New initiative sees return of old Sunday car boot

A new initiative sees the return of the old Sunday boot sale in the Heart of Birmingham City Centre.

Birmingham Sunday Share is being run as a partnership between The Active Wellbeing Society and Friction Arts, providing a permanent car boot sale from 7 am to 11 am on Rea Street South, 100 yards from the old wholesale market where the largest car boot in the West Midlands was previously held, before it closed in January 2018.

The Sunday Boot sale is part of a market tradition in this area of Digbeth and Highgate and it goes back many centuries. One trader last Sunday pointed out, “There have been markets running here for over a thousand years, and we’re still here”.

The Market is much welcomed in a rapidly changing area of our city, encouraging diverse communities in the city to come together, meet, chat, buy, sell and take part in art, music cultural activities as well as games and other wellbeing activities.

This is a unique partnership between The Active Wellbeing Society – working with citizens to bring wellbeing activities into our communities, and Friction Arts – an organisation famous for its unique approach to listening to people, working with them and making ‘art where you live’.

Sandra Hall from Friction Arts said:

“Birmingham Sunday Share is a very exciting initiative for us. During our intensive research to create a major archive featuring the now demolished Birmingham Wholesale Markets, it became clear to us that the old Boot sale which took place there was sadly missed…we are very pleased to see it return on a permanent basis and we look forward to welcoming families and friends again.”

The last three weeks have seen a steady return of people to the Sunday Share despite cold, wet February mornings. One trader commented, “You have a real advantage being on a hard stand and right in the city centre. I can only see this getting bigger & bigger.”