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I was just sorting through some things and i came across these Christmas cards from Woolworths and it reminded me of shopping there at Christmas gifts

tara73ziva
6 days ago
What do you think of this?
tara73ziva
tara73ziva
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6 days ago

Image these were the Christmas cards I came across

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Ann1984
Ann19846 days ago

tara73ziva you uploaded as I messaged 😂 the clothes for kids were best

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tara73ziva
tara73ziva
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6 days ago

Ann1984 yes as I did not know how to add a picture to the question topic lol 😂 yea I liked the clothing to for my son

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Ann1984
Ann19846 days ago

Aw used to love woolworth could you upload card for us

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sarah4701
sarah47016 days ago

My sister had her first Christmas temp job here after her GCSEs before they closed. I remember walking round as a kid. While my mum did shopping.

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Chelsea0121
Chelsea01216 days ago

Yes all the time ❤️

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Mango4
Mango46 days ago

Woolworths used to be great at one time, especially the Pic n Mix and the Music/ Records section , but in the latter years they seemed to lose their way and weren't that competitive any longer. I always think Wilko is a sort of modern day Woolworth

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tara73ziva
tara73ziva
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6 days ago

Mango4 yes the pic n mix and records

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angelik
angelik6 days ago

Yes, I used to love Woolworths! We shopped there often, it was great how you could get a bit of everything there.

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tara73ziva
tara73ziva
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6 days ago

angelik yes if you needed something you could always buy it at Woolworths

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tara73ziva
tara73ziva
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6 days ago

angelik definitely had assorts of things

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MelissaLee1963
MelissaLee19636 days ago

I miss our local woolies it was so much a part of growing up..especially pick n mix sweets and plimsolls..no posh trainers for us lol.

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Auntielettie
Auntielettie6 days ago

I miss it mostly at Christmas time, their decorated trees in the window, the baubles that nobody else stocked and Christmas stocking bits and pieces

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FG280
FG2806 days ago

Ahhh we were talking about 'woolies' at the weekend. Remember going with my brother and sister, our pocket money and buying the latest tape and pick n mix!

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tara73ziva
tara73ziva
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6 days ago

FG280 yea those were the good old days when your pocket money went far

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kate1310
kate13106 days ago

Yes I loved woolworths they sold great clothes for the kids was always great going in for Christmas gifts they sold loads of great household items 2

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ACR
ACR6 days ago

It was sad to see it disappear from the high street, but I didn't often shop in Woolworths. Although, I did buy my first Blu-ray film from them during their closing down sale. Plus, I still have an unused Woolworths A4 pad at home.

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Howmuch
Howmuch6 days ago

Sorry no, maybe I just experienced it at the end. All I remember is 3 for 2 Christmas gifts, spending ages trying to Find another two after I found one I wanted. I guess I am not alone as it is no longer here.

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Mick82
Mick826 days ago

Absolutely loved going to Woolworths when I was a kid I was a big treat to get to Woolworths

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tara73ziva
tara73ziva
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6 days ago

Mick82 definitely especially to pick some sweets or a toy

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Aenurse1
Aenurse16 days ago

Didn’t matter what you wonted it they had it , one stop shop for everything

Used to get all my singles to play on my record player , and my videos , kids toys , sweets 😂😂😂

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tara73ziva
tara73ziva
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6 days ago

Aenurse1 totally agree

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didbygraham
didbygraham6 days ago

Id have to agree that the pick and mix was the best, but it was a great place to pick up the top LPs and singles, quite often cheaper than elsewhere. It was the shop for pretty much everything, almost the forerunner of Amazon in some respects. Even enjoyed the cafe - basic food but cheap and decent portions.

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Sarahvwomble
Sarahvwomble5 days ago

Oh yes forgotten they had a cafe,never went in myself but remember meeting up with a friend who had her dinner there

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Sarahvwomble
Sarahvwomble5 days ago

In the 1970s in the little twin we lived near it was like a treasure trove,had some school clothing from there and lots of plants for the garden

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eyeballkerry
eyeballkerry5 days ago

I do miss Woolworths, it was bit like Aladins cave, you could get a mixture of products and great prices, Wilkinsons is like its high street replacement.

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wonderingsoul
wonderingsoul5 days ago

lol its been ages since ive herd woolworths mentioined, was a great shame to loose such a great little shop, always seem to remember their large supply of picknmix

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana4 days ago

As a kid I remember buying a mono cassette recorder in there so I could load tape software into my ZX81 and Dragon 32 computer. It looked just like this tin.

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I also remember someone who used to work there who I worked with at a local hifi shop saying that Woolworths had loads of Amstrad cabinet hifi system returns that were faulty and returned by customers many years ago and how awful they sounded when they did work. He was not impressed by them to say the least. I don't remember buying much else from Woolworths. I remember there was a Wellworth's store in nearby Dorchester which was meant to be very similar and I went in once but it didn't last very long before it became a Poundland.

I used to love all the electrical stores, Tandy, Maplins, Comet, Laskys, Wigfalls, Rumbelows and I'm sure many more but we just seem to be left with Currys now. As a kid I was obsessed with all the gadgets and technology. My local Woolworths had a small electrical section and they generally sold the cheaper generic Chinese stuff and cheaper brands like Amstrad. I seem to remember they sold a lot of multi-band radios at one time.

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tara73ziva
tara73ziva
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4 days ago

BonzoBanana omg we had one of those as well and my nana used to rent a tv from rumbelows yea it’s a shame that a lot of shops have disappeared fro the high street

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana4 days ago

tara73ziva Yeah my local Yeovil shopping centre has quite a few closed shops including some large shops. I can remember the time when not a single shop was closed and if a shop did close it seemed only a matter of weeks before a new business moved in. I do miss the old shops. A small town nearby Sherborne seems much healthier, a far lower percentage of shops closed, its an older population so perhaps less internet purchases and the people are generally richer.

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charlottegardie
charlottegardie4 days ago

Yes I liked it growing up as a kids the big aisle of toys and pic a mix

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Dennab
Dennab4 days ago

It was great but I didn't shop in there enough. The rest is history. I wonder how many people missing it are now members of Amazon Prime 😉

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana3 days ago

Well I've only ever done prime trials. £8 a month is close to £100 a year and almost £500 over 5 years when you combine it with other small monthly payments over a few years you could have spent many thousands un-necessarily which is why companies like Amazon love these payments. It adds hugely to our trading deficit and increases government borrowing so many people will suffer a reduction in future public services as we service that debt. I.e. more people dying in hospitals, more crimes unsolved, lack of care for the elderly etc. We are paying about £100 billion in interest a year alone that is about £3-4k per working person per year servicing that debt. As you can imagine this is unsustainable in the long term so we are all in for a lot of future pain when the free money tap is turned off and we actually have to start paying not just the interest but the capital on all the money we have borrowed. High national debts means sterling will start reducing in value so imports will cost a lot more and inflation will be caused by the government having to tax much more. So ultimately we all get a lot, lot poorer.

Saying that Amazon is mainly loss making in Europe. It is investing heavily in itself all the time and constantly destroying its competitors which is why it pays almost no tax. It has long term investors hoping for a big pay off in a few years as Amazon can start charging a premium as it will control the online market.

Anyway the point is Amazon is hugely damaging to the UK economy and people really should be thinking about how they spend there. Does prime add enough value to you. It's free postage anyway over £20 and are you really using the other benefits enough.

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Dennab
Dennab3 days ago

BonzoBanana I wouldn't get into that debate on here. I've done it myself and almost been banned from the site when it got a bit heated. They love Amazon Prime. Just look at the amount of deals that require it.

It's interesting what you have said though regarding the general impact, especially about Amazon being loss making over here. My argument against it has always been the more localised effects eg. the value for money when paying 8 quid a month, every month. I have also pointed out how they treat employees and how their operations have an impact on local businesses. The tax situation has of course been fairly prominent in the media too. People do not seem to care.

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana2 days ago

Dennab They will care when their standard of living drops considerably. The fact is the politicians of this country left or right are grossly incompetent and unable to manage the economy correctly and the alternative parties are even worse mainly. Until this country comes up with an economic strategy and creates tax policies that reduce imports and increase exports then we will continue to borrow. It's a real shame but I guess there is a wealth cycle where countries go from rich to poor over time and then rise again. We just seem to be walking into the situation with our eyes shut.

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Dennab
Dennab2 days ago

BonzoBanana I don't have a huge active interest in politics but if there's ever been a time to at least pay a little attention, it's now. On top of what you have highlighted, politicians are in a position of complete control if they want it with everybody doing as they're told without questioning anything. The more money we send to Bezos and the rest of them, the more power they have to push those politicians in whichever direction they like. The vast majority of people seem to be taken in by the bright lights of consumerism though, sitting at home on their arse without a second thought about the impact their choices in retail have on the country's economy.

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana2 days ago

Dennab Back in the 70s before we joined the EU or even during the beginning of our membership we used to have a 'Buy British' campaign which explained the importance of maintaining industries and not relying on imports. Now that we are out of the EU we really need something similar again. However now sadly most industries are gone so people's options will be more limited. Still many cars are made in the UK including very reliable Japanese brand models which have very low costs of ownership. To take an extreme example some German cars are 20 times as likely to go wrong and have bills typically 3x as much as some Japanese models. That works out as a average of 60x more expensive to own for maintenance costs. We are swamped with junk cars from Europe when we actually assemble many great quality Japanese cars here. Admittedly the European cars are often prettier inside and out though but I'd still rather have thousands of pounds extra in my pocket for other things. The new Toyota Corolla is an amazing car, you can get a very practical hybrid estate. You can get up to 70mpg, it has a 5 year warranty and of course has Toyota's legendary reliability. It will likely get to 200k miles with few if any issues.

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Dennab
Dennab2 days ago

BonzoBanana Yes of course with Nissan being a big one, produced in Sunderland. We build the Minis here as well though. I wouldn't buy one but it's at least another car we are producing in the UK. I wonder what percentage of these cars have imported parts though. Nissan virtually ground to a halt recently with supply issues.

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana2 days ago

Dennab Yes definitely many imported parts but also many also locally produced in the area around the factories. It's a huge positive to our economy to have manufacturing plants here even if foreign owned. Japanese factories especially, they are probably the best engineers in the world and prioritise high quality long life well engineered products. Also such factories are a huge chunk of our manufacturing exports. A car is a very high value item. Shame we can't learn from these excellent factories and produce some British brands making similar high quality cars. We have to accept we are a small Country now though and won't be able to compete in all sectors. The important thing is to balance the books and live within our means.

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RegularComper90
RegularComper904 days ago

Got my first mobile phone from there. I still have it, though it is no longer in use.

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Dennab
Dennab3 days ago

RegularComper90 Brilliant! Which one was it?

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RegularComper90
RegularComper903 days ago

Dennab This is the one. Not bad for a first phone for a 16 year old at the time. It has an alarm, calculator, clock, and the good old fashioned Snake game.

https://www.reevoo.com/p/alcatel-zebra-ot-v212

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Dennab
Dennab2 days ago

RegularComper90 I'm guessing from your username you are slightly younger than me. My first mobile phone was made by Motorola and it was in 1999!

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TiaTia
TiaTia3 days ago

Who didn't like Woolworths, it was the shop you could get anything in. I used to love having a treat of pick and mix before going to the cinema.

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skmoskmo212
skmoskmo2123 days ago

Woolworths brings back good childhood memories for me. Tbh I think Wilkinson’s is the modern day Woolworths just with a different name lol

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lucyeva72
lucyeva723 days ago

I loved Woolies, and still miss it, especially there Christmas adverts. You knew it was Christmas! Woolies winter wonderland....

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tara73ziva
tara73ziva
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3 days ago

lucyeva72 I forgot about the the Christmas adverts as well they definitely made it feel like Christmas

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap2 days ago

I was slightly put out when shutting but we got a b&m there instead which I prefer so not really it was somewhere I browsed instead of buying from really

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