Annual Jumble Sale

The Annual Artquest Jumble Sales (2004-2010) were an opportunity for visual artists and craftspeople to meet socially, network and find out about each other's practice in a highly informal and fun way, as well as making a bit of money on the side selling their unwanted bric-a-brac and junk.

The 1st Annual Artquest Jumble Sale was held at Kingsley Hall, Powis Road, Bromley-by-Bow on 12 June 2004.  Around sixty artists stalls were set up, with many more coming to browse, buy and take part in our competitions. The Cake Baking competition was won by Clare Qualman with her delicious chocolate brownies, with Jacqueline Chambers and her spiced banana cake in second place and Ellie Rees with her fairy cakes a close third.  Our prize raffle was very popular, with the £50 flight voucher won very quickly. It took until nearly the end of the day before the digital camera, worth £150, was snapped up by a lucky stallholder.

Artists Barby Asante and Erika Tan gave their talks to a full house, and art law specialists Henry Lydiate and Robert Grose gave specialist advice to a number of artists about their legal queries and problems.

The 2nd Annual Artquest Jumble Sale was held on 25 June 2005 at Hoxton Hall, and once again attracted large crowds of bargain-hunters and fun seekers alike. As well as more than 40 stalls crammed with old kitchen equipment, second hand clothes, books, African jewellery and general bric-a-brac, visitors enjoyed the Raffle, Cake Baking Competition and Balloon Sculpture Competition. The top Raffle prize, a £170 digital camera, took longer to go this year than last, with the second prize, a £100 Eurostar voucher, being picked up quite quickly. The winners of the Cake Baking and Balloon Sculpture competitions shared £120 in prize money. As usual, the Café served delicious cakes and teas and the Q&A legal specialists were on hand to answer your legal queries for free. The atmosphere was one of fun and conversation as people made friends whilst haggling over the price of a second hand watch.

The 3rd Sale took place on 28 June 2008 included a cake baking competition, balloon animal sculpture competition, tea and cake stalls and a cafe, an adult bouncy castle and a guess the weight of the cake competition with a Grand Prize Raffle.  Hosted at Fenwick Hall, Fenwick Estate in Clapham, the sale was livelier than ever before with over 60 artists stalls.

The 4th Annual Artquest Jumble Sale took place on Sunday 19 July at the Rag Factory off Brick Lane in East London. This year's event was bigger and busier than ever before with over 75 artists taking stalls and selling bric-a-brac, clothes and unusual jumble. This year some stall holders opted for selling services as well so there were tarot readings, portrait services, henna tatoos as well as a "Restorations and Valuations" stall where items were transformed into works of art.

The 5th Jumble Sale returned to the Rag Factory on Sunday 17 July.  Stalls included vintage clothes and shoes, "Chi-ssage" massage therapy, Tarot readings and a delicious range of home baked cakes and confections. The day saw some lucky raffle winners walk away with a digital camera, Ipod shuffle and £30 worth of John Lewis vouchers.

This article is from the Artlaw Archive of Henry Lydiate's columns published in Art Monthly since 1976, and may contain out of date material.
The article is for information only, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice.
Readers should consult a solicitor for legal advice on specific matters. Artists can get free online legal information from Artquest.