A car boot sale is a simple concept, Clubs allow members and the general public to drive their car into the car park or onto the playing fields into pre-sold stalls where they sell goods from the boots of cars to buyers. It is a great way to capitalise on grounds when they are not in use. Easy to organise and manage with mass appeal and a potential to raise substantial funds, Car Boot Sales are a winner!
Clubs can charge anywhere from $20-$35 per lot and with the size of ovals and car parks these days there could be up to 200 lots made available and that equates to between $4,000-$7,000 for the club. Very nice coin!
On the expenses side, clubs will need to utilise their volunteers to keep costs down. Volunteers will be needed to help with setup, food and drink sales, traffic management and clean up otherwise contract or event staff will need to be organised and paid for.
Car Boot Sales appeal to the whole community and not just your club community. Clubs should promote the event in community resources like the local radio and newspaper as well as a flyer-drop to mailboxes and businesses in the local area.
On top of this, clubs should promote to their own members via the club website, newsletter and social media pages and must encourage their members to participate either as buyers or sellers.
The great thing about a Car Boot Sale is it is the perfect vehicle (pardon the pun) to host secondary fundraisers like Sausage Sizzles, raffles, club membership and club merchandise sales. Food and drinks sales through the canteen are another great revenue raiser for the day.
Licenses and Permits
Check with your local council regarding permits for this event, especially in regards to traffic management, both foot and vehicle.
Factors to Consider
StallsMark out your stall spaces clearly and provide a label that states who the stall space belongs to. Try not to jam cars in too close to each other and leave space for foot traffic.
Traffic ManagementIt is vital your club has a traffic management plans to ensure vehicles move to their stall spaces and exit smoothly and without incident.
Goods for SaleBe clear about the goods allowed for sale. It is illegal to sell certain goods without a permit and be careful with those trying to sell pirated or illegal goods.
This procedure should be treated as a guide only. Your club should seek advice specific to the needs of your club and event. Seek further details from authorities and service providers; especially in regards to insurance, licences, permits, spectator and participant safety.