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Car Boot Sale Selling Advice Please!

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We've decided to do a boot sale this Sunday, does anyone have any advice or tips to maximise profits?! We have a lot of baby clothes, soft toys and play toys from when the little one was younger. Mo… Read More
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
We've decided to do a boot sale this Sunday, does anyone have any advice or tips to maximise profits?!
We have a lot of baby clothes, soft toys and play toys from when the little one was younger.
Most in very good condition too, but haven't a clue what to sell things for (for example sleepsuits and little jumper and trouser sets etc), obviously we want to get as much as possible but don't want to scare people away asking too much!!

If you have done one before, please feel free to post below, thanks :)
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#1
if you have any gold or mobile phones, then you will sell them within about 5mins of arriving. Every time I've done one, they surround your car :-)
#2
Ive only done a couple before but from my experience people wont pay alot for clothes! I got offered 20p for most of my kids pieces of clothing.

My friend puts hers all neatly ironed onto a rail and seems to do ok that way. Its decent next or M & S stuff but still only maybe gets £4 or £5 an outfit
#3
Have really high prices then when they say i'll offer £5 for that £1 item you say 'hmmm, thats only half the asking price.'
'I can pay right now *waves £5 in front of you*'
'ok then, you're getting a good deal you know?'
Then they'll definatly pay and maybe buy more stuff
#4
:thumbsup: for maximum profit...try not to get anything nicked...set yourselves a target to reach..say £50..once you reach your target ...whatever is left sell as a joblot to a pro booter!..good luck
#5
Mr Weasle
:thumbsup: for maximum profit...try not to get anything nicked...set yourselves a target to reach..say £50..once you reach your target ...whatever is left sell as a joblot to a pro booter!..good luck


good advice there, most 'newbies' lose loads of stuff to the thieves... they surround your car when you get there and while you are unloading your stuff they are nicking it.... Tell them all to get to get back unload your table first then put the boxes out by the table and work from there. Helps if you have someone to help watch.
Clothes sell better if they are washed and wrapped in polythene or in bags.
Beware the traders, they will come round early and try to get as much of the really saleable stuff for next to nothing and you will it all on their stalls later for double the price. Dont take offers till later in the day, just tell them to come back in an hour to see if it is still there, if they want it they will give you a fair price... lastly trust nobody! :thumbsup:
#6
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#7
That all seems like great advice esp. about the thieves at the start, i can imagine its hard to unload the car and watch what you have already put out.
Im already bricking it now!! :shock:

Do they charge more for your spot if you turn up in a van, or they not allowed?
#8
mosskeeto
good advice there, most 'newbies' lose loads of stuff to the thieves... they surround your car when you get there and while you are unloading your stuff they are nicking it.... Tell them all to get to get back unload your table first then put the boxes out by the table and work from there. Helps if you have someone to help watch.
Clothes sell better if they are washed and wrapped in polythene or in bags.
Beware the traders, they will come round early and try to get as much of the really saleable stuff for next to nothing and you will it all on their stalls later for double the price. Dont take offers till later in the day, just tell them to come back in an hour to see if it is still there, if they want it they will give you a fair price... lastly trust nobody! :thumbsup:


:thumbsup:+1 im with you on all youve said...beware the little old ladies..they may look sweet and innocent..but they will try and pinch..i gave up doing car boots 5years ago..way too much aggro and hassle
#9
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That all seems like great advice esp. about the thieves at the start, i can imagine its hard to unload the car and watch what you have already put out.
Im already bricking it now!! :shock:

Do they charge more for your spot if you turn up in a van, or they not allowed?


:) well seeing as you live in lancs..not far from me..these are normal pitch rates for up north..cars £6 vans £10
#10
The first thing to remember is your doing a car boot, which the idea is you dont want to go home with anything unless your going to do another, so be sensible with prices :thumbsup:

I used the works van bagged & boxed it all up and headed down at 6.30 to get a decent pitch, cost 7 squid for a van. even before we had started to unpack it the "seagulls" were hovering :x " b loody hell at least give us a chance to set up" !!!!

Try & borrow a clothes rail as people are to lazy to bend down & pick stuff up, most clothes were going for about 30/50p but watch the polish,chineses ect as they will grab hands full of clothes & then ask a price & want it for next to nothing. A couple of decent pasting tables & make sure the legs are strong, ive seen a few go over !

also watch out for the little hands & big hands that come out when theres a crowd around your stuff, any decent items stick at the back of the table so it cant be easily reached.

Dont let the wife/husband or kids walk round as you will end up buying stuff when you should be getting rid of it & take some sandwiches & drink otherwise your spending your hard earned cash on food !

We had loads of stuff, we've done 2 so far as we said we'd only do 3, most of its gone,so whats left after the 3rd one will go to a local charity shop.

have a good one :thumbsup:
#11
cars are 7quid the last few iv done, and vans £10 or £12 for a massive one or can and big trailer etc.

when the vultures come round at the beginin and ask u prices, say atleast twice wht u intend to price up at later on/what its worth... usually this puts them off looking or asking for anything else, failing this iv had a few times where its actually sold for this price and ur laughing..

again i echo the dont knock down until later on, we usually do this about 11.30ish n then again say 1ish...

if u have anything remotely valuable pictures/pottery etc, check its value online, dont wanna sell some £20k wedgewood for 20pence
#12
finally just remember to stick to your prices esp in the first hour or so when the hidden traders appear..dont panic..dont do any discounts in the first 30mins...enjoy the experience & the day keep a couple of items say those( you want £8 or more for) wrapped up in your vehicle until things die down after 45mins or so;-)
#13
great thread ive been debating doing one,think i shall out my junk and take the plunge :)
#14
Ahh I'm doing a car boot next week and i HATE those people that crowd round while you're trying to unpack, so offputting! Mind you, never realised people might be nicking stuff so will watch out now, thanks for the tip!! xx
#15
you'd make more money selling on ebay..

choose a nice sunny day so people are encouraged out and a boot sale in a *good* area.

Last one we did hubby almost started killing people lol
#16
Mardyass
great thread ive been debating doing one,think i shall out my junk and take the plunge :)


go for it, we've made just over £100 on our last two from stuff we might have given away or binned !
#17
All these people surrounding the car when you arrive puts me off too. How about if you parked up and then 'went to the toilet' and then came back to unload after a few more cars have arrived and are unloading and the vultures have moved on (if you see what I mean). Would this work do you think?
#18
I was going to do 1 a few weeks back but got let down ( no surprise there,shouldn't rely on others).

A lot of the baby clothes you should get 50p upwards for,things like the sleepsuits,complete outfits from likes of Next you might get £3-5 for. For any items that you wanting more than the usual £1 for,ask a little bit more than you wanting,if you wanting £5,ask for £7 maybe.

Baby toys,50p or so for small rattles,if you got anything like a baby gym,it's reasonable to want at least a fiver,or any toys that cost you more than a £20 or so,def want a fiver for.

Adult clothing £1 and over,people not going want to pay too much cos then they could to a charity shop for a little more,so be expecting something for less.

I'd be happy if I could get my pitch back and make £25 but can't have 1 now,so going eBay instead.
#19
Try and put tops, trousers & outfits on to hangers if you can - shows therm off more. Depending on make (next, tesco etc.), depends on price people are willing to pay.

You will be able to get more for the sets, rather than sleep suits.

You would also benefit, from marking the sizes on to boxes or hangers or however you have them on your stall, saves people ratching through clothes when they are looking for certain sizes.

:)
#20
LJM
All these people surrounding the car when you arrive puts me off too. How about if you parked up and then 'went to the toilet' and then came back to unload after a few more cars have arrived and are unloading and the vultures have moved on (if you see what I mean). Would this work do you think?


This is the best thing to do. Try to price things up. Price to sell. Stuff you dont sell put in a charity bin on the way home. Nothing worse then having to bring all your "junk" back indoors again.:)
#21
LJM
All these people surrounding the car when you arrive puts me off too. How about if you parked up and then 'went to the toilet' and then came back to unload after a few more cars have arrived and are unloading and the vultures have moved on (if you see what I mean). Would this work do you think?


A lot of sellers do this, dont be worried about missing sales from these people, they are the 'proffessional' booters, looking to get good stuff for nothing (or close to). I learnt quickly and as I explained, make sure your table is the first thing out and up, tell anyone looking in the boot to stand back and wait. Unload boxes by the table and keep watching, once they see you are not giving away designer clothes or gold jewellry they will move on. You will then be able to settle down and sell to the genuine buyers that turn up from around 8am.
Keep cheery and have some fun with those looking, mark prices on as much as you can, a lot of punters wont ask how much...
Have some fun doing it because it does get tedious if you dont...
#22
tables are great for games,orniments bric brack etc
lie books down face up i norm sell theese for 50p
and rails are good for light clothes tops,tshirts,shirts etc i norm put something sparkly eye catching at front of the rail as it catches attention i sell most clothes for a £1
the jeans trousers i norm lie on floor, on a old quilt cover
if you havnt got a clothes rail take a few hangers and hang some from the window of your car - a few good bits or eye catching ones.
toys are a good seller from 50p - £8 for the ride on toys.
have fun
oh the bootys up my way are £11 for a car - its a rip off you have to sell a awful amount of stuff to get your in money back
pick a hot sunny day.
i find the huge bootys hard work as theres a lot of competition
be ready for the hagglers
good luck
#23
Some brilliant posts out there, thanks for everyones input.
Definitely a big help :thumbsup:
#24
wash and iron them,then decide how much you want for each item,lets say £1.00 put them up for sale at £1.50p,let them hassle down to a £1.......so they are happy and you have got the price you want..get the idea good eh

good luck
#25
Made £200 from my first one ever!
Noticed tho, if you have prices on the items, take them off...
Also, move stuff around throughout the day...there seems to be a selling point somewhere on/around your table!

:thumbsup:
#26
we are doing one next week! I am selling lots of books and small pieces of furniture such as tables, mirrors etc

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