10 Things I Learned At My First Car Boot Sale

People want something for nothing

Yep, seriously. You pay over a fiver to get into a car boot sale for someone to turn around and expect something for 20p, gurl it's not going to happen.

Kids get really excited at car boots

I was surprised at the amount of kids getting involved with the items. My boyfriend was selling his old toy cars, some a worth over £40 and some kid was absolutely loving them and was actually Jack's main customer of the day.

A chair was certainly a good shout

Bring a fold up chair along for the ride, because it's going to be a long one.

So was a flask of tea

I am so glad I packed a flask of tea, even if it was a glorious day it's a little something to keep you going. 

DVDs sell really well

Anna from The Cornish Life knew what was on. She had a whole collection of DVDs spread on the floor and this was definitely the main attraction of the day. Who'd of thought someone would snap up Angry Kid - Anna couldn't quite believe it.

So do academic books

So many people were interested in my academic books, probably because they are so expensive to buy brand new. Although, remember - people want something for nothing.

You'll probably want to stay all day

If it's sunny that is, I'm not sure I would have been a fan sat in the cold and rain. But on this occasion, I was absolutely loving it, so much more than I thought I would. 

Price tags could be a waste of an evening

The evening before the car boot I was frantically putting price tags on all of my items to realise on the morning that they drive customers away... or do they? I couldn't tell!

You don't need a big float

You do need change but I kind of went all out with £30. It's heavy and kind of unnecessary, so next time I'll probably take around a tenner.

Pack suncream

Yeah, we got kind of burnt. Sorry Anna, we should have listened to you! Next time, eh?

If you're a car boot queen or king... let me into your secrets - I'll be back!

Hannah x


  1. I've done a few carboots recently and I definitely agree that people always want something for nothing! Selling designer clothes for 50p just makes me sad! Although I did make over £120 on just two carboots so can't complain too much!

  2. I love carboots! They're so interesting, its amazing when people buy things which you wouldn't expect to sell or attract so much attention, always a pleasant surprise what sells!

    Hanney | blogabouthanney.blogspot.co.uk

  3. Hey :-) Just to let you know I nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award!

  4. I remember doing car boot sales when I was younger with my parents, aw the memories haha - chairs are definitely needed I'm sure!

    Lucy | Forever September

  5. I've never done one or been! Surprised that DVDs are so popular though to purchase.

    nat // dignifiable

  6. Ahaha omg that kid was such an unexpected hero of the day xD and I'm still amazed at selling Angry Kid!!


  7. Oh my gosh - the something for nothing is TOO true! And the haggling about it. It's hilarious. I remember at one boot sale, my Dad got cross with them and told them the price had gone up. ha ha!


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