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1st East Ryde Car Boot Sales - FAQ

General Information

Q
How much does it cost?
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It is $35 per car space – this is payable as you enter on the day. The correct money would be helpful. You will also need to bring your own change.
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How big is the space?
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Approx. 3m x 3m (about the size of an average car space).
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How often do you hold a Car Boot Sale?
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Twice a year – in mid-March and late October/early November.
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How long does it go for?
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It opens to the public at 9.00am and runs until 2.00pm. 
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Where is it held?
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On the grassy area on the corner of Twin Rd and Badajoz Rd, North Ryde. The vehicular entrance is off Twin Road as shown in the map below

CBS location map

Q
Who runs it?
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The 1st East Ryde Scout Group runs the car boot to raise funds to support the scout group, which benefits children in the North Ryde area.
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How long have you been running Car Boot Sales?
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Since 2005
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How many stallholders are there?
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Numbers vary between 50 and 80 (max)
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How many customers are there?
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It is usually very busy early in the morning with a continuous flow of people during the day.
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Where is the car boot sale advertised?
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Banners are put up at the major intersections, we advertise on social media to a core group of 5000 people in the Ryde district, online at gumtree, advertisements in local newspapers, posters in local shopping centres and local school newsletters.

Booking & Selling

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How do I book?
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Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (preferable) or phone 9888-9991. This is our hall number, which is connected to an answering machine. Please speak slowly and clearly leaving your name and phone number. We check the machine regularly and will phone you back.
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Can I get more than one spot?
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Yes, you can have as many as you like – just let us know when you book.
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Can I choose a particular spot?
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For practical and safety reasons we will direct cars to the back of the site first. You can request a space on arrival (e.g. shade because you sell plants) but the answer will be determined by the parking volunteers on the day.
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Where do I park my car?
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You keep one car with you on your space. There is a parking area off the entrance road and street parking for extra cars and customers.
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Can I bring a trailer?
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Yes, but please tell us when you book, as there is an area reserved for trailers but spaces are limited for this. Do not bring a trailer if you cannot reverse it.
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How do I know if there will be a space for me?
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It is recommended you book as early as possible. All bookings are confirmed by email or phone – you can contact us right up to the day before.
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What’s the best time to set up?
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You may arrive between 6:30am and 8.00am. For safety reasons you will not be allowed on site after 8.30am. Please do not enter the site before our parking officers arrive.
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How do I know which spot to go to?
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When you arrive in the morning our parking volunteers will greet you, tick your name off their list, relieve you of $35 and direct you to the next available car space. Please follow their directions and drive slowly. If you cannot reverse your vehicle into a parking spot, please bring a driver with you to help. Officials representing the scout group will not park vehicles for stallholders.
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Can I drop off items at my spot and then drive my car out?
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No. It is very busy when stall holders are setting up so once you have driven in you will not be able to drive your car out until after 2pm. If do not wish to have a vehicle on your spot then you may park in the street nearby and hand-carry or use a trolley to bring your items in.
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Can I leave early?
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No. For safety reasons we are unable to allow vehicles to leave the site whilst it is open to the public. From 2pm parking volunteers (in high vis vests) will escort your car safely off the site. Please approach them for assistance.
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Can I set up a table or gazebo/umbrella/ awning?
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Yes, it is recommended to bring table or something similar to set up your goods. A chair and covering will make it more comfortable for you. There is some shade, but not all spaces are under the trees. Coverings should not be bigger than your space.
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Can I hire a table?
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We have a limited number of tables for hire at $10 each. Enquire when making your booking if you would like to hire one. Tables can be collected and paid for at the BBQ area after you have parked your car in your assigned spot.
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What can I sell?
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Apart from food or illegal, dangerous or offensive goods you can sell anything. You can sell both new and used items. Please note that if you sell electrical items, you will need an electrician’s certificate certifying that the item is in working order. Any specific questions contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Can I set up a food stall?
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Fresh fruit and vegetables may be sold, but no other food or drink.
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What happens if it rains?
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If it is raining lightly we will go ahead (please bring covers for your stall) – but if it is torrential rain or storm, we may cancel. Please check for a message on our answering machine (9888-9991) or on the front page of our website: www.eastrydescouts.org. If there is no cancellation message on the morning of the car boot sale then it will be going ahead as planned.
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Do you cover my stall for public and products liability?
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No.

Facilities on Site

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Can I get tea/coffee or lunch there?
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Yes. The scout group runs a BBQ and cake stall. Coffee & tea will be available for purchase.
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Is alcohol allowed on the site?
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No.
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Are there toilets on the site?
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Yes. Portable toilets are located on site for the duration of the event.
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Is there electricity on the site?
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No.
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Do you have rubbish bins for my unsold & unwanted items?
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No. Small bins are provided for rubbish produced from the BBQ and cake stall. You must take all your items and rubbish home with you.

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