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Battersea Boot

This is not just a boot sale...
  • Every Sunday 1.30pm - 5pm
  • Well organised arrival system
  • No queues for sellers
  • Dealers entry from 11.30am or 12pm
  • Buyers entry from 1.30pm: only 50p
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FAQs

 

PLEASE look through our Frequently Asked Questions before contacting us, or type some keywords into the search box above - 'table hire' for example.

After running the boot sale for over 18 years, we are very used to hearing the same questions again and again. It is highly unlikely that your question is not answered on our FAQ page.

Please read our terms & conditions prior to booking.

 

 

FIRST TIME SELLER - general guidance

 

Many first time sellers choose to come to Battersea and the feedback we receive is excellent. First timers tell us they find Battersea to be friendly and less daunting than other boot sales, mostly due to our calm 'no queue' entry system and friendly helpful staff. The opportunity to book a pitch only a week in advance and set up in peace before any buyers are onsite is also helpful to many.

 

First time sellers at Battersea often tell us what they made - the average we're told about is £200 - £500, with many taking much more. This is no coincidence. There are other boot sales out there of course, but very few of them get such a high footfall as Battersea. You might find a cheaper boot sale, but you won't find a busier or better organised one!

We're very often asked if we have any tips for first timers so here are some hints, tips and general information you might find helpful as a first time seller. There's lots here, but we've tried to cover all the things we're asked most often and the things that people tell us they're a little nervous about.

 

Our bookings launch at 7am every Monday to book a pitch for the coming Sunday.

 

PREPARATION

What sells, what doesn’t? Try to bring a wide selection of goods - if you’re sorting out your wardrobe you might as well go through the whole house, including the shed, garage, kids room, kitchen and even your jewellery box and the bathroom! Sellers who make the most money on their first car boot tend to bring a wide selection of unwanted household items including some high priced items such as the odd designer handbag or shoes, jewellery, or furniture.

 

 

Here's a few ideas to get you started...

New and even half used bottles of perfume and other beauty/make-up/bathroom paraphernalia can be surprisingly popular, especially if still in gift boxes. 

CDs, DVDs & books won’t make you a fortune. Bring some, just don’t bring a car full. Videos? Harsh, but bin them.

Kitchen equipment: saucepans, baking dishes, crockery, that juicer/breadmaker you've never used!

New or even used (but originally expensive) candles sell well. Empty hampers & baskets are very popular.

Those unloved bottles of Chardonnay and unwanted gifts of Champagne on your wine rack will sell (caution; this must be a genuine ‘unwanted personal belongings’ sale - not a car load brought back from Calais!) 

Second hand ‘high street’ clothes are ten a penny, so be realistic if you want to sell them - you’re not going to get £7 for a second hand Primark jacket that cost you £15, or £1 for a £3 t-shirt. 

Second hand Levi's, or any jeans will sell. Of course anything 'vintage' will fly off the stall!

Got a jewellery box full of unfashionable things you never wear anymore? Gold and silver are currently at their highest price for many years. We have plenty of gold dealers all competing with each other so you'll get a fair price.

All metal is high priced at the moment so literally 'any old iron' will sell - brass & copper, as well as more valuable metals.

Baby clothes are in plentiful supply at boot sales - they'll sell, but at very low prices, and often in bundles, unless they're sought after labels.

Small (or large if you can get them in the car/on the roof) pieces of furniture sell really well - book cases, chest of drawers, bedside tables, shelves, cots, buggies, coffeee tables.

Sort out the shed - garden tools sell very well, the old flymo, garden furniture, teracotta pots, even house or garden plants you don't want anymore.

Old bikes, toys, laptops, phones and electrical goods are good sellers too. 

Large toys: dolls houses, dolls prams, kids kitchens, wendy houses & bikes sell very well, especially in the lead up to Christmas - just clean them up.

Duvet covers and sheets you're fed up with. Cushions, blankets and throws sell well, as do most household essentials

 

 

Everything CAN sell, at the right price. We are still in recession - many people are on the look out for household items and gifts that they can’t afford to buy new. 

 

 

How much effort you put in to this is up to you. Chuck it all in a box for 50p if that suits you, or run an iron over some of your best items, put them on hangers. A damp cloth wiped over some items makes a huge difference to how they look and can make a sale too. Baby wipes are brilliant for quickly cleaning dusty things.

 

Higher priced things sell too - we have regular dealers who specialise in most things: designer clothes, gold/silver, art, phones, watches, costume jewellery, computers, handbags, electrical goods, trainers, jeans, furniture, general collectables, and of course, antiques. So generally speaking you’ll get fair prices as long as you’re realistic.

 

Pre Christmas boot sales - September onwards many people are on the look out for anything that could be given as a gift. So if you're sorting out the kids toys make sure all the bits are there, clean up that old bike (baby wipes are great for quick clean ups)

Bagged up bundles of Lego, Duplo or playmobil are great sellers.

Sort out the gift sets, beauty hampers and candles you were given last year and never used. Give everything a wipe over so it looks fresh - this will help you get a decent price.

Old record players, music systems, speakers, large saucepans, extra sets of plates etc are all sought after in the run up to Christmas. People are often on the look out for extra's to tie them over having guests to stay too - fold up chairs, air beds, extra bedding, duvets, fold away beds etc.

 

 

 

PRICES

 

 

We can’t advise individually on pricing (though we’re often asked to) As a general rule of thumb - you will not get half the retail price for anything at all. If what you’re selling is particularly high end, or brand new with tags/box/packaging you might just about reach half price, but it’s unlikely. Second hand clothes do not fetch high prices - unless as above, they’re designer and in very good condition. You don’t need to sell everything for 50p though. Try to think what you’d be happy to pay for something second hand, what would be a bargain to you?

 

Looking at online auction sites to find prices is unrealistic and unreliable - for every Primark dress that sold for £5 there are 2000 more Primark dresses that didn't sell at all, even at 99p. Don't be fooled in to believing you could make more online - it's actually very unlikley and is a hell of a lot more work, time consuming, costly and risky!

 

Try some prices out. Early buyers/dealers have a good idea of going prices. If several people walk away or make you a much lower offer, maybe you're a little high. You don't need to panic sell though - there are plenty more buyers coming in at 1.30pm. Early buyers will often come back to make another offer.

 

Pricing is a gamble - ask a low price and you'll sell it for sure. Ask a higher price and there's a chance you might not sell it at all. Keep in the front of your mind that you want rid of all this stuff!

 

Gold or silver jewellery. If you're not sure just ask a dealer to make you an offer. Once you have an offer, if you're not sure whether to accept it, just refuse and then use it as a guide. There are plenty of gold dealers in competition at Battersea so they tend to be pretty fair.

 

Some people don't like the fact that a 'dealer' might sell something on and make a profit. So what?! You want to sell it, so don't overly concern yourself with what happens to it afterwards. It makes no difference to you as long as you feel happy with the price you got. Our sellers take excellent and often fast money from dealers if they have the right attitude towards the sale.

 

Clothes. Sometimes a handfull of well displayed clothes will sell better and make more money than boxes and boxes of them scattered across a table or on the ground. When buyers see clothes not displayed nicely they automatically expect them to be cheap - really cheap, give away bundles of 3 for £1 or even less. If you want nice prices, make your things look like they're worth it. 2nd hand high street clothes (even in excellent condition) do not fetch high prices and we advise against bringing only clothes - try to bring a variety of stuff to sell.

 

You don’t have to use price stickers but I believe they help. Some regular sellers always price, others never price, so it’s not essential. We all buy things we don’t really need just because they have a cheap price ticket on them don’t we? The same principle applies at car boot sales, so I always advise pricing if you have time and can be bothered. Even if you don’t price everything, do have a think and try to get an idea in mind of how much you intend to ask.

 

 

ON THE DAY

 

First of all, if you need anything our staff are around and you can ask them for help. They will guide you when parking - you’re not left alone to park on arrival. Occasionally cars need to reverse or manoeuvre into a tight space. Just listen to our steward’s guidance - they’ve been doing this for a long time, they know you can’t see out of your rear view mirror and they will guide you safely if you listen to them. That’s their job!

 

You don’t need to get there early! Who wants to get up early on a Sunday morning? We don't! that's why we operate a civilised afternoon boot sale with a unique time slotted entry system. Just roll up at your time slot, you’ll be onsite and setting up within minutes. No queues, no risk, no wasted time and money, no sitting in a queue with your engine running!

 

Bring a float, it'll help you make early sales. About £20-£30 in a combination of £1 coins and £5 notes should be enough. No need to bring small change unless you plan to sell lots of things for less than £1. If you need change after 1.30pm our gate staff can oblige.

 

Bring a bumbag or cross body bag - you really need to keep your money on you. It’s easy to become distracted and put money down on the table or forget to lock the car. We park cars close together to stop buyers from walking in between them but your takings are not safe on your car seat!

 

Bring plenty of old carrier bags, buyers do expect a bag. Tie a bag to your wing mirror to contain your own rubbish (and cigarette ends too) please.

 

If you’re bringing a table, load it into the car last so you can access it on arrival without emptying everything out to get to it. We have some table hire available at the gate if you prefer to hire a table.

 

If the weather is uncertain try to bring a clear plastic sheet. You can buy them in B&Q/Homebase or we sell large plastic sheets for £2 at the gate. You can cover over in a shower but buyers can still see your goods so you will still take money.

 

Have some prices in mind. You don't have to price everything but try to have a think about what you're going to ask. You may lose early sales if you’re very indecisive.

Like everywhere in London, we sadly have our fair share of thieves. Be aware.

Try not to get out more stuff than you can keep an eye on and keep very valuable items together and right at the back of your table where you can keep a close eye.

 

Displaying jewellery? tie it all together on a long loop of ribbon or string and hold onto it. Dealers will literally swarm over jewellery! If you tie it together everyone can look, but it will (hopefully) stop any light fingered person wandering off with something.

Selling shoes? Get one out, leave the other in the car. No one will steal one shoe.

 

 

If you’ve got lots of small things around the same price put them all in a box or basket with one price on - ‘Everything £1’ for example.

 

Expensive handbags or large items? Put them on the roof of your car. They can be clearly seen but if anyone wants a closer look you can keep a close eye.

If a buyer wants to take something away to try it on/show someone else, ask them to pay for it and make an agreement to give them a refund if they return it within 15 minutes. 

We don’t advise you save or hold things for people who say they will come back later, unless they’re prepared to pay you straight away. It’s a common ploy and often the buyer never returns, or returns at the end of the day (when you could have sold the item several times over) and starts haggling on the price. If they really want it, they’ll pay you for it straight away. Then you can keep it in your car until they want to collect it.

 

Please be very careful when accepting £20 or £50 notes, especially for a cheap item. Check all notes for the silver strip and watermark. If you are at all unsure just ask the buyer if they'll come with you to the gate where our staff will be more than happy to test a note for you. An honest person shouldn't be offended by this. We also sell fake note tester pens at the gate for £2 each - a very worthwhile investment.

 

GENERAL ADVICE

 

Before you book a pitch, please do read our terms. Despite our best attempts to encourage customers to read the terms some people still tick the box but don’t actually read them. It really is in your best interests to know about our cancellation policy etc.

 

Don’t forget your stuff belongs to you! Don’t be bullied into getting it out of the car before you’re ready or accepting a much lower price than you wanted for it. Equally, remember you’re there to sell! If you suddenly become sentimental about things or unrealistic with your prices you’ll be disappointed. We often have sellers who sell out completely - but they stay lighthearted and flexible and stick to their aim which is to get rid of clutter and make a few quid, not the other way around!

 

On arrival, cars on standard time slots can often be overwhelmed and surrounded by buyers. Don’t panic! It is your choice whether to get your goods out straight away or not. Don’t feel you need to rush to get out everything that the buyers are asking for, or are trying to grab from your boot. If you do that you will most likely ‘lose’ some items in the scrum. Of course, if you feel you can handle it, go for it. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed simply say “I’m not setting up yet, please come back”. They will come back! If this prospect makes you feel very nervous then we'd recommend you book one of our premium pitches. This will give you some time set up your pitch before any buyers are onsite. 

 

We don’t want to come over all ‘health & safety’ but… If it's a sunny day bring a hat or brolly, water and sunblock. Unloading a car and then standing on one spot in full sun for 5 or 6 hours is much more tiring than many people imagine!

 

If it’s winter, layer up. Trust me, one thick jumper and a coat is not going to keep you warm enough while you're standing still for hours on a freezing day! Several thin layers and a scarf under a coat will be much more effective. Wear boots or bring some cardboard to stand on.

 

Most important of all… have fun! You’ll meet some real characters at Battersea - our customers come from far and wide. Most sellers leave at the end of the day feeling exhausted but in good spirits having had a good laugh. They always say they had fun, made some decent cash and most importantly got rid of all that 'stuff'! Chat to the stall holders next to you - it’s handy to have someone to keep an eye out for you if you’re alone and need to pop to the loo or to get a cup of tea. You’ll find our staff are friendly and helpful and the vast majority of stall holders and customers are friendly too. 

 

 

I hope this has been helpful. If you're one of those people who is always talking about doing a boot sale and thinking about doing a boot sale and talking about the fact that you're thinking about doing a boot sale - go for it! In 18 years operating Battersea boot sale I've never heard anyone say they regret it, but most people say they wish they'd done it years ago and will come back every 6 months to keep their life a bit more clutter free. 

 

Make loads of cash, and enjoy!

 

 

 

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Can I bring a gazebo?

Generally speaking, if the weather is fine we prefer for sellers not to use gazebos, as they can be a trip hazzard.

However, if the forecast is rainy we guarantee to provide enough space for any seller who wishes to bring a gazebo, though you may have to place the gazebo partially over your car.

A transparent plastic sheet to cover over is a cheap and effective alternative as buyers can still see what you have for sale whilst it is protected from rain. Transparent plastic sheets are available in most DIY stores for around £3-£4. We often have stock of these available to buy from the gate at £2 each.

 

 

Is payment secure?

 

We take security very seriously. We go through rigorous annual compliance testing to ensure that payment is as secure as we make possibly make it! We adhere to the PCI DSS security requirements for security and data management as set out by the Security Standards Council.

We do not view or store your payment card details on our own website because we could not possibly afford the high security measures needed to ensure the safety of them. For the same reason we do not accept bookings or payments via email. Although cheap, it is far from secure to transmit payment information via email.

We use Barclays EPDQ system to take our payments. This means you're redirected to a secure Barclays payment gateway to enter your card details. Barclays use the 3D secure system for extra security - many major online retailers also use this system.

We no longer accept payments by Paypal as we were victims of paypal fraud ourselves, so deemed this unreliable.

Using the Barclays EPDQ system means that we cannot 'take' your payment. You need to complete payment yourself. If payment fails for any reason (incomplete or denied) we do not and cannot attempt to try the payment again. You need to start over with a fresh booking.

Each booking attempt is given a unique 'order number' this is shown on all emails we send you. If a payment is denied you will receive an email letting you know. 

Customers sometimes claim they've been 'charged twice'. This is impossible. You can book twice, under two separate transactions but it is impossible to pay twice for the same order. If you have booked twice by mistake, let us know immediately and we can stop your payment.

 

 

 

How can I change my registered vehicle?

It is essential that you add the car you intend to bring to the boot sale to your account before you book a pitch. You do not have to be the owner of the car -  we do not make any dvla checks etc, but we need the make and model so we can ensure we reserve a space large enough to acommodate your vehicle.

Login to your account by clicking 'login' at the bottom of any page.

Click on 'account information' which is at the top of the page. This will bring up the form you filled in when you first registered.

Edit your car (or any other) information.

Click 'save'

Please do this before you book a pitch.

 

If you have already booked a pitch and later need to change the vehicle, please be aware that we cannot always acommodate. Each week many sellers book using their own small car and then decide to borrow a friends larger car. We are happy to accept these changes while we still have pitches available but we cannot acommodate changes to larger cars after we have sold out.

The boot sale booking system is very carefully managed and availabilty of pitches is adjusted and reduced according to the size of cars booking in. We have a limited space available for our use so we have to be certain that the cars we are booking will fit onsite. This is why it is essential we have full car details when you book a space. Battersea is in very high demand and we have to optimise the space available to us to fit as many sellers in as possible. When we say we are fully booked - we do mean that the site is completely full to capacity. We cannot accept larger cars than those booked. To put it simply, if we did, it would result in someone else not getting the space that they have already paid for.

We offer a pitch guarantee and 100% we always honour it. If a number of sellers each week bring larger cars than the car they booked this has a knock on effect on our ability to honour our pitch guarantee. We will always do our best to help, but we cannot gurantee we will be able to accept a change to the car booked. As it states in our terms - your payment is for your 'registered car' to enter the site. Please make sure your account is up to date.

How large can my bag be for a walk in pitch?

We often get asked this question! We state on our walk-in sellers information that you may bring one large bag or case for £10 but very often people call or email to ask 'how large can the bag be'? The short answer is; we do not measure bags - if you want to bring the largest bag or case you can find - go for it! 

We are trying to get across the point that a walk in pitch is a strictly limited space. Therefore there is no point in turning up with a ton of goods to sell in several boxes, bags or cases as it will not fit on the pitch. Similarly, a walk in pitch is not large enough to be shared between two sellers.

We cannot allow walk in sellers to surround their table with goods on the ground or under the front of their table etc, since this causes a trip hazzard. A walk in pitch is strictly one table sized space - an approximately 6ftx2ft pitch area - OR a rail. We do not have space to allow sellers who generally use huge tarpaulin sheets as their pitch.

Of course, if you do want to bring more goods you are welcome to buy more than one pitch.

 

 

How do I book more than one pitch?

 

Add the number of pitches you want to your cart and during checkout please use the ''add a note to us'' box to give us your second vehicle details - we require make, model and registration plate for all vehicles. 

Please note that if you and a friend(s) wish to set up pitch next to each other you must book the same time slot and arrive at the gate together. We are unable to wait for friends to arrive later or reserve spaces for people wishing to be together but arriving separately. Please arrange with your friends to meet up offsite and drive in together. Once onsite tell our parking staff that you are together and they will ensure (to the best of their ability and within logisitical possibility) that you are placed together.

The only time this is not possible is when sellers arrive very much later than their time slot or very close to 1pm when we are almost full and sometimes cannot accommodate.

Do you change the opening times in Winter?

Battersea is floodlit for us during the darker winter months. Huge flood lights come on as it begins to get dark so that sellers can still see to pack up. 

We have never changed our opening times, they remain the same throughout the year.

Do you hire out tables?

 

We do hire out some tables, they are available from the main entrance gate and cost £5 each, plus a returnable £20 deposit against loss or damage.

Please don't stop your car at the gate to hire a table as this creates delays for people coming in behind you - please follow our stewards directions to park your car first, then walk back to the gate.

We don't pre book tables, they're first come, first served. This means there may not always be enough for everyone who wants them. We can't accurately predict the time we might sell out of table hire. In winter we still have tables available at around 12pm, in summer they sell out earlier. Generally speaking we'd advise you don't rely on our table availability unless you've booked a premium pitch - even then, in summer we cannot guarantee availability, especially for late arrivals.

For walk in sellers who want to hire a table, it is advisable to hire one on arrival, if you wait until you come in at 1pm they will most likely be all gone. Speak to our gate staff on arrival, they will take payment and save a table for you to collect when you come in at 1pm.

Alternatively you can buy a folding pasting table in Homebase/B&Q for around £10 -£12.

A table is useful, but not essential. Many sellers display their goods on upturned empty boxes or even a blanket on the ground.

How do I book a pitch?

Booking a pitch on our website is very simple and should take no more than a couple of minutes after you've registered. Choose a pitch, click pay now, checkout. Done!

REGISTERING; Click on register at the bottom of any page and create your account. You will need to fill in name and address, your vehicle details, a contact number and email address (please enter this carefully). You will receive an email containing a link to confirm your account. You will only need to do this once. Next time you come to book a pitch you can simply choose your pitch and checkout - no need to enter all your details again (apart from payment details which we do not handle or save)

BOOKING & PAYING; To book a pitch, you simply choose the time slot you prefer, add it to your cart and click checkout. You pay by Verified by Visa (Barclays 3d secure). This is the most reliable and secure method of payment we can find.

We do not handle, receive or store your card details on our site since you are redirected away to a secure gateway to enter your payment details. This means you do need to complete the payment stage (we can't complete it for you) - click 'continue' and 'confirm payment' until you are redirected back to our website.

Once payment is received by us we will instantly and automaticaly reserve a space for you. We will send you an email confirming your pitch and containing all relevant details and you will also receive a separate payment receipt email. Please check your email (including spam folder) and make sure you have received a confirmation. If you have not received an email from us then you have not booked a pitch. 

PAYMENT PROBLEMS; We do not have any control over the payment gateway. If your payment is declined, we do not receive any more information about it than you do. Please try again using a different card. 

 

 

 

 

I want a £20 pitch but there are only £35 left. Why can't you make it £20 for me?

Our most popular pitches are 12.15pm @£20 and 11am @£30, we have the highest numbers of these available each week in line with demand. However many we have, they are always the first to sell out. Because we operate on a time allocated system, we cannot change the availability of pitch times and prices. The number of pitches available within each time slot is carefully managed in order to ensure there are no queues to get onsite. If we changed those numbers, entry queues would form.

Please do not book a pitch at a price higher than you're comfortable with. This is not good for anyone. Our £35 premium pitch holders generally sell higher priced goods which justify the high pitch price. We do not want unhappy customers who feel their takings have been eaten into too much by their pitch fee.

Please add your name to waitlist by clicking 'notify me' or try earlier next week to get a £20 pitch if that is what you're looking for. Many people who miss out on a £20 pitch find the £25 pitch suits them as they get in 45 minutes earlier for only another £5.

We rarely get cancellations on £20 pitches so if there are none left you may have to wait until next week.

General Rules

We don't have many official rules at Battersea, we tend to rely upon common sense and hope our customers will too. If you're unsure about anything please feel free to send us an email or text or give us a call and we'll happily clarify anything for you. Most questions are covered in our FAQ's.

We operate a friendly, safe boot sale which has an excellent reputation. We have managed this by applying the very few rules below. These rules will not be relevent to the vast majority of 'normal' people and are published here for the sake of the occassional trouble maker who will insist ''it didn't say that on your website''!

We reserve the right to refuse a pitch to any seller behaving in a threatening or aggressive manner towards our staff or customers. They will not be refunded and will be removed from the site. We have a close relationship with the local beat police and encourage their attendance at the boot sale.

Battersea has a good reputation, we do not tolerate trouble or illegal sales. We have a zero tolerance policy of anyone caught stealing and the police will always be called.

We reserve the right to refuse entry to a buying customer for any reason which we do not have to give. This is generally reserved for buyers holding up the queue by arguing with gate staff about paying in ʻcopperʼ - a tedious time waster for all concerned. We do not accept payment in copper coinage mostly due to the delay it causes to other queueing customers whilst we count and check it. We will happily change a note, even a large one. We accept £1 coins, silver coins and notes but do not accept any copper coins as payment.

Obviously, when we answer any question in our FAQ section, we do so based on ʻaverageʼ or ʻusualʼ outcomes. We canʼt be held responsible for unseen or one off events.

Before you book a pitch you are asked to read our terms, we strongly advise you do so since this reduces the risk of misunderstandings and disputes. We try to operate in a very fair and open, honest way but we cannot do anymore than ASK that you read our terms - we can't FORCE you to do so. Before you checkout you will be asked to tick a box stating that you have read and agree to our terms. Please do not ask us to make exceptions to our transfers policy because you didn't read our terms. 

We offer one free transfer of a pitch despite the admin costs and losses we incur in doing this. Because of the losses we incur in accepting transfers we absolutely cannot accept a transfer after midday on Thursday. Please do not ask as refusal often offends and leads to claims of ''but I didn't read the terms'' as above! We cannot allow a pitch to be transfered more than once regardless of the reason for wishing to do so.

 

Battersea Boot Sale is a private business.

Battersea Park School receives payment from us for use of the grounds, but we are not a charity event.

 

 

 

  

 

Everyone says it's very busy, how many buyers can I expect to see?

We average 2000 buyers a week at Battersea. This figure is an average taken over the course of the year. Some weeks we might get 2500 buyers, some weeks only 1500.
Many factors affect how many buyers turn up on any given day; from the weather being too hot or too cold, to a big football match being shown on TV!

We cannot guarantee how many buyers will turn up on any given week, we can only estimate based on our average. Battersea is never a 'ghost town'. Even if it rains, we still expect to see in the region of 1000+ buyers turn up. 

We have never exaggerated our figures (donʼt see the point) Feedback we receive from first time sellers usually consists of ʻʻYou told me it would be busy, but not THAT busy!ʼʼ 

 

I transferred my pitch to another week but now I want it back.

 

Drop us an email and ask. If the pitch is still available we'll book you back in no problem. 

Sometimes cancelled pitches are sold to customers on waitlist straight away which means we cannot re-allocate a space back to you. 

 

I have an emergency situation, can I cancel later than Thursday?

 

If the weather forecast is good and something crops up meaning you can't make it, do let us know. If we have a waiting list we will always do our best to re-sell your pitch for you so that your payment can be transfered. This is NOT a guarantee, if we are in the office we will always try to help, but we canʼt perform miracles at the very last minute and we are not in the office 24/7.

When the weather forecast is bad, we take a hit. We allow transfers (up until Thurday 12noon) whether we can re-sell them or not. Regrdless of your reason for asking we cannot allow late transfers if weather forecasts are not good and we have no chance of re-selling the pitch for you.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

We have a transfer policy. You can transfer your pitch (one time only) to an alternative date if you notify us by email before noon on Thursday. Pitches booked after midday on Wednesdays are non transferable.

Refunds are only offered in the unlikely event of the boot sale being cancelled by us.

Can I cancel my pitch if it's raining?

The decision to turn up or not is yours, we cannot make you do a boot sale in the rain. However, we do not offer refunds since the boot sale is open, therefore the service you purchased is provided.
We would much rather you use the space you have paid for and not lose your money so we advise you to look at the weather forecast on Thursday morning and make a final decision then. If you want to transfer your pitch please notify us via email or the transfers tab on our website and we will re allocate it to someone else, thereby freeing up your payment to be used on another week.

What if it rains?

We open rain or shine and always have done. Buyers still come from all around since the vast majority of boot sales cancel in bad weather. We are not going to pretend the boot sale is just as busy as a dry sunny day, BUT neither is it a ghost town as you might expect at other boot sales. We have been established as a rain or shine boot sale for many years now. This means the majority of buyers will come no matter what, often buyers who donʼt usually attend Battersea will come on a rainy day since thereʼs no where else open. Buyers might not stay onsite for as long as usual but our footfall numbers do not change that much on showery days.

Are there ever cancelled pitches available at late notice?

Occasionally, a seller might book a space and then transfer it to another week. In this case it will be re added to the available spaces on the website. If you have been unlucky and your preferred price was sold out do look again later in the week. We accept transfers of pitches up until Thursday midday so after this time additional spaces may be added back into the system. It is worth remembering that if you do book a space on or after Thursday midday it will be non refundable and non transferable.

If we receive any cancellations we add them back in as close to 1pm as possible on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Can I smoke whilst onsite?

The boot sale is held in school grounds, which are obviously a no smoking area. We appreciate that some sellers who smoke will find it difficult not to, so we ask, if you cannot leave your pitch to smoke outside, please contain your cigarette ends in a bag and dispose of them in a bin, or take them home for disposal.

Cigarette ends being found on the school grounds is a very serious issue for us which could compromise our lease. We have no desire to enforce a total no smoking ban so please be responsible if smoking onsite.

Where can I dispose my unsold goods at the end of the day?

All unwanted goods must be taken with you at the end of the day. We would suggest you take them to a charity shop rather than a landfill. The boot sale is held on school grounds and the council will not allow the school to dispose of boot sale rubbish (even if we pay them for it) All rubbish must be taken with you when you leave, this includes boxes.

Do I need a car to have a pitch?

No, a car is not essential. At Battersea we have ʻwalk-inʼ pitches. Please have a look at our sellers info page for Walk-in information.

What about fake goods, CD's, DVD's etc?

We work closely with trading standards and reserve the right to confiscate illegal ʻfakeʼ goods for sale and hand them over to trading standards for disposal. If illegal goods are seen, you will be given only one opportunity to remove them from sale before they are confiscated.

Can I unload my car and go home for more goods?

Unfortunately not. Due to the layout of the boot sale, once a car is parked it needs to stay where it is. If you have more goods than will fit in your car we would suggest booking and bringing more than one car or doing the boot sale several times.

I'm a bit nervous, will someone help me to park?

Our parking stewards have been assisting sellers (including new drivers, nervous drivers, bad drivers, you name it!) to park for many years. They will explain clearly where they want you to park and will guide you into the space. In some cases, reversing into position is required, our stewards will guide you if you canʼt see clearly. In extreme examples, we even park cars for customers if they feel they canʼt do it themselves.

Do I need a 'trade' ID to come in and buy at 11.30am?

We never ask for ID. Anyone may come in to buy at any of our times subject to paying the entry fee. We do not restrict to trade only. In fact, many of our 12pm £3 buyers are simply people who want to avoid the crowds and have first look. 

Is the boot sale accessible to wheelchair users?

Yes, it is. The site is hard standing tarmac surface and level throughout. There are no specific disabled toilet facilities within the school but the toilets are on the ground floor of the building.

Are there toilets on site?

There are toilets available within the main school building. Gate staff will direct you. To get to the toilets requires going out of the main gate and getting a hand stamp to gain entry again.

Can I leave early?

Battersea is an incredibly busy boot sale and cars are parked close together. Leaving early is really not an option in most cases. As a general rule of thumb, if youʼre last in, you are better positioned to be first out. If you have a special reason that you will want to leave early please mention it to the parking staff on arrival. Depending what time you arrive, they will do their best to position you in a place where it may be easier to leave early but we cannot by any means guarantee this will be possible and would advise you are prepared to be onsite until 5pm just in case.

What time does it end?

Battersea officially closes at 5pm. Buyers are not encouraged to enter after 4.30pm. We generally make our way around with a call for sellers to start to pack up from about 4pm. A few people find this objectionable, but most sellers are so carried away with the busyness of the day that they need a gentle reminder to make a start packing up or we would never get the site cleared by our exit time of 5pm.

What happens when I book?

You choose your preferred arrival slot and pay for it. A pitch is then reserved for you (until 1pm) and guaranteed to be available. You will be sent an email containing your booking details and order number. You will need your order number to gain access to the site on Sunday. 

All you need to do, is turn up at or after (but not before) your allocated time, quote your order number and you will be onsite straight away. Our stewards will direct you to a space and you can start setting up straight away.

Can I cancel my booking?

We do not offer refunds but a booking may be transfered to an alternative week. To do this, we must be notified by email before midday on Thursday so we can make the pitch available for someone else to book. We donʼt want you to lose your money so please donʼt book until youʼre organised and certain you can attend. Equally, we donʼt want empty spaces at the boot sale when so many people are desperately trying to get pitches, so please let us know asap if you do wish to re allocate your pitch so that someone else can have it.

Do I need a table or a rail?

The vast majority of people bring a ʻpastingʼ or decorating table, you can buy these in B&Q/Homebase etc for around £10-£12. Rails can be bought cheaply in Ikea or Argos, though we wouldnʼt advise going to the extra expense of a rail for a one off boot sale. 

Many sellers put a sheet on the ground or put their items on upturned boxes, and if you have a small number of clothes items you could hang them along the side roof gutter of your car. Of course, it IS better to have a table but they are by no means essential.

We do not provide a table inclusive of the pitch fee. However we have limited table & rail hire available from the gate on the day. Please see 'table hire' in our FAQ's for full details. Enter 'table hire' in to the search box.

Can you advise on pricing our goods?

We canʼt offer individual advice on pricing. Our general rule of thumb is try to decide on a price before you arrive (at least have a rough idea) Try it out, if several people walk away, maybe youʼre a little high. Try to be realistic, you generally will not get half the retail price for something secondhand, but you donʼt need to sell everything for 50p or £1 either. You know the value of your items, what would you pay? Donʼt sell something precious or valuable at a price you will regret. Equally, donʼt turn down an offer and then end up taking something home that you really donʼt want and will end up throwing in the bin! There are thousands of buyers at Battersea, you donʼt need to ʻpanic sellʼ If an early buyer is really interested, they will come back. If they donʼt, there are plenty more buyers to come. Just keep at the front of your mind that the whole point is to get rid of unwanted stuff and take some money home instead ... not the other way around!

What shall I bring, what sells, what doesn't sell?

Everything can sell. The price dictates if it does or doesnʼt sell for you. Our rule of thumb? If you can fit it in the car, bring it. Donʼt bin anything that is still usable. Thereʼs not much point in bringing broken items or torn or dirty clothing, but well used, or worn items are fine and someone will find a use for them at the right price. For example, no one is so poor that they will pay you for a chipped cup or plate, but a well worn, even torn pair of Leviʼs will sell. Higher quality used goods sell better than something from Primark for example. Maybe surprisingly, unused or half used bottles of perfume sell very well, as do unwanted beauty/bathroom products (even part used ones) Household equipment, bedding, books and CDʼs or DVDʼs, childrenʼs toys, clothes, bikes etc all sell well too. Try not to see things as what you do or donʼt like. There is a buyer for everything. As the saying goes ʻʻone mans junk is another mans treasureʼʼ This is never truer than at a boot sale. What have you got to lose by throwing it in the car?

I've booked a 12.30pm pitch. Can I come in early to look around?

You can, but you will have to pay the appropriate buyers entry fee to come in and look around before your allocated time slot. We would much rather you didnʼt enter the area with your vehicle before your allocated time as this is deemed by the council to be “sellers queueing to get in” which we are not permitted to allow. Charging entry deters most sellers from doing this. Of course you are free to look around and buy once your car is onsite, but not until after 11.30am.

Shall I arrive early to queue up?

No! The whole point of Battersea and what makes us different is that you really do not need to arrive any earlier than your allocated time slot. We do not have queues for spaces! You do not need to queue for a space, you have already reserved and paid for it, and we guarantee itʼs availability for you. It is really a totally pointless idea to arrive early, it wastes your time, it wastes our time, it causes traffic issues because there is nowhere to park and most importantly, you have nothing to gain by doing so.

No one is let onsite before their allocated time. You choose your time to arrive and you pay accordingly, therefore we do not allow anyone onsite early, not even a few minutes early. It would be unfair on those who pay a premium for early entry pitches if we did so. 

If you are unfamiliar with the area and arrive early by mistake, we would ask you to park away from the immediate area, perhaps go for a coffee and return at or after your allocated time slot. There is little very parking availability in the immediate vicinity which is what originally drove us to a introduce booking system. The council do not look favourably on sellers parked in the area ʻwaitingʼ for their time slot to come around. This is deemed ʻqueueingʼ and has a negative impact us.

Can I book further in advance as I'm going on holiday/can't get online etc?

We cannot accept bookings further in advance than one week for many reasons. Perhaps a friend could place your booking for you if youʼre away.

If you're desperate to book in advance there is a loophole you can make use of; our transfer policy. Book a pitch and immediately request via email to transfer to the date you want. Please be aware, if you do this your booking will be fixed. Transfers are 'one time only', so once the pitch has been moved to the date of your choice it will be fixed for that date. We cannot, under any circumstances, transfer a pitch more than once.

We always launch bookings at 7am on Monday morning to book for the coming Sunday. The only exception to this is after our regular holidays when we always launch bookings later than usual on the Thursday. 

My goods won't fit in one car, can we bring in extra goods from my friend's car parked outside?

Unfortunately not. One car pitch is exactly that, designed for one car loaded with goods. Additional goods cannot be brought from outside and added to a pitch. Anyone arriving at the gate with goods to sell is automatically charged as a ʻwalk-inʼ  seller at £10 per bag and not allowed entry until 1pm.

My car has broken down, can I bring a different car?

Yes, that is no problem as long as it is the same size as the car you booked (registered with). Please text or email us with your name, booking reference and new vehicle details.

Often customers book a small car and then decide to borrow a friend's estate car so they get more space. Changing a vehicle in this way is not always possible. It is clearly stated in our terms that you have paid for the registered vehicle to enter the site on Sunday. We have to monitor very carefully the sizes of vehicles being booked in and adjust availability accordingly to ensure we can guarantee everyone gets a space. Therefore, once we have sold out, we cannot accomodate larger vehicles than those we have allowed for.

If you need to change your registered vehicle please do so before you book.

 

Can my partner/friend come with me?

Anyone can come with you as long as they are in the vehicle with you when you arrive.
Everyone arriving on foot is charged to enter the boot sale, either as a buyer or a seller.
Unfortunately, we cannot allow anyone free entry to meet a seller onsite.

Do I need to bring anything else?

We strongly advise you bring a ʻbumbagʼ or something similar to keep your takings on your body. Battersea is incredibly busy and it is easy to be distracted and put money down on a table only to turn around and it is gone! Bring some old carrier bags, and a float of some £1 coins and £5 notes, maybe some small change if you think you have things to sell under £1. Change is available from the gate after 1.30pm if you need it. We donʼt want to turn into the dreaded ʻhealth n safetyʼ but we have many people collapse with sunstroke every year at Battersea. The site is a sun trap, please consider bringing a hat or umbrella, water and sunblock during the summer months.

Can we sell alcohol?

We work closely with trading standards and customs & excise officials. No sale of alcohol is permitted with the exception of genuine unwanted personal goods ie; a small amount of left overs from a party for example. This is strictly monitored by our staff and any seller attempting this type of sale on more than one occasion will be reported to HMRC.

Can I sell food? I've made some cakes etc..

We have a variety of regular professional food traders at Battersea and do not allow anyone else to sell food or drinks. Anyone reported to be selling food or drinks onsite will be asked to remove such items from sale and/or asked leave and will not be offered a refund. This includes homemade cakes. Foodstuffs to be taken away for consumption such as jars of jam or chutney, and tinned food products ARE acceptable.

No form of drink sale is allowed, cans, bottles large or small, freshly made, frozen, alcoholic or otherwise.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are welcome but must be on a lead at ALL times. Owners are expected to behave responsibly and take the dog offsite for its toilet requirements! Please beware, cars get hot even when the windows and doors are open so please donʼt plan to keep your dog in the car all the time you are at the boot sale. Bring a suitable lead or short rope to attach it to your car.

I'm bringing a van instead, is that OK?

No, it is not. If you book a car pitch and turn up in a van you will not be given entry to the site at your booked time. We will have to ask you to wait until 1pm and we will try to fit it onsite, but this cannot be guaranteed. You will also be required to pay the price difference since vans cost a minimum of £35.

I'm hiring a car so won't have the vehicle details until Saturday, Can I still book?

Yes. If you wait until Saturday to book it is doubtful there will still be space available. Just fill in the booking form with the type of car you plan to hire ie; 'VW Golf' and enter 'HIRE' in to the registration number box on the form. When you get your car, email us with the full details and your booking reference number and the details will be added to the booking for you.

Please note that if a customer books an unknown hire car we will reserve enough space for a Golf/Fiesta or similar standard small car. If you plan to hire a larger car we need to know before we sell out so we can ensure we allocate enough space for it.

It is advisable to ensure you will definitely be able to get hire a car since pitches are non refundable.

Can I choose where I park and set up?

Not exactly. We always try to accommodate requests for specific areas. However, to run as smoothly as we do and fit sellers onsite requires precision parking by our stewards. If you are booked on a premium pitch and would like to choose which playground you park in, that is fine. You will not be able to choose a specific pitch as this would obviously cause chaos!

What if I am running late, will I lose my space?

At Battersea we guarantee to hold a space for you even if youʼre running late. If a seller hasnʼt arrived by 1pm we tend to assume theyʼre not coming. Our walk-in sellers come in at 1pm and after that time we cannot physically allow cars to drive onsite.

Will my friends be charged to come in if they come along later to help me?

Everyone is charged entry to Battersea, either as a seller or a buyer. If you need people to come and help and they cannot get in the car with you, we would advise they come after 1.30pm when it costs only 50p to get in. Please be advised there is a long queue for entry at this time. The earliest anyone (not in a car) can enter the site is 11.30am when entry costs £5.