Organising an indoor car boot sale

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.

What will today bring?

Today is a day at home from me, away from the hustle and bustle of what everyday life has become. One of the advantages of working from home, and for yourself, is that you can set your own schedule, within reason anyway.

I’ve always been a bit of an independent spirit, so working for myself seemed like a natural fit. Having spent around 13-14 years working in hotels, I’m now taking the time to explore new things that interest and excite me, and one of those things is a bit of self reflection right here on my blog.

I do have a few tasks that I want to complete today, one of which is planning my travels in 2019. Places I want to visit include:

  • Oslo, Norway – for a return visit after I spent a week there this year
  • Bergen, Norway – at least twice – to visit my Great Aunt and Uncle, and the rest of my family
  • London – at least three or four times – to visit my brother, who now lives there. He’ll be visiting home three or four times as well, so that’s nearly once a month one of us will be up or down there.
  • County Mayo, Ireland – where my Grandfather is from
  • Dublin, Ireland – for a short break

With the amount that I travel it’s also important for me to have a job/career that allows me to be mobile, work from where I am and be able to plan my own diary accordingly. I’ve found that self employment gives me all of the above and more, and although it is difficult at times, on balance it works well for me.