Saturday, 11 October 2008

Jumble Sale

When I was young, I remember going to jumble sales and remember them as common occurances.  Now it seems they are very few and far between. It seems that car boot sales and ebay have taken their place.  There is an old people's sheltered housing complex in our town that still holds jumble sales.  My friend Lisa has been to a few and we both share a love of the thrill of the thrift, lol.  So last time this housing complex had a sale, Lisa met me there.  We scored big time with clothes for the kids. I got loads of jeans, tshirts, sweatshirts for both boys. Mostly really good brand names.  All the clothes were 20p an item except jeans which were 30p!  Can you believe how cheap they were!! 

So today there was another sale.  I met Lisa there again.  I was disappointed in the selection of kids clothes this time.  Hardly any boys clothes so I came away with nothing for Nat and Zac.  I got a hooded sweatshirt for David that zips up the front 20p. And a nice dark purple casual top for myself 20p.  There was a gorgeous pair of brown boots (hardly worn) which were only a size 5 (I'm a 6) but for 20p I couldn't let them go! So I bought them and gave them to my sister, Claire, who was thrilled with them! And I got a top for my mum (it was still new!) for 20p. It was just too 'old womany' for me, lol!

This time I looked at the stall selling bedding/curtains etc.  I got a few bits and pieces.  I'd been looking for some fabric to put on the back of the quilt I'm making for my younger sister if her baby is a girl (she's not finding out until the birth!).  At the sale I found 2 single bed sheets and 2 pillowcases.  They don't even look used at all.  They are lovely white cotton with a pink flower pattern.  I took a picture of them with the quilt pieces that I've prepared so far.  Do you think that they go nicely? Would you put this fabric on the back?

I also bought some table runners and cushion covers etc. Most of them have been hand embroidered.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them.  Maybe use some of them in swaps I take part in!  They were all 20p each and again too pretty to leave there!!  Am I turning into an old woman before my time???
table runner - the picture cuts off the top of it which has the same flower as the bottom but in slightly different colours:
There are 2 of these cushion covers. One has a small black mark on. Will have to see if it comes out in the wash.
2 single sheets and 2 pillow cases.
closeup of pattern.
sheet beside my quilt top.
cushion cover

a small cover/cloth


heather said...

i used to love jumble sales.. pitty they faded out when car boot sales became popular, nice to hear there are still some around... you had some fab finds, i love the old embroided table linen..someone must have spend hours on them

well done on yuor bargins

dancingonabladeofgrass said...

Gosh - what a lot of hard work has gone into that hand embroidery. Wonderful bargains!

Also those bargains from IKEA were pretty good! I have some IKEA material waiting - it's my daughter's and I was going to start making curtains with it today but - well what with all this sun - seemed too good to stay in!

Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog - yes we are still smiling - usually at the most stupid of things!

Jen M said...

What fabulous bargains!! I love the quilt top, it reminds me of the first (and only, so far) quilt I made, and the sheet that you bought for the backing is PERFECT!

Trish said...

wow!!! you got some fab bargains there hun, I wish there were more jumble sales around xxx

Renee' Braddy said...

Okay Joanne, I finally finished the Meme tag on my blog. It was fun to think about, but I have to admit I had more fun going through "old" pictures. You'll have to take a look. Love ya!