Well after our lovely few sunny days it looks like autumn is really here, and that means that in most places the carboot season is coming to an end.
So if you have a loft full of tat (oops I mean valuable collectables), now is the time to do a carboot before it gets too cold and wet.
Here are my top carbooting tips;
1) Get there early to get a good pitch, I like to get one quite near to the entrance if I can. Especially if it is a carboot with the entrance being the same as the exit point.
2) Look happy. Yes I know it’s silly O’clock in the morning but buyers will spend more time looking at your stall if you are smiley and chatty.
3) When you pitch up, get your table up but leave all your goods locked in the boot. Get back in the car and have a nice cup of tea (always take a thermos flask). Professional carbooters and dealers swarm over those who set up their stalls early and have even been known to jump into the boots of cars to rummage. They will offer silly prices and then sell the goods later on for a lot more on their own stalls. It is also hard to keep an eye on your goods if this happens and things are likely to go walkabout. So just take your time.
4) If you can get someone else to help you on the stall. This helps to stop people stealing and also allows you breaks to go to the loo.
5) Take some food with you. I know you won’t feel hungry at daft o’clock but by lunchtime you will be and you don’t want those profits thrown away on expensive takeaway food.
If you have top carboot tips please feel free to add them here.