Trading Standards Information and Advice: Avoid counterfeits at car boot fairs this summer!

Now that the warmer weather is here car boot fairs have begun again across the county.

Last year East Sussex County Council Trading Standards joined forces with the organisers of 10 car boot sales from across East Sussex - to say a big “no” to sellers and buyers of dodgy counterfeit goods.

The car boot organisers have signed the Real Deal national markets’ charter to support the work of Trading Standards and the police in the fight against counterfeit goods at car boot sales in East Sussex.

Car boot sales are a great way for people to buy and sell their unwanted goods, recycling what is no longer needed and hopefully making some money or bagging a bargain in the process but unfortunately these events are sometimes targeted by criminals out to make money selling poor quality fake or stolen goods.

Anyone visiting a car boot fair in East Sussex that suspects the sale of fake or stolen goods can report the sellers of counterfeit goods by email to or by calling Trading Standards on 0345 60 80 197.