As an avid car boot attender i thought i would share my top tips for snagging yourself some top bargains....
- I feel like this is an obvious one yet is probably the most important. I think it is also the main reason that people dislike boot fairs, even i sometimes struggle with the idea of rummaging through peoples rubbish at crazy early o clock in the morning. But trussss me the best buys your gunna find are hiddens in the depths of that beaten up cardboard box of crap on the floor!
Some branded bits ive picked up recently, t-shirt, glasses and cap 50p, red jacket £5 (more than i would usually pay but thought it was worth it)
T-shirt 50p, sunnies 50p.
- There will be days where you go home with a car full of the best things in the world and other days you will come away empty handed and terribly sad. All i would stress is do not get disheartened if you dont find amazing things every time because that one fabulous gem can make up for it all.
Hanging mirror£3 & old oil lamp £3
3: GO TO LOTS OF BOOT SALES
- Essentially the more you go to the more possibilities of finding treasures. Have a little taster of each of the boot sales around you and you will find your favourites. You can never assume what each boot fair will be like but in general I like a good sized one with lots of stalls to choose from with minimal weekly sellers (people selling sponges, bin bags, cleaning stuff ect who seem to do it to make a living). I go to at least 2 on a Sunday and hoping to find a Saturday one.
Lots of cute tins
More colourful pieces ive picked up over the years, crochet, fluff and tassels.
4: SEE THE POTENTIAL
- Vision how clothes could be styled, how that shelf would look with a lick of paint or how those shoes would look with different laces. Its so easy to dismiss things because there not in the right environment, just see the potential in things!! Everything can be beautiful if you treat it well.
Metal clipboard 50p, jazzed up with some of my artwork.
Box shelves £1 given a lick of paint to make more interesting.
5: ALWAYS ASK IF THEY WILL LOWER THEIR PRICE
- No harm in asking and 50/50 they will say yes so worth it every time, that 50p your saving on this top could buy your next top. Have to be savvy with these things you knoww.
Fish eye mirror, absolutly battered but i love it £4
6: BE NICE
- Having a little chit chat and a smile with the seller never harms! The more they like you the more likely they are to sell to you for less, haha that sounds awful but obviously its nice to chat to people your not buying from too and if your in a nice mood your shopping experience will be a nice one too.
- An example i was chatting to an old lady about her buttons and fabrics and told her i was a fashion student which she loved! She gave me a good deal as she knew the fabrics would be going to a good home! win win.
Some of my fave jewls picked up all between 50p & £1
Corkboard 50p and frames 50p
7: BE OPEN MINDED
- I mainly focus on clothes when walking around as clothes are my thangg. But always be open minded about what you might find, you can have all the intentions in the world of what you are going to buy and leave with the absolute opposite. Home wear, accessories, kitchen stuff ?! The possibility's are endless and thats the charm of a boot sale. Gotta love some random crap ey?
Random homewear bits
8: TAKE A GRANNY TROLLEY
- Allow carrying all your stuff in your hands you need them to rummage!! Get a granny trolley and embrace it. I have this basket style one and gets far more compliments than i ever do so i know im onto a winner. If you haven't got one im sure you will find one at a boot sale.
Rocking the granny trolley and coat £4
9: GO TO THE REAL SELLERS
- I mentioned earlier about the weekly annoying poundland type of sellers just there to make profits. What you need is the normal people selling just to get rid of their 'junk', they will give you the best deals. I would recommend starting from the middle or end of the stalls away from the weekly sellers.
10: TAKE SNACKS
- One for the fatties like me who need a little pick me up, getting up super early and walking round a field for hours, lets not lie, we alllll gunna need a snack. Bringing snacks also means you can avoid those dirt greasy buger vans. Also gives you a break so you can gather your thoughts and think if there are stalls you want to revisit ect.