Showing posts with label thrifting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label thrifting. Show all posts

Another Sunday Selling and 26 Boot Sale Tips

On a gloomey Sunday what treatend to rain (Infact it had been threatening to rain since Friday) I picked up my friend Maeve with a car full of clothes shoes, bages, makeup and jewellry and headed down to Pimilo school for another day of selling.

There we met up with Flora and Tanisha, unpacked the cars and I managed to bag a great pitch. 
We quickly set up and were ready as the bargin hunters came running in.

I always have fun at the bootsale as there Is always intresting people to talk to give or take the odd aggressive hagler (You wont intimadate me mate!)

It wasn’t the busist of Sundays, nto sure if it was down to the weather or that it was the weekend before payday. I didn’t do to badly but some of the other sellers didn’t look too impressed.

However when I looked around some of the stalls I wasn’t too impressed either. 
It did lead me to wonder if  sellers are coming to bootsales with realitic epectations…

Here are some tips for selling at a boot sale

1. Be relistic with your prices

2. If an item is unusual or hard to find than I understand asking a higher price but anything from Primark shouldn’t really be more than a pound sorry!

3. If you are really reluctant to lower the price of an item I recommend you consider an online auction site such as Ebay 

4. I like to see items sorted by price and presented nicely, price groups of 50p, £1, £2 and £5 are always good and items that are more expensive should be put on a rail 

5. I hate when people bring items that are damaged, faded, bobbly and  basicly in a condion that they wouldn’t wear it now a pair ripped of jeans or t’shirt could be very edgy and cool to some one else but lets not take the p’ ad try to wack a massive price tag on it 

6. Be prepared to haggle with a smile – that’s the point of a bootsale right I have had people suggest som outrageous prices to me during negotiations and it is easy to get a bit irratated expecally when the buyer is persistant or even rude. I find its best to keep cool, smile and be firm with them.

7. Don’t buy from other stalls, there have been times that I have spent all my profits on stuff from other stalls or even the time when I thought it would be a greta idea to swap items with other stall traders and came back home with just as much stuff as I left with in the 1st place. 
8. I have a bit more will power now and will generally allow my self one item if it is still there at the end of the day (It rarely is)

9. Signs are good make em big make em bright and make em eye catching!!

10. Bring a fun friend- I always have the funniest time at the boot sale with my friends because we are a little bit (Maybe a lot) crazy! We tell jokes, laugh loud, dance and talk to EVERYBODY!
11. I hate when sellers sit there with sour looks on their faces having a good time makes the day go faster and is probably the reason that we always make money 

12. Organize everything the night before so you're not rushing around early the next morning

13. Have an early night. Car boot sales will usually open very early. Luckily the one I go to opens about 9.30 so I’m not up at the crack of dawn but I have been to boot sale that start at 6am

14. Have a float with  mixture of coins and notes and keep it separate from the money in your purse or handbag 

15. Bring a small handbag with you and do not bring valuables in your bag. Use this bag mainly for your coins and notes - If it's possible put this bag under your jacket for extra security

16. Pack a lunch - If you're going alone then you will most likely not be able to leave your car/area during the day to get a snack so pack a sandwich and water to keep you going.

17. Bring little containers or boxes to separate items into different categories so it’s not just one big jumble this makes it easier for a buyer to see what items you have for sale.

18. If you're selling clothes, bring hangers, you might not always have an area to hang your clothes, you may just have to fold them, but having hangers again is a great way for buyers to see your clothes and it makes it more visible and appealing. 

19. Bring plastic bags – I also like to hang on to any nice paper or fabric bags that I get from events to give to buyer that spend a lot of money with me  

20. Zip lock bags or the paper bags are great if you are selling make up or jewellery or small items that do not need massive bags and can be purchased really cheaply in pound shops

21. If you're not taking a car and plan on using any available space in the area i.e. the ground, I suggest bring an old sheet or a rug to down first Yu can also get those ground sheets that go under tents quite cheaply in pounds shops in case the floor is a bit damp.

22. If you're selling an item that is unworn with the original price tag make sure that it is clearly visible to buyers.

23. Some people may not like to ask the price of something so make sure to be friendly and go over and start a conversation about the price and brand to make them even more interested in the item.

24. Make friends with other sellers in the line I once got talking to another seller who turned out to be a PA for a Duchess who was moving to a smaller property. Not only did I manage to get loads of designers clothing shoes and bags at a crazy low price to sell on, the duchess also remembered me two years later and gave me first refusal when she was having another clear out. 

25. Don’t be disappointed if you haven't sold as much as you had hoped there is always following weekend to sell again and different people with different tastes will always be there.

26. I like to tweet, instagram and Facebook pics of some of the items I will be selling and when I will next be at the boot sale. 

Wots her name again?/Tagoes Closet boutique @ Capital Carboot

I hope that everyone had a wonderful fashionable weekend.
I was really scared the weather would let me know as I had been preparing all week for Capital Car boot and wanted to get loads of my old clothes, shoes bags ect as I starting to feel claustrophobic in my living space.
Getting ready for the bootsale
Well the weather kept to its word and it was lightly over cast but ok. And we were ready to go!
We decided that we wanted to go for a mini boot sale boutique type of feel to make it fun for the shoppers.
We brought a funky pink rug, Mannequins and picture frames to put up signs and messages.
As well as me and Sherry we were also joined by Omar and Buster who were selling men’s clothing, shoes and accessories –Oh and Buster who is a Make-up artist was selling MAKE-UP brushes!!!
I called dibs on the ones I wanted before he was even properly unpacked!
Throughout the say ladies were pushing each other out the way to get to his stuff.

I’m happy to say that we all did really well and came away with much less than we came with but my purse was very heavy J
I’m also happy to say that I didn’t go and buy a load of stuff………
Technically I traded the brushes with Buster for some kids shoes and I stole a load of scarves from Sherry ......
 She knows its ok.
I also brought this awesome coat
(Photo to come)
Look at alllll these moneysssss

Wots Her Name Again? massive clearout sale @ Capitalcarboot

Winter is soon upon us and dispite having a spring clean out I find myself lost for space in my closets. 

What to do………………….



I will be going down to the Capitalcarboot in Pimlico London Sunday 30th September with Tagoes Closet


Pimlico Academy
Chichester Street entrance
Lupus Street, London, SW1V 3AT







Make up



You name it I need to get rid if it lol!

Everything is In really good conditon and most of the make up is new and unused!!

Everything must go!!

Follow Capital Carboots twitter page to get a secret password for free entry

Tagoe's Closet rewriting the shopping experience

Of late I have shunned the high street and shopping centres in favour of shopping online.
I know online shopping doesn’t appeal to every one but for me it gets the job done.
  I hate the whole waking up on a Saturday morning, and having to wrestle with other buyers,
beg sales annoyed assistants for help getting the right sizes and im then expected to part with my hard earned cash after receiving substandard customer service.

Oh no honey!!
Give me online any day, I can be in my bed with my laptop or secretly at my computer at work and wham bam I have what I want.

Next day delivery please.
This doesn’t count for my love of thrifting going to markets and boot sales however because I love seeking out hidden gems and there is always lots of interesting people to talk to.
When I received an invitation for Tagoe's closets

Blog anniversary and shopping event launch
 I thought that would be an interesting way to spend a Saturday afternoon and perhaps pick up some bits and pieces for work.
Held at Nineteen in Streatham I was greeted upon entry by the hostess Ms Sherry Tagoe with a glass of wine and offered a variety of nibbles from the lovely spread of goodies.

Then it was time to get down to serious business…… Shopping

I generally take a no prisoners attitude when shopping, Don’t look at me don’t talk to me I don’t play!

And snatching garments I want out of other shoppers mind and screaming “you snooze you lose bitches!!”  has often crossed my mind but I promise I have never done it .

In this instance I found the experience very calming and enjoyable (The wine may have helped) giving and receiving advice to other shoppers about which garments to select.

Once the shopping was over and people started to get tired we all sat down had drinks and had general chit chat for a while before saying out god byes and leaving with our goodies.

For infomation about Tagoes Closet and any upcoming events please check out the Tagoe's Closet Facebook page.
Or at the  the Weighting In Vain blog

Event images provided by Tagoes closet

Another Mans Treasure

This weekend packed up my car Picked up Ms Tagoe and headed down to the Capital car boot site at Pimlico Academy offers both indoor and outdoor stalls in a bid to get rid of some of my clutter as well as some items were not selling in my eBay store.
I had been to Capital car boot and enjoy talking to and watching the different types of people that attend, having a good rummage for bargains at the other stalls and of course making a bit of money is always a good incentive.

Unfortunately due to the miserable weather it was not as busy as it has recently but there was a lot sellers with some cool items which lead to me breaking my “Don’t spend any money” rule picking up the following beauties for a steal.

Vero Moda Black Fun Fringe Mini Dress Size M

Knitted TU dress with gold buttons
Bold Print Halter Neck Wrap around Dress One Size
Ecote Blue Silk Top Size L
Marc B Chelsea Quilted Chain Bag

Isabel Marant Peach Coloured Cotton & Lace Top

Miss Tagoe also managed to stumble upon this banging Grey suede and Leather Trent Boots
The Bold Print Halter Neck Wrap Around Dress One Size the Ecote Blue Silk Top Size L are currently available for purchase in my EBay store but unfortunately the Marc B Chelsea Quilted Chain Bag and the Isabel Marant Peach Coloured Cotton & Lace Top have already been snapped up by some savvy Ebayers