These have been around since Victorian times, featuring in novels by writers such as Agatha Christie (Miss Marple series) and E Nesbit (Five Children and It).
They're a popular form of fundraising for local good causes, such as clubs and societies, scouts and guides, churches and schools. You could describe them as being like a half-day temporary charity shop, sometimes with refreshments provided.
Generally, prices charged are much lower than in charity shops - often only 5p-50p. On the other hand, the quality of goods sold is usually below that of charity shops.
Many jumble sales rely on house-to-house collections.
Some charity shops organise periodic jumble sales to get rid of poorer quality clothing donations which can't be sold in their shops.
Comparing charity shops and jumble sales
notice boards etc
|Duration||permanent||short-term - eg half-day|
|Premises||high street shop||rented hall|
|Staff||2 or 3||10 or more|
|Admission||free||charged - eg 20p|
|Quality of goods||higher||lower|
|Prices of goods||higher||lower|
|Haggling over price||no||yes|
|Method of payment||various||usually cash only|