The Easy Guide to Making Money at Car Boot Sales

It has been said that another man’s junk is another man’s treasure. To this day I wonder why people buy some of the junk they do at different places, especially at car boot sales. Still, ours is not to reason why but to take advantage of the situation to make money at car boot sales. There are two ways you can make money: one is to become a seller and wonder why someone would buy broken items from you just because the price was right, and two is to buy stock that you can sell privately on Amazon and eBay. I will cover the two ways in this article.

BECOME A SELLER

People who sell items from their car boot are known as Car Booters. They usually sell items from home after a clear out. Some actually buy stock from various places in bulk to get a good price. As a seller (or booter) with items to sell – all you need is a car, a fold away table, a few carrier bags and some coins for customers who want change. Car Boot Sales are usually advertised in the local newspapers – and even on the Internet if you search for terms like “Car Boot Sales Manchester”.

There is no need to book a pitch for your car, just turn up. There will be people there who will show you where to park your car and set up your table. There is a fee for the pitch which will be taken from you sometime during the morning. At most places you would be there from around 7am to 1pm unless you decide to leave early.

How you present yourself and your stock is most important. Take some time to organize your stock nicely on your table as you want to catch the attention of passing customers. It is a good idea to have boxes filled with general bric-a-brac that customers can rummage through as many of them love to do so as a kind of lucky dip. It is important to have a good variety of items on display so the customer has a lot of choice.

Booters don’t generally put prices on their stock. The general idea is the customer asks the price and you reply with your first offer. The reason for this is because customers like to haggle over the price. For this reason you should decide how much you are willing to let the item go and still make a profit. If it’s an item you’ve been unable to sell after a few boot sales then you can let it go as cheaply as possible.

Remember that not all customers are going to be pleasant. You will get people who are cheeky and offer you next to nothing. Politely refuse their offers and explain to them that you are not able to let the item go for less than your lowest price. They soon give up and go leaving you to sell that item to a more generous customer.

BECOME A BUYER

Car Boot Sales are popular places to visit in the summer. The excitement of walking down an aisle of cars displaying untold treasures in the hope of picking up that special something. Most sellers (or car booters) are selling items after a clear out at home and they are willing to let it go for a ridiculously low price just so they don’t have to take it home again. Things like movies can be picked up for 50p and ornaments for 20p, even retro computers and games have been picked up for a bargain price. You can buy practically anything on a car boot sale, things that have been stored in attics for years collecting dust that could be valuable to a collector.

If you are buying to sell privately then the first thing you need to do is browse places like Amazon and eBay and see what sort of items you should be selling. Get an idea of the items and the prices they go for and set yourself a limit to how much you are willing to pay for something. It is a good idea to make a list of things you are looking for with your top price which you obviously want to be as low as possible.

When dealing with the casual car booter remember that many of them want to get rid of as much as possible, especially as it’s costing them around £10-£15 for the pitch. Ask questions like: “Will you give me a good price for these books if I take ten?” If the books were a pound each you could offer eight pounds for ten of them. There is a good chance they will agree because they are making eight pounds all at once, which they may not have made that day if they had sold them separately.

CONCLUSION

Whever you become a buyer or a seller, car boot sales can be quite profitable either way. Some people will buy anything, even in a poor condition, as long as the price is right. Items can be picked up cheaply, cleaned up and repaired and sold for a higher price elsewhere.

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Holiday Temptations? Get a Jump on January!

Most of us want to feel safe, maybe even more so at holiday time. If you have food addictions, though, it can be difficult to feel safe during the holiday season.

Everyone knows the holidays bring food temptations. It’s simply accepted that we’ll eat those foods, gain weight, and set the same weight-loss resolution we set last year and the year before.

Making this worse is how constant the temptations are – every day, all day, even more than usual. Seasonal stresses don’t help, either: long lines, crowds everywhere, parties, the financial pressure of holiday gifts, lots more.

These stresses can – and do – lead to emotional eating. And if we feel we’re about give in to emotional cues, the tempting foods are right there.

The Worst Holiday Stress?

Family pressures may be the worst. Who’s the “food pusher” in your family?

A client of mine had food battles with her mother all season long. Mom would make the holiday treats she knew her daughter loved. My client told her mother she didn’t want the treats because she was trying to lose weight. She told mom not to have them, either, because they were unhealthy.

Well, mom never changed her behavior and kept pushing the homemade treats. My client never developed better arguments. It took me a while to realize my client wanted to lose the battle. It was her “victim” excuse to eat the holiday foods.

What Can You Do Instead?

Let’s assume you want to win this holiday season. Here are suggestions to help you feel safer.

• Set your health goals right now – weight loss, health, better moods, more energy. Make December your Health Month.
• Refuse to eat junk that will sabotage those goals.
• Exercise every day. I use effective 10- to 12-minute high-intensity interval (HIIT) workouts that anyone can fit into a busy day.
• Don’t take food home from holiday parties, even if it’s offered repeatedly.
• If you can’t refuse the food, stop at the nearest trash can on the way home and toss it. DON’T take it home and pretend you won’t eat it.
• If you go to a potluck, bring a healthful dish – salad, roasted veggies, fresh fruit and nuts for dessert.
• Focus on family and friends. Make others feel safe for the holidays. Send prayers of healing and love to all you meet.

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The Potential Hidden Danger in Your Cereal

We all know iron is something we need to stay healthy and prevent anemia. But did you know that too much dietary iron can hurt your health? When choosing a cereal, most people grab what tastes good. If they are health conscious, fiber rich cereals might be chosen. Or, a cereal low in sugar and calories might be selected. But, savvy health conscious consumers should also be thinking about iron in cereal.

One of the main problems with iron fortification is that the cereal is fortified for the part of the population that needs the most iron. That part of the population is women of childbearing age. So, listen up adult males and older women: you, in particular, need to be mindful of the iron content of your favorite breakfast cereal.

Check the Nutrition Fact Label for iron

When looking at a Nutrition Fact Label, note the percentage of DV iron. Looking at the above label, if a young female of child-bearing age has a 3/4 cup serving of Wheat Chex, she will be consuming 80% of her iron requirements (or about 14 mg of iron). However, if an adult male or older woman eats 3/4 cup of the above cereal, he/she will be consuming almost double the iron recommendation of 8 mg of iron. The fact that so much of our food supply is fortified with iron increases the risk of getting too much.

Problems resulting from too much iron

Constipation. Aside from being unpleasant, this is not healthy for your body. Any toxins or food pathogens present in your food will linger in your gastrointestinal tract. And, this will potentially threaten your overall health. There is also scientific evidence that constipation can be a risk factor for colorectal cancer.

Possible accelerated aging. Researchers recently pointed this out in worms, and will likely try to evaluate if this applies to aging in humans. In the interim, we already know that iron causes oxidative stress. Oxidative stress in humans is thought to be involved in the development of diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Iron overload concerns. Healthy people make a hormone, hepcidin, which swings into action to prevent too much iron from being absorbed. However, in a now common genetic condition called iron overload (or technically Hemochromatosis), the body is unable to put the brakes on iron absorption and iron begins to build up in the tissues. Early symptoms are varied and include fatigue, abdominal pain, and increased infections. Later symptoms include liver failure and heart failure, bone damage, and diabetes.

For those who have yet to be diagnosed with iron overload, choosing a cereal with generous iron is particularly problematic. Healthy males and older women should read the cereal Nutrition Fact Label to make the best choice for iron intake. Chances are your cereal has too much, so buyer beware.

Sue Rose is an IL licensed dietitian/nutritionist providing counseling to both corporations and individuals. She invites you to visit her blog for intelligent and relevant diet and lifestyle strategies to enhance your life and well-being.

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50 Calorie Snacks: Something for Everyone

Do you like to snack? It seems most of us do if we have the choice. According to one survey, in 2018, 43% of respondents reported eating three meals and a few snacks on a daily basis. And, another 32% usually skip or replace one meal per day with snacks. Impulse snacking is not the only type of snacking. Planned snacking is also on the rise, and choosing 50 calorie snacks with a strategic purpose is smart eating!

According to a Nielson report, 33 billion US dollars are being spent on snacks. The current trend for snacks is opting for snacks that call attention to health claims. Choosing packaged convenience snacks that are non-GMO, free of artificial colors/flavors, and low in sugar are leading the way.

If your goal is managing blood sugar or weight, opting for a healthier low calorie snack is not optional. Poor snacking can definitely wreck the best eating plans. But, selecting healthier snacks that fit your personal calorie requirements and dietary needs can help your overall healthy eating strategy.

50 calorie snacks with some protein

Protein offers the dietary advantage of making you feel full for a longer time period. It helps regulate blood sugar by stabilizing it. And, in order to maintain blood sugar levels, it is not necessary to consume a large amount of protein. The portions below will often be just enough to keep hunger pangs away by preventing drastic drops in your blood sugar levels.

1 slice of 2% milkfat American cheese
1 oz. of lean turkey
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup 2% cottage cheese
Laughing cow cheese wedge
1 oz. flank steak
1/3 cup garbanzo beans
3 oz. Dannon Greek yogurt
3 Tbsp. egg whites
1 oz. chicken
50 calorie snacks to satisfy your sweet tooth
While there’s nothing unusual about having a sweet tooth, most people know that this can get out of control. Knowing the portion sizes that can satisfy your sweet tooth without ruining your waistline is important for your sanity and health. The ten options below will help your cravings and keep your trim.

1 fig bar
5 jelly beans
12 M & M candies
1 vanilla Snackwell cookie
1/2 of a low fat 100 calorie ice cream sandwich
2 Hershey kisses (more ideas for chocolate cravings)
coffee with 1 tsp. sugar and 2 Tbsp. half and half
2 marshmallows
diet root beer float made with diet root beer + 1/4 cup ice cream
1/4 cup frosted mini wheats
Fiber rich snacks to fill you up
Fiber has so many health benefits for so many medical concerns. One of the key benefits of fiber is that is fills you up-we say it offers satiety. If you feel full, then you will theoretically be less inclined to keep eating. Obviously, feeling full is great while you are trying to shed some pounds or manage weight.

12 baby carrots
1 cup watermelon
10 dill pickles
1/2 grapefruit
15 grapes
1 cup cantaloupe
15 cherry tomatoes
1 cup light popcorn
1/2 oz. melba wheat toast crackers
1 large chopped pepper
Enjoy this list to meet your snacking goals along with rounding out your dietary requirements.
Sue Rose is an IL licensed dietitian/nutritionist providing counseling to both corporations

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