Archive for Christmas bazaar

Xmas bazaar 2017 at Buckland St Mary

Wow, only a month to Christmas and the festivities have started already.  Yesterday was the Xmas Bazaar at Buckland St Mary village hall and we were on duty with the bric a brac stall again.  It’s surprising what people want to get rid of and give to us to sell, some really good stuff and some really not so good!!DSC01841

There were a couple of Xmas hats for sale, so I modelled one.  I really thought these would sell but no luck, so I will save them for our Xmas singing at the old people’s homes.


Father Christmas was there seeing all the little children in his grotto.


There were craft stalls and raffles, tombolas and cakes, all the normal stalls.


Plus the usual afternoon tea service which always goes down well, especially with added cake!!


We made £53.55 on our stall, not a great amount but £53.55 more than if we had stayed at home.  Overall £850 was raised for everyday church funds so a worthwhile effort.

The B&B is open now for bookings during December and Xmas. http://www.lodgehouse


Leave a Comment

Selling Bric a Brac again

This Saturday just gone was the day of the Buckland St Mary Xmas fete and we were on the Bric a Brac stall again.  We had lots of stuff – some friends were moving house and had cleared out a lot of glass ware and crockery and we had lots of books and other donations too.  This is me behind our stall.


Neil is a very good salesman and tries to sell mostly inappropriate things to people we know,  just for fun.  However we did really well and took £77.00 in 2 hours.


Children had the chance to visit Father Christmas (a local man from the village who dressed up the part), and afternoon teas and cake were also on offer.


There was a tombola stall, a craft stall, a picture stall amongst others together with the usual raffle (I won a Xmas pudding – home made). Altogether £945 was raised for the church youth worker, so a good effort all round, and an early December start to get us in the Christmas mood.

We have vacancies in the B&B for the whole of December. contact us at


Leave a Comment

Buckland St Mary Xmas fete 2014

Twice a year Buckland St Mary holds fetes or bazaars – once in the Summer and once in the Winter and this weekend it was the turn of the Xmas fete held in the village hall.

For the fifth year running Neil and I were on the Bric a Brac stall, basically trying to sell people other people’s junk!! Quite a hard sell!!


I had also made some Xmas gift tags and lavender bags which I put on our stall to boost sales.  We had a lot of soft toys to sell and I was amazed at how many little boys purchased them, then used them to beat up their friends!


We managed to raise £51.57 in 2 hours so not too bad.  It was quite well attended but perhaps not as busy as previous years, perhaps lots of people were out getting their Black Friday/weekend bargains.


There were craft stalls,  a card stall, a raffle and a hamper raffle, a tombola, a cake stall, a produce stall amongst others.  And also there was Father Christmas in his grotto for the kiddies.


The teas and cakes always go down well.  I had a chocolate éclair with mine!!

Neil was trying to sell a funny England hat all afternoon.  This is our friend Mike modelling it.



All fun and games in the country and fundraising into the process.

Look us up at


Leave a Comment

Buckland St Mary Xmas Bazaar 2013

Saturday afternoon was the Buckland St Mary Xmas Bazaar.  This is where Father Christmas puts in his first appearance of the season.  Funny how he looked different to Father Christmas last year!!  Think he had done something different with his beard!!


Neil and I were manning the Bric-a-Brac stall again.  It’s not easy selling other people’s junk!  Especially when you can only charge 50p or £1.00 per item generally.  The most we took on a single item was £3.00.  We made just £38.60, still it’s more than we would have made if we hadn’t turned out!!

Neil delighted in trying to sell inappropriate items to our friends.


He even managed to sell a game called Saints and Sinners to the local parish priest.


There was a good turnout of people and quite a few stalls.  The teas and cakes always does well as does the produce stall and the cakes and pastries stall.  There were 2 raffles, a tombola, guess the name of the giraffe, greetings cards, jewellery and quite a few other stalls too.


All in all a bit of fun.  We then had to pack up all the left over stuff and now we need to take it to a local charity shop and hope they can sell the stuff we couldn’t sell!!


Leave a Comment

Xmas comes early to Buckland St Mary

Yesterday was the Christmas bazaar held in Buckland St Mary village hall.  For the third year running Neil and I were on the Bric-a-brac stall.  When we arrived in the morning to set up there was already loads of “Stuff” in boxes on our table for us to sort out.  In fact we had heaps of stuff and wondered how we were going to sell it all.

The bazaar was opened by Father Christmas at 2.15pm.

He has “Mother Christmas” there to help him sort our which little kiddie is going in to see him next!!

We had a great assortment of things on our stall:-  mugs and coasters, gloves, bags, plates, pictures, jewellery, books, draw liners etc to name but a few.

The funniest thing was someone had knitted some mittens and donated them, but they were both the left hand!! May be someone else is wandering around with 2 right  hand ones.

In spite of the heavy pouring rain the bazaar was well attended. There were raffles and cream teas, a bottle tombola  and the brownies were wandering around with “name the reindeer” so lots to raise money from.  We made £68.50 on our stall, just better than last year.

Busy Xmas Bazaar

The only down side to running the bric-a-brac stall is that you have to clear up whats left afterwards.  We boxed everything up and are going to take it all into Chard to the Ferne Animal Sanctuary Charity Shop tomorrow.

This was the first of various activities to look forward to in Buckland St Mary in the run up to Xmas.

visit us at


Leave a Comment

Buckland St Mary Christmas Bazaar

Today was Buckland St Mary’s Christmas Bazaar.  Like last year we were on the Bric a Brac stall, basically selling other people’s junk, or their unwanted gifts.

We set up this morning, then went back at 2pm to await the opening of the bazaar by Father Christmas!!

Father Christmas at Buckland St Mary

We had a number of varied things to sell, from plates with poppies on, to scarves, old knives and forks, crockery, a hamper, jewellery bits and pieces to name but a few.

Here is Kathy at our stall.

Kathy at the Bric a Brac stall

The weather wasn’t too bad today, dry and sunny but cold, but much better than this time last year when we had the first snow.  A good number of people turned out and we raised £62.80 selling stuff today, which wasn’t bad really.

lots of people turn out for the bazaar

So there we are – rural life in the community of Buckland St Mary.
Want to join us?  visit

Leave a Comment