Being a follower of the trend in the 80s, and with vacant land that drained really well, the Amazing Ardleigh Car Boot sale opened its gates to buyers and sellers 27 years ago and is still going strong. Sellers number in the hundreds with buyers in the thousands.
Particularly busy on Bank Holiday weekends, and when the sun is shining, there have been occasions when the field has been nearly full of sellers.
Having been open for so many years the Ardleigh Car Boot Sale is on good terms with the local authorities and even appear on their recycling page, although trouble was on the horizon when they advertised their website with daffodils (for which they made the national dailies!).
Over the years car boot sales have grown and become more popular; people love a bargain and the most unusual item that they have seen was a complete divers suit including helmet, lead filled boots and an hand operated pump.
The family run site, with its own dedicated team, have heard visitors to say that there is a fun, family atmosphere to the sale, helped by the great bargains that can be found. Also, because of the good drainage of the field they are always there - they are not put off by a bit of rain!
Advertising is through word of mouth, local newspapers, occasionally TV programmes and through their own website, and of course CarBootJunction. Further information can be found at HERE