A clever way to make or save a few pounds...

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  • rach
    rach Posts: 5,476
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    added difficulty for me is that cos of my job i have to find a saturday one - sat afternoons would be ideal.
    Mum to gorgeous baby boy born Sept 2010:j
  • filigree_2
    filigree_2 Posts: 1,025 Forumite
    A friend of mine did a car boot sale, and one punter was very persistent about buying the child safety seat from the car!

    A good way to get an idea of reasonable prices is to go to a few sales and see what others charge. Also, take plenty of carrier bags because people are happier to take stuff if they don't have to carry it in their bare hands.
  • mrcow
    mrcow Posts: 15,170
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    Well, thanks to this site, I've decided to do my first car boot sale next Sunday.

    I've managed to find enough rubbish to fill the car twice over ::) (where does it all come from?) and have even borrowed a hanging rail.

    I've really nervous now from what I've read, but I'm taking my Mum with me and she won't budge an inch to pressure buyers if she doesn't want to ;) It starts at 7am, so I'm aiming to arrive about 6.30 and am going to take some breakfast to eat in the car.

    I have no idea what I'm doing with pricing all the stuff. It's all old junk to me that I'll be glad to see the back of.

    So thanks everyone for the tips :) Hopefully it'll mean that I won't be as naive come Sunday ;D
    "One day I realised that when you are lying in your grave, it's no good saying, "I was too shy, too frightened."
    Because by then you've blown your chances. That's it."
  • sparky61
    sparky61 Posts: 10,422
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    A good idea with pricing is to decide what is the least you'll accept for an item. eg: if you want £3 price it at £4
    That way you should get what you want for it and the buyers will be happy with 25% discount.
    Towards the end if you've still got a lot of stuff left, put a card with the message (No reasonable offer refused) on the table, that usually helps to shift quite a bit.
    Let us all know how you get on.
    Good luck :)
  • Haven't done a car boot for about 4 years but have decided to do one this Saturday. It's local and doesn't start til 9 so at least I can get there early. Been putting off doing one for a while but after reading all these posts decided to go for it. It only costs £5 a table and it's for a good cause so don't mind if I don't make a lot. It's a good chance to get rid of old junk. Will post how it goes.
    If I had known then what I know now . . .
    :A Official Boots Tart (I seem to be retired just now though) :A
  • cathy_3
    cathy_3 Posts: 1,500
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    which one and ill try to get there and buy someat off you

    you cant miss me. im the one walking round fighting with her mother
  • which one and ill try to get there and buy someat off you

    you cant miss me. im the one walking round fighting with her mother

    It's actually in Nairn Cathy.
    If I had known then what I know now . . .
    :A Official Boots Tart (I seem to be retired just now though) :A
  • misty
    misty Posts: 1,042 Forumite
    I've only done one and I have to say I don't think I'll be in a rush to do another. Dealers round within seconds and the general public, rooting rudely and throwing stuff all over. All the old rubbish! was sanpped up in minutes and the better stuff which I wasn't prepared to give away, I took home. Still, made £75 quid and they did a very nice bacon barm and cappacino - took a flask but drank it quickly. One woman asked about the price of a book - only read once by me, mint condition, new contemporary crime fiction not old toms almanac 1974 - told her 50p - sharp intake of breath, shook her head and acted liked I'd tried to stab her!! god knows what she thinks of waterstones.
  • mrcow
    mrcow Posts: 15,170
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    Well I'm well sorted :D

    I did the car boot sale today, and it was all extremely civilized. No hassles, and everyone was really polite.

    I cleared about £105 profit, which wasn't as much as I'd hoped for, as I had loads of stuff, but it's motivated me to find another one next weekend and I'm going to try my luck again :)

    So I've managed to swap a pile of old junk into a pile of money, which I've put under my bed for now ;)

    Thanks everyone for the advice.
    "One day I realised that when you are lying in your grave, it's no good saying, "I was too shy, too frightened."
    Because by then you've blown your chances. That's it."
  • hilstep2000
    hilstep2000 Posts: 3,089 Forumite
    I got fed up with doing boot sales, because of all the dealers trying to go through the boxes before I'd even got out of the car! >:(

    So last year I decided to do a "Garage Sale", I made £100, no pitch money to pay, and I could have a cup of tea and go to the loo when I wanted!

    I'm having another one soon, with a neighbour, try it yourself!
    I Believe in saving money!!!:T
    A Bargain is only a bargain if you need it!



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