Guest Blog Post – Cashing In on a Car Boot

This week I have been sent a wonderful guest post by the lovely Louise from Pauper to Princess! Louise is thrifty and fashionable, and her blog is full of swoon-worthy outfits at incredibly low prices! Go check her out for some inspiration!

Hello! Great to meet you all. I’m Louise from Pauper to Princess and although I normally blog about second hand bargain clothes, this guest post is a little different: I’m going to be letting you guys in on my Top 10 money-making secrets for selling at a car boot or yard sale. Hope you find them useful!

1. Labeling – Put price labels on as much as you can, and write it BIG! E.g. ‘All clothes £2’. They’ll catch people’s eye as they walk past, and stop people being embarrassed to ask for the price. Then reduce the prices as the day goes on.

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2. Choosing what to sell – I’d recommend booking the date in your diary about a month before, and then spend the whole month adding bits and pieces continuously to ‘the pile’. It’s much easier to be ruthless when it’s a small amount at a time, and you’ll be amazed how much you accumulate. Then, the evening before, just have one more look around the house and force yourself to put in a few more items. These will probably end up being the best things and sell first!

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3. Asking price – don’t sell yourself too cheap at the start – ask a decent amount and it’ll leave room to negotiate, and you can reduce things later. At the start stick to your prices – if an item is getting a lot of interest it will probably go for the asking price. Remember 20p’s don’t add up quickly!

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4. What to wear – you’ll certainly want clothes that are comfy, as well as warm layers. Don’t forget your SPF – it might feel cold at 6am but by lunchtime you could be burning!

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5. Getting rid of the remainder – at the end of the day slash your prices… but remember that a charity shop will be able to get decent money for your items so don’t slash too far – simply consider it your generous donation. A lot of charity shops are closed on Sundays, so please do wait until Monday to take it in. It’s common to leave it on the doorstep but it’s such a frustrating welcome for the shop manager if they arrive to work on Monday and can’t get to the door because it’s blocked by rain soaked clothes. Also, be realistic about what they can sell, and take some things to the tip yourself – ‘Donate Don’t Dump’.

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6. Extras you might need – pack a float of change, carrier bags, paper for writing prices on, selotape and marker pens.

7. Take snacks and music – if there’s music coming from your car/stall it’ll attract people over and make it less awkward when they’re browsing. And of course you’ll need snacks to keep you sane!

8. Don’t panic after the first wave if you’re not selling – the first wave of people are collectors and resellers so will be looking for very different things to the second people who want mostly baby clothes, ladies accessories, cosmetics etc. If you’ve still got lots left after the first hour, don’t reduce your prices just yet… wait for the ‘normal’ people to arrive at a civilized time of morning!

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9. When you’re packing – remember to put your tables on the top of the pile so you can get them out first and start setting up straight away.

10. Try not to buy anything! It’s very easy to spend away most of what you earn, so try and be restrained and stick with your stall instead of browsing…. or at least set yourself a limit of £5.

And of course – bring a friend! I went with my Mum and we actually had a hilarious morning together – time well spent.
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So hopefully you’ve found these tips helpful… If you’re interested in fashion, beauty, and all things bargain then check out my blog Pauper to Princess and comment below with your tips and ideas!


  1. I can’t remember the last time I actually went to a carboot sale! And I don’t think I’ve ever sold anything at one either! I tend to give what I can away to friends and family and then just donate it for a quick clear out, I’ve never thought about making anything from my un-wanted clothes etc! Your tips make it sound so easy and fun though – I might just have to give it a go!
    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

  2. I’ve just started selling at carboots after years of buying at them (to turn a profit) how strange it is to be at the other side of the table. I have to admit I’ve not been taking the amount of money I expected, whether or not its the time of years, the things I’m trying to sell or the prices I’m not too sure. It seems that everybody wants something for nothing is £2 for a dress from H&M really too much to ask? – No wonder I got so many bargains at the other-side of the table.
    I’ve taken many notes from your post today so hopefully my next carboot will be a better one.

    1. It’s hard because people want to pay as little as possible and they can be very cheeky! Sometimes you have to stick to your guns – good luck!

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