Make some cash and hunt down bargains with our car-boot sale trader tricks

CAR-BOOT sales are a great way to make spare cash – and pick up some amazing bargains.

I’ve really missed them during lockdown, but now they are back, I’m going to make the most of them.

Whether you’re on a bargain hunt or finally selling items you’ve wanted rid of for the last year, here are some trader tricks . . . 

COIN IT IN: Have a scout around to find the right event, taking into account entry fees and petrol. An earlier, more expensive pitch can reap rewards if you have good quality, undamaged products to sell or if you have any branded goods or high street labels.

If you’re selling, you need to make sure you have change to encourage early buyers. And if you’re buying, change can help you lower the price as sellers want your coins.

SEASON’S REAPINGS: It’s incredible what you can find at boot fairs so I am always hunting for birthday and Christmas gifts.

Toys are usually very cheap and perfect to stash. Summer is also a good time to pick up bargain winter coats — just make sure you have the space to store them.

MAKE THE EFFORT: Selling? Neatly arrange bric-a-brac on a painting table covered with a colourful tablecloth to stand out. Don’t have a rail? Bring hangers and pop smaller pieces of clothing — such as tops and shorts — on the edge of your table.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The temptation to spend money on food and hot drinks is always strong. But remember, it’s directly cutting into your profits.

Buyers and sellers should bring thermos flasks for hot drinks and a packed lunch and snack bars to keep your energy up.

Get ready to drop item prices to £1 for the final hours with colourful cardboard signs to draw more buyers in.

Buying? Have a way to get big items home. Don’t haggle and then ask them to look after it while you walk round. The best deal is usually when you can take it away there and then.

Deal of the day

KIT out your kitchen with a Tefal stainless steel daily cook 28cm frying pan for £25.60 at Ocado. Usually £32.

SAVE: £6.40

What’s new

ALDI’S hanging egg chairs are something of a sensation and always selling out – and now you can nab one for your cat too.

They’re part of the new Eco Pet range and cost £34.99. Available online, but not in store.

Cheap treat

GET a bottle of Tanqueray London dry gin for just £15 from Co-op when you become a member. Usual price £21.

SAVE: £6

Top swap

THE Glow Recipe pineapple C bright serum, above, is great for tired skin. But at £46 from, it doesn’t come cheap.

Instead, try Aldi’s Lacura pineapple face serum, below, for £4.99. It is super similar – for far less.

SAVE: £41.01

Giselle’s little helper

HEADING out to meet pals? Nasty Gal has got the perfect accessory – wine tote bags. Designed and made in the UK, they are available in beige or black and cost £12.

But Nasty Gal has amazing sales all the time – so you’ll likely be able to nab one cheaper. They are down to £7.20 at the moment.

Shop and save

STOCK up with a big bag of McCain crispy French fries for just £2.50 at Asda, usually £3.29.

SAVE: 79p

Hot right now

PREPPING for a party? You can grab five-for-four on a wide range of party products at Tesco when using a Clubcard.

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