BRIGHTON CAR BOOT SALE / SUNDAY MARKET…THE FACTS!
BRIGHTON’S SUNDAY MARKET -WHATS IT ALL ABOUT?
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A (VERY VERY) BRIEF HISTORY
The Sunday Market first started around 27 years ago and was always held at Brighton Train Station car park. However, recently, the organisers were forced to move location because they were only getting to open once a month. This was apparantly due to engineering works on the railway lines, but most of us suspect its more to do with the new hotel opposite not wanting to be woken up at 5am on a Sunday morning.
So the boot sale is now held at Brighton marina – on the top floor of the multistory car park.
It is open from about 7am until midday. However, traders usually arrive very early and so keen buyers are there any time from about 6am.
I believe the cost is £12 per pitch for traders. Buyers and browsers are free.
WHAT WILL I BE ABLE TO BUY?:
You can expect to find a whole host of brilliant things for sale – ranging from clothes, vintage items, bric a brac, house clearance items, books, records, furniture, fruit & veg…the list goes on.
I would say it is more of a professional traders market these days – much more of a market than a classic boot sale. As such, prices are not really cheap – generally, traders are aware of what things are worth, so whilst not unheard of, its rare to get super cheap bargains.
There are always a number of private sellers doing the tadtional boot sale thing of selling all their old tat they no longer want, but the majority of stalls are traders who are there everyweek.
I would certainly recommend attending if you haven’t done so before. The new location is a bit smaller than where it used to be held and a bit further out of the centre of Brighton – but it looks out over the sea and the marina – so the views are great!
WILL I MAKE FRIENDS?:
All sorts of people go to the market, which is one of its great appeals for me. Its quite inclusive, always busy and has a great atmosphere about it.
It can take some time to get round the whole thing (if you want to properly rummage for hidden treasures) – so make sure you go early enough to get a few hours browsing time.
Of course – Brighton is not the only car boot sale in the local area – there are plenty of others to choose from.
OTHER BOOT SALE OPTIONS – OUT OF TOWN SALES:
Perhaps my favourate of all the local sales is run by Mega Car Boot Sales – visit their website here at http://www.megacarbootsale.co.uk/.
They run one every Sunday during the hotter months at either Poyningsor Sayers Common. They are now shut for 2009 and will start again in 2010.
Their website contains the dates, times and maps on how to get there.
These sales are more in the country outside Brighton and as such you get the added delight of seeing some Sussex senery, with all it has to offer, including an impressive array of animal entrails!
The benefit of these sales is they are much more traditional – almost entirely private sellers and real bargains to be had. Most things seems to be 50p – £5, haggling is mroe than accepted and you can come away with bag fulls of joyous bargains.
WHAT IF I WANT A BURGER?:
Not a problem.
The food is perhaps a bit more questionable – not so much fruit and veg stalls or olive’s – but more greasy burgers and hot dogs.
This food van always makes me laugh whenever I go there. Why one earth would anyone thing that having a 8ft tall hot dog man pouring sources over himself ready to be eaten would make anyone actually desire a hot dog is beyond me. If I was a child I would be disturbed at the prospect that I was about to chomp down on a friendly hot dog man.
The illustration is pure genius!
Giant Car Boots are what they say – giant. I mean massive. Big fields with rows upon rows of sellers. They take a good 3 hours to properly look round – but its more than worth investing the time as you can get virtually anything and at prices you would never get offered in brighton.
So…that’s about all you need to know. For a full list of the boot sales and jumble sales happening each week, visit this link for the Friday Ad as most of the ones that are definately happening each week are listed there.
I emplore you to embrace the joy of the boot sale – go seek bargains and they fill find you.
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