* Please note this is strictly a car boot and no commercial vans allowed with the exception of Caddy/Berlingo type vehicles.
* Set up for car boot traders at:
Tallaght Stadium (Saturdays) 6am – 9am – No cars will be accepted after this time.
Trinity Comprehensive (Sundays) 7am – 9am – No cars will be accepted after this time.
* A charge of €20 per car applies, payable on entry.
* You must bring your own tables and cover if raining.
* For insurances purposes, trader’s cars may not leave the car park until the event ends.
* Please ensure that any waste generated by your activities is taken away at the end of the day and disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
Top Tips For A Successful Car Boot Sale
1. Think about what will actually sell – before you start piling everything and anything into your car, consider whether anyone will really want to buy your old junk. It’s true that people will buy some unbelievable stuff, but they’re unlikely to pay much for it, so you’ll be better off finding your bigger, better items first.
2. Be realistic about pricing but don’t give it away – buyers haven’t been prepared to part with much for anything, so decide beforehand what you’re going to charge for each item but be realistic about what you’ll get for it. That old video recorder may have given you hours of viewing pleasure, but to another punter it’s not going to be worth more than ten or twenty Euro. But if you’re being haggled down to a price you’re not comfortable with, if it’s early enough in the day it might be worth holding out for someone who’s willing to pay a little more. Later in the day, it’s worth weighing up whether you should take a low offer or have to take the item back home and bring back to sell another time. Sometimes it’s better to get rid of the item and concentrate your efforts on more saleable items the next time round. If go regularly and find yourself taking the same things back home each time, it might be time to dump them and look for other stuff to sell.
3. Be prepared – decide on your prices before you leave, as there are often buyers milling around before you’ve even got out of your car, which can leave you a little off guard. Get some small price stickers to put on your items if it helps.
4. Think about how you are going to display your items – Organize similar items together to help “cross-sell”, and make use of the space you have, by using tables or groundsheets. Remember that wallpaper pasting table you’ve got stored in the garage? It might not see much decorating action, but it’s invaluable for car booting. Also, think about how you can catch people’s attention – obviously, this doesn’t mean by shouting or flashing naughty parts of your body, but by the way you layout your items or even the types of item you have to sell.
5. Watch your expensive items – car boot sales can be magnets for people who enjoy getting a “five finger discount”, so keep an eye on your more expensive items to ensure they don’t walk.
6. Get there early – in general it pays to get to the sale early, as you’ll end up in one of the best pitches – you want to have as many people walking past as possible.
7. Take some change – have a few coins and notes with you coins handy, as well as some change in slightly larger sizes.