Car Boot Fairs

Car Boot Fairs are markets where individual vendors congregate to sell various items – from household goods to vintage clothes and antique items. They are referred to as car boot sales since items are typically sold from the boot of sellers' cars.


Four upcoming car boot fairs in the UK from Wilton House to Stonor Park

11 April 2022

The country house car boot season is back, dominated by the mammoth annual boot event held for 40 years in aid of the local Rotary Club at Wilton House.


Vic is among big-name ticks

28 August 2017

The Vauxhall Art Car Boot will hit the south-east Kent coastal town of Folkestone on the opening day of the Folkestone Triennial.


End-of-the-revived-pier show roars into Hastings

12 June 2017

Six years after the Victorian Hastings Pier was gutted by fire, it reopened last year after a £14m redevelopment. The funding included £11m from the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as monies raised locally and regionally.

Wilton House Mammoth Car Boot fair

Bank Holiday weekend brings bonanza of antique fairs

26 August 2016

The August Bank Holiday is one of the busiest weekend in the fairs and markets calendar. Here’s a quick look at just a few of the many events taking place across the country.

Marcus Harvey at Vauxhall Car Boot Fair

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair attracts Pop Art legend - and new home secretary

29 July 2016

Super-salesman and artist Marcus Harvey, one of the 100 artist exhibitors at the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair at Hastings on July 16, had been chatting to Amber Rudd, newly appointed home secretary in Theresa May’s government reshuffle.

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Rare August UK antiques fairs north and south

29 July 2015

As dealers’ and buyers’ thoughts turn more to Pinot Grigio by the pool than art and antiques in August, only a few fairs rattle around to provide solace for those eager to earn or spend some money.

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From £20 to £7000 – vendor spots rare Burmantofts plaque at car boot fair

23 April 2015

This large Burmantofts faience plaque sold for £7000 at 1818 Auctions of Milnthorpe, Cumbria. The vendor, who bought it at a car boot sale for £20, was in the room to watch bidding surge way beyond a £400-600 estimate.

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Car boot bargain – limited edition glass shell expected to make over £1000

23 January 2014

Duke’s of Dorchester will offer this 9in (23cm) shell made by Lino Tagliapietra (b.1934), a master glass blower in Murano, at auction next month.

Boot sale provides new outlet for the art market

25 June 2007

It’s doubtful that the average person associates car boot sales with burlesque dancers, but that’s the combination you’ll find at the Art Car Boot Fair 2007 in London’s Brick Lane.

Bootiful people

07 July 2004

POSH country house car boot sales are becoming almost as common as the more familiar down-market variety.

Car-boot buy is a de Morgan bargain

09 July 2003

Rising early after a heavy night out and trawling through a muddy field with the local riff-raff may not sound like an ideal way to spend a Sunday morning. But, like thousands of Brits obsessed with car boot sales, the vendor of a William De Morgan charger in this sale had done just that to obtain his treasure.