Jumble Sale Report


This weekend saw the bi-annual Bradway Scouts massive fund-raising jumble sale held at the Scout Centre.

Jumble had been collected throughout the week and on Friday night a good show of hands was on tap to help sort through the many boxes and bags kindly donated and lay them out in the appropriate areas in the hall.

Francis and Emily helping setup the toy stall on Friday evening.

Francis and Emily helping setup the toy stall on Friday evening.

This work continued until late in the night so a big “thank you” to all the scouts, leaders, mums and dads that came up to help.

Unfortunately the weather was truly atrocious on the day of the sale so we elected to try to squeeze everything in to the hall as opposed to using the outside area as we try to do.  It just about all fitted in!

At 2:30 the customers came pouring in (no pun intended!) and sales began briskly with people coming far and wide to pick up one of the famous “quality bargains”.

Lots of bargain hunters at the jumble sale.

Lots of bargain hunters at the jumble sale

Even though the weather was awful a steady stream of customers, young and old came in to see what was available from the many stalls setup.  The stalls included :

  • Shoes and boots
  • Household wares, plates, cups, kitchenware etc
  • Toys and games
  • Electrical goods
  • Curtains, bedding, towels and blankets
  • Books, CDs, DVDs, records and tapes
  • Adult clothing
  • Childrens clothing
  • Coats, jackets and suits

And of course the famous tea and biscuit service for refreshments!

A steady stream of visitors kept the staff at the refreshments area busy.

A steady stream of visitors kept the staff at the refreshments area busy.

Once the visitors had tailed off and stocks were running low it was time for the big clear up, which this time was even more important as 60 mountaineers were kipping over-night in the hall that evening!

A much left over merchandise is donated to charity or found a home for as possible, and the rest is taken to the recycling centre on Sunday morning to be disposed of as ethically as possible.

This event is held twice a year and forms the only public fund-raising events that the group performs, so it is vital that it is well supported by not only the children but also their parents and families as well.  A huge amount of work goes into setting up, running and clearing away from this event so if you feel you can help anyway please contact the jumble sale administrator Richard on jumble@bradwayscouts.org.uk.

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