Taxidermy fighting bunnies, a VHS video camera and a 50p Cadbury Easter egg cup—just some of the things we’ve picked up at our many box car sales over the years. It was sales of the trunk itself that was said to have begun its journey in the heart of Stockport in the late 1970s. What an inspiration.
Apparently, Father Harry Clark, a Catholic priest from Stockport, launched the city’s first UK car shoe sale to raise charitable donations after seeing similar “trunk sales” while on vacation in Canada.
Since then, the UK has seen a huge rise in domestic car boot sales as one person’s trash became someone else’s treasure and people were drowning in £1 records, old Nan pins and endless amounts of once sought-after Happy Meal toys.
Although there are no official sources, the legend surrounding Father Harry Clarke has grown along with the rise of trunk selling which, at this moment in time, seems more relevant than ever. As people struggle with the rising cost of living, trunk selling has become an affordable DIY haven and a way for people to earn some extra money.
Known and loved across the UK, it’s a great way to remove any unwanted litter, along with treating yourself to some much needed litter – a truly endless cycle. Manchester is filled with some great car trunk sales too, so we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites below where you’re bound to find all things weird and wonderful.
The city airport trunk sale, hosted every Saturday near Liverpool Street in Eccles, is a favorite with sellers and buyers alike. For just £1 visitors are welcomed into a world of wonder, complete with vintage household items, pre-loved clothes and a plethora of unwanted music, movies and video games – meaning no one is left empty-handed! If you’re looking to sell, it will cost you £12 for a car and £16 for a truck.
Every Saturday from nine in the morning.
A monthly trunk sale from Whalley Range, Rummage in the Range is a traditional setup filled with old trinkets and treasures ready for relocation. The event started during the lockdown last year as a way to promote sustainable shopping and bring the community together for a good old fashioned experience! Life after lockdown has highlighted the importance of social contact and the strength and importance of a connected community, something Rummage in the Range aims to defend. There are often street food and workshops to take part in as well.
The first Saturday of the month.
Held nearly every Sunday of the year, the new Smithfield Wholesale Market hosts an enormous car booty filled with new and old wares. Set in a large covered and outdoor space, you’ll find clothing, craft necessities, used furniture and everything in between, plus a cozy café.
Every Sunday from 7 am to 2 pm, last entry for customer is 1:30 pm.
Open every Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 6am For those wanting to get up early, this Chelford car trunk sale in Knutsford is a hidden gem! With such a large group of traders, there is something for everyone and the independent local market that runs alongside the event is another reason to visit. Guests will find everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to locally sourced meats, as well as a range of places to stop for refreshments.
Open every Sunday and BH Monday.
Burnage’s trunk sale won’t be back until next summer, with its opening dates running from May to August each year, but once it’s reopened, it’s definitely worth making the trip to! With promotions starting at just £10, this is a great and cheap opportunity for sellers to get a great deal of filtering, all while getting some deals of their own.
Every Sunday, May – August.
A giant trunk sale set up in Wilmslow, Holly Lane always has plenty of traders to spend an afternoon looking for. The wide area in which the trunk sale is located makes it a great place to shop in the summer, often complete with an array of places to enjoy hot and cold drinks, food, and refreshments.
Every Sunday, 6am-1pm.
If it’s time to de-clutter, there’s always room for you at Bowlee! Trunk selling and marketing is one of the most popular spots in Manchester, with a huge range of goods available for a cheap home renovation, or wardrobe revamp, without the unwanted effort of scrolling through Vinted’s endless list of items. It’s now over in 2022, but keep an eye on social media for dates of its triumphant return in 2023.
Every Sunday, April – August.
The East Lancs trunk is held every Sunday (depending on the weather), and Morleys Hall in Tyldesley takes over with a large group of merchants. With free parking and a popular burger kiosk on site, there’s plenty to see with endless amounts of things to spend an afternoon looking at. One Google review mentioned that this car spoiler has ‘too many’ booths, but we struggle to see how bad that could be?!
Every Sunday from 6:30 in the morning.
It’s a well-known fact that, over the years, bargain hunters regularly drop in on the Oldham Rugby Union’s trunk sale. Lovingly and properly restored in 2021 after a short hiatus, the event has always had a huge focus on the community with hundreds of pre-loved items waiting to be re-housed and nurtured again! The next event will be held this Sunday.
Every Sunday from 6 am.
With about 300 sellers and over 1,000 buyers regularly selling Bolton trunks, you know this is a big deal. It’s complete with family entertainment, 5-star food, old fashioned sweets and meat auction stalls, plus an excellent selection of stalls to grab some well-deserved gems.
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