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Hunt for second hand treasures at the capital's finest car-boot sales

Whether its a high-end fashion steal or a cut-price antique, everyone loves a bargain. That's why we sent Yasmin Eshref in search of London's best car boot sales. Luckily for late starters, she discovered, in this town you don't have to drag yourself out of bed at the crack of dawn to get your hands on a secondhand gem.

If you think we've missed out one of London's best car-boot sales, let us know in the comment box below.

Wimbledon Car Boot Sale Wimbledon Car Boot Sale - © Celia Topping

Wimbledon car-boot sale

Wimbledon Stadium, Plough Lane, London, SW17 0BL

What For three days a week the stadium is filled with 2000-plus stalls selling a wide range of items from clothing to crockery to silverware and gold jewellery, so bring a big bag and expect to fill it. Entry fee £2 early-bird entry (usually the first hour of the sale), 50p thereafter. See more details

Battersea car-boot sale

Battersea Park School, Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 5AP

What Not the cheapest of its kind, but more high-end than most. If you're a seasoned fan of vintage and not simply in search of a car-boot bargain, this is the sale for you. Entry fee Early-bird entry £3 from noon, 50p after 1.30pm. See more details

Capital car-boot sale

Pimlico Academy, (Chichester St entrance), London, SW1V 3AT

What Freelance stylist and personal shopper Faye Marriott was bored with London's car-boot sales, so she set up her own in 2010. Her modern approach (she's one of the few car-boot organisers who is Facebook- and Twitter-savvy) has attracted a generally younger crowd, many of whom deal in vintage fashion and collectibles. Brands like Isabel Marant, Mulberry and the odd Luella handbag have all been plucked from her car boots since the sale's inception. Entry fee Early-bird entry £5 from 11am, £1 after 1pm, under-tens go free. See more details

Holloway car-boot sale

Holloway Road, opposite Odeon Cinema, London, N7 6LJ

What Because of its proximity to both London Metropolitan University and City and Islington College, some stalls offer students a discount of up to 20 per cent, but even without this the prices are still very reasonable – we picked up a pair of tan Chelsea boots for a meagre £8. Entry fee Free. See more details

Hounslow West car-boot sale

Hounslow West Station Car Park, Bath Road, London, TW3 3DH

What There's very little vintage to be found at Hounslow but you'll find a great mix of secondhand clothing and brand new goods at tiny prices. Look out for occasional items of furniture and the wonderful on-site butchers and green grocers for fresh local goodies. Entry fee Free. See more details

Nags Head car-boot sale

22 Seven Sisters Road, London, N7 6AG

What There's a fantastic mix of antiques and artifacts to be had, with recent specialist finds including a Victorian decorative knife set and a stamp collection dating back to the 1920s, though if you're looking for something a bit more modern, DVDs can be picked up from 50p to £1. Entry fee Free. See more details

Rotherhithe car-boot sale

Fisher Football Club, Salter Road, London, SE16 5HL

What A recent trip provided us with bountiful loot, including handcrafted crochet blankets for 25p a piece, a vintage mini pinball machine for £6 and an Yves Saint Laurent suit jacket for £3.50. Entry fee Free on Sat, £1 on Sun between 9am-1pm and 50p thereafter. See more details

Shepperton car-boot sale

New Road, London, TW17 0QQ

What The stallholders are knowledgeable and attentive, so it's a great starting out sale for newbies on the car-boot scene, as well as seasoned booters who are willing to travel in search of the perfect secondhand find. Entry fee Early-bird entry from 7.30am £3, 50p thereafter. See more details

St Augustine's car-boot sale

St Augustine's School, Kilburn Park Road, London, NW6 5SN

What According to her best pal Henry Holland, Agyness Deyn used to shop at this sale for clothes, and there's definitely some quirky finds to be had if you're willing to root around for them. If that doesn't wear you out, St Mary's car-boot sale is within walking distance for double the fun. Entry fee Early-bird entrance fee before 11am £3, 50p thereafter. See more details

St Mary's car-boot sale

St Mary's Church of England Primary School, Quex Road, London, NW6 4PG

What St Mary's is run by the London Car Boot Co which hosts the prolific Princess May and nearby St Augustine's sales. It boasts a great spread of vintage vinyls, magazines and textiles, and the sale is also a Mecca for wannabe interior designers who'll be spoiled for choice with the range of retro light fittings and quirky home furnishings. Entry fee Early-bird entrance fee before 10am £3, 50p thereafter. See more details

Stoke Newington car-boot sale

Princess May School, Princess May Road, London, N16 8DF

What Forget the idea that car-boot sales are fusty and dusty – the Princess May draws an uber trendy Stoke Newington crowd, at its lively vintage and valuables sale. There's a great choice of vintage costume jewellery and collectable coins, and in the summer you'll also find a delicious barbecue on site. Entry fee Early-bird entrance fee before 9am £3, 50p thereafter. See more details

Users say

122 comments
Sheikh
Sheikh

London car boot.....really a bargin... Still remember...I wish. I can find some thing like London car boot in Pakistan....if some one can do me a favor and buy a full load of bags,shoes,crockery,and other good stuff ,,,so I can start my business over here in Pakistan cuz i I am unemployed....and wana do some thing ...to make a living.thanks

Sheikh
Sheikh

London car boot.....really a bargin... Still remember...I wish. I can find some thing like London car boot in Pakistan....if some one can do me a favor and buy a full load of bags,shoes,crockery,and other good stuff ,,,so I can start my business over here in Pakistan cuz i I am unemployed....and wana do some thing ...to make a living.thanks

Lucy
Lucy

Candice, you need to leave a message and they call you back.

Candice
Candice

Hi people ? Could some1 tell me if u can just turn up or if u have to pre book cause the organizers don't pick up the phone and I'd realy like to try it iv read realy good things please let me know asap THANKs

MARCELLA
MARCELLA

i went to battersea to day, as i have not been for a while......my husband and i got there just before 12.oclock he paid £5.00 to get in i waited and paid £3.00 i know i said the bootsale is a rip off AND I NOW KNOW I AM RIGHT WHAT A JOKE THEY LET THE CARS IN THE BUYERS ARE LIKE BEES ROUND A HONEY POT THE SELLERS CANT EVEN GET THERE STUFF OUT THE BOOT WITH OUT PEOPLE GOING THROUGH THERE GOODS I WANTED TO SCREAM AT THESE SILLY PEOPLE I THINK THE BOOTSALE IS A JOKE my husband paying five pounds to get in thinking he will get a bargain the fact there was only a few cars and then me paying £3.00 and cant get a look in I WILL NEVER EVER GO BACK TO THIS BOOTSALE I THINK ITS A LOAD OF GRAB

MARCELLA
MARCELLA

i think battersea is very expensive as a buyer i have been there quite a few times, i can understand the sellers are there to make money which is only right, but i ask a seller how much a mans ralph lauren shirt was and he said £7.00.......he said thats a designer shirt......i said yea and this is a bootsale well of course i walked away, when i buy from other bootsales and only pay £2.00 that was just one example..belive me there are many more.........i love carboot sales but i dont belive in getting ripped of then you have to pay £3.00 to get in which i think is really bad but i do know most bootsales charge that, but if you get there late you pay less but all the bargains are gone

Lucy K
Lucy K

Battersea, without question! It is the ONLY place (in my experience) where you stand any chance of taking serious money when the weather is not so good. They open no matter what and the punter numbers are mindblowingly good. I make good money there, I've tried other places cos the pitch price at Battersea is pretty high but in the long run the money you take more than makes up for it. I find it's worth the extra just to get a space guarenteed for me and not have to queue up for hours.

Louise
Louise

Hi just wondered if someone could give me a few tips, done local bootsales in essex but want to head into London this weekend...What would you all say iss the better bootsale out of all of them? Thanks

LUCY K
LUCY K

Dear Dave, I WISH!!! p.s Who's Rob? Did Battersea again yesterday, it was torrential rain all day but I took my pitch money before I'd even been parked up when one of the dealers bought a bike I had on the roof while I was still in the que...can't complain about that. I've been having a look back over comments on this page and what I don't quite grasp is why, if you express a negative opinion about a boot sale you're branded a 'nutter' of some type, and if you have something positive to say it is presumed you're somehow 'in' with the organisers... what a sorry and pointless state of affairs! Lucy (a full time seller, sadly not a carboot organiser!)

Carole
Carole

Question to Kilburn Car Boot. Are you returning to Kilburn at some point in the future or is the present situation the permanent arrangement. Regards Carole and Michael

dave
dave

Lucy k must be a side kick of hammersmith Rob. She probably stands on the gate with him taking the money off the poor old punters

Lucy K
Lucy K

Did Battersea last week, it poured with rain practically all afternoon and i still did really well (took about £150 as opposed to my usual £200) Personally I find Battersea still really worthwhile even in the rain, somehow they still manage to get hundreds of punters in there. I don't know how they do it but if you can be bothered to cover your stuff up during a shower it certainly makes for a better day than sitting in a dead indoor event (I've done that lots!)

alan
alan

I have tried the sale at gerrards x its crap they advertise all different times sometimes afternoon sometimes morning, they dont know what they are doing. Steer away

Carol
Carol

Hi Marcella, Just to let you know that the Car Boot Sale at Princess May School, Stoke Newington has an indoor area aswell and tables are provided.

dominique
dominique

has any one been to the boot sale at mumsford lane gerrards x i have heard its rubbish but i need to go somewhere on a sat thats open

richard
richard

cor mary you ain arf testy are you sure!!!!!!!

MARCELLA
MARCELLA

HI PEOPLE......QUESTION IS THERE ANY UNDER COVER BOOTSALES ....PETER CAN YOU GIVE ME THE POST CODE FOR THE ONE IN ENFIELD...AND THE BEST TIME TO GET THERE ..OHH WHAT DAY IS IT THANKYOU

Mary
Mary

Richard.... One my comment is not just to you!!! ( As you do not represent this forum) and furthermore all i did was just respond to yourself (Raj) saying that i was speaking rubbish the only thing i am appoligies here for is swearing beacuse everything else i did was just me voicing my views. So stop with the snarky comments its getting old now. Thank you.

richard
richard

thats alriight mary totally accepted, its just that if you give some you got take some. Over and out

Mary
Mary

Wow look what has started here, you know what i appoligise to everyone and don't want this site to be full of this stuff. Sorry.... lets keep it about the car boots everyone, its just going well off strack and although i dont believe i am alone in terms of insults etc i know i am a part of it, so once again Sorry guys. Mary

dave
dave

peter suuch language! I bet yOur real is mary

richard
richard

Ok Ok people its over now lets get back to the car boot sales... I still think Battersea is the best but im waiting for a challanger, i made £80 last week what others are good.. Carole i am on the hunt for some more too so i will let you know..

Peter
Peter

And Mary only got offensive when he said she ws talking rubbish i would have told him to fuck off to!!! A totally stranger what a cheek!

carole
carole

Car Boots, sad to see lots close in the winter. There are still plenty of people prepared to run them but lots of popular venues from previous years do not re open. Whats changed, is it the safety laws or inability to provide toilet facilities. I live close to Heathrow and Windsor. Please anyone let me know, if there are any good venues. Thanks From passionate about car boots

hazel
hazel

a note to mary 7thnov I suggest you practice what you preach!

phil
phil

thats democracy, mary talks about free opinions and everybody has a right to say what they like. along comes raj tells mary what he thinks she tells him tof!!!k off. true to the cause mary!!!!!!!!

omar
omar

mary are you sure you are not a labourite

Mary
Mary

Raj i have not insulted anyone on here so i suggest you turn your anger towards someone else, further more i am not chatting rubbish so i suggest you get a life. And .... you were not included in the conversation at all neither have i seen any of your comments on here previously so f*** off!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry everyone but i do not take kindly to idiots.

raj
raj

well mary i think you take yourself a little bit too seriously with all the rubbish you come out with. I bet you vote labour

Mary
Mary

Err have not been on here for a short while but have to say i am surprised at how many people are robbing people of having their own opinons, i wont say any names as it is very obvious who... but like i previously said i can not stand when others dont like someone's opinon beacuse it is not the same as theres! To be honest even if there are some boot salers here trying to plug there bootsales i think that is fine beacuse its all about opinon beacuse after all they may think there's is the best, which is fine as this site allows others to comment it is a great way to see who is bluffing and who is not and i think those who are doing that are very obvious, however people please dont get on your high horses beacuse someon's opion is not the same as yours that sort of stuff really does p*** me off. Everyone should be able to have their opinon whether it is good or bad and it does not even mean that it has to be constructive to be honest( although it would be nice) beacuse it is down to the individual... I want to know if someone thought a car boot sale was rubbish and if the people were rude!! The same way i would like to know if it was really good and you made friends etc. STOP BLOCKING PEOPLES RIGHT TO EXPRESS THEMSELFS. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

marcella
marcella

THANKYOU CAROL, IF ANYONE ON HERE HERE KNOWS THE PEOPLE THAT RUN KILBURN CAN THEY PLEASE TELL THIS SILLY FOOL RICHARD THAT I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH IT I AM GETTING REALLY FED WITH WITH HIM,TALKING GRAP..WHAT A SAD MAN HE IS THANKYOU

Carol
Carol

Hi Marella Yes the bootsale is still going on at Kilburn on Saturdays, I was there a couple of weeks ago. It has been split onto two sites. One has the walk-in pitches and the other has vehicles. There is a mini-bus service that operates between the two sites.

richerd
richerd

marcella i told you that was not your name we now know its RICHARD!!!!!

MARCELLA
MARCELLA

THE COMENT BELOW WAS FOR RICHARD........CAN ANYONE PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTION ABOUT ANY GOOD BOOTSALES ON SATURDAY.......THANKYOU

richard
richard

I THOUGHT THIS WAS A SITE TO ASK QUESTION ABOUT BOOTSALE, NOT TO PLUG THEM, I HAVE BEEN ADDICTED TO BOOTSALES FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS NOW, AND LOVE THE BUZZ OF GETTING UP IN THE SUMMER AND BUYING GREAT BARGAINS, MAYBE NOT SO MUCH OF A BUZZ IN THE WINTER I CANT BELIVE THAT PEOPLE LIKE RICHARD HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO THEN SAY SILLY COMMENTS ABOUT ME PLUGING KILBURN WHEN I REALLY DONT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS BOOTSALE, RICHARD MOVE ON .....AS I DONT CARE IF YOU BELIVE ME OR NOT .....HOW BORING ARE YOU ....MARCELLA

Deana
Deana

Yes margaret I agree that this site is for constructive comments and opinions only - I gave an opinion and was called strange. Katie plugged the boot sale at princess may so much that she is obviously a part of it by what she said - breath of fresh air, polite organisers, reasonable, enjoyable, stall availability, successful, well worth a visit. Let people judge for themselves like I did. No more advertising thank you Princes May!!!!

richard
richard

i still dont believe you marcella!!!!!!

MARCELLA
MARCELLA

FOR THIS SILLY MAN RICHARD.........LET ME JUST SAY .....I DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH KILBURN,...I DONT NEED TO GET A LIFE...YOU DO ..ALL I DID WAS ASK A QUESTION IF KILBURN WAS STILL OPEN....... I JUST WANT TO KNOW IF ANYONE KNOWS OF ANY BOOTSALES ON A SATURDAY ????.........AND FOR YOU RICHARD HAVE A NICE DAY ......MARCELLA PS THIS IS MY REAL NAME X

Margaret
Margaret

How many paranoid people are there on what is meant to be a basic comments site. I can't believe some of the comments I am reading mainly from organisers of one relatively unknown carboot. May I suggest that if anyone wants a good car boot sale they use their search engines and google them up like I do when I want to sell or buy. There are dozens of good boot sales out there. Let's put a stop to all this nonsense and self-promotion!!

Deana
Deana

Katie this is all about giving personal opinions. You have good experiences at the boot sale at princesss may and I haven't. What is strange about that!! The boot sale is never that busy and cannot compete with others I have been to. Get a life Katie - you definitely sound part of the set up at princess may - just take it on the chin.

Katie
Katie

I find Deena's comments really strange. Perhaps she is also another Car Boot Organiser? I have been a regular at Princess May for sometime. I find it, as a relatively new bootsale, a breath of fresh air! The organisers are polite and the cost, unlike other bootsales is very reasonable. The times that I have frequented this Bootsale, I have had a good day both financially and enjoyably. And now, that some indoor pitches/stalls are available, this bootsale should be a great success all through the year. I think it's well worth a visit.

RICHARD
RICHARD

we all khow you run kilburn marcella if thats your real name. Get a life

marcella
marcella

hi there can anyone tell me is there any good car boot sales on saturday apart from the ones in time out thankyou ...marcella

Deana Howe
Deana Howe

Yes i totally agree with Diana and mary. Everyone has their own opinion about boot sales - even if they are not rosy red. I have been doing car boots for years and have recently been to the one at Princess May - as a buyer and a seller. For me it was not good but that's just my opinion. I live in the area and thought I would give it a try because it's local. On my first visit (as a buyer) it did not seem very busy with sellers but one of the organisers asured me it was a quiet week and usually it was much busier (apparantly it has room for 80 or so cars). I decided to give it a try to sell and have been twice in fact - and both times it has not lived up to expectations. One week I only counted about 33 cars and that was a sunny day and there didn't seem many people through the door either. The organisers obviously want to entice people and will say what sellers want to hear just to get them in. Unfortunately it didn't do it for me which is a shame -I won't be trying a third time. I'll go back to my usual busy haunts.

diana
diana

quite right mary everybody is entitled to a fair opinion good or bad of car boot sales. but this moron parker thinks he has the right of free admission just because its a car boot sale. when he was told he had got to pay an entance fee to he got abusive and arrogant and made stupid threats, thats the problem mary his was not a review more a thugs view

Mary
Mary

Why the hell do people on this site seem to think that the reviews from sellers or buyers have to be rosy red???? if someone did not enjoy themselves at a car boot then they reserve the right to say it, i dont think anyone here is commiting slander no one has said dont go the that particuar boot sale and only a few have mentioned specific names, sorry but there is one thing that i can not stand and it is people who dont allow overs to voice their views on how there experence was. THIS SITE IS FOR REVIEWS AND INFO ON CAR BOOT SALES WHETHER THEIR ROSEY RED OR S**** BROWN. If he didn't like princess may then he just didn't like it!! Gosh! I still go there and so do others and if i have any trouble there i will be straight on this site reporting it!!! With out a second thought!!

Carole and Michael
Carole and Michael

Dear Mr Parker Its sad to read that you was not happy with your experience at the carboot, however you have aired you grievances for many to read and there may be some who choose not to go to that car boot. But I am amazed at your energy that you want to go down so many avenues to seek further revenge. You seem like a bitter highly sensative individual and if only you chanelled your time into helping so many individuals suffering around London. I know the team at the car boot from a distance and they work enormous hours well before daylight arrives and are there hours after the car boot finishes cleaning the mess left by others. They also appear to have additional cleaning services which must cost a fortune. I have joined my husband on the odd ocassion as a booter and I have seen staff physically abused and also the same staff protect booters who have been attacked from members of the public and sometimes defused very dangerous situations. Chill out you see everything in a single tunnel vision.

Mike L
Mike L

@Sheikh Are you still looking for a business partner?