A twice-weekly town centre car boot sale has had a positive impact on Eastleigh’s market.
Originally a Saturday-only event, the car boot sale’s initial success meant that, within three months, the Council also programmed it for Thursdays, the town centre’s other market day. The fact that it takes place on hard standing means the car boot sale is a year-round event, unlike neighbouring sales which take place in fields and close down for the winter months.
The car boot sale, held on the car park and spilling out into the Market Place precinct, has now established itself as a regular event in the town centre calendar – unless there is a major event taking place. It runs from 9am to 1pm and sellers are asked to arrive from 8am. It is competitively priced at £5 for a car and £10 for a van, or car with a trailer. Hire of tables is £5. Entry for buyers is free and up to 70 vehicles can take part.
The event is run under the guidelines of the Real Deal Charter, the partnership between the Council and Trading Standards, to prevent fake, illicit and potentially dangerous goods being sold to shoppers.
Councillor Paul Bicknell, Chair of the Eastleigh Local Area Committee, said: “The car boot sale took its place alongside the the established market, as well as the monthly Artisan Market and other events, as part of our drive to make Eastleigh town centre an even more attractive retail destination. It also reflects our commitment to support the existing market and to encourage people to re-use and recycle, rather than always buy new.”
To find out more, visit: www.eastleigh.gov.uk/carbootsale