Earlier today, I ventured out to a village hall for the annual Toast sale. Toast is a shop local to my hometown which sells ladies and men’s clothing as well as beautiful home-wares. It was started in Wales in 1997 and currently has nine shops in the UK. Unfortunately, much as I love the designs, it is usually a little pricey for me and so when I learnt of this weekend’s sale, I jumped at the chance to browse and stock up on some of the company’s classic clothing.
Clothes were strewn all over the hall and shoppers had to rummage through to find the bargains
Like many other jumble sales, the clothes were strewn all over tables in the hall and shoppers had to look carefully through to find the bargains. But this only added to the excitement of the sale and everyone there soon got into the spirit of finding themselves a good buy, with many friendly strangers admiring and helping others by observing what clothes suited them.
Bargain hunters had to have a good eye to look through all the clothes
The hall was quite busy for a Sunday morning
There were quite a few good bargains and some which weren’t so great, as unfortunately many of the clothes had minor snags and tears and some of the shoes had been worn and returned. But all the imperfections were highlighted by stickers and labels and some were still a good buy even so. And I suppose it’s a small price to pay for shoes and clothes that were originally approximately £100 and upwards.
Some of the items I picked up
Shoes were on sale for a fraction of their original price. This pair were £10
I came away with some really nice items, including a silk dress, which I paid £15 for, but sadly not the brogue-like shoes I could only find one of.
Photo courtesy of Idlepines (http://www.flickr.com/photos/idlepines/4570499306/)
Every month, Milgi’s host a £1 jumble sale in the warehouse behind their restaurant. Last Sunday, I went along for a browse.
Milgi’s is a wonderful place and I felt completely at home as soon as I got there. I’m ashamed to say that, in ten months of living in Cardiff, I had never been, so of course I was eager to go. I wasn’t disappointed either. My friend told me that their milkshakes were to die for and my banana one certainly lived up to expectations.
But anyway, back to the clothes. A jumble sale is a perfect way to grab some bargains and at Milgi’s, everything was a pound. As you can imagine, a sale where everything is that cheap certainly brought in the punters and the small space soon packed out.
For anyone planning on going to the next one, I’d advise you get there early, for the above reason and to grab yourself the best items.
I came away with a Topshop cardigan (in very good condition), a top (which was only slightly too big) and two bags of fabric offcuts, for only £1.50.
If you’re in or around Cardiff today, then head to the Woodville pub. The last Rose Tinted vintage fair is happening from 3 until 6pm. The girls who run it are passionate about raising money and cheap vintage clothing and they’re promising that, this time, their fair will be bigger and better than previous fairs.
I hope to see you there!