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bodger

Open all hours ?

Not anymore.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/north...istory/newsid_9225000/9225707.stm

We are particularly fortunate living where we do, to still have several traditional ironmongers shops. I could still take you to two or three, but for how long ?
Its always sad to see a long established business such as the one in this news report cease trading. Its history and tradition has become just that, have you still got a 'proper' ironmongers in your town or village?
dtalbot

Lucky it kept going that long, the iron mongers and agricultural supplies shop in Wirksworth closed in the early 80s killed by the early stage rise of the DIY chains and move to a throwaway society.
Jonty

It is a real shame that people seem to be unaware of what resorces they have 'locally' and opt for the large shed stores. In my town we have a large focus with 10 tills but only ever 1 or 2 manned which sells grossly expensive goods via untrained staff.  Yet we also have a traditional hardware store which sells everything from paraffin to catapults and two trade builders/electrical/plumbing/timber merchants where you can buy anything at a fraction of the costs of the large sheds and get expert advice thrown in free to boot.

A typical example of this was when I fitted my gun cabinet, I needed to use resin anchors rather than expansion bolts, I had a couple of queries about the fittings I needed to use with the resin, the lads at the shop weren't 100% on my query so they phoned up the local resin supplier rep who actually turned out to be into shooting.  He answered my questions and then got the lads in the shop to throw the fittings in for free as a favour.  You'd never get that down at B & Q.

It always grieves me when you see the price of 10 screws in the shed places when you could buy a box of 100 in your local builders merchant for the same price.
bodger

The ironmongers that we have in Pwllheli is an Alladins cave. They have everything you could ever want. Karen is constantly amazed by what they stock. There's a sign up that simply says 'Just Ask' and one of the four or five staff that they have simply toddles off and invariably returns with exactly what you want. Its brilliant.
Digindeep

bodger wrote:
The ironmongers that we have in Pwllheli is an Alladins cave. They have everything you could ever want. Karen is constantly amazed by what they stock. There's a sign up that simply says 'Just Ask' and one of the four or five staff that they have simply toddles off and invariably returns with exactly what you want. Its brilliant.


Including Fork 'andles........?.......    

on a serious note it is a shame these places are very much in demise.....
Woodsmoke

We used to have a brilliant ironmongers in the town I went to school in. You could buy anything from snare wire to paraffin, shotgun cartridges (loose, not boxed.............them were the days before you actually needed a licence to buy them) to replacement studs for your waders, coal, iron rivets, & all the wee odds & sods you find you often need but can never find............

It's an internet cafe now. Sign of the times, hey?  
freckle

We still have one in our nearest two market towns-one is part of the "mica" group- of independent hardware sellers. The other is fantastic-run by a lady who took it over from her dad, who took it over from his dad etc!! And it too has everything-the place is CRAMMED full-I always wonder about H&S when I go there -how does she get to trade like she does-and then think-great-at least someone is trading without all the rules and regs!! You want it-she has it!! On shelves, hanging from rings on the ceiling, stacked up at the back, outside the front of the shop...Hope she can hang on for longer although Tesco coming to town a few years back has put pressure on. She even opens for a few hours on Xmas day so you can get those things you forgot but need-batteries, baster, epsom salts, pressie for the Mrs!!  
sod

That is one of the many things that "progress" has improved "yeah Right" we used to have one in Otaki when we first moved there and the mention of shotgun shells made me think of how we used to go there and get gelignite to blow drains on the farm, just had to be known that you were a farmer and sign the book. It has long gone now so have we  
Seabird

You're right Bodger, the Pwllheli ironmongers stocks everything! My sister says they even stock a little kit for mending your spectacles. For 1.50 you get little screws, screwdrivers and a magnifying glass. Bet you can't get that at B&Q!! Whatever you're looking for, they've normally got. It would be a sad day if they ever close.
gwiz

We're fortunate to still have a fantastic little ironmongers within walking distance. It's pretty much as you would expect one to be, with galvanised buckets and dustbins, screws and nails by the "however many you want, Sir" It even has a fantastic smell as they sell paraffin (by the Gallon) and use it to heat the shop. Tarred string, sisal, garden twine. Wicks for your lamps, crockery and candles, and if they haven't got it, they'll get it. I wouldn't go anywhere else.
I'd curse anyone who tried to "modernize it"
darkbrowneggs

I can almost smell it now, and hear my feet on the creaky floorboards.

Sue
MikeM

one of the things we wanted to move to a more rural part of the country was for those little independant shops. When we were in herts there was nothing, but it was all only 5 mins away.
Where we are now we are much better served, tho the better hardware shops are about 1/2 hours drive away. We are still learning to plan our shopping trips better so we don't waste time.
Hawkeye

off track slightly but in Middlewich, Cheshire there is a shop for us tool fanatics i,ve spent a good half hour in there on a couple of occasions just wandering about drooling  
supersweep

Yes...we love the Pwllheli Ironmongers too ! Fabulous shop and exceptional service !        
HonkHonk

bodger wrote:
The ironmongers that we have in Pwllheli is an Alladins cave. They have everything you could ever want. Karen is constantly amazed by what they stock. There's a sign up that simply says 'Just Ask' and one of the four or five staff that they have simply toddles off and invariably returns with exactly what you want. Its brilliant.


I think i've been in there, probably about 5 yrs ago, in desperate need of some of those bunjee type elastics to hold stuff on a roof rack.
I enquired if they had any, more hoping than expecting, and whad'ya know he popped off into the back and returned with some in his hand - asking some of these? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!   I was real chuffed.
freckle

freckle wrote:
We still have one in our nearest two market towns-one is part of the "mica" group- of independent hardware sellers. The other is fantastic-run by a lady who took it over from her dad, who took it over from his dad etc!! And it too has everything-the place is CRAMMED full-I always wonder about H&S when I go there -how does she get to trade like she does-and then think-great-at least someone is trading without all the rules and regs!! You want it-she has it!! On shelves, hanging from rings on the ceiling, stacked up at the back, outside the front of the shop...Hope she can hang on for longer although Tesco coming to town a few years back has put pressure on. She even opens for a few hours on Xmas day so you can get those things you forgot but need-batteries, baster, epsom salts, pressie for the Mrs!!  


Well-she couldn't hang on and the fab shop is closing this month. Tesco selling stuff cheaper than she can buy it so another long established business bites the dust.
chicken feed

there is one i can think of in a small market town a few miles away, its like a aladins cave and very well used.

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