Monday, 30 January 2012

Magpie Monday - Jumble Sailing

Joy of joys, a local jumble sale advertised in the paper.  It's years since we've been to a jumblie and I was practically having palpitations at the thought.

We used to go often, the thrill of picking up an absolute bargain for 10p, rummaging through the mounds piled high on trestle tables, dodging the elbows and braving the gnats-pee tea in the village hall.  However, jumble sales and small children don't really mix - they tend to either get lost in the throng, or announce very loudly "Mummy I'm BORED and it SMELLS in here".

But, this Saturday we braved it, and I'm glad we did.  It wasn't an exceptional sale, but I came away happy with my little haul.

I got two plain cotton shirts and a lovely spring-time print dress which I will probably make bunting from.  Although, looking at the dress now, I really like the pattern, so I might see if I can down-scale it and make a smock dress for Ruby.  10p each.



After my success with the orange velour top, I grabbed this royal blue velour dress.  I've seen a beautiful child's play cape on Pinterest and finger's crossed there's enough fabric here to replicate it.  I've already decapitated the bodice from the skirt part of the dress.  Also 10p.



All this lot went straight on a long wash cycle when we got in, and I left it out drying on Saturday night while me and the old man went to the pictures.  My legendary mother-in-law had ironed it all while babysitting, which was lovely of her - but I feel I really must explain to her that I have never, nor will ever wear these garments.  What must she think?!

Ruby was delighted with this pink furry jacket for her Barbie doll, also 10p.


I feel it's important for her to have positive female role models, don't ya think?



Doing a final sweep before leaving, one things had thinned out, I saw two stoneware pots on the bric-a-brac table.  I enquired the price and was told £1 each.  In hindsight, I realise I was being particularly measly, but £1 seemed so out of kilter with all the other 10p sales, that I didn't want to pay that much.  I stood mute for a moment, and she said I could have them both for £1.50 and then proceeded to try and explain how to salt runner beans in them.  Bless her, there isn't a chance in hell I'll salt runner beans, I wanted these to perk up my study window sill.


So tell me, where else could you have as much fun for £2?

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21 comments:

  1. Wow a jumble sale! I used to go to jumble sales at the Holy Spirit church every Saturday afternoon with my mum and get loads of good stuff.

    I particularly like the Barbie jacket ;-)

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    1. Ahh it was so great to be back! Haven't been to a good jumblie for so long.

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  2. What bargains and what a role model.. !

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  3. I can't remember the last time I went to a jumble sale...proberly the last time I went to Primark ;)
    Love the stone jars, gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you do with fabric x

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    1. I had a habit of buying those stone jars to keep kitchen utensils in but I've grown out of that now. However, that must mean I've got more around here somewhere. I love them with plants in although the old man thinks it's too dangerous to keep them on upstairs window sills!

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  4. Bahahahahah, Love it. Funny, funny post. And some Seriously Good Swag too. Jumble sales truly are the last realm of 10p purchases. (Car boots are generally more a stiff 25p minimum I'd say.)

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    1. Thank you :0)

      Can't beat a 10p purchase. Reckon when the old dears what run these things are finally extinct, a new wave of younger people are going to wake up to the fact that you can't buy ANYTHING for 10p nowadays!

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  5. I so wish Jumbles would make a big comeback, I used to love them as a kid! Love those jars!!!!!

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  6. great finds love the stoneware pots :)

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  7. Aah yes, the heady days of salting runner beans...I'm surprised you weren't keen on the idea ;-)

    They do look lovely with plants in. I'm desperate for a good jumble sale, maybe when this village move finally happens!

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  8. I never see jumble sales advertised any more, went to a really crap one last year as they had a sign outside so popped in on a whim, it was shite and we had to pay a quid each to get in. Moan, moan, moan. I'm loving that Barbie jacket, the role model not so much. Also loving those stoneware pots and can't wait to see what you make from all those clothes your MIL painstakingly ironed. x

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  9. I wish our village would have the occasional jumble sale. Instead we have "family fundays" which basically involve the guides, scouts & youth clubs trying to sell raffle tickets & overpriced cupcakes.

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  10. I love the floral print - I think it would look fab remodelled into something for Ruby to wear. I haven't been to a jumble sale since the 80s - stuff was 10p then! I used to buy it up, take a day off work and sell it on the carboot for a good profit!

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  11. It would be wonderful if you do manage to make a smock dress for Ruby from that fabric. Love the pots with the primulas in as well.

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  12. I know what you mean about getting into a weird mindset about the price of things at jumble sales. I nearly didn't buy a lovely glass jelly mould for 60p because compared to everything else it seemed expensive!

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  13. Thanks for linking me up Liz. Love the Barbie jacket, dress (fabric) and the jars. What a bargain. If you're after any more bargains half the contents of my house are now in the local charity shop if you fancy a trip down these 'ere parts, ooh arrr!
    Sorry to all the magpies I have not commented on your posts, but I have read them all - great finds xx

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  14. Great finds Lizzie! Love the pots...Great idea! x

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  16. Im always buying second hand and have rounded up this weeks finds in my most recent blog post and have joined in with your linky. Cant wait to check out what everyone else has found!

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