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In our view, the good old British car boot sale tops them all. Not only are they the place to be if you’re looking for the old furniture to upcycle but they’re the perfect place to start if you want to sell your own upcycled furniture.
The only problem is knowing which ones to visit. To help you discover your favourite, we’ve compiled a regional guide to the UK’s best car boot sales.
Let the scavenger hunt begin…
For three days every week you’ll find 2000 plus stalls at Wimbledon Stadium filled with everything from furniture to electricals. You’ll need to get in early if you want to find the gems as the crowds start to arrive from 7am.
Entry fee: £2 early-bird entry (usually the first hour of the sale), 50p thereafter.
Dubbed ‘the original Sunday afternoon car boot sale in London’. Here you’ll find high-end pre-owned pieces, plus it doesn’t start until midday so you won’t have to give up your weekend lie in.
To be among the first buyers onsite costs £5 for entry at 11.30am. Slightly cheaper option is at £3 at 12pm and 50p from 1:30pm (but if you hold off beware of the long queues).
Based in London’s Pimlico this car boot sale has been featured in Time Out, Elle and ITV’s ‘Storage Hoarders’ for it’s random but brilliant array of stalls.
Entry is £1, unless you want to get first dibs, then you can get early bird entry for £5
Open every Sunday, all year round. Public buying between 10:30am and 4:00pm (80p per adult, children free) with early passes available for £2:50 before 10:30am. Cheap as chips!
Listed in the UK’s top 100 car boot sales, the team behind the Peterborough based attraction started out their car booting skills in 1987 as “The Fleet” and they sure know what they’re doing.
Colchester’s original car boot sale. Gates open at 6am on Sundays, Bank Holiday Mondays and Thursdays. To enter as a buyer fees start at 50p
Birmingham’s Biggest & Best Car Boot & Market Organisers work across seven sites with over 50 acres each! Running evens on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays plus Bank Holidays, they’ve got your covered.
Gosforth park racecourse is the place to be to find vintage gems and sell old clutter. Sellers pitch from £12 and buyers enter from £1. Gates open at 9:30am.
Blue Sky Centre is set in 30 acres on Potland Farm in Northumberland and car boot sales are held every Saturday from 1pm until 3pm.
The fair runs from May to September and is a great seasonal market for a spot of rummaging. Every year it takes place at Tynedale Rugby Football Club (although you’ll have to keep an eye on this one for weather warnings as no one likes a flooded or water logged boot sale event).
Yorkshire’s biggest Sunday market and car boot sale. This one’s for the early birds as it starts at 6am! Entry is only 30p per adult and children go free.
With space for 2000 cars there’s no wonder this car boot is named the best in Bridlington! Open every Thursday from 24th March to October and Tuesdays, June to September.
Any we’ve missed? Tweet your top finds to @MakeItRustOleum.