Breathing new life into car boot sale

A residents’ association in the western Algarve is determined to see the once-popular car boot sale of Vale da Telha, Aljezur, make a comeback with high attendance from both stallholders and visitors.

Amovate, the Association of Residents and Friends of Vale da Telha, is to make a final attempt to breathe new life into their traditional monthly car boot sales, which were dealt a “devastating blow” by new government legislation concerning such fairs and markets.

The association had suspended its car boot sales, whose proceeds go to charity, following the outcry of the police raids on the Barão de São João flea market in April.

It decided to try again on July 7 following the original concept of the car boot – selling only still useful but unwanted domestic items that might otherwise have been thrown away – only to find barely one-sixth of the usual number of stallholders had turned up.

But despite that setback Amovate has decided to give the car boot another go in the hope that people’s confidence is being restored, and will be open for business on Sunday, August 4, the gates opening at 9am for stallholders.