Car booting: My top tips

Any vintage-hunter worth their Pareek china tea set will swear by a good car boot sale. It doesn’t take long to discover the best boot sales in your area, the kind of sellers to look out for and the best buys. For newbies though, this type of bargain hunting can be intimidating, so here’s my top tips on unearthing those treasures.

1: The early bird catches the best buys: Car boots start early, I mean 6am early, and that’s when they very best bargains get snapped up. Set the alarm, get their bright and early, grab your trolley and carrier bags and you’ll be reap the rewards.

2: Have an idea what you’re after: Every rooky vintage buyer makes the same mistake … We have all bought things we didn’t really want. I have a shed full of tea sets, cup and saucers and glassware that I really should’ve left behind. If you think you can use or display it, buy it. If you’re tempted just because its cheap, then back away.

3: Dealers often charge more: Professional car boot sellers can always sell their wares the following week, so look out for people who have had a good clear out (especially if they’ve had a good clear out of their gran’s home!).

4: Take lots of change: Paying for a 20p find with a £20 note won’t win you any friends. Have plenty of coins and you’ll be a very welcome buyer.

5: Do haggle: Don’t be afraid to make an offer, especially if you’re buying more than one item. Be polite and haggle with a big smile on your face and you’re more likely to get the price your want.

6: Have a good mooch: You can spot the serious car boot buyers, they’ll be the ones on their knees digging through boxes and bags. If you spot something your fancy, do check for chips or cracks.

Enjoy your bargain hunting and do let me know your favourite finds. If you need some inspiration then here’s just a few of the items I picked up this weekend … All for less than a tenner!

6 thoughts on “Car booting: My top tips

  1. hillhousediariesblog says:

    Oh some brilliant advice here Lisa – I’m still trying to get my head around the 6am starts though – even after several years of being a committed car booter. I may have to get you to text me at 5am on a Sunday morning to ensure that I get out of bed!! xxx

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