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?
What 2nd hand gems have you been hunting out?
I'd love you to grab the badge and link up.
Grab my button
and link to my blog