As car boot season is now in full swing we thought we’d share our top tips for grabbing a bargain.
1. First up, get there early! Yes you may have to queue with other eager beavers but it’s true what they say…the early bird does catch the worm.
2. Wear comfortable shoes and bring layers of clothing for all possible weather conditions, you don’t want to cry off if your feet start to ache, it starts raining or alternatively you forgot the sun cream.
3. Take a wingman to help with the heavy lifting, trips back to the car and generally to offer an extra pair of hands and a second opinion. I always try to take Mr BV on any big buying trips so he can shuttle new purchases to and from the car so that I can carry on seeking out the vintage treasures.
4. Trust your gut. If you see something unusual and really want it then buy it….there is nothing worse than thinking about it and going back and finding it’s been snapped up by someone else, also see The One That Got Away. On the other side of the coin if your gut is telling you no, trust it and move on.
5. Set yourself a budget….if like me you can get carried away buying lots of great bargains only to find out your total spend has gone a bit crazy it’s a good idea to limit the amount of cash you take and then stick to it….no sneaky trips to the cash machine!
6. Don’t be afraid to haggle and offer less than the trader has asked for….it’s not rude and they’ll be expecting it. It helps to have loose change and different notes. I have in the past negotiated a bargain price and only had a £20 note to pay with, now that’s a bit embarrassing!
7. Know when enough is enough, we like to do 2 or 3 trips around a car boot sale, scouting out and snapping up obvious pieces of interest, a second recce for a good old rummage and then the last time is to check we’ve not missed anything and that there are no new items still appearing from the boots of cars. Then we call it quits and go home for a well earned cuppa and to admire our vintage finds!
We hope you find these tips useful and you unearth lots of vintage treasures and unique pieces to brighten up your own home.
If you have any other top tips on this topic we would love to hear from you. Please comment below.