A Rumble in the Jumble

A Rumble in the Jumble

A Poem by Chris
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(Before we were inundated with charity shops, we had the good old jumble sale. Anyone remember?)

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Eager eyes on bargain hunters
as the doors are opened wide.
Watch the queue of pushing punters
as they inch their way inside.
Round the endless trestle tables
stacked with scores of hand-me-downs.
Women armed with wicker baskets
foreheads furrowed in a frown.

Tossed and churned donated items,
belts with blouses edged in lace,
followed by a v neck sweater
next an old grey pillow case.
As the nimble fingers fumble
with a cotton collared shirt,
six hands reach to grab the hemline
of a black silk dirndle skirt.

As the musty garments tumble,
what a rumble in the jungle
as the silver shillings fall
not so willing to the coffers
for the upkeep of the hall.
Two o'clock and no subsiding
till at last the chimes sound three,
when the Vicar calls for silence,
home-made cakes and fresh brewed tea.

© 2018 Chris


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Gee
Oh yes, most weeks in the village hall, twas the car boot of its time. And the smell, jaysus, musty, damp, urine, and That was just the throng gathered for a bargain.
Brings back memories of childhood and also of " new" clothes for a family of feral kids.
Hi Christine, really enjoyed this trip back in time,
. Hope you are well.

Posted 2 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Verse

2 Years Ago

Hey there, Gee! Just doing one of my wee hour of the morning word binges in Canada!

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angel

2 Years Ago

You said wee...(childishly giggles).
Verse

2 Years Ago

Hee-hee!!! So I did. :):) ................



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A shopping poem from somewhere in my past:
Off we go, into the bargain section
Running wild, all through the place;
There's a clerk coming in our direction,
Get 'im, girls! Step on his face!
Here's a dress that we can all fight over,
Grab it girls--do not delay;
We'll pull till it's
Torn to bits;
Nothing can stop the shoppers today!



Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris

2 Years Ago

You've got it angel. Those sales turn manic in their eagerness to get a bargain. Happens all the tim.. read more
angel

2 Years Ago

At least it wa UNDER. Not that the Lord can't hear the faintest whisper...or even a thought.
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So, this is the way the Brits do what we call a church rummage sale. A little more earthy and casual, I think I would prefer it. Any way you slice it, when it's a rummage to the death, urine for a good time, and bargains to boot!

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris

2 Years Ago

Love your play on words here angel. Yeah, you sure got stuck in

Chris
love this
we used to have school fetes they still do and also now we call them garage sales in peoples front lawns and also some car boot sales in a parking lot
i dont frequent them much anymore
i dont carry cash just cards lol
but do love them a lot
loved the memories you instilled in me this morning now i may drive around the burbs to find a garage sale this sunday am,thanks loved it a lot

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris

2 Years Ago

Thank you for your review Julie. Your thoughts appreciated. All good wishes

Chris
"...home-made cakes and fresh brewed tea." My favorite part.
Women shopping can be dangerous.
Fun read, Chris!

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris

2 Years Ago

Laughing at your response Jimmy. Can't disagree with you there. Thank you

Chris
Not so many of them held these days and I guess for precisely the reason you refer to.. I think it is such a shame.. I have made many a good purchase from jumble sales all over the place and still got some of them.. donations made too.. tis true innit.. one mans rubbish is another mans treasure... a cracking little bit of nostalgia here Chris.... N

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris

2 Years Ago

Thanks Neville. Yep one man's rubbish is another man's treasure. They were such fun, but mind you I .. read more
Neville

2 Years Ago

Aint we all our Chris... I really did enjoy poking around... oh' smashing title too.... Neville
I can just imagine it pull and feel - does the zip work? Does it look good on me
Grab that red jumper > Do for the dogs bed

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris

2 Years Ago

Ha ha Wild Rose. I tell you, I can remember some pretty competitive goings on at those jumble sales,.. read more
Very cute
Took me from your descriptive bazaar scene to the actual legalizing of marijuana which just took place in our jurisdiction and the monster line-ups created there
But no Vicars!
Very nicely done as usual
Dave

Posted 2 Years Ago


Chris

2 Years Ago

Crumbs! Jumble sales to weed, in one swoop. You've got me laughing there Dave. This little poem brou.. read more
john l smith

2 Years Ago

it's that crowd thing of people lining up to buy buy buy, no matter what is being offered
I g.. read more
Chris

2 Years Ago

Looks as though it's a possibility :)
i loved the metre of you poem it really galloped along. i really like your poems.

never mind about those early church jumble sales, the rumble still happens when the shops open up after christmas for the marked down bargains, it's shown on the TV news. but there's no cup of tea at the end! unless up go to a cafe & buy it yourself.

i avoid as many crowded situations as possible as i don't like all the jossling & smell of perfume mixed with sweat!

Posted 2 Years Ago


Chris

2 Years Ago

Thank you Carola for your lovely review. Pleased you enjoy my poetry. Seems we have something in com.. read more
No Jumble sales for Johnnie. Seem too fast pace and crazy. I would like the home-made cakes and tea. Thank you Chris for sharing the entertaining poetry.
Coyote

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris

2 Years Ago

Oh yes they were crazy places to go. Fun as a youngster, the exact opposite now. Tea and cakes alway.. read more
Ah, happy days, being dragged around bundles of things by eager mums, with a promise of macaroons if we behaved (did thst woman even know her kids, macaroons were evil, grown up treats)
I do remember becoming very eager to go with mu mum to them all, once I found a pile of books of short story collections that I must have read a hundred times. A much better adventure than clicking on the kindle store app and being able to find anything. They just dont get the chase to hunt them was all part of the fun.
Happy days, sigh :)

Posted 2 Years Ago


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Chris

2 Years Ago

Lorry, so pleased you can remember what I was talking about. You had to be quick at those jumble sa.. read more

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