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2018
July
14th:
Triangle Field Priory Road Hungerford ( Berkshire - tomorrow!)
Birmingham Sunday Share Rea Street South (West Midlands - every Sunday)
Kids Com - Kids Community CB / Table Top Astley Sports Village Dukinfield (Greater Manchester 22-July)
Due to illness there have been no updates since May 22. I am still not able to spend much time at a computer but I will update when I can. Thank you for your patience.

May
22nd: Elm Court £5 Boot Sales (Herts - every Saturday)
Triangle Field Event (Berkshire Sunday 3-June)

11th: Charity CB, Tiddington Village Hall (Oxfordshire - 7 July)

10th: Lord Louis carboot sale, Plympton & Ivybridge CB @
Ivybridge rugby club (Devon - Saturdays and Sundays)

7th:
- Elstow Playing Fields (Bedfordshire - 1st Sunday of month)
- Dove House Hospice (Hull, Yorkshire - every Sunday)

April
19th: Largs Car Boot Sale (Ayrshire, Scotland - starts 21-April)

18th: Pendeen Car Boot Sales At Stratton (Cornwall from 22 April WP)
- Folkestone Mammoth Boot Fair (Kent - Sunday 17-June)
- CB in aid of Cork Simon and Barnardos (Co Cork, Ireland - 29 April)

16th: Durrington High School (Sussex - Saturday 12-May)

12th: - Calverley 'Spring Clean' Garage Sale (West Yorkshire - 28 April)

11th: South Eastern Vintage Machinery Club Auto Jumble and Car Boot Ardattin Tullow (Co Carlow, Ireland 22-April)

10th:
-Lowestoft Mum2mum Child and Baby Nearly New Sale (Carlton Colville Community Centre Suffolk 29-April)
-Roscommon SPCA (Co Roscommon, Ireland - 6-May)
- Warwickshire updated

8th: Stoneleigh (Warwickshire - next 15 April)

5th: Dan's Meadow 15-Apr cancelled (Suffolk)
Tia Rescue, Animal Sanctury (Doncaster - S Yorkshire - 29 April)

2nd: William's Den, Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave (Yorkshire - East Riding on Saturday 7th April)

March
30th: Oldham RUFC (G Manchester - Sundays and BH Mondays)

20th: Surrey Car Boot Sale Ewell (Surrey Saturdays from 5-May)

18th: Tubbercurry GAA Car Boot Sale Kilcoyne Park
Tubbercurry (Co Sligo, Ireland - 2 April)

15th: Kids Community Car Boot Sale Dukinfield (Greater Manchester / Cheshire 29-April)

10th: All Countryside Promotions sites in Essex, Herts & Greater London
Fornham Village CB (Suffolk from 29-Apr)
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Car Boot (Co Dublin, Ireland from 11-March)

6th: The Tallaght Stadium Car Boot Sale (Co Dublin, Ireland Saturdays)

3rd: Temple Park Leisure Ctre South Shields (Northumberland area - 25-March)
The Drumoghill Poultry & Car Boot Sale (Co Donegal, Ireland - 4 March)


2nd: Radcliffe on Trent CC (Notts from 8-April thereafter first Sundays of each month)
Holcott Showground (Northants - Thursdays & Sats from 8-Mar)
EBoot (West Midlands)
Cosmos Community Centre (St Andrews, Fife, Scotland 4-March)
Mercia CB (Coventry, Warks- every Sunday)
Treetops Hospice Care (Risley, Derbyshire - April)


Man returns £450 bowl stolen from gallery after he bought it at car boot sale for a tenner

The stranger walked into Katie Coston's gallery in Jericho, Oxford, with the 15-inch wide, 1ft tall ornate hand-made bowl in a bag
A shop boss was bowled over when a treasure stolen two years ago was handed back by a man who paid a tenner for it at a car boot sale.
The stranger walked into Katie Coston's gallery in Jericho, Oxford, with the 15-inch wide, 1ft tall ornate hand-made bowl - worth about £450 - in a bag.
"The guy was really nice and he didn't even want to take the £10 he paid for it - but I insisted," she said today.
"It was a complete shock and a total surprise. When we were burgled two years ago we never thought we would see any of it again."
Thousands of pounds worth of ceramic works of art and jewellery were stolen just days after Illyria Pottery opened in 2013.
"I thought we had lost everything," recalled Katie, who had made all the stolen items herself.
"So I was pretty shocked when this man walked in a few days ago with a bag.
"He said he had bought the bowl for his wife for their anniversary at a car boot sale for just £10.
"But after seeing my signature and the 'Ox' stamp on the base, he began doing some research and quickly realised it was worth a lot more than what he had paid."
The stranger told Katie he had looked at her website and also saw an online local newspaper report about the 2013 break-in and twigged he was holding on to stolen property.
Katie, 31, said: "I was so glad to see it again. I couldn't believe it.
"The police did come and take fingerprints at the time of burglary but nothing was found in the end.
"I was devastated when the shop got broken into. We had just held a grand opening event on the Friday and Saturday, and by the Tuesday morning it had been stripped bare.
"But we are glad we have one item back, which is personal to us and is now right at the front of the shop because I love telling the story about how it was returned."
Now an appeal has gone out to find the mystery man who returned the beautiful bowl.


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The UK has 'Car Boot Sales', what do others have?: 
  • France - Brocante / vide-grenier (empty your attic) / Troc et Puces (exchanges)
  • Australia - Swap Meet
  • USA - Garage Sale
  • Wales - Arwerthiant / Sl Cist Ceir
  • Ibiza - rastrillo
  • Greece - Flohmarkt / Παζάρι
  • Netherlands - kofferbakmarkt(trunk barge = barge-boot)
  • Italy - 'soffitte in piazza'(= attics in the square) also 'mercato delle pulci' = flea market; 'mercato dell'usato' = car boot
  • Finland - kirpputori
  • Denmark - Loppemarked/kraemmermarked
  • Sweden - bakluckeloppis / bakluckan / loppemarknad
  • Norway - Loppemarked / loppis
  • China - fg将(將)不要的物品放在汽车(車)行李箱中出售   (jiāng bù yào de wùpǐn fàng zài xínglixiāng zhōng chūshòu) 




Car Boot Sales: facts & figures



Each year 1.5 billion pounds are spent at Car Boot Sales in the UK.
One million people visit Car Boot Sales every weekend during the season.
Average spend 9.61 per visit.
Most profitable boots London (83), Wales (80) per boot full


Tips for buying / selling:
Buying:
  • get up early!
  • always bargain
  • check all the boxes
  • check for damage
  • beware of electrical items unless seen working

 

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Selling
  • Take plenty of change and plastic bags
  • Use a bum-bag to keep money safe
  • take warm clothing
  • clearly display your items - make book and video titles easily seen
  • put a tablecloth / sheet on your table
  • price up the bigger items beforehand
  • take some stationery: pens, pencils & stickers
  • be honest, helpful and remain polite
  • on arrival, walk round for 10 mins, then set up your pitch, otherwise you will be overwhelmed and sell too cheaply to other traders!.
  • selling for a charity? If so consider using the GiftAid form to donate your takings - this may increase the amount by 25%
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