I’ve always loved a car boot sale. My Grandad is a bit of a collector so growing up I spent most of my Sunday mornings waking up at the crack of dawn, traipsing to the local one to spot a good find. My reward was always a bag full of warm, sugary donuts from the little van trader so I didn’t mind. But now, years later I still love wandering around them and hunting for second hand treasures.
If you too have an infatuation with the British boot sale, there are loads right here in the city that have reopened for weekend (and sometimes midweek) trading. Expect to find everything from household goods to garden tools, children’s toys to bric-a-brac.
Whether you’re having a clear out or fancy filling up your home with second hand trinkets, here are the best car boot sales to venture to in London.
Car boot sales don’t come classier than this. The hugely popular Classic Car Boot Sale is set to return to King’s Cross this August with an engine-revving bang.
The car boot sale, running 7th – 8th August, will take over Granary Square, Lewis Cubitt Square and Coal Drops Yard, bringing with it over 100 market stalls specialising in fashion, homeware, art and accessories.
Peruse the stalls, scanning for that one special vintage item you’ve been longing for. Expect everything from vinyl records, collectibles, homewares and designer collections, prints and artworks. As the name suggests, there’ll also be vintage cars dotted throughout the market, with appearances from the Afro Classics Register and Dream Cars, as well as DJs blasting soul, funk, reggae and disco tunes spanning the decades.
£5 entry fee
Haggle your way to a deal at Peckham Car Boot. Running every other Sunday, come rain or shine, you’ll find traders eagerly waiting for buyers to arrive.
You’ll be searching through row upon row of secondhand goods and hand-me-downs, as well as some treasured finds.
£1 admission free from 10:30am, kids go free
For those who enjoy sleeping in on a Sunday but don’t want to miss out on the car boot bargains, try Battersea Boot. Running every Sunday, this car boot doesn’t start until 1pm so you can get your all important beauty sleep and guarantee you’ll walk away from the sale with a bag full of secondhand goodies.
Battersea Boot has been running since 1999 and has become one of London’s favourites for finding quality vintage goods, designer items and antiques.
£1 buyers entry fee from 1pm or dealers/traders/early birds £5 from 12pm or £3 from 12:30pm
Sutton Car Boot, running every Wednesday and Saturday from May through to October, is the place to head for the best household items from sellers in and around London. Get your rummaging hats on and wade through the bountiful stalls and scour to find the best bargains around.
Expect to find everything from vintage and antiques to preloved clothing and jewellery, children’s toys and books to domestic goods and furniture.
£1 entry fee after 8am or free after 12pm, traders deal £2 before 8am
Running every Saturday, head down to Shepperton Car Boot Sale for a morning filled with antiques, collectibles, secondhand clothes and bric-a-brac. Don’t expect to find any market stalls here, only friendly traders looking to sell you their goods for the best deal. Get your barter on and drive a hard bargain for the finds you want.
£1 per person from 8:30am, early bird (before 8:30am) £3 and kids under 12 go free
When: Every Saturday, 8:30am-12:30pm
Where: New Road, Shepperton, TW17 0QQ
For those looking to scour a hidden treasure, look to St Augustine’s Car Boot. Located at St Augustine’s School on Kilburn Park Road, the car bool has been running for over 25 years and has been featured in all of your favourite daytime antiques shows.
It’s here you’ll find a stellar selection of secondhand and vintage goods from real sellers. Scour everything from clothes to bric-a-brac.
£5 entry fee from 7am-10:30am, £1 after 10:30am
When: Every Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Mondays, 6am-1pm
WherE: Staines Road, Hounslow, TW4 5DS
Rock on down to Hounslow Heath Car Boot Sale this weekend to really pick up a bargain. Open every Thursday, Saturday and Sundays, plus bank holiday Mondays too, you are guaranteed to find that secondhand bargain you’ve been waiting for.
Expect to scour through stalls upon stalls of clothes, trinkets, homeware goods and more. Head down early to nab the bargains up before they are gone.
For those wanting to have a clear out and set up their own stall, pitches start from £13.
£1 entry on Thursday and Saturdays, £2 entry before 8:30am on Sundays or £1 after 8:30am