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Published June 7th 2019
Rumble at the Jumble
With just a slim window of opportunity to have a rummage at St Augustine's monthly two-hour jumble sale, it was with great anticipation that my sister and I planned our first look-see. As we alighted Bus 300 (Hamilton service) at 9.18am, we saw a knot of people still pushing through the doors.
The parish hall is a bargain hunter's paradise. Photo by author.
We had a browse over items at the table outside the hall where there were small furniture, knick-knacks, camera tripods, and a car large enough to fit a toddler. In the motley collection, I spotted a small carving of a fish with beady eyes and bought it for a dollar.
Inside the parish hall, the jumble sale was like no other. It was abuzz with treasure hunters, seasoned op shoppers and market stall vendors hoping for some bargains. Amongst the crowd were some impatient shoppers pushing and shoving and, surprisingly, there were some frail elderly folk bravely shuffling along in walking frames.
Mounds of clothing and manchester were piled on trestle tables and to the outer edges of the hall, there were tables of glassware, crockery, fine bone china, kitchen tools and gadgets, home decor, lamps, and collectables. On the walls were artwork and bags and under the tables were cartons of baking tins, vintage aluminium dessert moulds, ice buckets, and plasticware. In another section were magazines, knitting supplies, dress patterns, lengths of fabric, and tapestry wool.
Tables piled high with clothing, bric-a-brac along the back wall. Photo by author.
There were annexe rooms to the sides with coloured glass dishes, sets of fine china, board games, books (sorted by author and subject matter), doilies and table linen, children's clothing, and racks of men's suits. The stage area had high quality and designer clothing that I didn't have the inclination to look at.
To get a bit of a breather, we went to the canteen outside that was selling $2 beverages, home-made scones and biscuits. With a nice hot cuppa and a baked goodie, we soaked up some sunshine at the seats on the lawn.
Morning tea on the lawn gives shoppers a place to relax after the shopping frenzy. Photo by author.
We watched as some shoppers were helped in carrying multiple bags to their cars. Others sat outside to admire their "finds" and once we saw that most of the crazy shoppers had departed, we ventured back inside for a more sedate browse and managed to find a few more bargains that had escaped the shopping frenzy.
Jumble sale sign in front of the parish hall. Photo by author.