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amyparr
Old 16-02-2008, 8:14 PM
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Hi guys,

I was just wondering if anyone had ever sold homemade cakes and biscuits at car boot sales? I was thinking of trying this one weekend, and wondered whether it was particularly profitable? I don't expect to make loads from it, but a little bit of extra cash would be nice! And I enjoy baking so it would be a nice thing to do once in a while.

What are your thoughts?
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Old 16-02-2008, 8:21 PM
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I think people want things really cheap at car boot sales & perhaps fairs, fetes & things like that might be better. People are so more keen now to pay for good old fashioned ingrediants rather than a load of e numbers & trans fats.
If you had the right sort of fete you could do well.
If your really good what about getting leaflets made up too, for cakes. A little album of cakes you've made would be a good idea.
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Old 16-02-2008, 8:25 PM
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I think cakes are really popular - especially the really cutesy girlie ones with glitter/sprinkles on. I loooooooove cake!!!
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Old 16-02-2008, 8:35 PM
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If I bulk made lots of fairy cakes, biscuits, gingerbread men, etc it would probably be quite cheap to do, and if I sold them for 10-20p per cake, I might make some money out of it!

The only thing I'd be worried about would be that a) I won't make enough or b) I make too much!

Lol!
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Old 16-02-2008, 8:41 PM
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i would advise you to have a up to date hygiene certificate just incase someone asks you.
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Old 16-02-2008, 8:45 PM
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I read somewhere that you don't need to get one if you're only selling things on an infrequent basis? Is that right?

My mum has a small catering business, so I'm sure if it was a problem I could use her kitchens to prepare the biscuits on a Saturday when she's not working? Would that be allowed?
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Old 16-02-2008, 9:28 PM
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Yeah that sounds like a good idea, youve just got to make sure that its all hygenic etc..
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you would probably get away with it as theres a woman who does quite well at our local bootsale.
BUT if there is a complaint made or you made someone ill and you dont have a kitchen that has been registered with and been passed by Environmental Health, dont have a Hygiene Cert and dont comply & keep written evidence of temperatures and your "safe working practices", you could be in a whole lot of trouble.
You have to prove you understand HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) and record everything from cleaning schedules for everything from light bulbs to ovens, supplier lists, training, temperature checks etc.
The catering industry has changed greatly in the last few years.
I've been running my own catering business for many years.
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Old 16-02-2008, 10:16 PM
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Our big bootsales don't allow the selling of foods on stalls.Just the burger vans!!! You might want to check before booking a pitch
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Old 16-02-2008, 10:23 PM
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Thanks for the tips! I will check with my local bootsale and see if they allow it first. If they do I will give it a go in a couple of weeks and will see how I do!
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If you run any form of food business, even making cakes from home, you should contact your local EH Dept and request a food business registration form. This should be completed and returned to the LA. Some LA's have this form available on their websites.

It is unlikely however that you will ever be inspected formally, as such a venture will be considered low risk (if you start making cream cakes and the like this may well change though). Most LA's will just contact you every few years to see if you are still trading and if your operation has changed in any way. It isn't actually a legal requirement to possess a food hygiene certificate, but you should be able to demonstrate sound food hygiene knowledge and obviously put this into practice.

It is right that caterers need to have simple written pocedures in place, although if you are making biscuits and cakes (non cream) the requirements will be minimal. I would suggest getting a copy of 'Safer Food Better Business' for retailers. That will be more than sufficient for you needs. It is available free of charge from the Food Standards Agency website www.food.gov.uk.

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Old 01-03-2008, 8:31 PM
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Is there a WI market near you, they sell home made produce and take a small commission.
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:51 AM
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WI market would be a good idea, can you make jam and chutney... everyone seems to love homemade stuff
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If I bulk made lots of fairy cakes, biscuits, gingerbread men, etc it would probably be quite cheap to do, and if I sold them for 10-20p per cake, I might make some money out of it!

The only thing I'd be worried about would be that a) I won't make enough or b) I make too much!

Lol!

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Im not sure about the health certificate but i know we do this at local gala day every yer to raise funds for kids dancing class to pay costumes. We have made anything up to 400 in a day but thats with a few different people doing a whole load of cakes.
If you can fruit loaves/ banana loaves etc all sell well and i believe these can be made in advance and frozen (just make sure you label that cannot be frozen!)
We genarally sell loaves for 2.50- 3 and they FLY off the stall, cant get enough of them! Fairy cakes etc we sell for 30p or 4 for 1, mix and match different cakes.
We do truffles/ coconut balls/ marshmallow top hats etc to 20p or 6 for 1 and believe me there was only ever one year we were left with cakes and thats cause the sun had melted the choc ones!! lol

Ive had the same idea as yourself before as my kids love helping at stalls but wasnt sure of the legal requirements for hygiene, so stayed well clear, be good to knwo how you get on!!
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hmmmm interesting. I would be interested in doing this. I have thought about it before but didn't know where to start.

I'm having a kitchen refurb at the moment and it means I will be much more organised space wise, have a bigger more economical oven and a HUGE fridge. So....

I would need to think about where/how I would sell the cakes. So far I've come up with;

School fates
Local market (costs of a stall are quite expensive though)
Our local specialist deli/butchers may be interested as they sell things like this

after this I ran out of ideas!

Any further tips/advice would be welcome
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Hi ya - I've just started selling my home made jams and chutneys at our local market - I joined the old 'WI' which is now called 'Country Markets'.

I chose them as it's only 5p to be come a member - yes, that's right - five pence! That covers you for insurance etc and then everything you sell, they take 15% off for their commission. They usually ask that you help run the stall. The other option for me was to have my own stall - cost of 18 a week and insurance for about 50 a year... lots of Jams and chutneys needed to be sold each week to cover that!!!

It's not going to make me tonnes of money, but I am using it to test the market for my home made items. I have registered my kitchen with my local authority's Evirnomental Health and on the waiting list to do my Hygiene certificate. I hear that they also will refund you the cost of the Hygiene certificate if you stay for more than a year or so.

Good luck, let us know what you do in the end!
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Hello,

Just wondered if you are succesful with selling of jams.
Fairyone: Do you still sell jams at country markets? If yes how is it going and if no, why not?

Thanks for your replys.
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could you supply a local cafe with cupcakes etc?
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could you supply a local cafe with cupcakes etc?
No local cafe will take your cupcakes unless your registered... and have a hygeine certificate..

my MIL has a postoffice and it has a tea room just teas and coffee and cake she had to get her hygeine ANYONE handling food needs one.

A local cafe who took your cupcakes and someone got sick who would they blame??? Whos insurance???

Its a tricky business food. I use to run a bed and breakfast and have a catering company.
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No local cafe will take your cupcakes unless your registered... and have a hygeine certificate..
Why? Are local cafe owners the only people involved in the food business whom are law abiding?

We've all heard about the people in the food industry who break the rules, are local cafe owners different?

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my MIL has a postoffice and it has a tea room just teas and coffee and cake she had to get her hygeine ANYONE handling food needs one.
B*gger, I handle food every day and don't have a hygiene. Then again,. what does it matter, most people don't have one and still handle food every day. I reckon I'll just hide in the crowd.

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A local cafe who took your cupcakes and someone got sick who would they blame??? Whos insurance???
Are you saying you can't blame someone who hasn't got a hygiene certificate? Or are you saying you can't blame people who do have one?

I always thought you could blame anybody.

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Its a tricky business food.
But mostly that's because people talk bull sh*t about it.

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I use to run a bed and breakfast and have a catering company.
I'm sure you did, and still do.

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