When the rain eventually stopped, we ventured forth, found another vide-grenier and unloaded a whole load of utter crap on unsuspecting French punters. We managed to clear 230€ which was no mean feat, as the average selling price was 1€. It was also pretty impressive when compared to the people who had a stall to our left (total for the day 8€) and the people to our right (total for the day - no euros). I suspect this was due to our aggressive pricing and Anglo Saxon sales tactics. After all, we Brits do know about 'le marketing'....
The French are very reluctant to ask for prices at car boot sales. I suspect this is because things are generally so over priced that it is hard to keep you face straight. Typical prices included a child's bike - new list price 85€ - being sold second hand, complete with damaged paintwork for the bargain price of 70€. Guarantee not included.
I especially liked the revolting fold away sofa bed. This was in a state such that the dogs would have wrinkled their noses if invited to sleep on it. Yours for only 250€.
Our problem is that our prices are so low, the French are suspicious. So we go for a sell, sell, sell approach. I'd borrowed a couple of extra kids for the day itself. This meant my sales team was eight strong. I parked the WC (complete with cistern) that we were selling, in front of the stall, sat one child on it and got them to hold the 'Everything Must go' placard. Another couple were stationed at either end of the stall with more placards and the rest were told to create a buzz around the stall and accost any passing trade. When they slacked off, I got all Alan Sugar like on them and reminded them 'they were here to sell!'
It was funny watching the neighbouring stall holders. During the course of the day, their expressions went from shocked to amused to quietly impressed. I was quite impressed with the kids too. I think car boot sales and the like are a great way for kids to learn about just how hard it is to earn money. And about how important it is to re-use and recycle stuff.