How to Have a car Boot Sale

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Get rid of all your old junk by selling it to other people. You can clear out your stuff and make money at the same time. Gather your items together, put them in the boot, otherwise known as the trunk, of your car and take them to a car boot sale. Follow these hints to have a car boot sale.

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  • Car with a boot
  • Items to sell
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    Gather all your items together making sure they are clean and in good condition. Put similar items together and decide on your prices. Label each item with a clear price tag.

  2. 2

    Choose a location for your car boot sale. You can check with local organizations for sales near you or go online to a car boot directory to get a list of car boot sales in many towns and counties. Also check the classified section of your local newspaper.

  3. 3

    Check the local forecast and have a rain plan. Plan to cancel and rebook your sale if it rains or buy a tarp or tent to cover your items and hope for the best. Less people will visit your car boot sale during bad weather but it is still possible to sell.

  4. 4

    Find out the laws in your area regarding car boot sales. You may need a license to sell items out of your car. Look at the laws pertaining to individuals selling their own items and individuals selling larger quantities as a business.

  5. 5

    Follow the business laws if you are a trader who is selling as a business. You need a business name; you must meet product safety requirements and price requirements. Check the laws regarding labeling of products and refunding money.

  6. 6

    Join a car boot sale forum and speak to other sellers. You can find out about sale locations, tips and sales techniques from experienced car boot sellers. Ask if there are entry fees at your desired location. You may need to register ahead and pay your fee.

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    Arrive at the car boot location before the sale begins so you can set up your items. Park your car in a location near the other sellers so that buyers can walk along the rows and find your items.

Tips and warnings

  • Be flexible with your pricing if you want to sell.
  • Bring bags for customers to carry their items.

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