What can you buy for 20p that gives you a buzz for the whole day?
I know it’s probably not normal for someone my age to spend half an hour playing with buttons and taking photos of them and thinking about what I could use them on. I would have spent longer in my new sewing nook but had a date to visit my old neighbours.
This morning I had walked up to a local charity shop (thrift shop in America) to buy a Fortnum & Mason picnic hamper that Stella had spotted in the window - £3.75 As I was paying a little basket full of buttons called to me.
When I was growing up before the phenomenon of car boots and Ebay there used to be Jumble Sales.These days you sometimes see the odd one for Alsatian Rescue or the Rotary but mostly if you want a second hand bargain the only place left are charity shops; the golden age of the jumble has passed.
As a teenager living in a provincial town and with a very limited income jumble sales kept me dressed and gave me independence from my mother’s overbearing clothes choices. My friend Julie and I would spend most Saturday’s queuing up outside a Conservative or Church Hall not knowing whether we would find a Jaeger jumper or a suede Mod jacket for 10p.My parents would put in requests for different items and usually I would bring them home- candlewick bedspreads for the dog – shirts for my dad, crimpolene dresses, granddad shirts for my brother. The cult of ‘Vintage’ had yet to develop.
Over the next few days I shall show you some of my second hand and jumble tresure.