This weekend there was a jumble sale at a church quite near to here. They have regular jumble sales, and I love them because they are proper old-fashioned affairs, with large trestle tables of piled clothes, lots of toys, books and junk, and a clientele that makes the whole thing fascinating. A real mixture of middle class yummy mummy types, little old ladies, mad people, focussed and scary clothes hunters, and me and Andy. We managed to get there just before it opened, having found a parking space quite nearby. The queue was quietly excited, and pleased with themselves for arriving early. As we went in, past the tea and cake serving place-a little kitchen at the back of the church, a little old lady asked if they had any cheese rolls, and was disappointed to hear they didn't. It was obviously the most important thing to her about the event, and I felt quite sorry for her.
The sale is old fashioned in its prices too. Nothing is much more than 50p, and most things less. My bargains of the day are as follows: A bent plywood school chair with black metal legs and painted a great shade of chartreuse-£1-a present from Andy who could tell I really wanted it! A penguin book called 'The Weekend Book' which is a great title and is yellow-never mind the contents, those two factors were enough. A snow baby-a lucky find as my Mum likes these (they remind her of christmas cakes of childhood) and it is her birthday today! An old colander-possibly for school. Four wooden gold finials from something-may or may not be used in some miniature project, but loved them. A book about diggers for a boy in my class who loves them, and an RHS magazine, unopened. A Monsoon green stripey cardigan. Andy bought a book of unexplained mysteries.
Here is a blurry picture of the rummage tables. As I homed in on the stripey green wool fabric of my soon to be purchased cardigan, I happened to go too near to a lady's pile of clothes. 'They're mine!' she said, somewhat aggressively. Time to leave we felt!
A pretty door in the church.
The blanket and household linens table.
My colander and finials.
Yellow penguin-only number 129. Ned do you have this one? Do you still collect them? If not and if so, it is yours! I bought it with you in mind really!