Woolies: What were your best and worst buys? Are they weirder than mine?
PUBLISHED: 14:05 12 January 2019
I liked Woolworths spearmint chews, its leaping salmon, and a furry pink gonk. (Sad, isn’t it?)
My main memory
When I was a child, the two-floor Ipswich Carr Street branch seemed vast. There was an imposing fresh fish counter – featuring a seven-foot fibreglass model of a leaping salmon, with water cascading over it.
Best thing (as a child)
Pic ’n’ mix sweets. Grab a bag – drop in some of these, some of those. Drop some on the floor. Favourites: Spearmint chews, pink ‘shrimps’ and orange-and-lemon boiled sweets.
Best thing (as an adult)
Shelves and shelves of board games and other toys. Great choice at Christmas. Still miss it.
Go-to place for
Everything. Including car-tyre footpumps, booth for passport photos, records and CDs.
A gonk (limbless ‘doll’) covered in frizzy candy-flossish pink hair and with a black beard. Whatever possessed me? Mind you, it was 1970.
Most pointless buy
Key-ring with little plastic football. Inside were several dice with numbers and symbols said to help you predict match scores and win the football pools. I was 13 and didn’t do the pools… Maybe I should have. Life might have been so different...
Two boxes of Christmas baubles – one red set, one golden – bought in 1987. Five balls in each. At £3.99 per box, that’s 2.5p per bauble per Christmas (I think). And still plenty of sparkle in them yet.
Why didn’t they spell pic ’n’ mix with a K (pick ’n’ mix)? Their way made no sense!