Garage sale, Northiam

When I lived in Toronto, I moseyed along to a few garage sales but hadn’t visited one in this country before. There have been links between Northiam in East Sussex, and Chitiwiri in Malawi, for some years. This garage sale was being held to raise money for a school there.

Despite turning up three hours after the event kicked off, there was still lots of things to buy, when we arrived.


1970s crockery, Northiam Copyright 2018 Théroigne S B G Russell

Am sure that a lover of blue and white china must have snapped this up later.


Blue and white china tureen, garage sale, Northiam. Copyright 2018 Théroigne S B G Russell

Was rather tempted by this blue and white plate but remembered ‘Declutter and Clean 2018’.


Blue and white hand-painted dish, garage sale, Northiam. Copyright 2018 Théroigne S B G Russell

My eagle-eyed mother spotted a box of Johnson Brothers ‘Heritage’ crockery. I love love love ‘Heritage’, it’s my all-time favourite china. It makes any food look like a work of art, even beans on toast or macaroni cheese. It’s subtle, being plain white with a little beading around the edges. Plus, it’s quirky, as octagonal in shape. Got the box for £5 and it includes a gravy boat and stand, vegetable tureen and a large platter.

We spotted quite a lot of old gardening implements and a couple of Victorian sewing machines.

Had to buy this mug because: (a) used to live in TO (b) I’m a member of the LGBT community and Rainbows R Us and (c) lots and lots of European Union stars.


Toronto stein-style ceramic mug. Copyright 2018 Théroigne S B G Russell

Walked up the road to Northiam’s recreation field and was surprised to see that the field seemed pretty empty. Last time we visited (and had a boot fair stall) around three years ago, it was heaving with people. I got an Ideal pony saddle for £15 for my study, as well.

Set off for Icklesham (love that name) to their fête and flower festival. That too, looked pretty bereft of people, although again supposed to be an all-day event.

When in doubt, hit a pub for lunch..


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