Last Sunday had 144 sellers and 96 on Monday which was good again. Weather wasn’t great on Sunday but a great crowd there with the Hot Rod Show on as well Weather again looking good for this Sunday so another big crowd of sellers and buyers expected. This weekend there is also an Open Air Country Music Festival all weekend so a little extra guaranteed crowd. The next huge event is the The American Car Show on 27th September which will be a massive crowd.
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 this Sunday 6th September & every Sunday until further notice. Each week I’m enlarging the sales areas as we are using three different fields at the moment so I apologise for the extra walk for buyers but, the Car Boot is literally right next to where you park once everyone is in. You can park near the Owl Sanctuary or in the Coach Park (disabled) if you mention this to one of the attendants. 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…
There are only a few Sunday Car Boots on at the moment so, 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 week 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.
Each week, I’m amending a few things so it’s easier to get in.
Sellers will be allowed to enter the field from 6am onwards. NO ONE WILL BE LET IN UNTIL 6 SO DON’T ARRIVE BEFORE THEN AS YOU CAUSE TRAFFIC JAMS. Buyers will not be allowed in until gone 6.30am 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.
The last few weeks were 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 £10 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 £5 cars, £7.50 small vans, £10 Large Vans, car with trailer £7.50, Covered stalls £10. 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.
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 email@example.com