C. George & SonsTripes Farm - Chelsfield Lane, Orpington, Kent, BR6 7RS01689 876602
Light Hearted Guide to the Boot Sale
Copyright C. George and Sons 2007-17
1. Plan your selling visit to the boot sale well in advance, check this website, our facebookpage, the farm phone answer message or local papers for confirmation that the sale is 'on'.2. Prepare what you are going to sell before you get here. If possible 'price your items up' so that buyers have an idea of how much your are expecting.3. Get to the sale early. The earlier you get, the better 'plot' you get. The gates open at 7am (for traders and early birds!)4. Boot sales like any other large retailing area, attract many types of customer and seller. Most people are selling unwanted items from their houses and garages etc. There are however, traders that make their living by selling products at boot sales. You can more than likely get very good bargains from these more tradition traders. Most buyers are people that come out on a nice Sunday to get a bargain or two. Again there is another type of buyer, the collector/trader. Be aware that these buyers are also making their living by buying items that they know will fetch more money in a shop or at auction. All this activity makes the boot sale a very popular and healthy trading environment.5. 'Haggling' Unless you 'mark up' you items or you 'stick to you guns' people will try to haggle with prices... this has always been the way at boot sales. This is usually very friendly but can potentially offend some people. 6. Lots of buyers and sellers forget one important thing at boot sales.... The fact that most sales are in the summer months, it is not uncommon for people to get sun burnt or suffer sun stroke as it is not always obvious that the sun is so strong. Bring some sun care lotion!!!7. Remember that there are no receipts or guarantees from the majority of sellers at the sale. You must be sure of what you are buying and if its electrical get it tested before you buy it. (There is usually someone with a generator that will test items for a small fee.) Disputes between buyers and sellers can not be rectified by our Marshall and if it gets out of hand the police may be called.8. When you step on to the farmland you are a guest of the Organiser. The land is not a public right of way and is private land. The Organiser has the right to legally refuse entry or ask any person to leave without reason.9. To balance up the mood after the last bullet point, we welcome you to the farm to enjoy yourselves, make a couple of quid, buy that illusive bargain and soak up the atmosphere at Orpington's last remaining Farm.