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First non essential shop visit

(155 Posts)
gillyknits Mon 05-Apr-21 12:35:53

Sorry if this has been asked before.
Which non essential shop will you visit first after 12 April.?
I can’t make up my mind whether to go to Dunelm or M&S.

Patsy70 Sun 11-Apr-21 19:00:21

My local Barnardo’s charity shop on Tuesday as I volunteer there. Then I have a hair appointment on the 22nd. Not desperate to go shopping, but must buy some new shoes. I’ll wait until the children are back at school, to avoid crowds.

Theoddbird Sun 11-Apr-21 18:01:54

I don't like shopping. Preferred on line for years. I will continue hiding lock down hair with scarves until I can get to daughter's as she used to be a hairdresser. I do look forward to meeting friends for coffee though.

Tickledpink Sun 11-Apr-21 16:14:34

Hobbycraft or C&H and one or two charity shops.

Sarahmob Sun 11-Apr-21 12:15:36

Dunelm to buy buttons for the baby jackets I’ve been knitting for my new Grandchild and also for the new grandchild of a friend, Haircut booked for 4.30 Wednesday.

Twig14 Sun 11-Apr-21 11:35:06

Had to have online shopping because told must shield. Asda deliver my order every week. I pay £36 for 6 months weekly delivery. I look online n decide what’s required. My local butcher delivers meat. A fishmonger delivers fish and I’m really fortunate our milkman supplies milk, eggs n cream. I have missed going into M n S and purchasing certain food items. Other than that it’s been excellent n have been fortunate plus even supported local businesses.

Naesodaft Sun 11-Apr-21 11:09:41

Charity shops and TKMaxx. I love a good browse.

helgawills Sun 11-Apr-21 10:47:26

Book shops, lots of vouchers to use.

Curlygirl Fri 09-Apr-21 18:18:33

Hairdressers!!! Haberdashery Shops just to look at knitting wools and fabrics. Would have said our John Lewis at Home store but it has now been closed forever. Will really miss it as often popped in to browse at the China, towels and bed linen. I did also occasionally buy things! Best of all from Monday we can travel into Wales, only 30 minutes drive away, to visit our daughter and son in law and see the farmhouse they have bought!

Franbern Fri 09-Apr-21 16:24:31

Rosiebee, whenever I visit my son and DiL in Warrington I schedule in a good long trip to Black Sheep. Wonderful place.

Trisha57 Fri 09-Apr-21 09:35:40

Sewing machine repair shop - my super duper machine packed up after 17 months (manufacturer won't repair under guarantee as I bought it online!) and I am bereft! I've been using a 38 year old Jones machine in the meantime but that has just stopped working as well......sad

loopyloo Fri 09-Apr-21 09:24:49

The Oxfam book Shop!

Franbern Fri 09-Apr-21 08:43:54

I had assumded that for me it would be a visit to a hairdresser. However, I have been trying to find a suitable riser/recliner armchair for myself. Have had a couple (very expensive ones) wbo do home visits, etc. But, next week, I can actually go to look at some in shops that sell mobility aids

MerylStreep Wed 07-Apr-21 18:48:24

Opening up after the first lockdown cost our charity shop money. On top of restricting customers into the shop, we had so many donations we had to dump donations as it was unsafe to work.
Unfortunately I have a manger who just can’t say NO to anything.

Lewie Wed 07-Apr-21 18:36:24

Dunelm followed closely by Ikea. My hairdresser is coming here on Monday - thank heavens!

Keffie12 Wed 07-Apr-21 13:31:17

My hairdressers and my overdue yearly top up cosmetic eyebrow tattooist are both booked in for next week I am very pleased to say

Rosiebee Wed 07-Apr-21 08:40:39

I do two voluntary sessions a week at our local charity bookshop and can't wait to go back. Really enjoy being there. I also have a list of books to look out for. After last lockdown we had to accept donations only on an appointment basis as we have limited storage and had to quarantine everything. So it might be worth ringing up a charity shop before taking donations in. The shop I can't wait to get back to is Black Sheep Wools near Warrington. I've bought yarn online from them but it's almost impossible to judge colours and textures. My favourite shop.

Froglady Tue 06-Apr-21 22:31:21


I belong to Freecycle, which has groups all over the country, I believe. When you have an item that you no longer need and are happy to give away you can post it online. I tend to post things which are perhaps too large/awkward for me to take to a charity shop.

I belong to Freecycle as well and find new homes for a lot of things - better than them going to landfill.

Pammie1 Tue 06-Apr-21 21:42:58

Definitely the hairdressers, and the dog groomers to get pooch’s nails manicured !!

Aptera Tue 06-Apr-21 21:24:39

Eyebrows! One of them has turned white (nearly!) and both look like hairy caterpillars.

shirleyhick Tue 06-Apr-21 20:46:08

Dunelm as it is on a retail park and is well spaced out the other shops are in the town centre so there is no way I will be going there as it will be far to busy I think I will stick to buying what I want off line

maureen118 Tue 06-Apr-21 19:49:24

bravissimo, tkmaxx and homesense
but not killing myself on time to do too quickly!

Sarnia Tue 06-Apr-21 18:45:13

The British Heart Foundation charity shop in a town near me. We can hardly move for bags for them. I know that technically they are not essential but I wondered if Boris could have given them the go-ahead to keep open. Their respective charities must have lost so much money.

Saxon17 Tue 06-Apr-21 18:40:53

John Lewis, I have missed going there!

Happysexagenarian Tue 06-Apr-21 18:08:42

My favourite shoe shop (a small independent shop), if they are still in business of course! I bought shoes online during the lockdowns but two pairs are so uncomfortable now I can't wear them.

Aepgirl Tue 06-Apr-21 18:02:17

I’m in no rush to go to retail shops - I don’t want to scupper all the lockdown by mixing with dozens of people who forget social distancing.
However, I have my hair appointment fixed (only 2 allowed in the salon), and having my eyebrows waxed and tinted, and my top lip and chin defuzzed.