Stonham Barns Traditional Sunday Car Boot
Family run Sunday Car Boot.
Great weather last Sunday and 145 sellers at Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot. This Sunday the weather looks good again and we are expecting a great crowd as we have Swedefest Truck Show on as well. This is a really popular show and a huge turnout of Lorries with lots of Lorry fans added to the already large Car Boot crowd. You will need to be quick to get a covered stall as these go quickly, especially on an event day, as it's a guaranteed spot on the main field.
This Sunday, as always, you can always just turn up on the day. NO BOOKING NEEDED.
People keep asking when we'll stop for the year. Whilst the weather is good and the fields are dry we will try and carry on till the end of November but, it will all depend upon the fields and whether it gets too wet for buyers to park on the fields. I will keep everyone updated on here.
We have lots of events running at the same time as the Car Boot and the next is the Swedefest Truck Show on the 26th September. These will all be even bigger crowds at Stonham to add to the excellent & constantly growing crowd that the Car Boot already has.
Covered Stalls are available for this every Sunday but these do go very quickly as there are only 20. These can be pre-booked on 07817539168 (text to pre-book). These offer some shade to sellers as well as a tabletop. These are on the main field and you pull in behind them and set up. These go really fast so text to reserve any Sunday. Everyone else wishing to sell at Stonham can just turn up on the day from 6.30am until 9am. Most people arrive at 8.
Once again you do not need to book to sell at Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot you can just turn up. Also, you don't have to arrive at 6.30am as many don't turn up until 8/8.30am that's just the time we open. I really would prefer it if everyone turned up from 7am onwards as the Car Boot doesn’t liven up until after 8. We have enough space for everyone though.
Again, a big thanks to the majority who followed the distancing and one-way routes and abide by our strict no harassment policy which is why Stonham Barns Car Boot is always such a friendly place to sell and buy at. Back again on Sunday 26th September 2021 & every Sunday until further notice.
We do now let Sellers enter the field from 5.30am onwards. We don’t really get going till 8am but, we have allowed early entry. Buyers will be allowed at the same time but – please allow me to get everyone into position so please don’t hinder this and please don’t stand behind cars whilst they unload. No one is going to jump in and buy before you as it just isn’t that kind of car boot. The reason we have become so popular is because we don’t have people harrassing sellers. If anyone oversteps their mark we will stop buyers entering the field until gone 7am.
We will always try to open every week irrespective of the weather as we still get buyers and sellers.
Last thing – anyone bringing plants. You can if they are home-grown and you have other things as well. Please don’t bring plants only.
The only bad news is that following additional costs at the Car Boot we have had to increase the pitch prices minimally from £5 to £6 for cars, Cars with trailers £8.50, Small Vans £8.50 and large vans £12. Covered stalls will now be £12. I hope this is ok with everyone?
Last year we enlarged the sales areas as we using three different fields so again I apologise for the extra walk for buyers but, the Car Boot is literally right next to where you park once everyone is in. Disabled parking is near the Owl Sanctuary or in the Coach Park. Please don't park there if you don't have a disabled badge. One last thing for buyers to note - If I have marked an area for sellers it doesn’t mean you ignore it and park in the seller’s areas and that includes disabled badge holders as there are disabled spots. Ask when arriving.
I expect there will be more Car Boots open this year but, make sure you are organised and bring everything that you need to feel comfortable at the Car Boot. We do have food and drinks (hot and cold) and the toilets are open with a strict one in one out system. These are cleaned constantly throughout the opening times. You can literally just turn up on the day and sell. If you can’t get to the food van/toilet I am coming round to take pitch fees so ask me or ask your neighbour to look after your pitch. With the size of the car boot growing it does mean a longer walk to the toilet though.
Thanks to everyone last year who followed all that I asked.
We will have sanitising solution available to purchase if necessary but, ideally all will bring some. Go to the food van if you need any sanitiser.
I will be out attempting to guide everyone into position and again I ask for patience as I will decide where everyone goes as the positioning of everyone will be vital and everyone needs to be positioned as I suggest.
My apologies if I appear grumpy first thing : ) it's normally based upon people not parking straight or everyone racing up the field to get in when they need to go one by one and slowly - as I tend to fill up across the field and not row by row or buyers standing behind the vehicle I'm trying to park a seller into.
Last year was a great success and I can only thank everyone that acted intelligently and sensibly.
At the end of the day though, we are an extremely friendly car boot with a lot of regular sellers. You’ll find that you can speak to and ask anyone selling at the car boot and they’ll point you in the direction of myself or the various people working at the car boot. I will be wearing a high viz jacket this Sunday so the person covered with small beetles will be me. Please feel free to ask anything. Otherwise ask at the food van.
Stonham Car Boot has always had a great atmosphere where the public (sellers and buyers) have made the whole occasion really enjoyable. We don't have or allow anyone to harass sellers and it has never been an issue. Which is why everything works so well. But, because of restrictions we will have to follow set guidelines for sellers and buyers and everyone needs to read these and follow carefully.
We will have Covered stalls in position but, these will need to be pre-booked in advance - Text 07817539168 with your number plate and vehicle size to reserve one and specify which Sunday you would like to attend. If you cannot make a date please text beforehand to let me know. Any Sunday can be reserved in advance (covered stalls). These are covered stalls (outside) with an overhead canopy and table to place items on. These are £12 for any vehicle size. If the forecast is heavy winds the overhead canopies may not be placed on the stalls for fear of the stall being blown into your cars bodywork.
Anyone wishing to attend on the day will be charged £6 cars, £8.50 small vans, £12 Large Vans, cars with trailers £8.50. Covered stalls are £12. Buying is free.
Food & drinks will be available as usual at the Car Boot. There will be only 2/3 people in the food van and they will also have gloves & masks. All Food and drinks will follow Covid 19 government guidelines.
One last thing. We had 1 seller last week leave without paying. If you need to leave early please pay at the Food Van or come and find me. We do have cameras at Stonham filming the whole venue so please have the decency to come and find me or pay somewhere as a lot of time and effort goes into running a car boot.
Below is some information about Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot
Make sure you turn up & sell from Six Pounds.
We also have the additional bonus of regular events
that run at the same time as the Car Boot
so check the link so you can sell to the extra crowds. There are many more events
this year at Stonham
now which means that we will have many more sellers and of course many more buyers.
If you haven't been to Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot
come on Sunday 26th September
and you'll love the friendliness
Below is a little bit more about Stonham
and the Car Boot
, make sure you visit our Web Page
pages as it tells you a lot more about Stonham
and what is going on weekly as it rarely is the same each week. We are open from April
Stonham Barns Car Boot is still the one to go to if you want a completely stress free day without the buyers climbing into the back of your car. We have had 240 sellers on some weeks and we are lucky to have buyers that actually buy. Stonham is known for its one off sellers and Antiques (as well as all the normal Car Boot items) and in our Seventh year we are getting a good regular crowd of sellers and buyers. Everyone loves Stonham as its unbeatable when the weather is good. It has a great atmosphere, a knowledgeable friendly crowd made up of all ages. Families, young and old, It's dog friendly and caters for the disabled. You can still sell from Six Pounds right up to Twelve Pounds for Covered stalls. These are really a hit with the sellers as you can book by texting 07817539168, pull up behind, set up and sell and pack up and leave at the end of the day. Alternatively, we are still the cheapest in Suffolk so you can just turn up from 8am and sell.
Once we are on the field we allow sellers as much space as they require and you can even bring a gazebo and set up. We only have a few rules - we don't allow buyers to harass. Please let sellers get there items out. Buyers will see you waiting. Everyone is welcome to sell at the Car Boot. You are welcome to sell home grown plants but, only if sold with a mixture of normal Car Boot items as well. Old gardening tools etc is fine. Contact me if unsure. No food sold without contacting me prior to the event as we are inspected and you will need to be aware of food hygiene levels. No hot food is allowed to be sold and you will need to notify me beforehand with regard to any food. No drinks, hot or cold allowed to be sold either.
Something I will add, which I think is important, is the fact that you can sell without the fear of things being stolen or being pestered whilst setting up. I hear that this is a problem at so many Car Boots but, we have a friendly Traditional Car Boot which attracts all ages and a great atmosphere. If you ever have a problem call me immediately on 07817539168 and I will resolve.
Everyone loves the friendly atmosphere, the non-aggressive buyers and a good old-fashioned traditional Car Boot. So, 6.30am start on Sunday. Just turn up and sell from £6. The Events days are Ideal days to sell at the Car Boot with extra crowds on those days. I will also try and add all the various Car Meets and activities that will bring extra crowds on the Sundays. When the events are on the visitors park next to the Car Boot..
Stonham itself sees many new shops and a new restaurant with it's new Kids Play Area as well as the popular Owl Sanctuary, Golf/FootGolf and a growing number of craft shops, antique shops, a garden centre & lots more so, the whole experience on a Sunday is also improving. We are also increasing the Hard Ground.
Sellers tend to arrive from 6.30am onwards (we do allow earlier (6.30am the earliest) but, Stonham wakes up after 9am with the shops and attractions also opening at 10am). Sensible people get there for 8am.. We start slowly but, once all the shops and attractions are open you get a good steady crowd. Make sure you pop by whatever you are doing as we do get some great bargains. Everyone loves the atmosphere of the Car Boot and it's a good crowd that actually pay the asking prices.
Stonham is very different to other venues as we have so much going on as we are not just a Car Boot. There are lots of Shops, Golf, Fishing, Camping, a Garden Centre, Owl Sanctuary, Holiday Park, Men & Ladies Fashion, Serpent House/Pet Shop and lots more. We also have two showgrounds with regular events, permanent loos and free parking for all.
If the weather's good Stonham is a great place to sell & you won't find a friendlier Car Boot and such a friendly buying crowd plus there are always great bargains as we are renowned for our one off novice sellers. We are also on the Coastal Route & in Summer have the Campsite and Holiday Homes full up and filled with Car Boot lovers and so many visitors to the Attractions and shops. If the sun comes out Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot is so popular.
We are outdoors only but offer covered stalls. We try to open every week irrespective of the weather as we still get buyers and sellers.
Buying is free as is parking.
07817539168 email@example.com for information on the Car Boot and events at Stonham Barns.