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Ikea’s car boot sale returns

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Ikea is gearing up for a more circular approach to homeware as its expands its car boot sale offering, following a successful pilot last year.

The Swedish flat pack giant is set to host the events at its Cardiff, Exeter and Milton Keynes stores, giving more customers the opportunity to sell and purchase pre-loved homeware. 

The Ikea car boot is designed to gives locals a space to sell unwanted home furnishing goods, decorations and more – and is not limited to Ikea products.

Ikea has witnessed a growing environmental awareness shaping the way consumers value the things they own, and how they shop, the event also aims to support buyers looking for more budget-friendly and sustainability-conscious solutions.

In the summer of 2023, Ikea offered up its car park space to sellers at its Cardiff and Milton Keynes stores. The retailer said these proved to be popular, demonstrating increased demand for shopping formats which allow people to shop quality, pre-loved bargains.

Michaela Quinlan, chief commercial officer at IKEA UK and Ireland, explained: “We know that the way people shop is changing. The cost-of-living crisis and an increasing awareness of environmental issues is reshaping how customers value possessions.

“Having seen the success of  last year’s pilot, we’re happy to now be rolling out car boots across more of our stores. Giving people more opportunities to live and shop sustainably continues to be a focus for us at Ikea and we look forward to welcoming more people, so they can grab a bargain while ensuring quality pre-loved homeware has a chance at finding a new home.” 

This latest initiative is part of Ikea’s long-term commitment to providing a more sustainable, affordable life at home for its customers. Its BuyBack & Resell service allows customers to sell unwanted Ikea items back to the retailer to gain credit to use in-store (in the form of an Ikea gift card), and its Reshop & Reuse service, where customers can buy discontinued products, ex-display and pre-loved items for a fraction of the price. 

An exclusive company profile in the new RetailX UK Top500 report looks at how affordability and sustainable living are at the centre of Ikea’s strategy and website.

Amazon, Next, Asda, Dunelm, Boden, Richer Sounds and Very are all profiled in this tenth edition of the UKTop500.

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