Frequently Asked Questions
Please remember all car boot sales differ, the faq's listed below relate just to the Rusper Sussex Surrey Car Boot Sale. If you'd like to find out answers to more generalised questions about car boot sales then please do check our car boot sales tips and advice page or visit our car boot sales forum page.
Is it a big car boot sale?
The Rusper Car Boot Sale generally attracts several hundred stall holders and several thousand buyers each Sunday.
Pets at Car Boot Sales?
Dogs are welcome at our Car Boot Sale. We do ask that your dog is on a lead and that you bring a poop scoop and use it. We advise all pet owners that there is very limited shade in the parking area and that it is not advisable to leave pets in vehicles during hot days. We would also like to remind pet owners that they are legally responsible for the conduct of their pets.
Pet-Point. On warmer days please feel free to let your dog use the fresh water bowls specially provided. These are currently located by the Country Kitchen Hot Food Kiosk.
Not all car boot sales allow pets at their events. If you are thinking of taking your dog to a car boot sale do check with the organisers first. This can be especially true with hardstanding and council operated car boot sales. At the Rusper car boot sale we encouarge owners to bring along their dogs, after all they are part of the family! We do not like to see dogs left in cars. There are easily accessable public footpaths bordering the Rusper boot sale which are perfect for dog walking and encompass interesting and attractive parts of the sussex surrey border.
Please note - We do not allow the sale of pets or any livestock at our car boot sale. If you see anybody attempting to sell pets or animals at the car boot sale please report it immediatley to a car boot marshal.
Disabled parking at the Car boot sale?
Yes. The Rusper Car Boot Sale provides two large areas for disabled parking. These areas are located very close to the boot sale stall holders areas. The disabled parking bays at our boot sale are strictly for disabled badge holders only! You must show the traffic marshals your official blue badge in order to use the designated parking bays.
We appreciate that some visitors to the car boot sale may have mobility problems but are not disabled badge holders. If you do need assistance with your parking location then please inform a boot sale parking marshal.
Can I arrive early?
We prefer everyone to arrive at the car boot sale at the correct times. If you do arrive early then please be prepared to wait.
Do you charge more for large cars?
No. All cars, 4x4's and people carriers are charged one single price. Vans and commercial sized vehicles are charged at a different tarrif. Stall holders who require additional space on top of the generous pitch sizes offered may be charged an additional fee at our car boot sale.
(click here for 2012 pitch fees)
Boot Sale Stall Space?
Unless otherwise requested all stalls are set up along the side of the stall holders vehicle. This means most car boot stall holders will have no problem putting out two full length standard tables. In most cases there is room for upto three tables but this is not garunteed.
Can I get food and drink?
Yes. There are two catering units at our car boot sale both providing hot and cold refreshments.
We also have a regular local ice cream van during the warmer weeks.
Our car boot sale also provides a picnic area with tables and chairs for your comfort.
The Rusper car boot sale does not allow the sale of any foods or beverages without prior agreement.
Can I park with a friend?
Yes. It's a great way of doing a car boot sale and is usually not a problem at our event. We do recommend that you pre-book your pitches in advance to be certain. However, if you ensure that all parties arrive at the same time and you inform the parking marshals that you are together then we'll do our very best to get you parked up together.
Can I reserve a pitch at the boot sale?
Yes. A reserved pitch allows us to hold a place for you from the earlier time of 11am until 12pm. There is a fee of £1 ontop of the ususal pitch fee which is donated to charity.
It's not necessary to book unless you have specific need. It's useful to have a reserved pitch at the car boot sale if you wish to arrive earlier because you have a lot of stuff to stall out or if you think you'll be arriving a little later. It's also a great way of making sure you can get parked up next to friends of family that are stalling out at the car boot sale.
We offer a reserve online service through our car boot local charity 'justgiving' pages or drop us an email.
(click here to find out more about reserved pitches.)
Can I leave my junk behind?
We are pleased to have the services of volunteers from Shelter with whom you can donate your items to at the end of the car boot sale. They are only able to remove a limited amount with their van and are unable to accept broken items, junk or rubbish.
There is a household reycling facility on the A24, just on the edge of Horsham, at the Hop Oast round about - just a few miles from the car boot sale. It is open until 7pm on Sundays through the spring and summer.
Can I get away earlier?
Yes. This is usually not a problem. The lanes set out at the car boot sale are wide enough for emergency vehicle access and therefore wide enough for early departing stall holders. If you require assistance please get the attention of a car boot marshal who will be only too pleased to assist you.
Do you supply tables?
No. Due to the size of the car boot sale we are no further able to offer this service.
What do I do with my raffle ticket?
Keep hold of it! Your raffle tickets is a receipt for your pitch and also gives you free entry into our stall holders free Sunday draw aswell as our unique car boot sale website mystery raffle!
Do you allow Charity Stalls?
Yes. The Rusper Car Boot Sale is always keen to support registered charities and local fund raisers. We offer a 50% pitch discount for charities when you book in advance. Our car boot sale has supported a myriad of good causes and in many cases provided free pitches for entire seasons.
(Click here for details)
Do you provide toilets?
Yes. The Rusper Car Boot Sale provides modern port-a-loos. They are located on the hardstanding area at the top of the 1st stall holders field, near the picnic and catering areas. Our loos are professionaly cleaned and restocked before every event. In 2012 we will be adding even more loos, six in total, including a a disabled access loo.
Can I sell home produce at the Car Boot Sale?
Yes. We like to see home produce stalls. Our car boot sale supports genuine home produce such as fruit, vegetables, plants and even a small amount of home baked cakes.
In the past some stall holders have pushed the limits of what is 'home-produce' and therfore anyone wishing to sell food or beverage items must notify us with a request in advance.
It is vital for all sellers of consumable foods to check that they are acting within the parameters of the law, Environment agency and trading standards.
CAN I SELL FOOD AT THE CAR BOOT?
We do not allow the sale of any food stuffs or any beverages without prior arrangement. We do welcome small scale home made produce if notified in advance. Anyone attempting to sell food or beverage without prior permission will be removed.
There are no vacancies for additioanl catering at present.
If you have any additional questions about the Rusper Sussex Car Boot Sale please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our Car Boot Sale Guides
Please read our guide on boot sale selling.