The man in the mirror could be wearing Graham Coxon’s old specs on Saturday, as the Music Circle’s fourth jumble sale of celebrity cast-offs sets out its stalls. Katie Rosseinsky previews the action.
If you could get hand-me-downs from any chic young thing, who would it be? Alexa Chung? Mark Ronson? Florence Welch? If you’re lucky, your dream benefactor is one of the donors to the fourth annual Rumble in the Jumble, London’s starriest charity fashion market, which returns to Oval Space this Saturday. Originally set up in 2012 by Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney and a circle of shameless gals from the music and television industries, the market sees its founders demanding donations from their circle of friends, colleagues and anyone else they can find contact details for. Every year that passes sees their powers of persuasion growing in might – last year’s event featured a dazzling diamante suit donated by sartorial minimalist Elton John, and had queues to the end of the street. In one day, the Music Circle team raised £27,000 for Oxfam’s aid work with abused women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
If this year’s cause, Oxfam’s work for greater gender equality in Myanmar, doesn’t pique your interest, then perhaps the even fatter merchandise haul will. Turn up with a bag of your own cast-offs (and a fiver) and you could walk away with Graham Coxon’s specs, one of Nicole Scherzinger’s frocks or Arcade Fire’s pristine Aquascutum slippers. Some items are more to cherish than to wear – a wig worn by Grimes, say, or records and T-shirts signed by Noel Gallagher. Prices are consistent with a proper jumble sale, though – most items cost between £10 and £40.
It’s not just about celebrity cast-offs, either. Fashion favourites like Monki, Cheap Monday and Asos will be flogging new stock at cut-price rates, as will higher-end high-street labels like All Saints and Whistles – last year, brand-new leather jackets from the latter went for around £100. There’ll also be a book stall curated by performance poet Laura Dockrill, and bargain vinyl brought to you by music site The Line of Best Fit. If you like to look just so while you jumble, then you can hit the Smashbox or Bumble and Bumble stalls for makeup and hairdos. And if you do manage to bag this year’s star item (the presence of a glittery contribution from Elton John is yet to be confirmed) then you can toast your good fortune at a jumping rooftop bar.
Rumble in the Jumble, Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT. www.ovalspace.co.uk. Bethnal Green. Sat May 9, Noon-6pm. £5.
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