The bright lights of Dorking were calling us last weekend. We had waited patiently for over 4 weeks for a Sunday without rain and finally it came…..it was Car Boot Sale time!
Our alarms were set for 5:30am, as we had to load the car and get to the site before it opened to the public at 7:00am. By 6:30am we were setting up and organising our little stand, making sure we had lots of the orange Sail4Cancer Frisbees dotted around. At 7am the first few customers started to arrive and we sold our first two items – a pair of trainers and a blender - within minutes of opening!
The first hour was a little quiet, so we found time for a hot drink and a sausage sandwich to keep us warm. One of us even found time for a sneaky power nap in the back of the car!
Then, as you’d expect, around 8am and 9am more and more people started to arrive. Despite being a rather small Car Boot Sale it seemed to be quite popular with a steady flow or people ambling around and taking a look at everything on offer.
Our pitch was well placed. We had a plant stall on one side of us, with a stream of regular customers and on the other a lovely elderly couple that were emptying their loft in order to down size their property. They had some great things on sale, a virtually new strimmer for £5, a huge tent for £80 and various nearly new tools. Between our 3 stalls we managed to create a good bit of interest in what we all had to offer. It is amazing what bargains you can find at a Car Boot Sale!
We had a huge range of goodies on our stand. Thank you to everyone that donated things for us to sell. We had scarfs, shirts, trousers, jigsaws, children’s games, glasses, pottery, books, cd’s and even a very nice watch which was originally worth €90. The most popular items were the cd’s, glasses and scarfs, but people had a good browse at everything really. Ben's modelling of the scarfs and handbags helped with sales - maybe?! We even sold a great little remote control car, which was bought by a 50 year old man saying it was for his son – but judging by his excitement we weren’t so sure who it was for!
Sadly, despite selling lots of CD's our sacred Deacon Blue CD was not purchased by anyone. Even though one of the band members is Steve Spearmans uncle ( our Steve ).......we are keeping it safe until someone with amazing taste in music decides to buy it and enjoy it!
We were raising money for Sail4Cancer and also our own Instructor Training Scheme, which provides FREE watersports training for disadvantaged 18 – 24 year olds. After their training, they qualify as professional RYA Sailing or Windsurfing instructors and can seek employment all over the world. A Car Boot Sale is an easy way to raise funds for any good cause, everyone has things in their loft they are happy to sell and it’s a fun day out. So why not try one for yourself? If you do, remember, Sail4Cancer and Horizon Watersports Instructor Training Scheme would be very grateful for any support you can offer!
We took £80 in just one morning and hope to take just as much at our next sale in Carshlaton on the 19th March. If you are local, please do pop in and say hi!
And after an early start and a busy morning of selling – we topped the day off with a big Sunday lunch.
Thank you to everyone that supported our Car Boot Sale and helped us raise another £80 for 2 great causes!