I’ve been working on organising an indoor car boot sale at The Manor House Hotel in West Auckland, County Durham.
This is one of a number of projects that I’ve been working on lately in order to explore new career paths. I’m also organising a Christmas Market at the same venue, which has proven to be more of a challange than the car boot sale when it comes to attracting stallholders.
The indoor car boot sale is for members of the public to book a stall in order to sell their unwanted items. Most households have unwanted items, and are looking to make space in the run up to Christmas.
The price of a stall at the car boot sale is dictated by the local market. Usually stalls are £10 per stall, although this time we went for £7 as it was our first one, and that is a price point that is affordable for most people.
With the Christmas Market, as you’re appealing to local businesses and independent traders who are often cash strapped, you none the less have to advertise the market in the local press and with a banner, which can be expensive, raising the cost of the table.
In terms of hours spent organising and promotion, none of these are profitable endeavours if I was to pay myself properly, which is why the bulk of the income from these markets will be donated to charity – mainly to those who are suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, as well as Macmillan Cancer Care, both causes which are close to my heart.