Car Boot Sales Tips & Advise - What sells at car boot Sales?
What sells at Car Boot Sales?
A list of the Top Ten best things to sell at Car Boot Sales
Selling Clothes at Car Boot Sales
Clothes are a top seller at car boots. Designer clothes sell well at car boot sales but do expect to get haggled on the prices. It may be better to ebay antique clothes or expensive deigner wear than to take it to a car boot sale. Baby clothes seem to be on the rise again at car boot sales as young families are turning to boot sales rather than high street shops as a way of saving money. If you want to get the best price for your clothes at a car boot sale then it's best to present them! Iron them and if possible put them on a clothes rail. Always check your clothes for tears or damage before taking them to a car boot sale.
This tip even got a mention in the Gaurdian lifestyle magazine!
Selling Perfumes & Cosmetics at Car Boot Sales
Even half full bottles of perfumes sell at car boot sales! Unused cosmetics such as powder puffs, lips sticks and eye liners also sell at car boot sales but they must be unused! Nobody wants your half used lipstick! Even unwanted presents such as new shower gels, sun creams, moisturisers, etc will sell well at car boot sales. When setting out your car boot stall it is worth presenting perfumes and cosmetics in a nice basket or tidy display for maximum impact.
Selling small electrical Items at car boot sales.
Portable electrical devices sell well at car boot sales. Even though mobile phone prices have dropped they are still sought after at car boot sales. Be sure that you check your items are working and if possible show them working to potential buyers at the car boot sale. If you can not show your items working, drop the price and make sure the buyer agrees with you over the condition of the item. Even if you advertise your item as 'Sold as seen.' the buyer has the right to expect a refund or renumeration if the item is not as described. If your item is battery operated then do try to put some batteries in it or charge it before taking it to the car boot sale. Items fetch a much better price when shown to be working.
Sellings CD's, PC games, DVD's and Records at the boot sale.
CD's, PC Games, DVD's and records sell well at car boot sales. In general most stall holders sell their old CD's, PC games and DVD's for a couple of pound or less. Records are usually sought out by dealers and enthusiasts - so its not worth bringing along run of the mill records and don't even bother taking scratched or damaged records along to the car boot sale. Some old records are worth good money, if your unsure of their value then check online. If possible put your records in a proper record box. DON'T sell copied CD's, Games or DVD's at a car boot sale, it's illegal!!! Remember to check that the correct disks or records are in the right sleeves and that none are missing.
Selling Collectables at Car Boot Sales
There will always be buyers for collectables at car boot sales. Genuine collectors will usually pay the best price where as you can expect dealers to haggle! All sorts of collectable items turn up at car boot sales, ranging from ty-bears to delft vases. Be sure to know the value of your collectable items before taking them to car boot sales. If you are unsure what an item is worth then check out similar items on ebay or google them. If you do bring valuable items to the car boot then unpack them last and place them somewhere you can keep an eye on them.
Selling your Jewellery at Car Boot sales.
Jewellery and wrist watches are a good seller at car boot sales. If your going to sell your jrewellery at a car boot sale then make sure you read the different definations below!
this is miscellaneous stuff, beads, bracelets etc that have no great value.
This is better stuff, period pieces with non precious metals and stones. (Some of these pieces can make good money so better pieces are worth checking out first especially if they have a name on them.)
FINE JEWELLERY & GOLD AT CAR BOOT SALES
Check all your items for hall marks. Hall marks are the legal marks that many countries impress onto items made from precious metals. These can be numbers and marks such as 800, 830, 925, 950 and the lion mark which all signify silver items. 9ct, 375, 10ct, 12ct, 14ct, 585, 750, 18ct, 916, 22ct all signify gold items. Platinum also carries the 950 mark but usually is also marked plat or platinum and may have an orb symbol stamped near the 950 mark.
Its best to have any items you are unsure about checked by a jeweller to ascetain there value. Think carefully about what fine jewellery you should bring to a car boot sale. A 2ct diamong ring is unlikely to sell for it's true price! It's also worth considering the scrap value of gold or precious metal items.
It's woth remembering that it is usually only the dealers that are wondering around with wads of cash at car boot sales so be prepared to be haggled.
Presenting your Jewellery items at car boot sales.
Present your junk jewelley in a box or a tin for buyers to rummage through. This is a great trick for attracting people to your stall.
Your costume and fine jewellery should be presented seperatley and individually and placed where you can keep an eye on it!
Expensive pieces are best kept in a case for individual viewing.
Watches at Car Boot Sales.
If you are offering battery operated watches at a car boot sale then expect a lower price if the battery is dead. The same can be said for wind-up watches that no longer wind. Some watches, even modern ones, are worth good money so make sure you know what it's worth before putting it on your car boot stall.
Selling musical instruments at car boot sales.
Musical instruments are a great seller at car boot sales. Guitars, amps, flutes, saxaphones, violins, keyboards, drums - the list is endless! I've sold them all at car boot sales. Do bear in mind that some older instruments can be very valuable, so if your unsure get them checked out by a specialsit first. There are always enthusiasts and first timers looking for musical instruments at car boot sales. Most instruments are easy to damage so pack them well and place them in a safe place on your stall. People will often pick them up and play them, always compliment them (no matter how bad they play - it could make the sale!). Make sure the item is put down safely afterwards. If your selling stringed instruments its worth making sure the strings are fitted.
Selling Tools, Garden Stuff and spares at car boot sales.
Tools and garden bits always sell well at car boot sales. Check that any tools are working and fit for the purpose. Some antique tools are worth a fortune so if you have any get them checked out first. Decent plant pots, patio bits and misc. all do well at car boot sales but weigh up the value Versus the space and weight they will occupy in your vehicle. Some broken items can still have value as spares or repairs to buyers at car boot sales but make sure they are described as such. Buyers have a legal right to request a refund if an item is not as described.
Selling big Electrical Items at car boot sales.
Big electrical items sell at car boot sales but most buyers are unwilling to part with much cash on them. It really does depend on what you have got! A working run of the mill stereo system might make as little as £5-£10 at a car boot sale. A decent stereo system i.e, Denon, might make £30-£40. Large TV's are a bit hit and miss, especially with the digital switch over and growing demand for flat screen T.v's. It is unlikely that you can show large electrical items working at car boot sales so expect buyers to be sceptical. Also remember that large items take up more space in your vehicle and limit what else you can pack in. Make sure that you check that your electrical items are working safely before taking them to car boot sales. Trading standards suggest that all electrical items should be sold without plugs.
Selling furniture & Bric-a-Brac at car boot sales.
Tables & Chairs, cupboards, even the kitchen sink, they all sell at car boot sales! It is impossible to truly tell what individuals are looking for and with the credit crunch tightening more and more people are visiting car boot sales to find a bargain. If your selling furniture then make sure it's complete and not broken. Remember too that large items can occupy a lot of space in your vehicle and limit what else you might want to bring along to the car boot sale. Some furniture, termed 'brown furniture' has gone out of vogue some what over the last few years. Typicially this is the 1930's-1950's plain pieces. Of course some furniture, fine or antique is worth good money and it's advisable doing some research before carting it down to your local car boot sale. There are still plenty of buyers looking for old nic-nacs and bric-a-brac to decorate their homes and as long as the items are in good condition they should find a buyer at the car boot sale.
What else sells at Car Boot Sales?
Sporting goods sell well at car boot sales, anything from boxing gloves to fishing rods. Another great cat boot seller is bicycles (but do give a receipt as stolen bikes often turn up at car boot sales.) Baby accessories sell too but make sure they are complete and safe to use. Linen and materials are a good seller at car boot sales especially with the rising trend for people to make their own curtains and even clothes! Books and memrobilia always sell well at car boot sales. If you do sell books at a car boot sale do please check all the pages are complete. Some car boot sales also allow the sale of home produce, be it fruit and vegetables or home baked cakes.
Please remember to check all items are fit and safe for sale first!
WHAT NOT TO SELL AT CAR BOOT SALES
There is an endless list of, mostly common sense, items that just won't sell at a car boot sale. These are some that is is probably best to avoid bringing:
Mis-matched and damaged crockery. Thread worn or our out of fashion clothes. Broken or part missing items (unless sold as spares.) Unfashionable or outdated furniture is unlikely to sell at a car boot sale.
HERES A FEW THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
1. Remember if you want to sell a chest of drawers at a car boot sale and are hoping for £20, think about how much space does that leave in your vehicle for other items? Is its value worth the space it'll take up?
2. Put any valuable items out last, once you're comfortable that your stall is set out and you can keep an eye on things.
3. Expect to haggle with buyers at the car boot sale and if the buyers don't meet your asking price accept the fact you'll be taking the items home again. (Don't leave items behind at the boot sale!)
4. If you can't show that an item is working at the car boot sale then agree a returns deal with the buyer. Sold as seen means nothing in the eyes of the law so make sure you both agree on the condition of the item.
5. Bring plenty of small change, you'll be amazed how quickly you get through it. It will also be helpful to bring along some carrier bags and wrapping paper for smaller items, buyers really appreicate this.