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Memories of Woolworths

Sad that it looks like Woolworths is going to goSad

I remember when I was a little girl the shop had high (or seemed high) glass counters and a lady serving on every one.

Once I was going round choosing Christmas presents to buy for my family. I chose a calendar for an uncle and waiting patiently for the lady to come and get my thruppence (3d) but she didnt come over and didnt come over so I left the 3 pennies on the top of the counter, and carried on walking round the shop. A bit later I went back again and my 3 pennies were still on the counter...... so I scooped them upEmbarassed and bought another (the first BOGOF! naughty I know!)

They sold tinny but pretty butterfly brooches and for some reason I thought my mother adored these so I bought her one on every occasion in a different colourway. She kept them all and had about six stuffed at the bottom of her jewellry box.


Posted at 27th Nov 2008 - 08:41AM   Posted by Faith   Memories of Woolworths Comments: 12

Toady's Avatar Trouble is that everbody sells the same stuff these days. I don't think Woolies sell anything that you can't get in any big supermarket along with the groceries.
I remember loving their make up counter where you had a stand for Rimmel, Miners [everything was 1/6], and Baby Doll ranges. Used to spend ages trying lipsticks and going home with stripes of the stuff all up my arm.

Posted by: Toady on 27th Nov 2008 at 09:42AM

Crystal Jigsaw's Avatar Oh Faith, I can't believe it! I absolutely love Woollies. The toys in there are fab and always competitively priced - esp at Christmas! Amy will be distraught, it's her 2nd favourite shop next to Toys R Us Rolling Eyes

But on a serious note, it's a absolute sham for this country to have a major retailer go under like this and all those people out of a job is simply awful.

CJ xx

Posted by: Crystal Jigsaw on 27th Nov 2008 at 10:04AM

Hope Woolies does not leave my local market town, it is still the only place to buy CD's and DVD's as our supermarkets not 'upmarket' enough to sell these items. Do you remember those irridescent lipsticks back in the 60's they used to sell?

Posted by: Quilting Cat on 27th Nov 2008 at 10:11AM

Preseli Mags's Avatar I remember Woolies in Worcester being a brilliant place to go for for jewellry, make-up, singles and LPs, a bit of pick and mix, a hot chocolate and then something odd like a little flowering cactus. But it changed somehow. I can't put my finger on it.

But as CJ says it's still great for toys. I feel sorry for all the staff too.

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 27th Nov 2008 at 10:12AM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Pick 'n' mix is my abiding memory of it as a child - such a treat (allowed VERY rarely). Oh, and Ladybird school clothes.

I can remember Sainsbury's when the staff used to stand behind their counters and wore white aprons and hats - and when you paid, the money went off in a chute that ran around above your head. The tops were all marble......

Just heard that there may be a buyer for Woolies.....hope so.

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 27th Nov 2008 at 12:10PM

Faith's Avatar I remember Sainsburys like that too Jane - arent we old?Laughing It was annoying if my mother wanted cheese AND bacon because we had to queue at two counters!

Hope Woolies survives too, but it isnt what it was. There are too many shops all selling much the same thing. My local chemist is now selling pet meds..... and they've got a few toys for pets too. It's not fair on the local pet shop!

Posted by: Faith on 27th Nov 2008 at 12:16PM

Toady's Avatar I can remember Sainsbury's like that too. They used to pat the butter up with wooden paddles and they were all tiled in blue. They'd be worth a small fortune now.

Posted by: Toady on 27th Nov 2008 at 12:23PM

Inthemud's Avatar As a very small child on special occasions I would go with my grandad on the one bus a week on Thursdays to the market in North Walsham,(Norfolk). He would always take me into to Woolies and allow me to pick my own sweets.
He would go every Thursday and always bring back the same sweets Fox's glacier fruits, but when I got to go with him I could choose what I wanted, usually toffee bons bons and I'd say "Grandad, can I have these each week instead of boiled sweets", he'd remember for a week then go back to the boiled ones again! Grandad was always very generous and usually let mechoose a toy too whilst in Woolies, I remember collecting a set of littlepeople from other countries, i loved the eskimos!

So sad Woolies is going but not surprising when we all go to Argos these days!!And you can get sweets anywhere.

Posted by: Inthemud on 27th Nov 2008 at 01:34PM

Mountainear's Avatar Lots of memories of Woollies too - especially the makeup counter - and they were proper counters too. Woolworths in Leamington had the first escalator I had ever seen - was always disappointed that all there was at the top of it were household goods of no interest to a little girl at all.

If Woolworth's goes from the high Street in Welshpool it will leave a huge gap - can't think what will take its place - t's quite a big trading space.

Posted by: Mountainear on 27th Nov 2008 at 03:00PM

TIGGYWINKLE's Avatar Woolworths was a wonderland to me as a child. It was my introduction to browsing. I still say to a helpful assistant when approached "Thank you, I'm just browsing for the moment."When I was old enough to go to town on my own, I always headed for Woolworths, as there was such a selection of affordables. Made me feel very grown up making a purchase. Woolworths closed many years ago in Ireland, but they are big in Australia. Our daughter in Brisbane does all her grocery shopping there, and it is not cheap. Shame to see it go, as it was an institution.

Posted by: TIGGYWINKLE on 27th Nov 2008 at 03:35PM

Frances's Avatar I love reading all your Woolworth's memories. Our Woolworth's have all been closed for many years, but I also remember them. Always sold gold fish, had a great lunch counter with milkshakes, grilled cheese sandwiches etc., lots of make-up to play with (I loved the funny nail polish colors ... still remember some bronzy polish ... I must have been about 12!)

I also remember being astounded to see Woolworth's in London on my first trip in the early 1970's, since I'd thought it a totally American phenom.

Posted by: Frances on 27th Nov 2008 at 05:05PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Woolworth's held a special place in my childhood too. I can remember the wonderful wooden floors and the noise that peoples shoes made on them. The counters always seemed high to me too.

One year as we headed off on holiday there was an amazing glow in the sky. When we returned from holiday we learned that Woollies had had a serious fire - it was re-built though.

Was also horribly shocked once to see some boys my own age shoplifting right in front of me.

Woollies now isn't quite the same as I remember in my childhood - but I too shall be sad to see it go.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 27th Nov 2008 at 06:43PM

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