Cleaning up the car boots

Published Tuesday, 30th July 2019

Trading Standards have been busy over the last couple of months visiting the main car boot sales in Sutton.

Cleaning up the car boots

Trading Standards have been busy over the last couple of months visiting the main car boot sales in Sutton. They have undertaken repeat visits to the St Philomena's School and the Rosehill car boot sales resulting in over a hundred sellers being advised on the types of goods they can legally sell. Many being told to remove items such as counterfeit DVDs and fake designer bags from sale. 

Four stalls had goods seized by the officers  with over 1300 items being signed over for secure destruction and recycling. 

The items ranged from clothing, watches, sunglasses, DVDs to blankets, cushions and fidget spinners which were found to be unsafe or in breach of trademark and copyright laws.

Councillor Abellan, Chair - Environment & Neighbourhood Committee advises residents thinking of selling at boot sales in the borough to: "Please follow the advice from the sale organisers on the types of goods you can sell or seek help from Trading Standards.   Do not try to sell counterfeit or unsafe items as these are likely to be seized by our vigilant officers"

Trading Standards advises buyers to be cautious with goods they purchase, in particular with electrical goods which may be unsafe, cheap fake copies of high end goods or stolen items being sold.

Officers work closely with the sale organisers to make sure both buyers and sellers are aware of the law.