Look, it must be, I took Mr Uphildowndale to the store in York, where I’d seen signs that the recession was deepening.
And lo, it has to come to pass that all discounts are off,
the asking price is back too £9.99
Ahhh, but wait, it’s not actually sold yet has it? Maybe we shouldn’t count our Easter chicks before they’ve hatched.
Barnitts store is a bit of a gem, I could have left Mr Uphilldowndale in there for many happy hours, it sells what our friends Mr and Mrs Ogg might refer to as ‘items of faffness’ Mr Uphilldowndale loves such places and enjoys seeing all the very useful faffy things, woodworking tools, small things in little plastic bags, balls of string and other very important things*. See dodgy photo below. as they say in York, “if Barnitts haven’t got it, you can’t get it anywhere!”
On entering Barnitts I thought I was going into a small shop selling light fittings (I’m always trying to source light fitting I like, I’ve not managed it yet) to my amazement, it was like entering, Narnia I found myself in a warren of departments, all on different floors and levels I emerged an hour later from a door way two shops down from where I’d gone in!
I discovered many shops are like this in York, the result of trying to squeeze modern shopping fashions into a historic city of jumbled buildings.
If you wanted to buy a new tea pot, Barnitts will have 20 to chose from, a flask to keep the tea warm? dozens.’ Letter boxes? Did you want brass or wrought iron? and a door knocker to match? I can’t imagine what it must be like to stock take, but I do know the total stock value must be massive!
This letter box is in a door at York Minster, not Barnitts, but I’m rather taken by it.
*String is a very important thing
Rope is thicker
But string is quicker
Of course for full on faffness, you could make your own string