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Does Polmadie Car Boot Sale still exist?

A long long time ago, in a land far far away…

I used to enjoy a Sunday morning walk to one or two small outdoor markets that used take place nearby.

But every one of them has gone now, all lost to the land (or venue) where they took place being sold and given over to housing developments, and although I’ve walked around quite lot of other areas, there seem to be no others that have survived, or appeared in their wake.

However, I had noted quite a few large adverts for Polmadie Car Boot Sale, claiming to be “THE BEST CAR BOOT SALE IN SCOTLAND” and that “Polmadie Car Boot Sale is Scotland’s only fully undercover car boot sale”.

While it’s not exactly at the end of my street, it is a reasonable walk, and I recently landed in Polmadie, and by chance, walked down Jessie Street, where it should have been located.

This was the middle of a Sunday afternoon, so I expected some activity, but the place was deserted, doors locked, and not even a single body wandering around. Nothing. Nobody.

Ghost ship market!

Polmadie Car Boot Sale

Polmadie Car Boot Sale

While it all looks nice and clean, that also extends to the floor I could see inside, where I would have expected to see at least some rubbish blowing around even if it had just closed for the day, but there was nothing.

Glad I didn’t go on this long walk with the expectation of a nice wander round a market at the end.

Their last tweet (yes, they are on Twitter) was back in 2012!

There are few reviews online, but the most recent I saw was from 3 months ago, in August 2017.

While I haven’t seen any posters or street ads for a while, there is still a full web site up and running:

– Polmadie Car Boot Sale –

So, I’m curious.

Did I happen past on the wrong day?

Is this as dead and buried as the markets that used to take place on my doorstep, or did I just chance past on a day when they held a market – and nobody turned up?


From comments (and there’s one below) it looks as if I DID turn up on the wrong day, and Sunday is indeed ‘The day of the dead’.

Guess I really will have to try to wander over that way on one of the other days.

By chance, I also discovered why this thing stays lodged in my mind.

I was walking through Calton and arrived at what’s left of The Barras and happened to look up into the sky. On top of what appears to be the tallest and last standing tenement there is a huge Polmadie market sign!

Intriguingly, if you pull it up in Google’s Street View, it ONLY shows Saturday and Sunday as the opening days, and does not mention the Wednesday.

I think they need a new manager.

23/10/2017 - Posted by | Civilian, photography | ,


  1. Yes it is still open. Opens on a Wednesday and a Saturday don’t think that it opens on a Sunday.


    Comment by Gestir | 23/10/2017

  2. WOW!

    If so…

    Do they need to update their web site, Facecrook page, AND their HUGE SIGN on the wall just around the corner from the market building!

    I didn’t notice it the time, but spotted half of it caught in some other pics I have taken of the area on that Sunday.


    Comment by Apollo | 23/10/2017

  3. Stay back from polmadie carboot my friends its full and i mean jammed with dirty smelly thieving rats they hunt in packs usually 1male,3 to 4 so called females and kids in tow they use the old male blocker and the rats feast my pitch was raped by them they spoke in some eastern european lingo i an neither joking or exaggerating stay well clear i thought i am a saavy glaswegian but this mob are somethin else

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Allan | 10/05/2018

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