Our home for waifs and strays is full of items I have bought from Jumbles sales and charity shops. My kind and unassuming husband does not share my love for this particular pastime and sighs every time he sees the car pull up at the end of a jumble trip.
‘They will come in handy,’ I say to him as I unload the treasures from the boot. He usually nods in a sort of pacifying way. Sometimes, he is pleasantly surprised and his smile is genuine with a good hint of interest. I do my best to find things he would like, such as old usable tools and classic car magazines.
As a child, my mother often took me to the village jumble sale. I remember the stampede of people that crowded into the small church hall seeking a bargain. It was a frightening experience and I often hid beneath the tables which were piled high with clothes, books and bric-a-brac.
It was those times beneath the tables, that I discovered my love for books. There were endless amounts to choose from but Enid Blyton’s famous five were my favourite. And although I was very young, I could read them quite well. By the time I was eight, I was writing my own adventures stories to read to my dolls.
Those old books are still with me and sit on the shelves at our home for waifs and strays. And I still add to them every time I go to a jumble sale.
Jumble sales were once a big part of village life and still are where I live in Wales. It is a great way to raise money for charities and one can have hours of fun picking up amazing bargains.
When people come to visit our home for waifs and strays, there is always a story to tell about many of the items that I bought at a charity shop or a jumble sale.