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21 August: Plympton (Devon) Oakham (Leicestershire)

17 August: Ballymena (Co Antrim, Northern Ireland)

16 August: Worcester (Herford & Worcester)

15 August: Cookstown (Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland) Chirk (Clwyd) Truro (Cornwall)

13 August: Bolton (Greater Manchester) Leyland (Lancashire)

11 August: Cheadle (Cheshire) Bray (Co Wicklow, Ireland)

10 August: Wattisfield, Hunstanton (Norfolk + several deleted)

9 August: Downpatrick (Co Down, Northeren Ireland) Reading (Berkshire)

7 August: Southam (Gloucestershire) Thurso (Caithness, Highlands, Scotland)

6 August: Highclere (Berkshire) Selby (Yorks) Gloucester Wareham (Dorset) Oldham (Greater Manchester)

30 July: Isle of Wight - many updated Wakefield (West Yorkshire)

28 July: Leicester

28 July: Holmfirth (West Yorkshire) Sheffield (South Yorkshire) Waterlooville, Andover, Southampton, Portsmouth (Hampshire)

27 July: Wigan (Greater Manchester) Hampshire - numerous, Blandford, Bournemouth, Wareham, Wimbourne and many others

26 July: Walbottle (Newcastle, Northumberland) Yeovil (Somerset) Deeping St James (Cambridgeshire)

25 July: Sheffield (Yorkshire)

24 June: Laytown (Co Louth, Ireland)

7 June: Lisburn (Co Antrim, Northern Ireland)

6 June: car boots added / updated in Penzance (Cornwall) Great Barr, Sutton Coldfield (West Midlands) Walkden (Greater Manchester) Purfleet (Essex) Reading (Berkshire)

5 June: car boots added / updated in Cramlington (Northumberland) Nutwell, Lympstone (Devon) Needham Market (Suffolk) Newbury, Tadley, Ascot, Reading (Berkshire) Penzance (Cornwall) Great Barr, Sutton Coldfield (West Midlands) Walkden (Greater Manchester)

1 June: car boots added / updated in Nicholas Hawksmoor Primary School Towcester (Northamptonshire)

31 May: car boots added / updated in Towcester (Northants) Suton (Norfolk) Brandon, Warwick (Warwickshire) Sutton Coldfield, Sutton Park (West Midlands) Bourne (Lincolnshire)

29 May: Sixfields Stadium - Northampton, Reading (Berkshire) Belfast (Northern Ireland) Corley (Warwickshire)

25 May: Dunseverick, Antrim (Co Antrim, Northern Ireland) The Fairmile Pub, Cobham (Surrey) Hook Norton (Oxfordshire) Currie (Edinburgh, Scotland) Kingshurst Labour Club - Chelmsley Wood, Solihull Moors FC - Solihull (West Midlands)

23 May: Southfield School Chiswick (London W4) added

22 May: bank holiday Monday car boots at Arminghall, Rackheath, Stalham, North Walsham /Melbourne House, Great Yarmouth (Norfolk), Liverpool (Merseyside). Also car boot in Hamble (Hampshire) updated.

20 May: Erdington, Great Barr (West Midlands)

18 May: car boots added / updated in Lisburn (Co Antrim, Northern Ireland) Newtonards (Co Down, Northern Ireland) Newport (Gwent)

17 May: Churchstoke (Powys) Hook Norton (Oxfordshire) Wisbech (Cambridgeshire) Bridgnorth (Shropshire) Southbourne (Dorset) Northampton, Wellingborough, Irthlingborough, Kettering, Flore (Northamptonshire) Dartford (Kent) Wallasey, Bebbington(Merseyside) Whitby (North Yorkshire)

16 May: Fordingbridge, Lymington, Boldre (Hampshire) New Milton, Christchurch, Parley, Bournemouth, Ashley Heath, Poole, Ringwood (Dorset)

9 May: car boots added / updated in Blandford (Dorset) Llantrisant (Glamorgan) Glascoed, Newport (Gwent) Furnace End (Warwickshire) Kings Lynn (Norfolk) Lanesboro (Co Longford, Ireland)

8 May: car boots added / updated in Livorno (Italy) many in Birmingham (West Midlands)

7 May: car boots added / updated Saffron Walden (Essex) Coleshill, Coventry (Warwickshire) Peterborough (Cambridge)

6 May: car boots added in Derry / Londonderry (Northern Ireland) Portadown (Co Armagh, Northern Ireland)

5 May: car boots updated in Tallaght (Dublin, Ireland) Kemsing (Sevenoaks, Kent) Carrigtwohill (Co Cork, Ireland) several in Devon and added in Galway (Ireland) Middlewich (Cheshire) Huntingdon (Cambridgeshire)

4 May: car boot updated in Bray (Co Wicklow, Ireland) added in Wisbech (Cambridgeshire) Swindon (Wiltshire) Barnstaple (Devon) Brandon (Warwickshire) Carlow (Co Carlow, Ireland)

3 May: car boot updated for Mona (Anglesey) Gorey (Co Wexford Ireland) Maidenhead (Berkshire) Yard sale @ Balsham (Cambridgeshire) updated. Table-top sales in North Shields (see Northumberland) updated. Car boots in Winsford (Cheshire) Bearsden (Glasgow, Scotland) added

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2 May: car boots added at Lebberston (North Yorkshire) Harvington (Worcester / Hereford & Worcester) Billingham (Cleveland - see Durham)

1 May: Streetly, Sutton Coldfield (West Midlands) Huntington (Staffordshire) Shardlow (Derbyshire) Long Itchington (Warwickshire)

30 April: updating Cornwall page. Don't forget to check organisers' websites for latest.

29 April: map references to car boots in Ireland updated. Over 140 mapped locations.

28 April: car boots added in Bulkington (Warwickshire) Hillsborough, Loxley (South Yorkshire) Belfast (Co Antrim - N Ireland) Ventnor (Isle of Wight) Hanworth (London - TW postcode) Arbroath (Angus & Dundee - Scotland) Blarney (Co Cork - Ireland) Naas (Co Kildare, Ireland) Raheny (Dublin, Ireland) Carlow (Co Carlow, Ireland)

27 April: car boot added in Limerick (Ireland) Westport (Co Mayo - Ireland) Sevenoaks (Kent)

25 April: car boots added in Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) Downpatrick (Co Down - Northern Ireland)

24 April: car boots updated in Bradley Stoke, Whitchurch (Somerset) added in Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) Downpatrick (Co Down - Northern Ireland)

23 April: car boots updated in Measham (Leicestershire) Brandon (Warwickshire) Suton (Norfolk) Stanton (Derbyshire)

DO NOT buy items from people who approach you inside or outside the car boot. People are being shown a good quality laptop + case for a very cheap price... as they hand over cash they are discretely swapped for one containing either a non-working one or just stuffed with books...

21 April: car boots added in Seal (Kent) and updated in Craigavon (Co Armagh - N Ireland)
19 April: car boots added in: Crumlin (Co Antrim - N ireland) Craigavon (Co Armagh - N Ireland) Maidstone (Kent) Southwell (Nottinghamshire) Lidlington (Bedfordshire) Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk)

18 April: car boots added in Reading (Berkshire)

17 April: Weather link on each page fixed....I hope!

16 April: Carboots added in Coalville, Stoney Stanton (Leicestershire) Stratford, Long Itchington (Warwickshire) Virginia (Cavan - Ireland) Rousdon (Devon)

15 April: Rushden (Northamptonshire) Kings Lynn (Norfolk) Bromborough (Cheshire) Stoneleigh (Warwickshire)

14 April: new interactive map used. Car boots added in: Bridgwater (Somerset) Wheatley Hill (Durham) Potterspury (Northamptonshire) Bushey (Herts) Thamesmead (London SE28) West Malling, Sidcup , Farningham (Kent) Middleton (Greater Manchester), Deeping St James (Cambridgeshire)

13 April: Anmer (Norfolk) Wallasey (Merseyside) Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk) Warrington (Cheshire) Bolton (Lancashire)

12 April: Eynsford (Kent)

11 April: Solihul (West Midlands), Brandon (Warwickshire) Newcastle (Northumberland)

10 April : Suton (Norfolk)

9 April: Dunstable (Bedfordshire)

6 April: Bedworth, Furnace End, Warwick (Warwickshire) Matford, Lympstone, Dawlish etc (Devon) Driuds Heath (West Midlands) St Albans (Hertfordshire) Uttoxeter (Staffs)

5 April: Blackridge (West Lothian - Scotland) Driuds Heath (West Midlands)

4 April: St Albans (Herts)

1 April: Sutton Coldfield (West Midlands) Stoneleigh (Warwickshire)

30 March: Bristol (Somerset) Spetisbury, Poole (Dorset)

27 March: Neston (Cheshire) Great Barr, Streetly (West Midlands)

24 March: Rousdon (Devon) Aylsham, Stalham (Norfolk) Wimbourne Minster (Dorset) Lakenheath (Suffolk)

20 March: Rugby (Warwickshire)

18 March: Streetly, Great Barr, Coleshill (West Midlands)

17 March: Sheffield (West Yorkshire) Hayling Island (Hampshire) Milbourne St Andrew, Warmwell (Dorset) East Runton (Norfolk)

15 March: Thrapston (Northamptonshire), Leeds (West Yorkshire)

13 March: Wimbourne Minster (Dorset), East Runton (Norfolk), North Shields (Northumberland)

10 March: Kidbrooke London SE3, Rotherhithe London SE16, Wirral (Cheshire), Astley (Worcs / Hereford & Worcs)

9 March: Crawley (Sussex), Stockton (Cleveland), Chippenham (Wiltshire), Cambridge, Balsham (Cambridgeshire)

6 March: Sheffield (South Yorkshire), Guildford (Surrey), Rhyl (Clwyd), Southampton (Hampshire), Stoneleigh (Warwickshire), Lympstone (Devon), Whitchurch (Shropshire), Billericay (Essex)

28 Feb: Upton upon Severn (Hereford & Worcs) Saltash (Cornwall) Hams Hall, Bassetts Pole (Warwickshire) Streetly, Great Barr (West Midlands)

25 Feb: Aberdeen (Grampian Scotland)

24 Feb: Rhug, Corwen, Denbighshire(Clwyd)

22Feb: Twycross (Warwickshire)

19 Feb: Churchstoke (Powys)

17 February: Sidmouth (Devon) Northwich, Winsford (Cheshire) Whitchurch (Shropshire)

12 February: Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) Hamble (Hampshire) Erdington/Birmingham (West Midlands)

3 February: Carrick on Shannon (Leitrim, Ireland)

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Council set to overhaul car boot sale policy

from the Yorkshire Post 20 December 2010

PRIVATE organisations may soon be permitted to hold large-scale car boot sales in Sheffield, if a change in policy is agreed that could generate an extra £25,000 a year in licensing fees for the city council.
At present, Sheffield Council's policy means that only the authority itself is licensed to put on the events, but car boot sales have not been held in the city since the previous site at Blonk Street was sold in May 2008.

However, officials from the city council have drawn up plans which would see an overhaul of the policy on licensing such events.

The changes would mean that small local fairs would no longer have to apply for a licence and private organisations could hold car boot sales, in the hope that more events would take place as a result and bring in additional revenue for the council. Read more....

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    At the moment only 14 car boot sales a year can be held on any field in Green Belt land. The organisers of "Warrington's Favourite Car Boot" are petitioning to allow them for 28 days. They state "We go on about recycling, please tell me what is more efficient than recycling your unwanted items than burying that in land fill sites. A good day out for people and if run properly, a safe and clean way of raising extra cash and emptying your garage."
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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
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 / SÍl Cist Ceir
  • Ibiza - rastrillo
  • Netherlands - kofferbakmarkt(trunk barge = barge-boot)
  • Italy - 'sofitte in piazza'(= cash in the attic) also 'mercato delle pulci' = flea market; 'mercato dell'usato' = car boot
  • Finland - kirpputori
  • Germany - Flohmarkt

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  • check all the boxes
  • check for damage
  • beware of electrical items unless seen working

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  • 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.
  • selling for a charity? If so consider using the GiftAid form to donate your takings - this may increase the amount by 28%

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Parking - several organisers have been warned by the police that their car boot may be in jeopardy if customers park on the verges outside or the drivers may be ticketted for obstruction. So, please park inside the grounds.

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