Remember, remember

On Toy Stall duty at annual Jumble Sale in village hall. First half-hour almost complete mayhem as dedicated bargain-hunters pounce, but gradually begin to make out individual faces and even manage occasional conversation with customers about Makka Pakka or poppies or Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.   Several say, rather surprisingly, How Much They Love This Jumble Sale; though do feel quite pleased myself when I discover complete 1970s Puffin set of Laura Ingalls Wilder books (50p).

Daughter analysing Wendy Cope poem for homework; dig out own copy of Serious Concerns and spend happy few minutes discussing favourite poems and Young Man who apparently gave me book in 1992.

Heavy rain in evening does not seem to stop fireworks round village, but stay firmly inside with dog and watch The Apprentice.   Can’t help feeling that village Horticultural Association does a rather better job of organising coach trips.




2 thoughts on “Remember, remember

  1. i haven’t been to or helped at a jumble sale since the 90’s. they seem to have totally disappeared in these parts along with those odd people who came in at the end and bought up the remnants for peanuts and did who knows what with it all. i think it was arrival of high street charity shops that sounded the death knell and now there are shops offering to buy bags of our cast offs ! we do still get the church christmas fair, which is usually held too long before christmas to make much money. times change eh ?
    i had to google makka pakka, my children being far too old for me to have watched along with that. my youngest was a postman pat/ fireman sam boy, this made me feel like the high court judge who had to ask who the beatles were during a 60’s trial !

    • I often feel like that High Court judge myself (even with the help of the internet and occasionally useful teenage children), and was receiving rather than imparting knowledge on most of our stock on Wednesday – but think you can rest assured that Makka Pakka is not quite in the same league as the Beatles! You’re quite right about jumble sales, definitely rarer than they used to be, and now full of obvious Ebay or car boot sale Dealers (who are firmly charged the Full Price) as well as the genuinely hard-up.

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