After my last carboot sale post, where I mentioned I made Β£100 selling, a lot of you were interested in knowing some tips on both buying and selling. So I thought I would put together a few pointers for you, so that you can maximise selling profits, aswell as finding yourself a bargain. I go to the Lidlington carboot sale in Bedfordshire, which is a very small one that starts late in the morning. If you want to find your local carboot sale, I recommend looking in your local newspapers. This post will outline the tips for buyers, keep your eyes peeled for my sellers post next!

Top Carboot Sale Buying Tips

Also, I just wanted to point out that just because someone enjoys a day out at the carboot sale, it doesn’t make them any different as a person to you if you don’t like boot sales. Do not judge them, they could be millionaires for all you know! I like to visit them for fun, and they’re great for vintage buys! It doesn’t mean people do all their shopping there, or they can’t afford anything else. You’re missing out on some great fun and bargains if you’re too snobby to give it a try πŸ˜‰

Top Carboot Sale Buying Tips

Carboot Sale Buying Tips:

  • Time – try and get to the carboot sale as early as possible, so that you’re there to snap up the bargains before anyone else! Be prepared to get their early, carboots often open at 5/6am! My carboot sale charges Β£1 for early entrance, but it’s worth it.
  • Take – I always like to take with me a few essentials; sunglasses for if it’s sunny, and a bottle of drink. But don’t drink too much, unless you want to visit the portaloo!
  • Wear – dress casually, and make sure you wear appropriote footwear. It might be muddy, dusty, or spikey grass!
  • Bags – Take a large canvas bag with you to fill up with goodies rather than accepting lots of tatty carrier bags. Don’t take your regular large handbag filled with stuff, you don’t need it. Don’t even bring your normal purse, all you need is coins!
  • Change – ensure you take plenty of change with you, this is a great opportunity to spend your piggy bank coins! However, sellers don’t want to give you all their change when you hand over a Β£20!
  • Be polite – say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to each seller, and SMILE! They might give you a better deal if you’re sweet!
  • Ask questions – if you want to know about an item, feel free to ask them!
  • Don’t be afraid – don’t be scared to talk to sellers, they love a chat!
  • Haggling – I very rarely haggle, but don’t be afraid to. Sometimes I will suggest something like ‘these three for Β£2?’ if I’m buying more than one item from them. People expect it at carboot sales. But don’t expect something for nothing every time! Also, if something is overprices, try going back later on, as they may have reduced the price towards the end of the day.
  • Touching – people don’t like you picking up and prodding/opening every single item and then not buying anything! Feel free to look and investigate, but don’t potentially ruin their items. I’m referring to people constantly prodding my eyeshadow palettes and spraying my perfume with no intention of buying! 
  • Keep safe – Carboot sales can be a great place for pickpockets and theives. I wear a over the shoulder small handbag, with my change zipped inside. Always keep an eye on your belongings.
  • Weather – Hot, sunny days means that the carboot sales will be brimming with bargains! More sellers come out when the weather is good.  
  • Business cards – why not take a few blog business cards along with you? You never know when you might meet a like-minded girl, or a vintage clothing seller that may be interested in you. 
  • Plan – Maybe try and keep your eye open for things you know you need to buy. For example, I always keep my eyes open for tea sets, and womens clothings. Try not to buy things you don’t need or won’t fit you (unless you’re a dab hand on the sewing machine, of course.) Avoid impluse buying. You don’t need it just because it’s cheap!
  • Have fun – some days you will feel like you won the jackpot, other days you may come home with nothing. But it’s all a bit of fun in the end, don’t give up! Maybe try a few different carboot sales. And don’t be ashamed to be there, there’s nothing wrong with it.
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other tips.