Well I’m quite partial to a mid-week charity shop spree, a Sunday morning boot sale, a check in at the Wednesday flea market and the occasional drift on and off eBay, but crucially missing on that list is: Jumble Sale
I remember going to jumble sales when I was younger, especially around the time of the Blue Peter ‘Bring and Buy’ phenomenon. But that is my only recollection, I haven’t stepped foot at a jumble sale for over a decade.
So when I spotted this one advertised in the local newspaper, I jumped for joy (literally) and knowing it was for Cats Protection, a charity very close to my heart, there was no stopping me.
Now I am forever enchanted by Vix’s jumble sale finds, in fact she regularly visits jumbles and finds the most amazing bargains. I am a girl forever in awe of her magnificent treasures.
I spotted this cream bag first, the label inside is Weymouth American, I like the plastic handle and gold clasp. I soon found myself going back for the black and blue ones from the same stall. I have wanted one of these style of bags for a while, longing for a piece of time gone by. I can’t help but instantly feel a little bit ‘posh’.
My Mum’s already claimed the patent black one, which label inside is Ackery London, so it looks like I will be drifting between the navy and cream ones.
All bags were 40p each.
I think I got a little caught up in the jumble sale madness, and ended up with this in my arms. The psychedelic print enticed me and it wasn’t until I got home I realised how tacky it actually was. Probably not the best bargain afterall.
The books were altogether on one stall, so I was instantly drawn towards the children’s books. I picked up two more Disney classics to add to my collection costing 20p each.
And then these two, I adore Janet and Allan Ahlberg books but this must have escaped my childhood, so I snapped it up at 10p.
Then another copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I just couldn't leave it behind, it's a little older than my other copy and is from 1979.
Then as I was handing over my change, I suddenly spied a very tatty spine, so I flipped it over to discover this. Instantly I added it to my pile without a second thought and paid the gentleman an extra 20p.
It was when I got home I discovered it was from 1935! Probably the oldest book I own and more than three times my age!
I was thrilled to read all the little snippets referring to ‘the good housewife’ and this will most definitely be a book I will treasure for years to come.
Clothes-wise I’m still a bit of a novice, I haven’t quite got to grips with the heaps of clothes piled up on tables. And those elbowing bargain hunters amidst the chaos. I did find one thing that interested me though, this coat...
Admittedly a little granny-ish and no actual size did make for an unlikely purchase, but at 40p I saw it’s potential. If I just use the gold enamel buttons then it will be a worthwhile purchase.
And finally how can I resist a vintage tin. Well not so vintage, it’s only from 1990 and it’s old exterior is probably just down to use. But I liked the quirky illustration and at 20p I’m sure I will find something suitable to store inside it.
All in all my experiences at the jumble sale were good. There was queuing to get in (which I didn’t expect) and there were a few folk stood exactly where I wanted to look! But with prices so low and a good selection of stuff, you can’t seem to go wrong when visiting one.