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car boot sales - worth it?

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Willow33 Sat 06-Apr-13 16:48:03

I am having a clear out. I have lots of bath sets eg Body Shop, Baylis and Harding and other lesser known brands but it's stuff I don't really use. I looked on Ebay and those items aren't really shifting.
So is it worth selling them at a car boot sale? Its not going to be worth it if I only get 50p or £1. In which case I may as well give it away. However, could do with the dosh.

cannotbebothered Sat 06-Apr-13 18:24:38

What else have you got to sell?
Really it's about volume. If you sell 100 items for a pound, then yes, it's worth it. If you haven't got much to sell, I would wait for a bit.

usualsuspect Sat 06-Apr-13 18:26:09

You won't get much more than a quid for gift sets.

You need loads of stuff to make any money really.

Willow33 Sat 06-Apr-13 20:06:07

Mmm...thanks. I will c if I can get more stuff together then.

LadyLech Sat 06-Apr-13 23:16:07

Agree you need a car load. We normally fill my car right up and make about £100. We have an annual clear out. Where we get rid of all our tat. The one thing I would say is to put everything in. Sometimes we take stuff that I think will never sell, and it gets snapped up whereas some of my really expensive stuff generates little interest.

If you've got stuff of value, it worth ebaying them first. I always find that things you could make £5 - £10 on eBay will only go for a pound or two at a car boot. People really want to get things as cheap as possible at da boots.

I have found clothes (ESP Children's) sell well at car boots. So this is worth doing.

LadyLech Sat 06-Apr-13 23:16:58

Da boots = car boots!

GW297 Sun 07-Apr-13 00:38:25

No - if you sell something for 2p people will say I'll give you 1p for it, in my experience.

jenduck Sun 07-Apr-13 16:27:26

You could always give them to other people as gifts?

Alternatively, as a regular car boot goer, I like to buy clothes for me & kids, toys & furnishings mainly.

PipkinsPal Sun 07-Apr-13 16:33:08

The hours standing around is worth less than minimum wage. You have to get up early on a weekend and put up with people pouncing on you as soon as you park up wanting to buy your stuff at a knock down price then sell it themselves for a bit more. It's freezing cold, the toilets are never near and if you are on your own you have a bit of a problem. The smell from the burger vans make you feel sick too.

GW297 Sun 07-Apr-13 20:05:28

Agree! It's just not worth it. Advise re gifting too.

ArtemisatBrauron Mon 08-Apr-13 11:18:11

I think it's worth it as a one-off - I've done it twice in the past 4-5 years to get rid of stuff that I couldn't be bothered to sell on eBay and made about £100 each time - I didn't stand there all day though, only for about 3 hours each time. The rest went to the charity shops on the way home. But stuff sells best at the 50p/£1 mark so definitely better to go for quantity over quality. Shoes sell obscenely well, clothes less so in my experience.

Nerfmother Mon 08-Apr-13 11:26:32

Last time I vowed never to do one again (south east) pounced on straight away, people fighting over duplo (with rubbish stories of grandsons wanting it - clearly professional carbooters) . Sold nothing at the price I set - hair curling tongs, boxed, never used for something like a quid. Etc.

pateran Tue 09-Apr-13 16:24:18

I have sold these types of gifts sets on Ebay normally around Christmas time. October onwards if you can wait that long. I've done it the last 3 years and paid for almost all the kids Christmas.

Meglet Thu 11-Apr-13 09:40:53

Is it ever worth pricing it? Or, say, sorting some things into boxes worth 20p, 50p etc? Then have the rest plonked on the table?

I can never think on my feet quick enough when people ask me the price.

jenduck Thu 11-Apr-13 23:13:09

Meglet I tend to avoid stalls that have priced things up. Makes me think they would be unwilling to negotiate & I like to feel I'm getting a bargain grin You could always have a list of prices so you know what you want for each thing, but always ask for more than you'll take eg £3 if you'll actually take £2.

sooperdooper Sat 13-Apr-13 21:57:04

I'm thinking of doing one next weekend, I've got a boot load, if I get £100 for it I'll be happy, I really can't be arsed with ebaying!

Willow33 Wed 01-May-13 23:39:47

How did you do soooper?
I have given stuff away now and am trying to work out if ebay is worth it now after insertion fees etc...

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