A little bit of time out, poking fun at the more common items you see around the boot sale such as the blue foot spa and the turquoise ab roller! But there are also some useful links for car boot stock among these pages.
Who would have thought there were so many news items about car boot sales. Well we have found quite a few. If you want to keep up to date on the latest Car Boot news from around the UK, subscribe to the feeds on our News page. You will also be notified each time a new boot sale is listed in our directory. Or just pop in from time to time and read the latest news.
You are looking at it! Through these pages we will bring you useful information about the site and the car booting world. Members of the CarBootJunction team will also be visiting car boot sales around the country and posting impartial reviews for your enjoyment. Watch out for them around the car boots, they'll be wearing their jackets and happy to offload some promotional merchandise if asked.
We have upgraded the forum to the latest release of the software and added a number of our own security patches to reduce spam and encourage participation in this growing community. If you haven't joined yet, go there now and register. It's free and has loads of helpful people sharing news, advice and information about car boot sales across the country.
You can still search for a car boot sale in your local county or town, as before, as well as getting a complete list of car boot sales throughout the UK. However, you can now also search using Google Maps. Simply enter a partial address for a list of the nearest boot sales. You can even get directions! Also, watch out for our quick search boxes around the site for quicker searching against town, county or partial postcode e.g. BH21
Operators who choose to login and update car boot information also have the option to upgrade their listing to a premium listing. Premium listings feature even more information including an extended gallery, social media links and an announcement panel, useful for notifying buyers if a boot sale is rained off.
As part of the increased information and with a view to both increasing the quality of information we hold and the standard of car boot sales for everyone, we have introduced an approval badge which will be shown against all boot sales who meet the criteria. There are 10 qualification points which include items like the provision of disabled parking and the existence of an counterfeiting policy. Click here to read more about it.
First of all the directory itself has some great new features. We have long been the car boot directory that tells you more than any other about boot sales, and despite one or two of our competitors directly pinching our ideas and data (no it didn't go unnoticed but we take it as a compliment), we will continue by adding even more information. You can now find out about disabled toilets and parking for example, as well as the average number of sellers to give you an idea of the size of the boot sale.
One of the regular complaints we receive is from disgruntled buyers who have travelled to a boot sale only to find it's no longer operating. We do encourage buyers to ring the operator first to make sure the bootsale is running, but we appreciate that this isn't always convenient. So our challenge has always been trying to encourage operators to update their information more regularly. Well we hope to have made significant steps toward this.
Operators may now login and update their own information rather than having to do it through us. This is a free service and they can update their site information as often as they like. Furthermore, we have added a field named "last modified" to provide an indicator as to how often the site information is updated. If it has been a few weeks we still recommend calling ahead, but we hope this will reduce the amount of wasted journeys.
We are also emailing all operators as part of the launch asking them to update their information. Operators who do not do so within a month of the launch date risk their details being removed from the site. So, if you are an operator and you want to be able to edit your data what do you need to do?
1) Register as a member on the site.
2) Send an email to email@example.com with a list of the boot sales you operate and your username. We will then assign the boot sales to your account. We may contact you to make sure you are the operator of the boot sales requested.
3) Then just login, and click on My CarBootJunction (top left), click on "I Operate At" and then click "Edit" next to the car boot sale you wish to change.
4) Any changes you make will be effective immediately.
Over the next few days we will also be working through the 2000+ boot sales listed in the site to edit and delete and out of date or duplicated data.
We seem to have been planning and talking about it for years and at various times we have attempted to embark on the task of developing the next generation in car boot sale directories. But for one reason or another, mostly revolving around time and money the project got postponed time and time again.
But not this time!
We are delighted with the new site, as we hope you, our loyal car booting community will be.
Aside from a new great looking design and identity we have added some exciting new areas to the site which we plan on building on as part of an ongoing plan of development.
In the meantime as part of our launch we plan on telling you about a new feature already in place every day for the next 12 days, so come back tomorrow to find out more.
CarBootJunction are committed to helping the car boot community get the most from the car boot experience and will be writing regular posts with that in mind, please check this section of the blog soon.
One of the largest, longest running and best known car boot sales in Dorset, Ashley Heath is an excellent all round boot sale. It's well organised and well attended by both buyers and sellers often extending into a second overflow field. Disabled parking is available and there is a permanent toilet block in place on the far side of the first seller field. There is plenty of parking and the parking attendants make sure that buyers are parked with appropriate space with noone being blocked in. Parking is only 50p too, so on behalf of the local residents, don't be a cheapskate, pay your 50p and park in the field provided. Don't park on the verge outside or at the local shops, blocking up the roads and access for the locals!
Dogs are allowed onto the site with the usual caveats of cleaning up after them and keeping them on a lead. They also have a main office which is attended throughout the day next to the seller entrance. Lost property, lost kids and the occasional stray pup usually turn up here.
Ashley Heath always has a pleasant atmosphere and is attended by many regular traders (both buyers and sellers) and this is particularly noticable first thing. The downside of that is that it does attract a lot of dealers so you have to get up early if you are to have any hope of catching a bargain on the bric-a-brac and collectibles circuit. Despite this being one of the largest boots, I must confess I struggle to find much to turn for a profit here, but there is still plenty to buy and many savings to be had if you are looking for stuff for your own personal use.
It would always be one of my first choices to sell at too, simply due to the volume of people, both local and tourists that they get coming through the gates week after week.
My last visit was the Sunday of the bank holiday weekend, which as always was very busy. Bank Holiday Mondays tend to be a bit quieter than the Sundays, and largely feature the leftovers of what wasn't sold on the Sunday, but it's still worth turning up to for a punt round as they attract a few new faces.