Last week I shared with you some of my favourite picks over three separate blog posts after a spending spree at three different jumble sales, all in the name of charity.
If you’ve never been to a jumble sale and want to save money, then I urge you to look for one because you’ll be surprised about prices as my fiance was. However, one thing must be said is, they can be as addictive as the reduced aisle and after shopping at a few, you’ll start to get resentful at prices the next time you hit the high street shops.
Now, I’m sorry if you’re a regular reader and know I am renovating, but others may not and major jobs on a home can cost a lot in labour, so I am currently triple pondering over things I want or need. We are almost camping while we work on one room at a time and because it’s no where near complete, there’s no way I’m throwing money on new furnishings to match which are likely to get damaged, dirty or I change my mind.
And so curtains is the topic today and are almost always jumbles. From modern ones to vintage ones, typically from as little as 20p to £2. It’s funny what you see repeatedly for sale of someone’s ill purchase. I could make a list on this of what you should avoid paying full price – foot spa, facial sauna, sandwich toaster and hob espresso makers to name a few.
However, getting back to textiles, we now live on 30-mile-per-hour main road but have been able to hear loud motorbikes, people breaking the limit or early morning commuters or the school run while we were in bed.
I originally had lightweight purple curtains from Dunelm that were £30 and very poor quality, being flimsy and a thin blackout, they didn’t keep the heat in. But I was in luck last Saturday at my last jumble as the first pair I picked up were exactly what I had in mind. One down side though is they’re black so not a complimentary blend with the duvet, but at £2 they’re fit for now as once the house is done, I’ll probably want a new colour scheme. Note I didn’t share my find last week as they were stuffed in a bag which didn’t look very presentable all scrunched up until I hung them.
They are exactly the right size too in a thick and heavy suedette, naturally blocking out the light without any backing at all. We did need to change to a curtain pole though but the track we had before was fragile, so my only main expenditure was a sturdy £20 brassy toned one from B&Q. I love it! So I’m happy with a total spend of £22 which could have easily been so much more. And no sewing needed either!
Our next job is to use our saved money on ripping out a kitchen wall and hopefully soon I’ll get to see why all this scrimping has been worth it.
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