Car boot sales can be a real success if you manage to get pricing right and know what you're doing. If not, it's common to end up selling things insanely cheap just to get it off your hands, and not making the most of your time!
Here are my top car boot tips for selling:
- Change: have a £50 float in a money box just so you have it on hand if ever you need it. You don't want to turn down a sale because you don't have enough change. Make sure you have lots of small change too!
- Good tables: lightweight tables that fit in your car are a must! These wallpaper tables from Wilkinsons for example, are £9.95 (and if you order for click+collect via Quidco you get 40p cashback) and are perfect.
- Carrier bags: many people now either have their own canvas bags or even shopping trolleys – and not just with the older generation. That said, having lots of bags is just good “customer service” and useful if your buyer didn't bring enough.
- Pack lunch: don't sell stuff at a car boot sale just to spend £5 on food once you're there! Make sure to also take plenty of beverages, you'll need them too.
- Wet wipes are your friend.
- Double check times: ask on their Facebook page, or send an email, any way that you can check the time sellers can arrive. Many often say times different to what it is so double check!
- Vary a little: if you're going for a few weeks in a row then try and switch things around – go to different car boot sale locations, take different stock, price it differently, give different deals etc. The last thing you want is for people to recognise your stock immediately, they'll just ignore you!
- Price things realistically: you're at a boot sale and people aren't looking to pay more/retail price of what the product is actually worth.
- Try selling on eBay first
- Be friendly: engaging with potential buyers and answering their questions makes all the difference. Occasionally, you may get a very low offer but don't take it personally, they're just trying to be frugal! Use your judgement with offers – if no one else has even touched that item all day would you prefer the money in your pocket or taking the item home?
To price your items or not to price them? This is still largely debated. Each has their advantages, respectively. Pricing can sometimes be useful as it means you can wander around but the person you left in charge still knows how much you want to sell things for. Having said that, not pricing means that you save time, you can be more flexible and you don't put buyers off immediately.