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2016
April

30th: Eynsford Village Hall (Kent today 11am!)

29th: Wigan Investment Centre (Lancs for Breastfeeding Together- 19-June) BlarneyGAA (Co Cork, Ireland - BHMondays)

26th: George Park and Ride Tavistock Rd Plymouth (Devon every Sunday) Castleblaney (Co Monaghan, Ireland on 7-May) Ferrycarrig (Co Wexford, Ireland starts Thursday) Presbyterian Church Dundalk (Co Louth, Ireland)

25th: Chester RFC (Cheshire - starts 8 May)

23rd: SRRCC car boot St Richard Reynolds Catholic College Twickenham (London, TW Postcode area, 15-May)

22nd: Crosshaven, Midleton, Farmers Cross, Carrigaline, Kilcully, Castletownroche (Co Cork, Ireland)

20th: Clapham Car Boot Sale (London SW12 every Saturday & Sunday)

19th: Dan's Meadow Sunday Late Riser Car boot Woodbridge (Suffolk cancelled 24-Apr due to very wet field)

18th: Dunstable Downs Radio Club (Beds-22-May)

17th: Caston Village CBs & garage sales (Norfolk, 14-May)

16th Radcliffe on Trent CC cancelled tomorrow. Car boot finder bugs corrected. Branksome Heath Junior School Poole (Dorset on 1 May)

15th: several car boot cancellations due to wet fields this week end including Hayle (Cornwall) Ilkley GS (Yorkshire). Please contact organisers if in doubt.

14th: Greystones (St Davids Sec School, Co Wicklow, Ireland from 17-April) Hereford Lions Club (Hereford & Worcs area- restarts 30-April) Bristol Rovers Football Stadium (Somerset from 1 May) Cardiff Football stadium (Glamorgan starts 8-May)

13th: W Yorks Fire Service (Birkenshaw, Yorks from 17-April) Brandon (Warks, not running this year)

12th: Marley's Dog Rescue Summer 6 Car Boot Sales Corfe Hills School Broadstone (Dorset from 23-July) Botanic Hockey Club Car Boot Glasnevin (Co Dublin, Ireland 17-April)

11th: Croyden Postal Sports & Social Club Car Boot Warlingham (Surrey from 24-April) Stoneleigh Park Car Boot (Warks next 15-May) Parkstone Grammar Poole (Dorset 8-May) Charlles Burrell Centre Thetford (Norfolk 30-April) Auto Jumble and Car Boot Ardattin Tullow (Co Carlow, Ireland 24-April) RCNE CB McEvoys CP Dundalk (Co Louth, Ireland 17-April) Hemsworth Academy (West Yorks 46 on 17-April)

8th: Keightley (W Yorkshire, last Sundays) Hayle RFC (Cornwall from 17-Apr) Sunderland & Hartlepool (Northumberland area, Willow Fields School & Heugh Battery Museum)

6th: St Marys Primary School, Greenfield, Oldham (Lancashire, 17-April) Goldthorpe Market Rotherham (S Yorks, Sundays)

5th: Hawkedon Primary School (Berkshire, 24-April) Deeping Shopping Centr (Lincs, 15-May)

2nd: Birchwood sports cente, (Hatfield, Herts starts tomorrow) Belgooly (Co Cork, Ireland, tomorrow)

March
27th New Addington Carnival Bootsale (Surrey, June 11+12) East Runton (Cromer, Norfolk on Tuesdays) Leamington (CJ's, Warwickshire) Ballinode lunchclub (Co Monaghan, Ireland) Chale (IoW cancelled due to storm Katie)

13th: Harby & N Scarle (Notts) Farnham (Surrey) Edgeley (Cheshire) Ballysimon (Co Limerick, Ireland)

9th Moylough (Co Galway, Ireland)

5th: Winterbourne Comm Centre (Somerset on 20 March)

4th Thetford (Norfolk)

3rd Eagle Village Yard Sale (Lincolnshire)

1st: Clonmany (Co Donegal, Ireland restarts 5 March)



Man returns £450 bowl stolen from gallery after he bought it at car boot sale for a tenner

The stranger walked into Katie Coston's gallery in Jericho, Oxford, with the 15-inch wide, 1ft tall ornate hand-made bowl in a bag
A shop boss was bowled over when a treasure stolen two years ago was handed back by a man who paid a tenner for it at a car boot sale.
The stranger walked into Katie Coston's gallery in Jericho, Oxford, with the 15-inch wide, 1ft tall ornate hand-made bowl - worth about £450 - in a bag.
"The guy was really nice and he didn't even want to take the £10 he paid for it - but I insisted," she said today.
"It was a complete shock and a total surprise. When we were burgled two years ago we never thought we would see any of it again."
Thousands of pounds worth of ceramic works of art and jewellery were stolen just days after Illyria Pottery opened in 2013.
"I thought we had lost everything," recalled Katie, who had made all the stolen items herself.
"So I was pretty shocked when this man walked in a few days ago with a bag.
"He said he had bought the bowl for his wife for their anniversary at a car boot sale for just £10.
"But after seeing my signature and the 'Ox' stamp on the base, he began doing some research and quickly realised it was worth a lot more than what he had paid."
The stranger told Katie he had looked at her website and also saw an online local newspaper report about the 2013 break-in and twigged he was holding on to stolen property.
Katie, 31, said: "I was so glad to see it again. I couldn't believe it.
"The police did come and take fingerprints at the time of burglary but nothing was found in the end.
"I was devastated when the shop got broken into. We had just held a grand opening event on the Friday and Saturday, and by the Tuesday morning it had been stripped bare.
"But we are glad we have one item back, which is personal to us and is now right at the front of the shop because I love telling the story about how it was returned."
Now an appeal has gone out to find the mystery man who returned the beautiful bowl.


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The UK has 'Car Boot Sales', what do others have?: 
  • France - Brocante / vide-grenier (empty your attic) / Troc et Puces (exchanges)
  • Australia - Swap Meet
  • USA - Garage Sale
  • Wales - Arwerthiant / Sl Cist Ceir
  • Ibiza - rastrillo
  • Greece - Flohmarkt / Παζάρι
  • Netherlands - kofferbakmarkt(trunk barge = barge-boot)
  • Italy - 'sofitte in piazza'(= cash in the attic) also 'mercato delle pulci' = flea market; 'mercato dell'usato' = car boot
  • Finland - kirpputori
  • Denmark - Loppemarked/kraemmermarked
  • Sweden - bakluckeloppis / bakluckan / loppemarknad
  • Norway - Loppemarked / loppis
  • China - fg将(將)不要的物品放在汽车(車)行李箱中出售   (jiāng bù yào de wùpǐn fàng zài xínglixiāng zhōng chūshòu) 




Car Boot Sales: facts & figures



Each year 1.5 billion pounds are spent at Car Boot Sales in the UK.
One million people visit Car Boot Sales every weekend during the season.
Average spend 9.61 per visit.
Most profitable boots London (83), Wales (80) per boot full


Tips for buying / selling:
Buying:
  • get up early!
  • always bargain
  • check all the boxes
  • check for damage
  • beware of electrical items unless seen working

 

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Selling
  • Take plenty of change and plastic bags
  • Use a bum-bag to keep money safe
  • take warm clothing
  • clearly display your items - make book and video titles easily seen
  • put a tablecloth / sheet on your table
  • price up the bigger items beforehand
  • take some stationery: pens, pencils & stickers
  • be honest, helpful and remain polite
  • on arrival, walk round for 10 mins, then set up your pitch, otherwise you will be overwhelmed.
  • selling for a charity? If so consider using the GiftAid form to donate your takings - this may increase the amount by 25%
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