“50p or 3 for a Pound” – the Joys of a Car Boot Sale

There is a whole world of carbootery out there, and a car boot sale can be great fun with kids, whether you are a buyer or a seller.  These events get very busy on sunny days, so get there early before the crowds if you can.

If you are selling, the car boot sale experience can take up a whole weekend of finding old things lying around the house, pricing them up, putting them in boxes and loading the car. And then bringing all the unsold stuff home and unpacking it again. You can make some useful cash and get rid of stuff you don’t want any more, but be warned, prices are always extremely low at car boot sales, so don’t expect to make your fortune.

When you arrive, it is possible that someone may approach you and ask for whatever they trade in – old vinyl records, mobile phones, jewellery – just bat them off and get on with unloading your gear. Make sure you take fold-up tables and some loose coins for change … and keep a close eye on your children and cash.

If you are buying, you also need to keep a close eye on your children and your cash … and try to avoid coming home with armfuls of stuff that you really don’t need. You can find some incredible bargains at a car boot sale, and it is fascinating to see what oddities people are getting rid of. Most sellers are happy to barter so don’t be afraid to offer 25p if they ask for 30p.

Chelford Car Boot Sale is one of the biggest in the region on the A537 Chelford Road near Knutsford. It runs from March to December on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. But it’s an early start – for buyers it opens at 8am and for sellers at 7am.

Holly Lane Car Boot Sale in Styal, Wilmslow also runs on Sundays from April to October, 6am to 2pm. 

Kids Car Boot, where only kids items are for sale, is at Cheadle – the next ones are 1 July and 5 August, 10am – 12pm, see www.kidscarboot.co.uk

Congleton Market and Car Boot, on Princess Street Congleton runs all year round on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, buyers and sellers from 7.30am.

There is also a car boot sale at Adelphi Mill in Bollington on Sundays between March and June, 8am for sellers, 9am for buyers.

There are lots of other car boot sales and indoor markets too – to find more in your area, go to www.carbootjunction.com or search on Facebook.