Manchester’s well known for its shopping. Ok, so it’s not New York, London, Paris or Milan, but it does have a Harvey Nics and a Selfridges (as any tourist guide to the area will drum into your head at every opportunity). If you’re after a bargain there’s Affleck’s Palace, and if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, then just around the corner there’s the double whammy of Primark and TK Maxx all in one store. No one should be ashamed of riffling through their aisles to pick up a deal or two – as Mrs Wayne Rooney proved so well. It seems that brands like George by Asda, Instore, Matalan and Primark are all proving far more popular with shoppers than the more upmarket shops, and the fashion for fashion is spend less, get more. (I don’t have any statistics to back this up, I just made it up five minutes ago) Anyway, the point of my mumblings is this sign I saw in an independent clothes store around the corner from our work. I’ve seen stores advertise with “Everything Under £5” or “Don’t ask the price, it’s a pound”, but this just seemed like stating the obvious.
It’s a whole new world when people begin to tell you how cheap their cheapest item is. I can get penny sweets from my local corner store – would they put up a sign saying “All sweets from 1p”? Of course not. That would be stupid.
(Note: I don’t actually buy penny sweets, by the way – I choose far more grown up, healthy snacks like my Government recommends, such as nuts, muesli bars and fruit to help my digestive and immune systems. Sweets were just a way to illustrate the point.)