With clothes and belongings become more and more disposable, it’s simply easier these days to throw away all of those old Christmas presents or unworn t-shirts. But, many people now sell their old items and even pick up some bargains one of the many car boot sales that happen in Jersey during the summer months.
The name ‘Car Boot’ comes from the procedure of selling your unwanted items directly from the boot of your car. It’s simple, easy and utilises your current possessions – your car!
However, if you have been to one recently, you will notice the amount of regular car boot goers who bring with them a table, clothes rack and even a chair to sit on.
With others being very organised, for all of you who haven’t actually sold at a car boot before, ‘thebestof’J ersey thought we should offer a few of useful tips to help you get the best from the day:.
1) Book your pitch in advance, this will ensure that you have a pitch and should help you get a good spot to sell from.
2) Get there early, many regular buyers at car boot sales make a point of getting there while the sellers are still setting up so that they can get the pick of the best items. Don’t miss this first rush of keen buyers!
3) Bring refreshments – a flask of tea or coffee is nice after you have set up your car boot as even in sunny Jersey it can be chilly in the early morning.
4) Don’t become attached to your items – the whole point is selling!
5) Be realistic on price – Your treasures are someone else’s tat! Accept the fact that many items may have a ‘value’ to buyers of only 10p, but recognise an item that has genuine quality (and desirability) and stick out for a reasonable price.
6) Be prepared to haggle, most buyers will try and get a reduced price so it’s worth pricing slightly above what you think is fair to allow some leeway to reduce the price.
7) Check the weather forecast and prepare accordingly –Nobody wants to buy soaked second-hand belongings. Also if it’s likely to be a sunny and warm day think about taking along a parasol or sunshade, it can get very hot working in full sun all day.
8) When it’s getting late in the day decide if you are prepared to sell at any price. This will help get rid of some more items but is unlikely to do much for boosting your take for the day.
9) Prepare yourself for bringing items home – Of course, you will more than likely come home with some of your possessions. If not, you will almost certainly come home with something that caught your eye on the nearby stall.
Have fun and get selling! If you are looking to buy items, practise your bartering abilities to help get a bargain. If not, bring a friend.
For details of good car boot sales keep an eye on our Events page.
Have you ever made a great buy at a car boot sale? If so please let us know.
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