Car shoe sales are a great way to earn extra cash or grab a bargain.

With inflation hitting 6.2% and households facing the biggest drop in living standards on record, we all need to be more resourceful when it comes to finances.


Two experts – pictured here Kate McCabe – share their tips on selling car boots to help you save moneyCredit: Kate McCabe

So Holly Mead asked two experts to share their car starting tips to help you save money.

Follow their advice to help ease the pressure.

5 tips for sellers

ARRIVE EARLY: Charge the car the night before so you won’t be tempted to jump out when the alarm goes off.

You can leave earlier if you are ready to leave, which means you can win the best location on the site.

You can leave earlier if you are ready to leave, which means you can win the best location on the site.


You can leave earlier if you are ready to leave, which means you can win the best location on the site.Credit: Getty
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Kate McCabe, a 42-year-old car trunk sales veteran, says: “Take spare change, bags, blankets, a table to display your items, and bubble wrap or newspaper if you’re selling. something breakable.”

The full-time mother-of-one from Norfolk can earn up to £250 from a single sale.

SEPARATE TREASURY WASTE: Before the sale, check if you can earn more on eBay and Facebook Marketplace.

Buyers are often looking for brand names to sell on, but you may be able to make even more money by selling them online.

Don’t waste time putting price tags on each item.

Kate says: “You can save time by grouping similarly priced products together with a sign saying ‘Everything for £1’, for example. »

Don’t reject an article just because you don’t like it.

Kate says: “You’ll be amazed at what sells, even if you think it’s rubbish. Just take it.”

MAKE IT CHEAP AND JOYFUL: Your stand’s appearance could make people more likely to browse. . . but that does not necessarily mean being skillful and professional.

Kate feels that looking like an amateur could work to your advantage, explaining: “Buyers might think you have a cheaper stand and they can get a good deal.”

Arrange clothes on a blanket rather than hanging them from a rod, she says.

Keep a supply of bags ready for shoppers.

BE FRIENDLY: People buy people, the saying goes, so strike up a conversation with anyone browsing your stall or ask them if they’re looking for something in particular.

Kate says, “If you talk to people, they’re more compelled to buy from you.

“If you create a buzz around your stand, people will come in fear of missing out on a good deal.”

Don’t be afraid to haggle. Being flexible on pricing means you’re more likely to sell your products.

But you should have an idea of ​​the low you are ready to hit.

DON’T FORGET THE LEFTOVERS: If you can’t sell everything, you can always try again another day or at another garage sale.

If you don’t want to take your belongings home, you can donate them.

“Whatever is left, if it’s decent, take it to a charity shop,” Kate says.

Also consider alternatives such as eBay, Depop, and Vinted.

5 tips for buyers

DON’T WAIT TOO LATE: It’s not just sellers who need to get to car trunk sales early – buyers who arrive late will miss out on the best deals.

So find out what time the sale starts and go for the opening.

Sellers won't appreciate you handing them a £20 note to buy a 50p item


Sellers won’t appreciate you handing them a £20 note to buy a 50p itemCredit: Getty

Ellie Macsymons, Expert at, “You can also wait until the end of the event for another look around you.

“Sellers are whipping the items extremely low at this point just to get rid of them.”

ASK FOR A DISCOUNT: Don’t assume that the seller is offering you the best price. Many people are afraid to haggle, but that’s part of the fun.

So be polite and ask for a lower price – the worst the seller can do is say no.

One of Ellie’s best bargains was a £50 pair of Converse trainers, which she got for £2 by haggling over the price of a ten.

She says, “They were practically brand new. Just washed them and bought new laces for 50p. In stores they would have cost upwards of £50.

She suggests asking for a discount if you’re buying multiple items as well.

After all, the seller saves time by getting rid of several things at once.

Bring spare change: Sellers won’t appreciate you handing them a £20 note to buy a 50p item.

If you don’t have spare change, it will be even more difficult to haggle over items.

Ellie says, “Garden sales are a great place to spend all that loose change lying around in your car or in your pockets.

“You’ll also be doing the sellers a favor, who often receive notes for items that cost a pound.”

QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY: There is no refund policy at a garage sale – once you’ve purchased an item, it’s yours.

Ellie says, “Make sure there are no hidden defects on the item you buy. Spotting a defect before you buy could give you the opportunity to ask for a rebate.

On clothing, watch out for rips, missing buttons, and broken zippers. If you buy CDs or DVDs, check the disc for scratches.

It’s also important to be realistic – if you buy something for pennies, you might be willing to accept that it’s in less than perfect condition.

SELL ON: You may be able to resell the items you purchase for a profit. Have your phone handy and search websites such as Facebook Marketplace and eBay.

Look at the completed listings to get an idea of ​​the items sold.

Always set a budget when selling boots. Even if you only spend 50 pence at a time, it can add up quickly.

And remember, it’s only a bargain if you wanted the item anyway.