A hugely popular Studley car boot sale that attracted thousands of people for its Sunday sales on the border with Redditch is to end after 33 years.
Organiser and part-owner of the land, Anabelle Matthews, notified car booters saying “all good things must come to an end”, adding that she was “devastated” this year would see a halt to the sale.
There are just three car boots left on the land off Jill Lane, dependant on the weather.
Anabelle’s parents, Geraldine and Jeremy Quinney, who lived at Spinney Cottage in Redditch, set up the car boot over three decades ago.
Since their deaths, various members of the family have a share in the land where the car boot takes place and are now in discussion over its future.
“It is with a heavy heart that I write to say that this will be the last year of the Studley Car Boot Sale,” said Anabelle. “I have been part of this amazing business for 33 years when my parents decided to hold the first car boot sale on the land and 40 booters turned up – my father was thrilled! How things have changed!
“The ownership of the family land has been shared since my parents’ death and the future of the acreage is in discussion.
“The teams of staff, regular booters and visitors and, of course, caterers have all made the car boot sale the success it has been over the years.
“All good things must come to an end,” she added. “I will cherish every one of them. I am devastated. Each week I am so lucky to meet so many wonderful people who enjoy the car boot for so many different reasons.”
Anabelle said the land had “not been sold yet” and quashed rumours about the land having already been sold off for houses, a solar farm and even Amazon depot.
Sadness and shock greeted the announcement with some calling it the “best car boot in the UK”. Anne Bellamy said: “So sad to hear this is Studley car boot sale’s last year. This may be Studley but it’s part of Redditch life.”
“Sundays will never be the same again!” said another local. “Think I went to my first one way back around 1994, and have been a regular ever since! Have made so many friends here down the years, can’t believe this is going to be the last year we will be bringing out our toys and collectibles to the best car boot in the UK.”
Another well wisher commented: “Definitely the end of an era. I’ve been every year since it opened only missed one year and that was because of Covid.”
“This is sad news. We’ve been regulars both selling and buying for over 25 years. In our view, it’s the best car boot.”
Fond memories including a buyer who said: “This car boot is a place my dad would get us up at silly o clock, out of the blue, to take us to when I was younger. He still would as I got older, before he passed away five years ago. This place will always have wonderful memories.”
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