As a thank you to mother for looking after the Boy during the recent trip to Italy I gave her an hour of my time to go shopping with her. (How generous is the No. 1 Son!) Given my reputation of shopping with the ladies you’d have thought I would have pulled her into the west end, Kings Road, New Bond Street, Dover Street all only 30 mins from our front door. Not a chance! My Mother is a charity shop headcase and apparently there really is no better charity shop browsing than in Crouch End a 15 min walk from my front door.
The fashion while on a par with the rest of the highstreet (And in some cases much more forward!) was instantly forgettable, the music selection dire and the book selection appalling There also seems to have been an influx of Brand NEW products. While the displays and merchandising are better than ever before the chance of my finding an old Smiths album or first edition Famous Five Book seems to have disappeared altogether. I blame eBay, these stores must be hiving off all the good stuff and selling it to collectors on eBay and depriving the bargain hunting customers of their opportunity of discovering treasure.
Mother also noticed all this and commented “They are not as good as they used to be”. If these shops are loosing their appeal to my Mother then I think they have some deep thinking to do.