June Bank Holiday Car Boot Summary

CAR BOOT SALES FOR THE JUNE 2012 BANK HOLIDAY

Hello Everybody,

Just a one-off bulletin ahead of the Bank Holiday – full details are available on the Car Boot page at the this link: https://collectireland.wordpress.com/car-boot-sales/

Also included are some thoughts on selling at car boots by regular contributor Ron Corry, for which I’m very grateful. Don’t forget to keep that feedback coming in – problems, star finds etc. Pictures would be most welcome too!

Happy hunting!

David

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SUMMARY OF ALL NOTIFIED CAR BOOT SALES FOR THIS WEEKEND

Saturday 2nd June, 2012

Co.Carlow

Strawhall Industrial Estate, Carlow Town

Co.Clare

Elevation Indoor Market & Car Boot Sale, Ennis

Co.Donegal

Clonmany Community Centre Car Boot Sale, Clonmany

Letterkenny Community Centre Car Boot Sale, Letterkenny

Co.Dublin

Merchants Yard Market & Car Boot Sale, Merchants Yard, East Wall Road, Dublin.3. 

Tallaght Stadium Car Boot Sale

Co.Kildare

Athy Market & Car Boot Sale, Hunting Ground Bar & Restaurant (carpark), Dublin Road, Athy

Kilcock Country Market & Car Boot Sale, The Square, Kilcock, Co.Kildare

Co.Laois

Mountrath Market/Car Boot Sale, Mountrath Enterprise Park, Portlaoise Road, Co Laois

Co.Longford

Longford Car Boot Sale, Mastertech Business Park, Athlone Road, Longford

Co.Roscommon

Ballinlough Saturday Market, Srah, Ballinlough, Co.Roscommon

Co.Wexford

Inch Saturday Market & Car Boot Sale, Inch, Co.Wexford

Co.Wicklow

Enniskerry Car Boot Sale, St.Patrick’s Church Field, Enniskerry, Co.Wicklow

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Sunday 3rd June

Co.Carlow

Carlow Car Boot Sale, Strawhall Industrial Estate, (off the Athy road), Carlow town

Co.Cavan

Cavan Town Car Boot Sale

(just outside town on the Ballinagh road near Lidl Supermarket)

Co.Clare

Elevation Indoor Market & Car Boot Sale, Elevation Business Park, Ennis, Co.Clare

Tuamgraney, Scarriff, Co.Clare – Indoor Car Boot Sale

Co.Cork

Castletownroche Car Boot Sale,  Castletownroche (on the N72 Mallow/Fermoy road)

Macroom Car Boot Sale, St.Colman’s Park (adjacent to E Business Park) in the old Paper Sacks Factory

Car Boot Sale & Market, Redbarn, Youghal, Co.Cork

Co.Donegal

Ballyshannon, Co.Donegal – Boot Sale & Flea Market

Co.Dublin

Balbriggan Car Boot Sale, Balbriggan, Co.Dublin

Merchants Yard Market & Car Boot Sale, Merchants Yard, East Wall Road, Dublin.3.

Killinarden Car Boot Sale, Killinarden Senior School, Tallaght

Co.Kerry

Tralee Car Boot Sale, Kingdom Mart, Tralee

Co.Kildare

Family Sunday Market & Car Boot Sale, Naas Racecourse, Naas, Co. Kildare

Newbridge Town Football Club Car Boot Sale, Newbridge Town Football Club, Station Road, Newbridge

Co.Kilkenny

Kilkenny Car Boot & Sunday Market, Castleinch, (N76) Callan Road, Kilkenny

Co.Leitrim

Carrick-on-Shannon Car Boot Sale, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co.Leitrim

Co.Limerick

Barrington’s Car Park Boot Sale, Limerick City – Indoor Car Boot Sale at the Multi Storey Car Park located opposite the Absolute Hotel in Limerick City near Jim Kemmy’s Bridge.

Co.Louth

Marshes Shopping Centre Car Boot Sale, Marshes Avenue, Dundalk

Co.Meath

Laytown Car Boot Sale, Parochial Hall, Church Road, Laytown, Co.Meath

Co.Offaly

Clara Market & Car Boot Sale, (On the main road between Clara and Moate)

Co.Tipperary

Borrisoleigh Car Boot Sale & Market, Borrisoleigh, nr.Thurles, Co.Tipperary

Clonmel Market & Car Boot Sale, Dudley’s Mills Business Park, Coleville Road, Clonmel (nr. Minella Hotel)

Fethard Folk Museum Car Boot Sale, The Old Goods Yard, Fethard Railway Station, Fethard

Co.Wexford

Unyoke Market & Car Boot Sale, Unyoke, Co.Wexford

Co.Wicklow

Ballywaltrim Community Centre Car Boot Sale, Boghall Road, Bray, Co.Wicklow

Greystones Car Boot Sale, St.David’s School, Kimberly Road, Greystones

Laragh Car Boot Sale, Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

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Bank Holiday Monday – 4th June

Co.Cork

Blarney GAA Club Car Boot Sale, Castle Close Road, Blarney

Co.Tipperary

Fethard Folk Museum Car Boot Sale, The Old Goods Yard, Fethard Railway Station, Fethard

Co.Wexford

St. Leonards Car Boot Sale

Location: About 3 miles south west of Wellington Bridge on the R733 – about ten minutes from Passage East car ferry.

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Some Car Booting Tips from Ron Corry

1.) Most car boots start early for sellers [6:30am – 7:30am]. However, for some (Dundrum/Wesley in Dublin) you would need to be there before 6:00am.

2.) When you arrive, and start to set-up, you will be beset by a number of buyers, including other Car-Booters, who will hassle you into selling your best items at knock-down prices. Hence, you need to know what to ask for your items, AND what you are prepared to sell them for. Remember, it is a market, and haggling is all part of the fun (?) (We have seen some items we let go early appear on other Car-Booters’ stalls later, and, of course, at a higher price!)

3.) While it is not necessary to have a table to sell, it does seem to be the norm now. Try to have a helper with you, at least for your first sale. You will see many people selling on their own at Car-Boots. But it is my observation that usually they are very experienced and well able to hold their own in any negotiation/situation.

4.) Don’t put all your best stuff out at once. Have a “Draw” item that gets people to come to have a serious look at it. They may not buy it, but they will take a closer look at the rest of your stall. When it’s sold, put out another “Goodie”. You will sell more if people congregate around your stall, but don’t get into a long conversation with one customer.

5.) Make sure to chat to the sellers beside you when you arrive.  While they will be busy with their own stuff, they will usually keep an eye on how you are doing and help out if required.

6.) Bring enough of a cash float with you, in small notes and €2s/€1s and 50cents. We don’t price anything below 50cents. It saves a whole amount of bother giving change. Remember, you will most likely have to pay for your stall (€10/€20) before you make your first sale.

7.) Be careful of someone offering a large note €50/€20 for a small purchase. Check notes with your finger-nail; there is a small rough area on every (genuine) note, which you should feel before you hand over change. Use a cash-bag on a belt around you (not sure of the correct term). Hide large notes you take in away safely and quickly.

8.) Dress warmly; bring a flask and some Sambos. It’s very easy to spend a lot of your hard-earned take on food at the Car-Boot. Resist buying from other stalls unless you spot a REAL bargain. Remember, you are there to de-clutter your own house; not to keep it in the same state.

9.) Bring a sheet of plastic to throw over your stall when (not if) it showers. If it starts to really rain, pack up early so that your stock does not get too wet.

10.) A lot of Car-Booters sit on the edge of the opened boot of their car. It’s a sore place to sit without a cushion, or you could bring a folding chair with you.

11.) Check with the organisers (or here) about on-site toilets. We went back to one Car-Boot and found that the toilets were locked due to refurbishments, and NO alternative provision had been made. Big ‘Black Mark’ there.

End.

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