GALLERY: Street jumble sale leaves trail of happy bargain hunters

Bedford’s first Jumble Trail is hailed a success as bargain hunters trawl the stalls set up by residents in Black Tom.

The event covered the streets north of Roff Avenue, and was a combination of car boot sale and festival.

Black Tom jumble trail. Images by

Black Tom jumble trail. Images by

Stalls were set out in front of homes, selling bric-a-brac, toys, vintage clothing, cakes and savouries.

Organiser Katrina Allen rallied her neighbours after seeing the idea take off in London.

She said: “Having originally spotted the concept on Facebook, I realised Black Tom would be the perfect neighbourhood to host it in Bedford.

“With so many passersby from the park, pool and other local businesses, and with the real sense of community already existing between the residents, I couldn’t think of anywhere better.”

The Jumble Trail ran from Robinson Pool, in Foster Hill Road, where shoppers could pick up a map of stalls.

It then wound through the streets before “ending” at The Burnaby Arms, which offered pies and toasties.

Resident Erica Roff said the Jumble Trail was “such a brilliant event”.

“There was such an array of stuff for sale. It definitely attracted bargain hunters from outside the area,” she said.

“Opposite us, there was a stall selling samosas and pakoras, and another with home-made fudge.

“People were coming to our street specially for those.”

The Jumble Trail concept is spreading across the county with one being held in Wixams, on Sunday, August 23, in Bedford, on Saturday, September 5, and Goldington and Putnoe, on Sunday, September 6.

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