Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot & The Steam & Vintage Show on 23rd May 2021
Little bit disappointing with 73 sellers compared to the 158 the week before. Especially when the weather was lovely as well. However, This Sunday we have the first of three events in a row and we should be back to more sellers for the even bigger crowd of buyers.
Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot runs at the same time as the Stonham Barns Steam and Vintage Show and the week after we have The Stonham Truck Show on the 30th May 2021. We are also open on the 31st May 2021 for Stonham Barns Bank Holiday Monday Car Boot. The week after that we have The Mini Barns Bash on the 6th June. So 3 great events.
Covered Stalls are available for every Sunday but these do go very quickly as there are only 20. These can be pre-booked on 07817539168 (text to pre-book). We have a couple left for this Sunday but these will go fast so text to reserve one or any other Sunday. Everyone else wishing to sell at Stonham can just turn up on the day from 6.30am until 9am. Most people arrive at 8.
The only bad news is that following additional costs at the Car Boot we have had to increase the pitch prices minimally from £5 to £6 for cars, Cars with trailers £8.50, Small Vans £8.50 and large vans £12. Covered stalls will now be £12. I hope this is ok with everyone?
Once again you do not need to book to sell at Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot you just turn up. You don't have to arrive at 6.30am as many don't turn up until 8/9am that's just the time we open. I really would prefer it if everyone turned up from 7am onwards as the Car Boot doesn’t liven up until after 8 and we have enough space for everyone.
Again, a big thanks to the majority who are following the distancing and one-way routes and abiding by our strict no harassment policy which is why Stonham Barns Car Boot is always such a friendly place to sell and buy at. Back again on Sunday 23rd May 2021 & every Sunday until further notice. Last year we enlarged the sales areas as we are using three different fields so again I apologise for the extra walk for buyers but, the Car Boot is literally right next to where you park once everyone is in. Disabled parking is near the Owl Sanctuary or in the Coach Park. Please don't park there if you don't have a disabled badge. One last thing for buyers to note. If I have marked an area for sellers it doesn’t mean you ignore it and park in the seller’s areas - that includes disabled parkers as there are disabled spots. Ask when arriving.
I expect there will be more Sunday Car Boots open this year but, make sure you are organised and bring everything that you need to feel comfortable at the Car Boot. We do have food and drinks (hot and cold) and the toilets are open with a strict one in one out system. These are cleaned constantly throughout the opening times. You can literally just turn up on the day and sell. If you can’t get to the food van/toilet I am coming round to take pitch fees so ask me or ask your neighbour to look after your pitch. With the size of the car boot growing it does mean a longer walk to the toilet though.
Thanks to everyone last year who followed all that I asked. For your safety I suggest that sellers bring gloves, sanitiser & possibly masks if they choose to. These are for your own peace of mind and obviously because you are handling cash. You still need to decide whether you allow buyers to pick up items or not and please clean items if you allow them to. These are suggestions only – you need to decide how you can sell and feel comfortable and safe.
Sellers will be allowed to enter the field from 6.30am onwards. NO ONE WILL BE LET IN UNTIL 6.30 SO DON’T ARRIVE BEFORE THEN AS YOU CAUSE TRAFFIC JAMS. Buyers will not be allowed in until 7am but – please allow me to get everyone into position so you don’t hinder this, thanks and please don’t stand behind cars whilst they unload. No one is going to jump in and buy before you as it just isn’t that kind of car boot.
There will be a one-way viewing system which needs to be followed. I will place Way in and No Entry signs down each aisle. BUYERS – PLEASE FOLLOW THESE as they are very important for everyone’s enjoyment & safety.
We will have sanitising solution available to purchase if necessary but, ideally all will bring some. Go to the food van if you need any sanitiser.
Again, I ask the buyers to be patient and to make sure they are aware of the opening times and to follow the one-way system. If you see anyone going the wrong way – please politely point this out to anyone oblivious to the numerous signs.
I will be out attempting to guide everyone into position and again I ask for patience as I will decide where everyone goes as the positioning of everyone will be vital and everyone needs to be positioned as I suggest.
Last year was a great success and I can only thank everyone that acted intelligently and sensibly.
At the end of the day though, we are an extremely friendly car boot with a lot of regular sellers. You’ll find that you can speak to and ask anyone selling at the car boot and they’ll point you in the direction of myself or the various people working at the car boot. I will be wearing a high viz jacket this Sunday so the person covered with small beetles will be me. Please feel free to ask anything. Otherwise ask at the food van.
Stonham Car Boot has always had a great atmosphere where the public (sellers and buyers) have made the whole occasion really enjoyable. We don't have or allow anyone to harass sellers and it has never been an issue. Which is why everything works so well. But, because of restrictions we will have to follow set guidelines for sellers and buyers and everyone needs to read these and follow carefully.
We will have Covered stalls in position but, these will need to be pre-booked in advance – Text 07817539168 with your number plate and vehicle size to reserve one and specify which Sunday you would like to attend. If you cannot make a date please text beforehand to let me know. Any Sunday can be reserved in advance. These are covered stalls (outside) with an overhead canopy and table to place items on. These are £12 for any vehicle size. If the forecast is heavy winds the overhead canopies may not be placed on the stalls for fear of the stall being blown into your car’s bodywork.
Anyone wishing to attend on the day will be charged £6 cars, £8.50 small vans, £12 Large Vans, car with trailer £8.50, Covered stalls £12. Buying is free.
Food & drinks will be available as usual at the Car Boot. There will be only 2/3 people in the food van and they will also have gloves & masks. All Food and drinks will follow Covid 19 government guidelines. Sellers will not be allowed to sell cold drinks, Hot/cold Food without prior arrangement plus if you wish to sell plants you will need to sell Home grown only and also sell a variety of other normal car boot items. So plant only vans will be unable to sell unless permission has been given.
We are outdoors only but offer covered stalls. We try to open every week irrespective of the weather as we still get buyers and sellers.
07817539168 for information on the Car Boot or firstname.lastname@example.org