I’ve recently had a huge clear out. The amount of clutter everywhere was starting to make me feel a little stressed out, so I decided to take action. I’d toyed with the idea of doing a boot fair for a couple of years, but had never got round to it. I’d also heard lots of negative things about people stealing things and trying to haggle prices to ridiculous amounts.
However, now that I have a baby in tow, it’s harder than it once would have been! I’ve put together some tips based on my experience of the boot sale that I did a few weeks ago.
Have everything ready and waiting the night before. Stack boxes near the door, ready to go into the car. Make sure that you have everything you need in the changing bag and have outfits ready for the next day. Go through a mental (or physical) checklist to ensure that you haven’t missed anything important that you’ll need, such as change or tarpaulins.
We brought a huge throw from Primark with us for Autumn to safely crawl around on. We knew that she’d be unhappy if she was in our arms or her pushchair the whole time. However, with extremely long grass in the field, we weren’t comfortable with her crawling around in it. While she sometimes gets frustrated only being allowed to crawl in small areas, having a big blanket there was better than nothing!
Often, the only food available to buy at boot sales is fast food. If, like me, you aren’t keen on the idea of your baby eating chips or burgers, you’ll need to take food with you. If your baby is younger and you can get away with just taking milk, even better! Think about what foods are less messy for your little one to eat, and try to take those. You’ll be busy, so the less time you have to spend cleaning up mucky fingers and faces, the better! Make sure you take enough, too.
Of course, you need some way to confine your child to a certain area! Perhaps you have a playpen that would be suitable if the pitch is big enough. Otherwise, a pushchair or baby carrier/sling (or both) may be the best option. Also, remember to bring toys to keep them entertained!
Of course, one of the most important things is having an extra pair of hands to help you! This is a good idea anyway at a boot sale, but in my opinion it’s absolutely essential if you have a small child with you. Both my husband and I being there meant we were able to juggle selling our items and taking care of Autumn.
It wasn’t as hard to do a boot fair with a baby in tow as I thought it may be. In fact, she possibly helped us to make more sales. She attracted lots of attention, especially as she’d just started waving and was waving to almost everyone that approached!
Welcome to my blog! I'm Laura, a mum of two. I live in Kent with my high school sweetheart husband Dave, our 5 year old daughter Autumn and 1 year old son Reuben.
I write about my experiences of parenting, as well as my plethora of interests including fashion, beauty, cars, weddings, mental health and the home.