Shearer’s is an old fashioned shop – in the best sense of the word. You can buy things there that you can’t find anywhere else. It carries groceries, hardware, fancy goods, gardening stuff and many other things. And at Christmas they open up the upstairs of the old building to house their Christmas stock.
But ‘upstairs at Shearers’ is not just Christmas goods. On the higher shelves there are left overs from earlier times, from oil lamps to biscuit boxes. Oh, and it is heated by a real fire in the grate! If you go at the right time, the shop’s cat might be asleep in front of the fire…
So here are scenes from this year’s display.
Closing in on the top, earthenware jars and hurricane lamps….
… and on the feed sacks and an old mangle.
Turning left, you look along to one of the places which used to be open for bringing up sacks to this level.
Here you can see the window which was once a set of doors, and the stairs up which the sacks were taken to be fed into the hopper and mixed with other ingredients to make the feed mixes for cattle, sheep, cows etc.
And a close up of the pulley mechanism:
Turning left again, there are more Christmas goods….
… and a close up of the old tins etc above. The ‘square’ tins originally held biscuits.
From the other side you can see the green hopper better…
… and close up you can see the early parafin heaters:
The original cash desk is still here. The clerks would sit on high stools and fill in the ledgers:
And finally, old and new – modern goods in an old dresser along side a modern display unit.
As ever, it is glorious display, and as ever I bought quite a bit! Mostly jars of goodies which will see me well into the spring!