I was back at my mother’s over the weekend in the small town of Barnard Castle. You cannot beat going back home to be fed, watered and generally being waited on hand and foot. Actually, for those of you who may have forgotten, its Mothers Day this coming Sunday, so go on … do something nice for your old dear; or like me just drop in to say hello and polish off the entire contents of the fridge.
For those of you who don’t know too much about Barnard Caste, it’s a small market town roughly 14 miles west of Darlington in County Durham. It’s your atypical rural town; there’s plenty of boozers (some good, some questionable), food stores, charity shops, an old cobbled high street and of course … the Castle. Barnard Castle is also known for having some superb vintage furniture haunts and has seen an abundance of antique traders set up there over the last decade.
On a trot around the town on Saturday I was also extremely pleased to see the addition of ‘men’s only’ designer clothing store ‘The Trouser Agency’. In my view Barnard Castle has always been geared towards the female shopper when to comes to buying pre-owned clothing. Therefore, it was refreshing to see a vintage menswear option on the towns high street. This great boutique stocks pre-owned mens knitwear, suits, trousers/jeans shirts, shoes, accessories and outerwear. The store also gives people the opportunity to sell their unwanted items in a confidential and professional way, with 50% commissions given to the seller upon the sale of their item in store.
So, if you’re local to the area and are looking to get some cash for any unwanted, pre-loved clobber or just fancy picking up some designer finds at a steal, its well worth dropping by.
THE TROUSER AGENCY
I also had time to drop into one of my favourite used furniture shops in the town ‘The Hay Loft’. Its pretty much as the name suggests; A old loft, housing a load of brik-a-brak and furniture, although limited hay! My disappointment over the lack of hay on show soon quashed as I headed downstairs to their coffee shop and food store where I indulged in a fruit scone lathered with real salted butter.
Despite consuming my own body weight in baked goods and being well on my way to resembling a house-end, I had myself a thoroughly enjoyable days shopping.