Why Shop at Car Boot Sales This Summer?
Hands up who likes a bargain? Yep, thought so. Me too!
As we near summer, car boot sales start to pop up again. The fields are dry and people have cleared out all their Christmas cr@p. Now is the ideal time to get down to your local car boot sale.
Check out our most recent car boot haul in this short video! We found some absolute gems!
Not sure what a “car boot sale” is?
Basically, a load of people turn up to a field and sell their junk from their car boot. A bit like a huge flea market or garage sale. And let me clarify, not just a random field but a designated place where car boots are held regularly. So for example, in the North Somerset area, I love the Cheddar car boot sale on Sunday mornings and I love the Puxton Park car boot sale, later on a Sunday morning.
Why bother shopping at car boot sales?
Because you can find some amazing hidden gems amongst the junk. When we had little b, we got a lot of toys from car boot sales. Wooden puzzles, Fisher Price toys and various clothes. There really are some bargains to be had.
Here was one of our car boot hauls when B was a bubba. We got loads of bits for next to nothing.
What should I look for?
Anything really! You’ll literally find anything and everything at car boot sales. Yes you do need to have a rummage but you can typically tell which stalls sell toys, clothes and books.
I also look for second hand furniture to up-cycle, as well as books, clothes and various ornaments and glasses. I love buying trays and baskets too! If you think ahead, you can get some lovely stuff for Christmas too. I bought a wreath for a pound and it made a beautiful decoration for the door.
But isn’t it just all a load of junk?
It depends what you define as “junk”! If you have the time to rummage through boxes and take your time browsing then you really can find some decent things. I find it pays to spend time looking through book boxes. Sellers typically dump the books in a box under the table. Have a flip through and see what you can find. I’ve often picked up various Usborne children’s books for 50p or so.
I’d say at least half of b’s library is made of car boot books and has probably cost me no more than a tenner.
I’m Convinced! Where can I find my local car boot?!
Typically car boot sales start early on a Saturday or Sunday. There has been a growing trend for car boots to start around midday though. Who really wants to be up at the crack of dawn? Although saying that, if you’re up with a little one then it’s great to get there early! A perk of being up early hey…
Have a look on your local Facebook groups and keep an eye out in the local newspaper. Our local car boot also puts signs up around the area on a Sunday too.
Failing that, take a look on Car Boot Junction here.
Any Car Boot Fails to Share?
As I pride myself on being honest on the blog, yes! Yes there have been many fails! The most recent being a £1 Hungry Hippos game. I was assured all pieces were there. But they weren’t. We have one lone hungry hippo ball. Sob. So now I’m looking out for Hungry Hippo Balls!*
*Update – it turns out the balls are stored under the Hippo tray! I clearly did not play this game enough as a child myself.
Do you shop at car boot sales? Have you found any “treasure”? Be sure to pin for later and share with me your finds in the comments!