Fundraising Idea - car boot sales

Thursday 9 May 2019

Fundraiser and Ultra Challenger, Mark Woodhouse is tackling 100km on the South Coast Challenge and fundraising in support of our Veterans and their families. 

Mark, who served for 16 years in the Royal Corps of Signals, will be joined by his wife, Ingrid on their epic challenge later this year. Beginning in Eastbourne before heading over the Seven Sisters to finish in historic Arundel, the route is bound to see some spectacular coastal views.

Mark has already kick-started his fundraising, and with the weather getting warmer has some excellent advice to help boost donations towards a challenge. He attended a car boot sale over the Easter weekend with Ingrid and their son Osten, making the most of the bank holiday weather. The family has many more car boot sales planned in over the summer ahead of their challenge.

As Mark explains: “We researched car boot sales to find the best one in our area.  We also checked with them to see if they would reduce the cost of our pitch for fundraising purposes, which they did!”

Being prepared will always help with the early start and ensure you maximise your sales throughout the day.

“We found packing the cars the day before really helpful, as well as having tables and tarpaulin to put on the floor.

“We really enjoyed meeting lots of people and getting great support. The best part is coming home with a lot less than we went with, and we raised £100 from our first car boot sale.”

There are always lots of events taking place over the summer months, so it is a great opportunity to add to donations from friends and family.

“Check out the car boot sales in your area, and don’t ask too much but be prepared to barter. Also take a good selection of different things, so that you have something for everyone.

“We went onto our social media networks and asked people to have a spring clean. We didn’t turn anything down! We now have regular contact with people and very often come home to items left on our doorstep.”

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