There Is Magic In The Night When Pumpkins Glow By Moonlight.

Leaving Ulverston I moved on to Grange Shop…what a fantastic window display! 

Halloween themed…Dee has got it just right! I was there all morning and customer comments were brilliant!

The amount of tourists that make a visit to Grange Shop part of their holiday itinerary is astounding…I wouldn’t be surprised if they got a mention on Trip Advisor!

If you’ve visited our Grange Shop why not leave a comment…share your experience…


I Love A Good Tale…

I’ve been to Millom today…visiting June and her team…what a great morning I love the Shop Chatter going on there!

June was telling me about a visitor to her shop…a thirteen year old girl,with her Mum, who…’didn’t shop in charity shops because they were smelly!’ 

Didn’t take June and her team long to change her mind…armed with Next jeans and River Island tops June soon had her convinced that her charity shop was a cool place to shop!

When June showed her the outfits she could buy for her pocket money that was it…a converted charity shop shopper…I think they’ll be seeing her every time she visits Millom!

Love Your Hospice…Love Millom…Love Charity Shopping!

Could This Be Our First Steampunk Inspired Piece…

We currently have a table and four chairs for sale in the warehouse…the most unusual I have seen! 

According to HuffPost…Caitlin Kittredge described Steampunk as…Victorian Industrial…and I wonder if this table and chairs would fit the bill!

Glass…heavy wood and industrial metal…designer piece or homemade…we really don’t know!

If you want a dining set that is a conversation starter this could be the one but you will need muscles to lift the chairs!

I have taken pictures (below) but they don’t do it justice…come down to the Warehouse and see it in all it’s glory…you won’t be disappointed.

That Friday Feeling…

My mother always used to say ‘ Don’t cry over spilled milk’…and I tend to agree…unless of course that spilled milk is part of your yummy hot chocolate and it is now flowing freely over your desk…paperwork and computer keyboard…then a few tears are perfectly acceptable!

That was Thursday’s mishap…one of many this week!

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you feel clumsy in your thoughts and your actions…that’s been me this week! Spilled drinks…mispronounced words…tripping over thin air…thank goodness it’s Friday!

I intend spending my weekend flicking between our Ebay and Facebook page…it’s never boring in Retail…an auction to follow on Ebay…shop posts to read on Facebook…what more could I want…except maybe a hot chocolate!

hot choc


Autumn Is Here!

I think the weekend weather was a clear indication that Autumn is well and truly upon us!

Wind…rain…floods…Cumbria is once again mopping up!

We hope our friends, supporters and of course  all residents of Millom and the Lakes have not suffered too much flood damage.

The weekly weather update forecasts more rain…so whether you live in a flood risk area or not it could well be time to dig your wellington boots out of the back of the cupboard…if you haven’t got any and you want to get prepared…pop into our Ulverston shop where we have quite a few!

Sharing The Love…

Oh my goodness…I’ve just seen this year’s Christmas Puddings and they look amazing!

I kid you not…you are going to be jumping up and down with excitement when you see the new packaging…and that’s before you even taste a pudding!

Sharing the love for St Mary’s Hospice…there’s nothing more to say is there…what a beautiful message.

We have 3 sizes of traditional Christmas puds…gluten free Christmas puds…chocolate and sticky toffee pudding too…find them in our shops from early October!


Kindness…Sprinkle That Stuff Everywhere!

Saturday afternoon and I’m minding my own business strolling round a local low budget/bargain shop…full of cold and feeling a little sorry for myself…scouring the shelves for cold remedies!

‘Hiya’ I hear…I turn and find one of our regular Barrow shop customers…we exchanged pleasantries and then I turned to leave…I had gone about 5 steps when I heard them quietly say…’Thank you…thank you for being kind’

I turned and went back to them…turned out they hadn’t been well for a long time…were struggling with a painful chronic illness and when they weren’t feeling particularly good they would head to Barrow shop…where they were guaranteed a healthy dose of kindness…no judgement…no questions…nothing needed in return…just people happy to help…to chat…to care.

‘You will tell them won’t you? It means a lot…their kindness…it makes a difference.’

I assured them I would. I left that shop with a lump in my throat feeling very humble and a little bit proud

…proud of the staff and volunteers of Barrow shop who have brought kindness into this person’s life

…proud of all our retail staff and volunteers, knowing they sprinkle kindness like confetti on a daily basis…go into any of our shops if you don’t believe me…not only will you find fantastic bargains but you’ll find a friendly face…a happy atmosphere and KINDNESS in abundance…if you don’t please let me know

…proud to be part of St Mary’s Hospice…a great organisation where we know no other way than to be kind.

Love Barrow…Love Volunteers…Love Your Hospice.