If you want to raise a bit more holiday spending money, why not flog some of your clutter at a car boot sale? As well as funding another night out or shopping trip, you’ll free up some space for the souvenirs you bring back! It can also be a great place to pick up a bargain, whether it’s something you’ve been hunting down for years or an impulse buy.
The Rusper car boot sale is held at Cophatch Farm, Newdigate Road, Rusper, RH124RR and plays host to up to 250 stalls every Sunday afternoon. Pitches are available from just £10 so bring your own table and you can sell anything legal, including home produce such as fruit, plants, jam and cakes. There are some restrictions so please check the rules. Sellers are also entered into the FREE raffle! At the end of the day, Shelter, the charity for homeless people, accepts donations of unsold items to pass on to their shops.
If you’re at the car boot sale as a buyer, entrance is £1 per car and there are loads of bargains to be had! You can take advantage of the food stalls and shady picnic area when you need a break from browsing; activities for the children are also provided.
Another local car boot sale is held at Pease Pottage. This one runs from 7am – 2pm in the summer and you can set up any time after 6am. Like Rusper, pitches are available from £10 (bringing a van costs more but is still worthwhile). Pease Pottage has a very active Facebook page with not only forthcoming dates but lots of helpful comments – and even feel-good stories! – from people who’ve visited and had a great day. The pictures feature a bouncy castle too – that’s what we like to see.
To get the most out of selling at a car boot sale, remember to:
· Take stickers and a pen for pricing up items and carrier bags for buyers to put their purchases in.
· Take something secure to put the money in
· Price things a little higher than you’d be happy to sell for to allow for haggling...
· ...but take notice of what other people are charging for similar items so you don’t over/under price.
· Make friends with your neighbours – useful cover if you want to look around or go off to the loo.