Today we’ve had a major white goods fail. Our fridge freezer went kaput a few weeks ago, and decided to turn into one massive fridge instead. Secondhand shopping is very time consuming (much as I love it, that is that truth) and we only just cleared some time to go and look for a ‘new’ one today. We headed to Sale in Cheshire (on the tram so still considered part of Manchester, as that is how it works in these parts) to the British Heart Foundation electrical and household goods shop. It might have helped if we’d discussed beforehand that Mr SHS wants more fridge space, and I, while acknowledging that we need that too, want mucho freezer space to be able to freeze home cooking instead of what we currently have to do which is eat things for three days in a row so they don’t go off. Let’s just say we caused some amusement to the staff with our bickering, and left empty handed.
Sale is stuffed with charity shops so we seized the opportunity for a bit of thrifting action. Notable points: what we used to call the ‘stinky’ Salvation Army shop at the bottom of the main street was no longer stinky. Scope has had a rebrand (pictured here) and we missed it completely at first as it now looks very much like a generic woman’s fashion boutique. I don’t know…I just think that charity shops are a different thing to normal shops, and so to me it makes sense for them to look a little different. Have they changed all the Scope branches? I like their blue and yellow signage so I hope not.
Also, there was an abundance of fondue sets – we came across at least four or five altogether. This led to some pondering about why the good people of Sale have all clung on to their fondue sets for so long, and why they’re now all letting go. There must be some kind of cheese-dipping zeitgeist going on.