|Vintage Robert Newman maxi dress (£2.95 Acorn Hospice Shop)|
I'm recycling this photograph from the summer as it's the dress I'll be wearing this evening. We're meeting friends at the real ale pub in the town centre then walking to the balti house via the off-licence for a few bottles of cheap plonk.
I've still got the brainpower of a gnat but as promised here's a few of the goodies I found at last night's jumble sale.
|I'm going to paint these Baroque frames and probably change the prints. 10p the pair|
- The great British jumble sale is usually held on a Thursday evening (traditionally a factory worker's weekly pay day), a Friday evening or during the day on a Saturday. Here in the badlands of the West Midlands we have jumbles during the week and in the daytime too, as it's a cheap way for the unemployed to clothe themselves and furnish their homes without having to rely on charity.
|1960's SNAP game, hours of drunken Campervan fun for us during the summer (10p)|
- You can find jumbles by searching the Classifieds in the local press (look online if, like me, you're too tight to buy a local paper) and also by keeping your eyes peeled for notices in shop windows or outside community centres.
|1950's brooch, very autumnal, a bit shabby but only 5p|
- Jumble sales start at a specific time and it's best to get there early to join the queue. There's no point in turning up later than 15 minutes after the advertised time, there won't be anything worth having left.
|Can you believe nobody else wanted these fabulous black gothic mirrors? Matalan are selling one a similiar size to the smaller one for £60, jumble sale price - a £1 for the pair.|
- Have the right entrance fee ready so the man at the door isn't fumbling for change and holding everyone up.
|Vintage Dunn &Co gent's faux shearling overcoat. I know a mod who'd kill for this. How much? 40p|
- When you get in run to the table that looks most appealing, once you've found a gap in the crowd stay there, swapping places along the line with the person next to you. Once you leave the throng it's hard to battle your way back in.
|Huge wool Aztec print scarf, just the thing to brighten up a dull winter's day (20p)|
- Don't be afraid to grab, pick things off the floor, rummage in boxes or use your elbows, it's a
junglejumble out there. She who hesitates misses out.
|Two pairs of unworn high-waisted ladies' shorts, made in West Germany so pre-1989.|
- Grab whatever takes your fancy, don't waste time looking at labels, sizes or checking for flaws. It's rare anything is priced above 50p and as it's for charity who cares if it isn't quite right? There's always a zip or some buttons you can salvage before taking it to the recycling bank.
- Carry your haul over your arm until you've finished then hand it to the helper to tot up your final total. Don't be tempted to put your treasures down to rummage further or you'll find someone's made off with your booty.
|Are those Victory Rolls I see?|
- Don't moan at the prices, jumble sales are run by volunteers raising money for worthy causes. If you resent paying 40p for a quality coat then there's something wrong with you.
|This is an illustrated plate from the tale of "Land Girl Laura"|
- Bring some sturdy black bin bags with you, you don't want to loose your treasures on the way out because there's only ripped bags available behind the counter.
Have a fabulous Saturday night!
Don't forget to visit me tomorrow to see what I found on my charity shopping mission to another Black Country town earlier today.