Car boot sales are more popular than ever. Despite the name, these days they normally involve selling goods on tables rather from cars – and there are many indoor “boot” sale events that run all year round.
There’s nothing to stop you from organising your very own sale from scratch, but it does mean taking on responsibility for safety, insurance and keeping the surrounding area free from obstructions. You’ll need to contact your local authority and the police for full details.
Alternatively, book a pitch or table at a regular sale. Companies that organise weekly sales provide tables for around £10, although you might get a discount if you demonstrate that your sale is for charity. It’s difficult to get a table at a popular sale without booking weeks in advance, so plan ahead if you want to be a regular seller.
What to Sell
You can sell just about any second-hand items at car boot sales, excepting bladed items, and food and beverages.
Try to tailor your stall to the time of year. Garden-related items will sell well in spring, for example. Jewellery and clothing are popular items all year round. You don’t have to limit yourself to the table top — organisers are generally happy for you to use the space underneath it too.
On the day, arrive early enough to have your table ready for opening time; most sales take place in the first 45 minutes. Also, don’t forget to build up a float of coins in the run-up to your sale so you can give customers change.
Finally, it’s a good idea to decorate your table with posters or banners illustrating your charity, and to wear a T-shirt bearing its logo.