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We took part in our first jumble sale of the year at the Old Blue Last in Shoreditch yesterday. I love a good ole rumble in the jumble and thought it'd be a fun way to clear out seasonal stock, slightly imperfect seconds and all those odds 'n' ends that clutter the studio. I spent a dusty Sunday morning delving way back into the stockroom and bagging 'n' tagging my finds. It took us a few trips to carry everything there, it's local to Superette so we didn't have the usual trouble of trying to cram everything into a mini cab.
Peta from Jumble Music gave us a table in the downstairs part of the pub and it slowly started to dawn on me that all the tables were quite small and close together and as usual we'd bought way too much stuff. I did my best to merch the space and try not to spill out onto our lovely neighbours. To our left were the Jumble Music gals themselves with a heaving rail of secondhand clothing and a table of bric-a-brac heaven. To our right was Laura (I found out her name when she spied a "laura" goth doll necklace in our sale tub) who was having a wardrobe clear out and next along was a super stall selling vintage trading cards and novelty jewellery (photo above).
The day got off to a fairly brisk start with lots of familiar faces dropping by to scoop up some Lady Luck bargains. We had printed up some tattoos, rosettes and dolls using our rejected stock of slightly imperfect wooden shapes and at £2 a pop they were very popular. We also sold quite a few bags of neon skeletons and our baskets of odds 'n' ends were sifted through and emptied out a little.
I also managed to have a quick skip around the place and bagged a knitted ice cream toy (from the stall photographed above) which I'm going to make into a brooch and a peter pan collar top for £3. Stall whispers revealed it wasn't as busy as the previous event and many thought it was due to London Fashion Week. I couldn't imagine high end fashionistas elbow deep in second hand clothing but maybe our beloved jumble sales are now the very height of fashion. Fancy that.
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I still can't get enough of jazzy costume brooches! They so easily snazz up a comfy cardi, add a unique touch to a beret or look just super on a sweater. I originally sourced a bunch for our Christmas shop thinking they'd make the best stocking fillers. They sold out really quite fast so I thought we should extend the selection for Valentines day. OK so that calendar event has now passed but I'm still loving them so I guess they're a pretty permanent fixture now. The newbies include a a family of owls, a big ole ladybird, a huge aeroplane (my fave, in real life this is a show stopper) and a cartoon shaped kitty cat.
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It's been an absolute pleasure stocking Reko's super cute frocks for the past year or so. The Reko design studio and production factory is just a hop, skip and a jump from our Superette studio in London and it's always been a highlight going to select new styles and colourways for the website. I have to shamelessly admit to owning Reko frocks in double figures, eek. All good things have come to an end though and a little while ago the deal was made for a high street retailer to mass manufacture a Reko line in China. The Reko mainline which we buy is handmade in London but the styles are very similar, we cannot compete with the new retail price and therefore don't think it's fair to our customers (that's you!).
But we're gonna go out with a BANG and have decided to clear the remaining collection of dresses by reducing them all to £35! We have some super styles available all of which will now be almost impossible to get hold of so snap 'em up while you can ladies because once they're gone...THEY'RE GONE!
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We’ll be clearing out stocks from the depths of our basement and piling ‘em high and selling ‘em cheap at jumble sales across the capital in 2009. Goodies will include seasonal clearance, samples, slightly imperfect seconds plus odds ‘n’ ends of materials and trimmings. Our first pub jumble location is The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch this Sunday. There will be stalls upstairs and downstairs selling the best in people's second hand and vintage clothing, records, awesome junk, tie dye, jewellery, costumes along with friendly bar staff and rad DJs. The jumble runs between 1pm and 6pm and it's free entry. Get ready for a rummage!
We had such a swell time on Sunday hanging out at the Valentine's Love-A-Fayre in the Bethnal Green Working Mens Club. Penni helped us run the stand for the day and she's pictured above holding a super cute lollipop cupcake. We were very pleased to find out stall holders could have free tea from the bar all day. Good times.
The fayre attracted a super cute crowd who shopped and a bopped til they dropped. Most people stayed all day drinking teas and beers, eating sushi and cupcakes, watching films, reading zines, listening to music and of course SHOPPING!!! It was so bloody civilised!
We had been busy little bees in preparation for the day making lots of heart felt jewellery especially for the fayre. Emma and Fai our interns made valentine's themed jewellery display holders and I couldn't resist displaying Kandy's knitted rose brooches on a mini toy piano.
We gave our giant tub of Lucky Dip goodies a valentine's makeover! The Lovers' Lucky Dip was stuffed full of heart shaped accessories and Valentine's cards.
There was an ace selection of handmade gifts on sale including cupcakes, burlesque tassels and pasties, jam, fancy knickers, craft kits, D.I.Y cassette cards, sushi, Japanese curios, stuffed meeces (it's true) and many a Valentine's card.
Along with the 20 or so stands there was ample unique entertainment. One crazy lady stalked the room making giant balloon sculptures for unsuspecting party go-ers. Her creations included martian headwear, flower bangles, spiderman, bugs bunny and this giant flump pictured above! We were also treated to a vampy Burlesque performance and a cute little cupid skipped around the room with bow 'n' arrow 'n' all.
Our friends from French Kiss Vintage also had a stand - I totally adore their matching outfits!
We also vamped up our Wheel of Fortune valentine's stylee. It was free to spin the wheel to find out if you'd be loved up or heart broken come February 14th and stickers were handed out in accordance. Pictured above is the fabulous Scarlet Winter with her cigarette style tray of 'tiny tits' jewellery.
One of my favourite stands was the Donkey Monkey Cafe and her homemade sushi and strange collection of Japanese Curios. She rocked!
We took oodles more photos - check 'em out on our Flickr page. Click here!