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Car boot sale hacks: How to make the most money from your old things


Get some extra cash at a car boot sale (Picture: Lara Jarvis/Metro.co.uk)

Car boot sales are back with a bang and there’s never been a better time to declutter your things and make some extra money in the process.

With people spending more time at home over the recent months, wanting things to be less cluttered, and the charity shops shut for a lot of that time, if you’re looking for a bargain then you’re bound to find one at a car boot sale.

But how do you make sure you make the most money from your early morning trip out to the booty?

How do you ensure your stall stands out and you actually make some sales?

Here’s your guide to car boot sale success.

Dig deep

Have a really good dig around in your loft and the corners of your home. I

t’s true what they say, one man’s trash is another’s treasure, so just because you no longer use your record collection or cupboard full of back-up candles, doesn’t mean you won’t find someone who will love them for you.

Think outside of the box

Don’t only think of bric a brac or trinkets to bring along to your car boot sale. Items such as electricals, clothes and even new makeup do really well, too.

First thing when car boot sales open, professional resellers will scour for electrical goods. Make sure you’ve gathered up all of your unused tech gear, which will sell for a higher price than most of your other odd bits and bobs, and set up early.

Some things you might not have even thought of will sell. Some ideas to start you off include wellies, wet suits, dressing up costumes, iPods, kids toys, new perfumes, framed pictures, Lego, glasses and mirrors.

Car boot sale hacks for making more money

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Grow your own

Many people don’t realise this, but houseplants can sell really well at car boot sales.

Grow your own and start propagating your houseplants to make some extra cash.

Keep spending down

Resist the urge to spend all your profits on buying other people’s loot.

Also, take snacks and drinks with you so you’re not tempted by the wafting of the hot dog van or fresh coffee swirling around the site, which will set you back a tenner of your earnings.

Hold back on labelling

It’s best practice to not price things up – price tags will only be ignored, anyway.

People will ask if they’re interested in your items and putting prices on might actually put potential buyers off.

It helps you gauge interest before you name your price.

Let people rummage

Having things laid out neatly is great, but if people need to have a rummage around in things, then it means they’re kept there longer – making your stall look busier and somewhere people want to check out.

This also means people are really looking at your things rather than just glancing over the items laid out and missing loot they might like if they’d dug deeper.

Don’t expect too much

This is a car boot sale. It’s not eBay, not an auction house. People have come to spend 50p, not £50.

So lower your expectations and don’t bring things you want to make good money from.

If you have someone who will take something off your hands rather than you having to bring it home, it’s probably better to get rid of it.

Cash up first

Make sure you get various denominations of change so you don’t miss out on sales if you have someone who needs change for a fiver.

Plan your visit

As much as the early bird catches the worm, and you’re likely to find more treats the earlier you go with much more choice, if you’re a late riser you could actually be in for some really good bargains because by the end of the morning people are likely to be pretty much giving things away rather than having to take it home with them.

So go ballsy with your offers and you’re likely to catch a steal.

Further tips can be found on my YouTube channel and Instagram for daily money saving advice, tips and hacks for living your best life on a budget, and don’t forget to head over to my blog for your free budgeting trackers.

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