Its a a painful time of year as the bootsales that are still going on, face being called off by rain .. Like wot just happened this Sunday!!
So if like me you still have loads of stuff to clear in order to nest for winter.. Hold your own bootsale at home!!
Next Friday I’m opening my home for friends to come and root around, grab a bargain, swap stuff or just enjoy a glass of Halloween beverage!! Just a few of the items I’m hoping others will want and buy can be seen in the photos
It’s the chance to get together informally and have a great catch up and clear out at the same time .. If, like me, you like to constantly change the look of your home then make it a free for all – don’t restrict yourself to certain items – sell anything anyone is interested in
With Christmas just around the corner (sorry to mention the c word) it’s ideal for people looking for quirky or different presents .. Your old Christmas decorations could be a friend’s new ones!
Here”s how to plan it:
** don’t over plan or you will never do it!!!
** set a date and invite everyone you know and ask them to invite everyone they know!
** now you are committed start clearing a room as best you can even if that means just moving furniture to the side of the room
** invest or beg some proper industrial hanging rails ands start filling them with the families unwanted clothing – washed and ironed of course
** make sure men, women’s and children’s clothes are hung together on the rail and consider a set price per item eg £2 per shirt, £1 per child item, £5 per jacket
** if you need more hangers most dry cleaners will give you wire ones for free
** handbags can be hung at either end of the rail
** use tables or decorating tables with sheets as tablecloths to give you more surface space to display – consider putting a table ontop of a table for height and increased appeal
** raid the bathroom as shampoo/toiletries/even half used bottles of perfume will sell – I’ve got half a bottle of Burberry Brit (retail £30 my price £10) and have bought half used bottles of Chanel – if its your scent you don’t care that it’s not full as you are using it yourself and saving money on the full retail price
** raid the kitchen but save space and maximise your bootsale party by leaving the unwanted kitchen items on the work tops – I cannot get on with Le crueset cookware myself but friends live it and will happily pay £10 for a pan because they cost £60-£80 new
** sticker everything you want to sell so guests are not embarrassed by asking the price of something you are not yet ready to part with!!
** check out the loft! You know you don’t need anything that’s up there from your move three flats ago!!
** get your wine from the meal deal ranges – tesco £10 deal means you get a good bottle of wine and the rest of the meal can be frozen – or depending on your choice and selection cooked and divided into mini portions for your guests – or simply ask your guests to bring their own tipples
** ask your friends if there’s anything in particular they need or want ahead of your home bootsale – then you can source it and make sure it’s on display rather than pulling out everything from the cupboard under the stairs mid party!! Talking of which … Raid and clear the cupboard under the stairs – you know you don’t need anything in there from your move three flats ago!!
** tell your friends to bring some stuff to swap or sell too .. Firstly it adds to the fun and selection of stuff on sake .. Secondly it gets your friends thinking about buying and selling well ahead of their arrival – they will already be in the right frame of mind for a bargain!
Tomorrow .. Clearing your walls to hang a bargain … Selling outside your house… And more tips on your own home bootsale