treasure. You may have a rusty, old garden gnome or maybe an old teddy bear with one eye and half of its stuffing hanging out. Its always worth taking anything you no longer want as you never know what buyers are looking for. Even if some of your junk doesn’t sell you gave it a try and there is always the next car booty or a grateful charity shop.
  7.  Also, be prepared not to sell anything. Sometimes you win some and sometimes you lose some. You can have a very lucky and successful boot sale, however, you can also have unsuccessful ones. If you didn’t do as well as you wanted this time there is always next time, don’t give up!!
  8. Attract buyers to your table. A little box or basket of costume jewellery, small toys and little bits and bobs is a great way to attract people to your table. You can put this basket in the middle of your table with a sign saying ‘everything 50p’, this can often be the most popular thing on your table.
  9. A Money box. Always bring something that will keep your money safe and make it easy for you to give change. A bum bag is a brilliant idea as it keeps the money with you at all times and is an easy access point to give change.
  10. car-boot-sale-toysBags of clothes and kids toys. Bagging up old clothes and selling the full bag for a bulk price always attracts buyers as they think they are getting a lot more for their money. Also, kids toys aways sell really well so do not underprice them and place them clear on or around your table to catch the child’s and parent’s eye.

Most importantly don’t forget to have fun and enjoy spending your earnings (on something sensible we hope…..)

You can find out how to get involved in our Big Boot and A6 boot sales on our website.