Graham Middleton remembers the furniture dealer Jack Frost
Resource Type: Audio | Posted on 2nd October 2014 by Jenny Porter
Graham talks about the credit system at the shop he lived above. He also recalls the many second-hand furniture dealers, particularly Jack Frost, who smoked a pipe and hired his dad to go around with a horse and cart collecting old furniture.
Interviewee: Graham Middleton
Interviewee Gender: Male
Date of Interview: 14th August 2014
Graham: The shop – she used to run a book, the lady, cause people had credit and they would come in and whether it was a pint of milk or a loaf they get it put on the book – and she had shoe boxes under the counter full of these red, silver, or, like shot silk notebooks, you know when you move them they move with you. They were all individual people’s names and it would go down in there, you know pint of milk etc., etc., and then they would come back on payday to pay the bill. And of course they would add it again, they were all a week in arrears almost with the wages, I would say she made quite a lot of money out of that.
There were a lot of second-hand furniture shops. There was one at the top of Chandos Street run by a man called, believe it or not, Jack Frost. And his daughter married my uncle and they emigrated to what was then Southern Rhodesia. And he was always smoking a pipe – I can smell it now – but he would clear houses. And there was a lot of what went on, he gave my dad a job to go with a handcart to houses where somebody had died. And he would go in, not necessarily people liked him, and he would look around and he might see one or two things worth a few Bob, but they would buy the whole lot. And they offered a couple of quid for the lot. My dad would go there with the handcart, collect it, and stuff that Mr. Frost wanted would be taken off and the rest would go to another dealer. There was another dealer on the corner of Juno Street and he would buy some furniture.
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