Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Who Remembers Woolworths?

My pattern of choice this week is a Woolworth pattern book.  I have fond memories of Woolworths, not just of the pick and mix sweets but of the haberdashery.  I can actually remember as a child going to Woolworths with my mother and the big wooden counters, the rows of buttons and patterns.   Woolworths went into administration  in 2008 and finally closed its doors for the last time in January of 2009, the American equivalent is the five and ten store.  I believe that there is an on-line Woolworths that sells electricals and toys.
The patterns really do cover the whole family as claimed on the front of the pattern book.  Its useful to note that these old patterns allow room for those who use the cloth nappy.  The pattern for the hat is no different from a modern day pattern.  25 patterns for the cost of 80p it's quite the bargain.

8 comments:

  1. I remember the British Woolworths! A real institution.

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    1. Totally agree with you its sadly missed.

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  2. I remember going to Woolworths for pick n mix with dad: happy days!

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    1. Dad says and I quote " I never gave them sweets and I haven't given the grandchildren any".

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  3. I mourn the loss of Woolworths on a regular basis. There isn't really any one shop that sells everything that they used to sell.
    I have to admit that I don't remember much knitting or haberdashery stuff in there though.

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    1. It could be different branches or you are probably not as old as me.

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  4. Well, yes I do! My dad worked for Woolworth so I loved your blog post. I like to find things made for Woolworth of even things that have a Woolworth sticker. My sisters and I did a window display at my dad's retirement home with Woolworth things. It was great.
    I have tons of Woolworth stories!
    Linda

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    1. Amazing, I would love to hear them one day.

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