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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:47 pm 
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ok sorry to jump on this but interested in goin to a bike jumble ( new year new experences etc ) am only 29 so dont know if it would be all road bike stuff ? modern /old mtb ? or is it jus like a car boot sale ?

help a novice pls


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:11 pm 
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Started this as a new thread as I'm sure theres lots of newbie jumblers.

I've found that there is a whole range of genre's at jumbles. It is very much like a boot sale, whatever you don't want take it along.

Traders will jump on you as soon as you drive through the gate, surrounding your car like a pack of hyenas around a bison carcass. My first jumble I made over £200 before I'd even walked through the door! Next jumble I went late to minimise trader harassment and still done just as well.

Good experience jumbles. The difficult thing is walking around with your hands in your pockets!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:00 pm 
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Watch out for Hilary Stone - he tends to buy way too much to fit in his car and tends to ask you to buy it back.


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Thats early trader lack annoyed me at normal car boots so I either told them to clear off or asked for stupidly high prices. Sometimes things sold even then.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:09 pm 
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I find jumbles great fun.Loads of characters always about
Regarding traders.If they pay what i am looking for no problem. I think some get carried away.A fellow jumbler Stuart Collins runs one of the Main Jumble whats on web sites.
http://www.bikejumbles.co.uk/

With regards what to sell,i find components rather than whole bikes.having said that,
I saw some very good buys at Manchester.£360 for a lovely complete Carlton Track bike .Easy £500 down london.Sold first thing.
I try not buy anything iam not looking for.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:31 pm 
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Bike Jumbles are great fun either as a seller or buyer. Some organisers are more strict with traders than others but if some one is there selling with a stall it is very difficult to stop inter stall trading before the doors open. I find traders often take the bigger stuff off me like complete bikes and I usually get around the price I am asking. This is good as a few big sales early on makes you relax and enjoy the event. Nothing worse than having to take a load of stuff home or sell it at the end of the jumble at distressed prices.
The trick is to come away with more money than you have spent. Not easy !


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:40 pm 
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Been to a few around this part of the country.

Given we mainly aim for vintage/retro one, they are of course older stuff.
There is a mix of people just selling old stuff, retail trades, and them that know and specialise in areas.
They seem to be mainly road based, well it been around far longer and is probably the bigger market at the moment. But MTB and old MTB are hidden in there quite often.
You will learn to try and identify things, keep an idea of what things sell for, haggle a bit and that youn don,'t need any of what you bought.

No idea of the selling side of thing, but I may do soon as I have gathered quite a bit of the no idea why I bought it, but was shiny or maybe I could repair it.... :-)


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:07 pm 
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I have gathered quite a bit of the no idea why I bought it, but was shiny or maybe I could repair it.... :-)[/quote]

I doubt there is a person as yet to be born,who has been to a jumble and not done this. :shock:
My shed is full of it. :roll:


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