I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found out that Rumble in the Jumble was happening again this year. The Oxfam Get Together event, hosted by Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney and friends, celebrated its second birthday on Saturday 26th January. I went along last year as part of my final major project and this year I was lucky enough to go as an Oxfam Fashion blogger.
Gemma Cairney, Grace Woodward, Cherry Healey, Laura Whitmore, Georgie Okell and Gizzi Erskine with Rumble in the Jumble shoppers.
Rumble in the Jumble aims to raise the profile of International Women’s Day. This year Gemma collaborated with The Music Circle, a subsidiary of Annie Lennox’s organisation The Circle, to raise money for Oxfam and their work in supporting women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Crowds gathering at the Rumble in the Jumble 2013
Many celebrities cleared out their closets to support the event with jumble donated by the likes of Bat for Lashes, Daisy Lowe, Edith Bowman, Annie Mac, Tinie Tempah, Fearne Cotton, Lauren Laverne, Charlotte Church, Alison Mosshart, Jack Whitehall, Dermot O’Leary, The Vaccines, Zane Lowe, Paloma Faith and The Chemical Brothers, to name but a few!
Gizzi Erskine and Gemma Cairney
Hosted at Bethnal Green’s Working Mens Club, the jumble sale was so large it spread out over both floors. On offer were not only rails upon rails of celebrity wares, but also a pop-up retro hair salon from Lipstick & Curls and tea and cakes from Drink, Shop & Do and Joe’s Tea Company. There was even a little bit of ping-pong action from Pongathon, perfect for shoppers to work off the excitement from all the rummaging.
Gizzi Erskine’s Chilli Con Carne
The only purchase I had time to make was a raffle ticket (my bank account thanked me) but I did sample some of Gizzi Erksine’s chilli con carne on my way out and, let me tell you, it was something special! Before I had to be dragged away from all the incredible stalls, I managed to catch up with organiser Gemma Cairney for a quick chat…
Gemma Cairney with Tinie Tempah’s donated hi-tops
How have you been preparing for Rumble in the Jumble Part 2?
It’s was nuts. The email thread between myself, Kate and Laura from The Music Circle since last October has been intense but we all remained focused in communication and asked each lots of questions. It is good to say things out loud when imagining how they might work on the day. There was a lot going on at Rumble in the Jumble, so it was important to get as many hands on deck to help too.
How have you made it even bigger and better this year?
This year it’s bigger in every way. We had double the amount of time to organise it, the venue is double the size and it’s even on for double the time. Six hours of shopping is going to be had!
What is your favourite part of Rumble in the Jumble?
The coming together, having a blast and making a difference
Do you have any ideas for next year already?
Oh gosh, yes. Well I’m addicted to putting on jumble sales now, so yes it will happen again!
This year, a huge £16,750 was raised for Oxfam and their fight for women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I hope that next year will be even bigger, even better and raise even more for this worthy cause. All I ask is that next year Rumble in the Jumble is held after pay day.
International Women’s Day is on the 8th of March, to get involved in The Oxfam Get Together for International Women’s Day visit www.oxfam.org.uk/gettogether
To watch my interviews from ‘Rumble in the Jumble Part 1,’ in which I talk to Gemma Cairney, Sara Cox and Cherry Healey, visit my Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/41778541