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Post by nicko on Fri May 05, 2017 4:10 pm

Yesterday my Wife said, we have lots of bits and pieces hanging about in or house lets do a car boot.
We sorted out books, old ornaments, power tools, records ect, and son and Daughter loaded up the car. Got to large Field about 6am, charged us £8 to get in !!.placed all items two paste tables and on a blanket on grass.As we were starting to set up buyers were around like flies around sh~t. By 10 am we were almost sold out. Some buyers expected us to almost give stuff away. I think we did sell some things too cheap but no good crying over it now.
We counted up when we got home, I was very surprised to have made £250

Any one else do boots, and do our overseas posters do anything like this?
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Post by Fred Moletrousers on Fri May 05, 2017 5:03 pm

nicko wrote:Yesterday my Wife said,   we have lots of bits and pieces hanging about in or house lets do a car boot.
We sorted out books, old ornaments,  power tools, records ect, and son and Daughter loaded up the car. Got to large Field about 6am,   charged us £8 to get in !!.placed all items two paste tables and on a blanket on grass.As we were starting to set up buyers were around like flies around sh~t. By 10 am we were almost sold out.  Some buyers expected us to almost give stuff away.  I think we did sell some things too cheap but no good crying over it now.
We counted up when we got home,   I was very surprised to have made £250

Any one else do boots,   and do our overseas posters do anything like this?

My late wife and I did a boot sale some years ago after one of those periodic clear-outs, and like you I guess we let some stuff go too cheap.

But that's the big attraction of car boots, and the big danger for a seller is to sell out early, go for a wander round - and eventually return home with even more stuff in the car than he had set out with!
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Post by nicko on Fri May 05, 2017 5:33 pm

That's WHAT THE wife DID, CAME BACK WITH 3 books, 2 rolls of xmas paper and some netting to cover her peas.
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Post by HoratioTarr on Fri May 05, 2017 5:49 pm

I've stood a few but hate the way people clamour around as you're trying to get your stuff out of the car. They even poke around in your vehicle and root around in your personal stuff. I found one woman once in my fucking handbag! The Eastern Europeans are the worst...really full on. The Brits are a little more polite but not much. They're like vultures at a bloody watering hole. I hate it. I've even seen them fight over pieces like hyenas squabbling over an antelope leg! There's something so avaricious about it that I find the whole thing traumatic.

I quite like attending boot sales in the summer but again, I don't go early so that I don't have to be subjected to the screaming hordes.
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Post by The Devil, You Know on Fri May 05, 2017 5:51 pm

nicko wrote:Yesterday my Wife said,   we have lots of bits and pieces hanging about in or house lets do a car boot.
We sorted out books, old ornaments,  power tools, records ect, and son and Daughter loaded up the car. Got to large Field about 6am,   charged us £8 to get in !!.placed all items two paste tables and on a blanket on grass.As we were starting to set up buyers were around like flies around sh~t. By 10 am we were almost sold out.  Some buyers expected us to almost give stuff away.  I think we did sell some things too cheap but no good crying over it now.
We counted up when we got home,   I was very surprised to have made £250

Any one else do boots,   and do our overseas posters do anything like this?
before I moved I had to sell off a large amount of my stuff, from plants to albums to boxes of old electrical bits and wires. I did about 5 carboots and made around £200 a time. the first one I did they were buying albums before I had got them out of the back of the van. Best advice when selling albums is probably get an idea of what they might be worth as 50p a time will see them fly out. when I realised how popular they were I started bumping up the prices and some were quite happy to pay £20 a pop for some of the older ones.

Plants were another good seller, but utter crap will also go, I had a box of wires, old switches and electrical bits and bobs which I was just going to throw away at the end of the day that went for a fiver.
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Post by HoratioTarr on Fri May 05, 2017 5:51 pm

nicko wrote:That's WHAT THE wife DID,  CAME BACK WITH 3 books,  2 rolls of xmas paper and some netting to cover her peas.

That's the fun of it though. Finding that thing that you just need.
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Post by HoratioTarr on Fri May 05, 2017 5:52 pm

The Devil, You Know wrote:
nicko wrote:Yesterday my Wife said,   we have lots of bits and pieces hanging about in or house lets do a car boot.
We sorted out books, old ornaments,  power tools, records ect, and son and Daughter loaded up the car. Got to large Field about 6am,   charged us £8 to get in !!.placed all items two paste tables and on a blanket on grass.As we were starting to set up buyers were around like flies around sh~t. By 10 am we were almost sold out.  Some buyers expected us to almost give stuff away.  I think we did sell some things too cheap but no good crying over it now.
We counted up when we got home,   I was very surprised to have made £250

Any one else do boots,   and do our overseas posters do anything like this?
before I moved I had to sell off a large amount of my stuff, from plants to albums to boxes of old electrical bits and wires. I did about 5 carboots and made around £200 a time. the first one I did they were buying albums before I had got them out of the back of the van. Best advice when selling albums is probably get an idea of what they might be worth as 50p a time will see them fly out. when I realised how popular they were I started bumping up the prices and some were quite happy to pay £20 a pop for some of the older ones.

Plants were another good seller, but utter crap will also go, I had a box of wires, old switches and electrical bits and bobs which I was just going to throw away at the end of the day that went for a fiver.
someone's crap is someone elses treasure.

My brother did one once and all he was selling was old nails and screws. The stall was swarming with blokes and he made a killing!
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Post by The Devil, You Know on Fri May 05, 2017 5:52 pm

another bit of advice is dont take the wife, mine ended up buying allmost as much stuff as we sold.

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Post by The Devil, You Know on Fri May 05, 2017 5:54 pm

HoratioTarr wrote:
The Devil, You Know wrote:
before I moved I had to sell off a large amount of my stuff, from plants to albums to boxes of old electrical bits and wires. I did about 5 carboots and made around £200 a time. the first one I did they were buying albums before I had got them out of the back of the van. Best advice when selling albums is probably get an idea of what they might be worth as 50p a time will see them fly out. when I realised how popular they were I started bumping up the prices and some were quite happy to pay £20 a pop for some of the older ones.

Plants were another good seller, but utter crap will also go, I had a box of wires, old switches and electrical bits and bobs which I was just going to throw away at the end of the day that went for a fiver.
someone's crap is someone elses treasure.

My brother did one once and all he was selling was old nails and screws.  The stall was swarming with blokes and he made a killing!
that certainly seems to be the case, men love bits and bobs

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Post by HoratioTarr on Fri May 05, 2017 5:57 pm

The Devil, You Know wrote:
HoratioTarr wrote:

My brother did one once and all he was selling was old nails and screws.  The stall was swarming with blokes and he made a killing!
that certainly seems to be the case, men love bits and bobs

They particularly like either gadgets or tools, and bits of metal type things with wires coming out of them. bounce
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Post by Original Quill on Fri May 05, 2017 6:12 pm

nicko wrote:Any one else do boots,   and do our overseas posters do anything like this?

There are Flea Markets, where people congregate to sell and exchange stuff.  But these are slowly being regulated out of existence.

Mostly, people now have garage or yard sales on their own property.  They are typically held on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  There are professionals who get up early on Saturday morning and make the rounds to pick off the good stuff, to resell in their stores or yard sales next week.  So it's a race to get the good stuff.

But they are a great way to get rid of stuff and make a few bucks.  However...these are rapidly being replaced by on-line exchanges, where you can target what you want.  And websites are cropping up for furniture, sports equipment, etc., all used: you post what you offer, they pick what they want, commission to the sponsor website.

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Post by eddie on Fri May 05, 2017 6:22 pm

Car boot sales get on my nerves! It was a place for pickpockets near where I used to live. Some Romanian families used to steal purses out of handbags and literally lift stuff out of the car boots. They always waited until the end and rooted through the bins too.

I guess that they must've needed the money pretty badly and who could begrudge them the free thrown out stuff? It was the stealing that made people stop going eventually.

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Post by The Devil, You Know on Fri May 05, 2017 6:27 pm

HoratioTarr wrote:
The Devil, You Know wrote:
that certainly seems to be the case, men love bits and bobs

They particularly like either gadgets or tools, and bits of metal type things with wires coming out of them. bounce
the rustier the better

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Post by The Devil, You Know on Fri May 05, 2017 6:29 pm

HoratioTarr wrote:
The Devil, You Know wrote:
that certainly seems to be the case, men love bits and bobs

They particularly like either gadgets or tools, and bits of metal type things with wires coming out of them. bounce
when I was back last summer we went to one to get my boy some toys and english books, they are always a bargain and I ended up buying a heavy brass shower fitting, didn't really need it and certainly could not bring it back in my luggage, but it might come in useful one day

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nicko wrote:Any one else do boots,   and do our overseas posters do anything like this?

There are Flea Markets, where people congregate to sell and exchange stuff.  But these are slowly being regulated out of existence.

Mostly, people now have garage or yard sales on their own property.  They are typically held on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  There are professionals who get up early on Saturday morning and make the rounds to pick off the good stuff, to resell in their stores or yard sales next week.  So it's a race to get the good stuff.

But they are a great way to get rid of stuff and make a few bucks.  However...these are rapidly being replaced by on-line exchanges, where you can target what you want.  And websites are cropping up for furniture, sports equipment, etc., all used: you post what you offer, they pick what they want, commission to the sponsor website.
it's far better when you can see and touch what you want, or more importantly find things that you didn't know you want.

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Post by Fred Moletrousers on Fri May 05, 2017 6:36 pm

HoratioTarr wrote:I've stood a few but hate the way people clamour around as you're trying to get your stuff out of the car.    They even poke around in your vehicle and root around in your personal stuff.   I found one woman once in my fucking handbag!   The Eastern Europeans are the worst...really full on.    The Brits are a little more polite but not much.   They're like vultures at a bloody watering hole.   I hate it.    I've even seen them fight over pieces like hyenas squabbling over an antelope leg!   There's something so avaricious about it that I find the whole thing traumatic.  

I quite like attending boot sales in the summer but again, I don't go early so that I don't have to be subjected to the screaming hordes.

Set-up is a nightmare anywhere. Biggest culprits where I live are the Pikies (*) who have a number of local camps nearby and get most of what they want from car boots, preferably without paying.

They are the earliest of early birds and are into the back of cars before the boot is hardly open. The amount of stuff spirited away while we were trying to set up and the sheer aggression they showed if I tried to stop them were the reasons why I will never do one again.

(*) OK, so the zealots in this forum who positively salivate at the prospect of outing me as an evil "racist" and who now can't wait to start behaving like a sort of Mathew Hopkins on speed, hold back a mo, for once in your life, and listen up - and maybe learn something:

"Pikey" is not a term of abuse, no matter what those overweening busybodies from the Gypsy Council or any of the other self-appointed, holier-than-thou "outreach" organisations may say:

It historically refers to the medieval "pikemen" - not only the warriors who wielded very long sticks with nasty points on the end, but also the itinerant knife grinders, scissor sharpeners, tinkers (in the context of repairing pots and pans and not being naughty children!), cart wheelwrights, millstone dressers....that sort of essential trade that could earn good rewards for those for those prepared to travel the...yes, you've guessed it...turnpikes of England.
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The Devil, You Know wrote:
Original Quill wrote:

There are Flea Markets, where people congregate to sell and exchange stuff.  But these are slowly being regulated out of existence.

Mostly, people now have garage or yard sales on their own property.  They are typically held on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  There are professionals who get up early on Saturday morning and make the rounds to pick off the good stuff, to resell in their stores or yard sales next week.  So it's a race to get the good stuff.

But they are a great way to get rid of stuff and make a few bucks.  However...these are rapidly being replaced by on-line exchanges, where you can target what you want.  And websites are cropping up for furniture, sports equipment, etc., all used: you post what you offer, they pick what they want, commission to the sponsor website.
it's far better when you can see and touch what you want, or more importantly find things that you didn't know you want.

Well--and I totally agree--computer shopping misses the fun of driving around on Saturday morning, looking for bargains.  It's an event.  My father was big on family picnics or going to watch trains, on Saturday mornings.  Sometimes we'd just go to restaurants.  It's an event, that we miss with just a computer screen.

The other thing is, people today don't realize that part of the fun is the price. Shops today go in for prix fixe, but old folks remember the art of haggling...a lost art, that made it so much more fun. Part of the deal was the object, yes, but another part was the 'steal' you got it for.

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Post by The Devil, You Know on Fri May 05, 2017 6:43 pm

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it's far better when you can see and touch what you want, or more importantly find things that you didn't know you want.

Well--and I totally agree--computer shopping misses the fun of driving around on Saturday morning, looking for bargains.  It's an event.  My father was big on family picnics or going to watch trains, on Saturday mornings.  Sometimes we'd just go to restaurants.  It's an event, that we miss with just a computer screen.

The other thing is, people today don't realize that part of the fun is the price.  Shops today go in for prix fixe, but old folks remember the art of haggling...a lost art, that made it so much more fun.  Part of the deal was the object, yes, but another part was the 'steal' you got it for.
yep, kids today dont they are born.
I dont recall boredom being a big part of growing up.

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Post by eddie on Fri May 05, 2017 7:01 pm

The Devil, You Know wrote:
Original Quill wrote:
The Devil, You Know wrote:
it's far better when you can see and touch what you want, or more importantly find things that you didn't know you want.

Well--and I totally agree--computer shopping misses the fun of driving around on Saturday morning, looking for bargains.  It's an event.  My father was big on family picnics or going to watch trains, on Saturday mornings.  Sometimes we'd just go to restaurants.  It's an event, that we miss with just a computer screen.

The other thing is, people today don't realize that part of the fun is the price.  Shops today go in for prix fixe, but old folks remember the art of haggling...a lost art, that made it so much more fun.  Part of the deal was the object, yes, but another part was the 'steal' you got it for.
yep, kids today dont they are born.
I dont recall boredom being a big part of growing up.

Agree with you both.

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