Updated:7th September 2015
BOOTSALE: Founded May 1992
WEBSITE: Founded Feb 2000
THE BALDOCK CAR BOOT SALE
EVERY SATURDAY 7am
Please note SATURDAYS
Not Sundays or Bank Holidays!
Sorry, but you can have too much
of a good thing!
We are working hard to restore some of this site back to it's former glory, please forgive us if some things don't quite work as expected.
NORMAL SERVICE WILL BE RESUMED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
An apology from Farmer Giles' dog Mali...
Some of you may have noticed that it has been some time since the site was updated. I am here to tell you that it is not Farmer Giles' fault, it is mine, or rather it is not really mine but I am bravely taking the blame for our cat who refuses to own up!
Being the wonderful dog that I am (I picked a photo showing my best side lying on Farmer Giles' pillow!), I have to guard the house. However when the burglar alarm goes off it is my duty to rush around the house, ripping at towels, curtains and any clothes I can reach. This is so that any burglars will think another has already been there and they will leave in disgust!
The other day the alarm went off and I did my usual rushing around the house when I noticed that the office door was open. Lying on Farmer Giles' desk was his favourite sweater which I proceeded to pull onto the floor.
Unfortunately this magically attached itself to the laptop which also tumbled. The sweater was unhurt, which is more than I can say for the laptop.
Needless to say I quickly took up my position in the kitchen and when asked, blamed the cat.
It was only then that I realised we don't have a cat...which is why I'm writing this now! Apparently the laptop was some kind of fruit which took a long time to replace, so the website remained untouched.
I'm So Sorry!
Can I have a bone now?
Farmer's Drone at Boot Sale!
Recently Farmer Giles has put up his drone to take a sky view. An example is posted here. The drone, a DJI Phantom 2+, is normally used on the farm to spot weeds, check crop growth and map the fields.
Later this month he will be taking the final part of his drone licence, having passed the first two stages and will hopefully then be fully qualified.
*The resolution of the picture has been adjusted to allow reduction of file size
Farmer finds picture of car boot sale from TWENTY-THREE YEARS AGO!
Have you got a drawer full of photo negatives? The photos themselves have evaporated along with that bottle of wine you only opened last night! Farmer Giles recently found a drawer full of negatives and so purchased one of those clever box-like machines that convert slides and negatives to digital photos for 'ONLY £9,999,99' (or roughly the size of the Greek debt!). Without hesitation he sent off for the wonderful machine! When it arrived he lost not time at all in magicaly converting the negatives into real digital photographs that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home!
Over the next few years we will be bringing you the 'BEST OF THE REST' - Here is number one - a scene from the first season's Baldock Car Boot Sale - June 1992:
Hope to see you soon!
Farmer Giles (aka Simon)
'Bootsale from the air'
Farmer Giles' drone (Alt 150ft)
8.00am Sat 2nd May 2015
Grant and Linda - Purveyors of excellent food every Saturday morning! All food is cooked to order in front of your very eyes!
Why is Daddy MeerKat having to comfort Mummy Meerkat?
Is it because she is tired and emotional having hit the sherry bottle with relief now that her seventeen children are back at school?
Or is she upset that her husband has just announced that the boss and his wife are coming to dinner when all she has in the fridge is some mouldy cheese and a pint of milk as she'd planned on having a takeaway?
Or is it because she has just realised that it'll soon be Saturday and she can see all her friends at the Baldock Bootsale!
We know she will be happy again when she hands her husband a takeaway menu and goes to her favourite and friendly Baldock Boot Sale on Saturday!
She finds slamming the door so theraputic!
HOW TO COPE WITH A DAMP SATURDAY MORNING IN FIVE EASY-TO-FOLLOW STEPS!
1. Yawn and stick hand out of bedroom window!
2. Check for rain!
3. If hand returns dry/slightly moist, pick up phone. Call Farmer Giles (07852 70 70 74 after 6am)
4. If weather dry at Baldock - Bootsale is ON!
5. Collect up kids, partner, dog, alien and/or Mother-in-law and drive to Bootsale!
People are always complimenting us on our clean loos. Meet the man who makes sure they are spick and span ready for Saturday mornings -
This is the man
Outside my window the sun doth shine,
We hope come Saturday it'll be fine,
And we'll enjoy another day,
Making new friends the 'car boot' way!
Last year someone left a wallet at a stall. A kind couple handed it in. I tried to get various organisations interested in contacting the owner to tell her where the wallet was, to no avail. As a result I have written a Four-Minute-Tale (click link to read) I hope you enjoy it!
FOUR MINUTE READ NUMBER 1
If you are selling cakes, biscuits or other home-made foodstuffs, PLEASE DISPLAY A SIGN IF THEY DO/MAY CONTAIN NUTS. Last seasonwe had a young lad suffer from anaphalactic shock and spent four hours in hospital because there was no sign on a stall. Just because this is a bootsale please let's not forget that rules of common sense/regulation apply. We want all our customers to enjoy their visit to the full.
Video from bootsale on 17/5/14
To see video of the bootsale on 3/5/14 please click here:
WARNING: This is the ONLY official website for the Baldock Boot Sale.
Listing sites do sometimes publish false information (as do some of our competitors!)
BALDOCK BOOT SALE
WHAT CAN YOU DO AT THE BOOT SALE?
As a seller you can benefit from our STANDARD ONE PRICE MENU*
(served every Saturday from 7am - 12.00pm):
This gives entry to the selling arena, one of our unique Anysize-pitches* (you choose how much room you'd like!) along with FREE fresh countryside air! Also the use of our compliment-winning CLEAN LOOS!
*excludes fries and a fizzy drink but includes fresh air!
AN APOLOGY We apologise to all those car boot sale operators who restrict the space that a seller is allowed before being shouted at. We will do our best to even up the competition for you by publicising your micro-pitches on our very popular website free of charge.
*Anysize-pitch: This is suitable for: small cars, medium cars, large cars, cars with trailers, small vans, large vans, articulated lorrys but excludes aircraft due to flight restrictions.
Yes! Your eyes didn't deceive you, we said "You choose the size of pitch you need!"
We believe that as we all endure hassle in our daily lives throughout the week, the last thing we need is some little jobs-worth telling us what to do and how to do it at the weekend!
WE GIVE DISCOUNTS!
Look for the discount in our weekly newsletter - BOOTNEWS
It is well known that buyers park and enter the Baldock Car Boot Sale
Yes, your eyes didn't deceive you.
Buyers park and enter
Our buyers are the friendliest in the land. I'm not just saying that because they have paid me to say it (did I mention that they pay NOTHING TO ENTER?), but they are just born that way.
"This is the friendliest boot sale we've ever been to!"
I'm not joking!
Ask any one of my customers!
WARNING! You'd be better not ask about the bloke who runs the boot sale, because they may give you the truth about how he is slightly crazy and lives in a cave in the hills outside Baldock. They may also say how his family dispair and have tried to catch him in a net in order to have him looked at by men in white coats!
We apologise to all those car boot sale operators who charge their buyers up to £3 to enter their boot sales. We will do our best to even up the competition for you by publicising your entry fees on our very popular website free of charge.
Before you wonder if we have taken leave of our senses and need stonger tablets to retain a hold onto reality, we are very proud of our loos.
We keep them clean, they are checked through the course of the morning and they are clean!
Last season a visitor discovered Farmer Giles mending a pipe in one of the toilets. He remarked: "It's not often that you see a bootsale operator in his loos, let alone with his hands inside the gubbbins doing a mending job!"
p.s. I was wearing thick gloves and a clothes peg on my nose! - A farmer's gotta do what a farmer's gotta do!
(Did we mention that they are clean?)
After the boot sale they are taken away to a secret laboratory deep in the hills where white-coated scientists give them a thorough cleaning so they are ready for the following week.
Others may say they indulge in 'Deep
Cleaning', we just do it!
AT OUR BOOT SALE...
We welcome Dogs, Children, Grandchildren, Cowboys and Princesses!
We also treat our customers like adults!
(obviously we also treat children like children, dogs like dogs, princesses like princesses and cowboys like cowboys...)
Now where were we?
We want you to have fun at our
car boot sales...
Buyers STILL FREE!
Still no restrictions on pitch size!
(How are you keeping up so far?)
Our loos are clean!
Tell your partner
Tell your friends
Tell your workmates
Tell the dog!
The Baldock Boot Sale
is open every Saturday morning at 7am.
(Did we tell you that you can choose the size of pitch and that we have clean loos?)
In the meantime, enjoy this morning's verse at http://www.u-boot.co.uk/baldockbardblog/
It's fresh from the oven and still warm!
Best wishes from Farmer Giles and the team.
Click Here for Baldock Bard
WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU!
Ring the Bootphone (not the BAT-PHONE)
07852 70 70 74
Sorry: No Vacancies for Catering Units!
Bootsale E-mail enquires:
farmergiles (at) u-boot.co.uk
(please replace (at) with @ when sending!)
We try our very best to answer all E-mails within the shortest possible time. However at certain times in the year we are very busy on the farm so would ask you to be patient.