'And finally, not everyone’s being doing topical. In fact, here’s the rather lovely 6 Oxgangs Avenue devoted to the history of the development of the area, this week highlighting how the block of flats came into being. Could have been prompted by Who do you think you are? Or just a timely reminder that not everything worth blogging about is in the here and now.'

Kate Higgins, Scottish Roundup 26/08/2012

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Jumble Sales

Whenever I'm in the capital and pass through Oxgangs it is very busy in terms of the car traffic, but it always seems quiet with very few children out playing. In the 1960s we very rarely stayed inside. Entertainment could easily be found or conjured up, on other occasions it was provided for us e.g. the regular jumble sales which were held across the road at St Hilda's Church Hall.These were crowded affairs and good fun. Two excellent items which I recall Iain bringing home to 6/2 were a bagatelle set and a savings bank.


To operate the bank a coin was placed in the figure's hand-the arm would raise upwards, placing the money into the mouth to be swallowed up into the bank-as this happened the eyes would blink.
These two items could be said to sum up jumble sales-you pay your money and take your chance!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Imagine what they would sell for now on flog it