If you’re intending to empty your attic and flog all your worldly goods at the next car boot sale, don’t do it without reading the invaluable advice below to maximize your profits.
Car Boot Sales
1- Turn up early
There are a few reasons to get there well before the punters. Firstly, you’ll want to get organized before the hussle and bustle begins. Things have been known to “vanish” when sellers are distracted and there will also be plenty of punters keen to jump in as soon as you open the boot of your car before you’ve even had a chance to bring your stock to the fore. Choose a pitch that’s in the sun, in an easily accessible area and away from muddy areas.
2- Prepare for the weather
You’d be amazed how many forget to check the forecast before they leave. Always take a waterproof sheet for the table.
3- Don’t go alone!
It’s more fun with a second person but not just that. Two eyes are better than one when it comes to security of your goods. It’s not a good idea to take children with you who will need minding. Treat it like a work day.
4- Know the value
Before you go, check the value of your stock online. You don’t have to put price stickers on each of them. Better to be able to start high and negotiate a price with your purchaser.
5- Pull the crowds in!
You don’t have to have the banter, but it’s important that your stall looks good. Try to spread your goods all around the table so everyone can see what you’re offering. It’s also a good idea to put some freebies out, such as free sweets or treats to encourage people to visit your stall.
6- Don’t forget the small-but-important items
Don’t just turn up expecting people will have the correct money for your items. Take a reasonable amount of small change, a recepit book, pen and paper, some chairs and some rubbish bags. It’s also a good idea to take a ground sheet to use as an additional display area.
7- Display your best quality goods wisely
Always have your best quality goods on display where everyone can see (and touch) them. Arrange them into themes if possible. Put your less-saleable items on a groundsheet. If you have any banners (2 for 1 offers for example), make sure they are highly visable. Have a look at the displays around you. Does yours look the best? If not, do something about it!
8- Be confident of your prices.
By this we mean that when a prospective purchaser asks you how much for a certain item, be confident of the price and make your answer sound very much like a statement rather than a question. The latter will simply invite them to haggle.
9- Take a seat
As well as a taking a table, remember to pack a couple of chair. You’ll also be wanting to eat and drink at some point. Make sure you take refreshments so you don’t have to disappear from prospective buyers too often.
You’ll need the patience of a saint to cope with some buyers at a car boot sale but you can do it. Even if you were up at 5am.