My first Car Boot Sale

I’ve had so many deadlines hanging over me lately so the notion of a new blog schedule (posting every Wednesday & Sunday) has flopped a little over the past couple of weeks – but rest assured I’ll be back at it over the summer.

I thought I’d share with you guys my very first car boot sale experience; I was totally in my element and thoroughly enjoyed every single second so I really wanted to write a brief blog post about it.

Hosting a stall at a car boot sale is something I’ve always wanted to do. And at 21-years-old I’ve finally done it! You guys can count on me doing it more often because I got such a buzz out of it, I did really well and I had great fun, too.

With this being my very first car boot sale, I wasn’t sure (at all) what to expect, I mean I’d been to car boots many times before as a buyer but never as a seller. I was a little bit nervous but I was fine once I got set up and started. I will say though, when you’re getting set up you’ll find a lot of hawkers, people who crowd you and bombard you with questions before you’ve even set up; they start inspecting your stuff and trying to haggle with you and you’re just like ‘get out of my grill man’. Nah, to be fair though, it can sometimes be a good thing because if they are looking for something specific and you know you’ve got it you can shift it fast and that’s stuff sold already but it does get pretty irritating and can be very intimidating, too.

I honestly had one of the best days I’ve had in a long time though, hosting my wee car boot stall. I was in my element: people watching, clapping every doggy that passed by, chatting to wee elderly folks, knowing my junk is someone else’s treasure and making money. What’s not to love? Plus the weather stayed relatively nice the whole morning/afternoon – which is always a bonus here in Scotland!

Being a first-time-seller I wasn’t sure what to bring: I decided to just bring along junk (because I’ve got tons of it). Things like old jewellery, old prints, books, toiletries, unwanted gifts, little nooks and crannies etc. Basically I didn’t bring any clothes this time, or ornaments or any gadget/technological things. But still I raked in just under £70 profit (after buying myself a bite to eat and paying my seller fees). Not too bad, eh? Next time I’m going to make over the £100 mark. Definitely.

I’m already planing my next car boot; I’m thinking in 2 weeks time again. Would you all like an update on what I make next time? What sells best and what doesn’t? Maybe a feature about the different kinds of people at car boots? Let me know below. Oh, and if you have any car boot experiences, do share below!








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  1. April 9, 2018 / 10:22 pm

    Omgoodness you really need to tell us more when you do more bootsales & well done on your profit that’s awesome for your first go. I remember when I did bootsales with my dad and we’d have hawkers pressed up against the car looking at the stuff before we’d even got parked up, it was scarey for a teenager and really reminded of a scene from the walking dead. But once we were all set up it was so much fun, once you do one you can’t stop, bootsales are brilliant! X

  2. April 9, 2018 / 10:44 pm

    Sounds like fun…

  3. April 10, 2018 / 11:19 am

    I used to do so many car boot sales when I was younger with my Mum and Dad and always remember enjoying them! You can actually earn quite a decent amount of money from them as well. I’d love to do another one soon 🙂 xxx

  4. April 10, 2018 / 4:16 pm

    I love car boot sales! There’s always a bargain or two; however, on selling for the first time last year, I had a bit of a bad experience. I prefer browsing to selling.

  5. April 11, 2018 / 9:26 am

    This sounds like it was heaps of fun! I always enjoy going to car boot sales, but I’ve never actually sold anything at them. I did used to busk at the local market when I was a kid though, so that kind of counts. 😀 I’d love to read more about what sells well etc!

  6. April 11, 2018 / 10:06 am

    I love doing car boot sales! We’ve done one every summer for the last couple of years, and it’s gone down really well. I’ve never made anywhere near the £70 you made in profit, but I’ve always enjoyed it, none the less. Despite my usual anxiousness with talking to people, the opportunity to make some money always brings me out of my shell and forces me to answer questions people ask–especially as I’m usually doing it with my younger sister, who was once taken advantage of and given 70p for something worth £5. I’d love to hear how your experience goes when you do your next one!

    Rebekah Gillian |

  7. April 13, 2018 / 9:02 am

    I’m so glad you had such a good time, Charlene! You look in your element in that photograph and it really warmed my heart! I did a car boot sale once and it was a total flop, it hadn’t been advertised very well, there were no signs or anything put up by the organisers so about 20 people max showed up in the entire morning! I asked for my seller fee back because I only sold about 3 things! So disappointing because it could’ve been so fun! I’m glad that the weather held out for you, £70 is a great profit too!

    Abbey xxxx

  8. May 11, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    I bloody LOVE carboot sales! You can find so many cool things and also made good money. You made such good profit as well, well done!! Thanks for sharing your experience.

  9. January 2, 2019 / 12:27 pm

    A really great post. I love a good carboot, I do. What a great way to helping people and possibly meeting new people too. I would love to see all of your future posts, on what your views are on carboots.

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