#TBT - The Perm

There are a small number of memories from my childhood that I've pushed back into the darkest corners of my brain, only to re-emerge once in a while when I've had a few drinks and feel the need to let them out, almost like a kind of therapy. One such memory is a hairdo I had in the late eighties. I'm sure others of a similar age will know exactly what I'm talking about - it is, of course, the horror that was THE PERM.


Looking back, I'm not sure exactly whose style I was trying to emulate in my quest for a halo of curls. I was a fan of Neighbours at the time, so it may have been Kylie. Unfortunately for me, I ended up looking more like Craig McLachlan.

Boden Town Hall Sale - Newcastle Racecourse

A couple of weeks ago, I was queuing for a latte (oh, ok - and a muffin) in Starbucks when I overheard two women in front of me discussing whether they'd be going to the upcoming Boden sale in Newcastle. My ears pricked up. Boden sale? I'd never heard of such a thing! I tried to listen to the rest of the details but the women walked off while I was still ordering so I missed it. When?! WHERE EXACTLY?! How would I ever find out?! I could have run after them and asked, of course, but that would have meant abandoning my muffin, and I wasn't about to do that. Instead, I emailed Boden HQ whilst I ate my muffin, and had a lovely response back before I'd even finished my latte. It was TRUE! The sale would be at Newcastle Racecourse on 11th & 12th March.

Boden don't advertise their regional sales - known as Town Hall Sales, although they do apparently send out details to certain customers. (Not sure what the criteria for this is, since I've been a Boden customer for a couple of years and I didn't get one. Sob.) So, even though I felt a bit like I was turning up to a party uninvited, I tootled up to the racecourse this morning and got there around 20 minutes before opening.

Now, I've been to a Joules Big Sale before, so I figured this would be similar - at the Joules sale I actually bought nothing though, as everything there was exactly the same stuff as Joules sell online in their outlet and there was very limited sizing. Bit of a disappointment, really. Because of this, I wasn't holding out too much hope of getting mega bargains from Boden. Still, no harm in looking though, right?!


As I arrived I saw there was already around 50 people queuing in front of me. By the time the doors opened at 10am, there were at least 100 people behind. Eeek!

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