These are just a handful of the comments we’ve received over the years. All of our feedback is taken from genuine conversations with our customers either in person or via phone, text, email or our Facebook page. We haven’t asked for these comments, they have been made casually during conversation or sent to us via email. We have then asked for permission to publish. If you have any comments about your experience at BatterseaBoot please click here to email us
My friend and I were first timers at Sunday’s sale, and had a great time. Martin was super helpful with parking and telling us how to go on, and nice with it! We really enjoyed our day, sun shone, and we sold lots of our stuff, so all round a very successful day, and we’ll be back. Thanks for your help and for organizing such a well-run Boot!
I had a good day today as a first timer at Battersea. Staff were v helpful and friendly. My pitch was perfect. Despite the bad weather and other sellers telling me it was a quiet day which was unusual, I sold quite a bit and buyers were not too bad. I would also like to add that the advice on the webpage (first time buyers guide) was spot on! I followed it and sold many items at the right price that suited me and the buyer. Lots of buyers came back for things. I was very kind with my prices, most buyers wanted a discount but some just paid the price I said. Thanks again for all your help and I wish I had come to Battersea car boot years ago!!!
I just had to write to tell you what a wonderful day I had yesterday. It wasn’t just hype at all. I went with my friend who was also a first timer and the experience was fantastic. Right from the gate we only had to mention we were first timers and were guided to our pitch, assisted with our close parking and directed to where to get anything we wanted.Staff were excellent. Atmosphere was friendly and we felt so at home. It was so orderly with no queues and we loved that we had time to set up. Well worth the £35. I have not stopped singing your praises and will be back. I know a couple of friends who will be too. Regards, Grace.
Firstly I want to thank you most warmly for persuading me to go ahead last time by using a mini-cab when my car let me down. The whole team of stewards could not have done more to help me. It made a tremendous difference to feel so fantastically well looked after. Also, on arrival it allayed my anxiety to find they had been briefed about me coming by mini cab. Anyhow, standard size thank you doesn’t really cut it to convey my appreciation. I’m excited to be coming back to this wonderful and unique enterprise that you run with such incredible organisational flair and efficiency. My thanks once again and very best wishes, Kate.
Hi, just wanted to give feedback from my first time selling today – your organisation is fantastic and the best experience I’ve had in many years of selling and buying, and the best atmosphere too. A good mixture of buyers – I met some charming people. A very good experience and I’ll be back! It really was the nicest car boot I’ve been to!
Having been a seller at yesterday’s sale, I just wanted to thank the amazing guys who run it. From being incredibly helpful in finding me a pitch from which I could get away promptly (I was hosting a dinner party that evening) to helping me when I managed to drain my car battery flat, they made the whole experience a complete pleasure. And the car boot was incredibly busy and I made lots of sales. There is even a charity van on site to collect items you don’t want to take home. Excellent service all round. Thank you.
It was the first time I had booked Battersea and I was nervous as it was expensive and the rain was due on the Sunday but I was surprised at how busy I was and made pitch fee back by 11.30! Stayed till gone 4pm and sold out of almost everything. First time I had an empty car going home as I was able to donate the leftover things to the charity van. Great boot sale, well managed. Would recommend anyone to book a pitch.
Thank you for a great first experience. From start to finish the staff were really helpful. The other stall holders were all friendly and it made it a pleasurable experience. Tracey, you were fantastic. It must get really busy as most of the seasoned stall holders said it wasn’t as busy as usual but I found a very reasonable amount of footfall so I can only imagine how packed it must get.
From the moment Bob at the gate welcomed me with a cheery “Hello Hillary” I knew I had made the right decision to come to your Boot Sale. Not only was I given a well-placed pitch, but enough time to set out my goods prettily. The crowd was good-natured, humorous with plenty of characters, so I thoroughly enjoyed my day – AND – I took home £610! I’ll be back…..
I have travelled from Kent twice now to sell and both times glad I did. I sell much more here than I do if I sell at a boot fair in Kent, I am only selling clothes and bric a brac. There is a variety of stalls and I think a comfortable amount so people don’t get fed up with looking and also sellers stand more chance of selling than some huge boot fair with 1000’s of stalls. As well as selling I managed to pick up a bargain vintage dress and a lovely camera from 2 sellers near me.
Most weeks are busy, lively and good for sellers. From a seller’s perspective – I don’t understand the complaints about pitch prices. If you’re a reasonably experienced stallholder and can cope with setting up quickly, a later pitch for £20 is good value, when compared to most other boots. It’s very well organised and the staff are efficient, friendly and helpful. You also get a decent sized pitch, and you’re not crammed in like sardines. So – I’d rather pay a fiver or so more than the average fee, and NOT have to get up at 5am, to then queue for at least 2 hours without a guarantee of getting in. I’ve given up doing many other London boot sales for this reason.
Thousands of people go! I pay £50 for a pitch and it is a bargain for the crowds! I have found real treasures there and enough clothes to outfit an army. I have decorated my whole flat, filled my library with books and DVDs and all for a tiny percentage of what I would have paid retail. The entry fee is completely fair for the number of vendors.
Just wanted to drop you a thanks for your help. It was so busy at your boot sale today I have never seen so many people. I think your boot sale is run so well…. I wish other people would adopt such good management of their events and boot sales. It works so well and helps so much to have an hour to set up and then get a hot cuppa before the buyers arrive. Will see you soon for sure when we find some more of our clutter to rid. Thanks again.
This year is hard for carbooting, it’s been hard wherever you go – no one wants to spend their money. But Battersea has the buyers, you can’t argue with that. And in my experience, if you’re going to make money anywhere these days, you’re going to make it at Battersea. The sheer numbers of people still coming through those gates mean you’ve got to make some money!
At the end of the day what matters most at any boot sale is how many customers they have, and I have yet to find another boot sale in London with as many as you get at Battersea. I know you spend a fortune on publicity and that is obviously how you manage to get so many customers through the gate. This is the problem with other boots sales, the organisers are the only people making any money! At Battersea, it is clear that you actually care and want your sellers to do well and you obviously work hard to ensure they do. You’ve got the whole package! It’s all well and good being nice or having a nice site, but the bottom line is, people do a boot sale to make money and at Battersea I make money! Lots of it!
Just a quick note to pass on my thanks for the boot sale. We were very impressed with the efficient and professional organisation, and the staff were so friendly and helpful. Incidentally, we tried another boot sale a month or so ago, it was fairly quiet (hence all the stuff we still had left to sell!) and we had all that hassle with people trying to delve into the boot before we’d unpacked. Battersea, by huge contrast, was so civilised! It was a one off boot sale for me, but I had such a good time I wished I could do it more regularly! I know where to find you if I need to do another sale in the future.
I’ll be honest, I go to other boot sales now and again as I get fed up with the price of a pitch at Battersea. But, you know what? I ALWAYS come back to Battersea. You just can’t take the same kind of money anywhere else. Other boot sales don’t get the numbers of customers you get, it’s as simple as that. I still get the hump about the price but I’ve got to say, it is worth every penny! What’s the point in going somewhere else, queueing up for ages to pay £15 for a pitch and I take £60? I can come to Battersea for £20 a pitch and take £150-£200… and I don’t need to queue up. I’m just being daft really going anywhere else, as yes you can quote me on that!”
I take more money at Battersea than I take when I pay £150 for a stall at an antiques fair. People comment that I’m paying a lot for a car boot pitch at £35, but you know, the figures speak for themselves. Sometimes I go to an antiques fair and don’t even cover my costs. I can virtually guarantee I’ll take money here, in fact I don’t remember EVER having a really bad day at Battersea. Even when it’s raining you cover your costs and something on top. I’ve never made a loss”
I heard your boot sale is the best premium boot sale and I have very good stuff to sell so would like to go for a premium pitch. A friend of mine sold at your boot sale last year and I remember her telling me she made such a lot of money. I’m sure she told me she made around £300 or even £400 which is so good just selling off unwanted clothes and things!”
I cannot believe you bothered to call me back when you were already fully booked! Now that is service. Most boot sales just ignore your calls, someone from your place called me back, answered all my questions, gave me everything I needed to know. And that was when you were already fully booked! Amazing standard of service I shall be using your boot sale in the very near future
Thanks for taking the time to reply to my questions, and for the helpful auto reply too. I will take your advice about booking early, follow you on Facebook and keep my fingers crossed for next Sunday! Thank you for running such a great event – I never come but I find a new treasure – hence the need to get rid of some old ones! All the best, Lesley.