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11-02-2020, 21:17   #1
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Ever ask for something incredibly old fashioned and obsolete in a shop?

Years ago my granddad told me you could buy the little rubber tube that sits over a bicycle tyre valve separately, rather than buying a whole new valve. Of course I was told they didn't have them since back in the day (i suspect you can probably buy them again now with all the Greta stuff happening now)

Another time I tried to buy a blade for a really long bushman saw and I was told to "go for an easier life"

If only I could record it covertly I'd go into the local co op and ask some young lad/wan who is just after starting for a well chain

"Ya know the chain for lifting the wooden bucket out of the well?"

"You don't? ahh you must be using a rope at your gaff so. An auld hemp rope will do if you have one"
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11-02-2020, 21:27   #3
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You can still get those valve rubbers in puncture repair kits
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11-02-2020, 21:30   #4
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Class reunion a couple of years back. Few of us went to pub after and said we’d chip in for 10 Carrolls like the old days. The barman had a right laugh at us. Took us a while to figure it out
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I asked for mouse flavoured cat food in Tesco once, many years ago, the girl went looking for it too.

Alas, she couldn't find any.
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Draught excluder. You used to see them all over the place in the 80s and 90s, different designs like ones that’s looked like dogs or whatever.

Recently went to a number of shops and could not find one for love or money.
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Is that like a Geronimo?
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Good service...

A relic of the past.
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A number plate light assembly for a Fiat Panda.
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No, but I once had to wait, far longer than I’d have liked, behind a woman who was asking for a “Raider” bar.
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When I was a teenager and e-commerce wasn't yet a taken for granted thing, a compilation of prehistoric songs for my dad who was born in 1946, which I know is old, but it's also the same age as (and younger than) the most pioneering musicians and artists of the 60s/70s, and his tastes are actually like those of someone 20 years older. The poor young lad in Golden Discs was stumped.

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Borax, and suet?
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Originally Posted by Steyr 556 View Post
Draught excluder. You used to see them all over the place in the 80s and 90s, different designs like ones that’s looked like dogs or whatever.

Recently went to a number of shops and could not find one for love or money.
was looking for a scissors yesterday - might as well have been looking for a unicorn. But saw draft excluders in Home Store, Woodies and Harvey Norman - of all places. Harvey Normans had saussage dogs on them - was tempted!!!

spent a considerable amount of time looking fir a spool of navy thread to sew on work shirt buttons last summer - apparently buttonless shirts are now disposable items - thread as rare as winning lotto numbers - lots of rumours and I heard of a man who knew someone who saw it in x place . but no substance

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I asked one of the staff in Lifestyle for a pair of indoor non marking runners for sports once.
He'd no idea and suggested I try a sports store...

Style, streetware /athleisurewear has taken over it seems and real sports gear shops are gone.
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