Greetings to our 26th year of running Car Boot Sales/Markets in Cornwall it is early March 2015 and the winter weather has certainly been a lot calmer than last year’s heavy floods that caused such damage in Devon & Somerset with severe waterlogged farmlands. We hope you enjoy our Car Boot Sales during the coming season and should you need to contact us please use the following email address; firstname.lastname@example.org
Price increases from June 1st 2015
We have not increased the selling prices since 2010 at our Car Boot Sales (with the exception of Mitchell) however the new price for all cars will increase to £7.00 Estates & 4 x 4s and small vans £8.00 Please see; Prices and Terms page for further information.
Over recent years we have had increased complaints about dogs being allowed at our Car Boot Sales the complaints are more about the lack of control by dog owners who allow their dogs to POO at our events without the owners taking the responsibility to use POO BAGS to clear up the mess left by the dogs. This causes justified serious complaints from sellers and buyers. Dogs will be either restricted or BARRED from some locations in the interest of Public Health & Safety. This is not Car Boots Cornwall holding a vendetta against DOGS and their owners it is a decision resulting from the serious complaints we receive from our customers. However, the Landlords of the new MITCHELL have stated that DOGS are BARRED from their farmlands at all times!
We will also restrict owners who bring two or three dogs into our sales!! Respectfully, it’s a Car Boot Sale not a DOG SHOW! Nothing personal just common sense!
DO NOT LEAVE RUBBISH AT OUR EVENTS WHICH IS KNOWN AS FLY TIPPING! If you are a seller at the end of the sale pack up any of your unwanted items into a box and either give the boxes to your local charity shop or put the boxes besides your weekly refuse collection! If you are a seller and notice any other sellers prepared to leave rubbish at the end of the sale then please tell us. Take you rubbish away please, it’s yours, you brought it with you! Apart from that bit of nagging on our behalf do enjoy our Car Boot Sales, make a fun day of it!
SO YOU WANT TO DO A BOOT SALE?
You do not have anything to worry about from our side all advertised Car Boot Sales will go ahead (subject to weather conditions) You do not have to book or reserve a space, all of our locations have adequate space however it is advisable that you arrive at least one hour before start times, some sellers prefer to allow 2 hours in order that they get a space near the main entrance to the sale but seriously if you have the BARGAINS and a good stall whatever position you are setting up in the field the buyers WILL find you and enjoy spending money on your stall. All you have to do is arrive with your car sensibly loaded at the main gates where a member of our team will point you in the direction of the sellers queue. All of our sales are operated to start at the advertised times so as a seller you will be shown to your selling space half an hour before the start times. Please ensure when you park up that your engine is turned off and that your keys will not be lost also ensure your car BRAKES are on.
SETTING UP YOUR STALL!
Once you are parked safely open up your BOOT and the first items you will get out will probably be your tables. If you do not have tables don't worry you can always put your items for sale on boxes or a blanket or a ground sheet or similar. We do not hire tables to sellers! During the setting up of your stall you are NOT allowed to either buy or sell nor look around at other stalls nor try to get another stall to reserve items on their stall for you to buy after the sale has started. Whilst you are setting up your selling area be careful that you are totally secure conscious and that you cash floats are in a very safe place (watch out there's a thief about) When you have set your stall up which should take 15/20 minutes check that you have place your valuable items at the back of the table for security.
THE START OF THE SALE!
Whilst you are setting up hopefully many hundreds of buyers are arriving and at the correct time (5 minutes lee-way) the horn will blast to start the sale when all of the buyers will rush to your stalls and if you have got it right you should start taking money from the off! Once the initial rush is calmer look at your stall and move your displayed items around to ensure your potential customer can see everything on your tables. Be confident in your stalls, be nice to your customers but not over friendly and feel confident that once you have sold an item and you say "yes it works" make sure of your facts otherwise potential customers could be entitled to a REFUND. If a customer is sold an item that is not 'all you claim it to be' then Car Boots Cornwall would support that customer to gaining a full refund.
IT IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE!
Take it seriously, you are a shop-keeper for a couple of hours and you should enjoy yourself and be able to sell off your unwanted items and make some money. Occasionally we get young kids and teenagers set up stall which they do with great pride and enthusiasm and they do a GREAT job! It's your turn now. ENJOY!
Geoff & Louise Camden Wiles
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